From Current and Former Students
William's deep understanding of the technical, psychological, and emotional aspects of violin-playing - and his ability to communicate this knowledge clearly and empathetically - is unparalleled, even among the many excellent teachers I've had.
Anyone would be incredibly lucky to have him as a teacher.
Both my playing and my attitude toward playing have evolved significantly under his instruction, and I've seen him have the same impact on many others.
-Will Ejzak, Northwestern BMA student
I was an adult without any experience in musical instruments before taking lessons with William.
He helped me learn to love playing the violin.
I think I made a lot of progress by taking his class weekly and practicing. He has a lot of well-designed violin games to help beginners to learn. Many thanks!
- Yizhuo He
Wil's thoroughness and attention to detail set the bar in terms of
recognizing and resolving my own issues (technical, stylistic, etc.). He’s great at thinking outside the box as well, finding
solutions that stick
with you and make you increasingly
independent. Wil is always looking to help
his students improve. While he expects
a lot out of them, he meets them where
they’re at, no matter how much or how
little their experience. He challenges
students to aim higher and higher and
supports them every step of the way
- both in their struggles, as well as
- James Yarberry
Studying with William has had an extensive impact on how I practice and perform, and I'm incredibly grateful for his teaching. In his studio, improvement does not happen accidentally, but it's the result of intentional and focused effort.
William excels at diagnosing technical and musical issues
and designing exercises to fix them. He emphasizes an efficient, targeted approach to problem-solving and strives to help his students find the best way to
practice Most importantly, he encourages his students'
abilities in addressing problems and improving on their
own, which is the most useful skill of all.
- Laurence Lohman, University of Rochester student
William taught me so much more than how to play a particular piece. I am now able to confidently take on a piece that I find musically or technically challenging, because I learned the most efficient ways to practice and, more importantly, how to come up with them.
Wil teaches passionately and with the utmost clarity,
always making sure that I understand the purpose of every exercise he prescribes. He is able to constantly come up with novel approaches that can solve my problems surprisingly quickly. For me, his coin-flipping method is remarkably special and effective, making even the most daunting practice routines interesting.
- Haotian Jiang, University of Rochester student
William is full with humor and teaches very specifically. He is very positive about things and uses his own profession to teach you skills that you need to develop. I enjoyed his teaching very much and really learned a lot.
He is my favorite teacher so far!
- Shushu Wu, 10
Watching Wil teach is an amazing experience. He connects to kids so well. The methods and games used - teaching so much but making it feel so light and kid-friendly - are ingenious.
I only wish I'd had a teacher like Wil
myself when I was younger.
- Elazar Flam, father of Yossi, 8
William has been patiently teaching our daughter violin and music theory for one year. His passion for teaching is evident on a consistent basis.
William is very creative and
inspires our daughter
to compose her own music to embrace her own creativity. Overall, William has been a pleasure to work with; a true musician, educator, and inspiration for our daughter.
- Kristine Duran, mother of Heidi, 7
William was an excellent violin teacher for our son. As his first violin teacher,
he helped our son develop a
keen interest in the instrument.
William's pedagogical style was very impressive, and our son made significant progress in a few months!!
- Ajay Anand, father of Ashwin
William is an incredible performer and teacher. I found his approach to technique and musicality to be very effective. He also pushes the importance of ear training and how it can help with intonation issues. Overall,
William's a great guy to work with.
- Darius Coulson