Raphael Klayman


In addition to his performing activities, Raphael Klayman teaches privately in his home/studio in Long Branch, NJ. He also teaches violin at the Manalapan Music and Arts and the Lakehouse Music Academy in Asbury Park. Additionally he has served as a recurring guest on the violin and music history faculty at Monmouth University.

Mr. Klayman stresses fundamentals such as proper form, good intonation, and good tone production. He tries to build a solid technical foundation and a focused learning structure, using both traditional and innovative technical materials and teaching procedures. It is also his special pleasure to explore such musical values as overall interpretation, phrasings, and nuances in repertoire – and the relationship between these and the applied technique necessary for their realization. Mr. Klayman encourages advanced students to develop their own interpretive voice within the framework of accepted standards of good taste, and subject to his advice.

Raphael Klayman has interlocking sets of principles and procedures that may be said to constitute a 'method'. At the same time he is very much aware that different students have different degrees and types of talent, are at different levels of advancement, and have varying needs. Accordingly, each student is treated in an individual way. Serious standards are balanced with supportiveness, and occasional touches of humor. The current fee is $80 – not per hour, but per lesson, which frequently exceeds an hour.

Feel free to contact Mr. Klayman with any questions you might have.

"Raphael has been my violin teacher for several months. I highly recommend him for his skill in playing and thorough knowledge of the art and beauty of the violin playing. His approach to teaching is creative, rigorous, and extremely knowledgeable."
- Apreye B.

"Raphael's passion and electric energy pours out of him when he performs. He always brings that energy to our students at Lakehouse. It's a pleasure to have him teaching here!"
- Albie Monterrosa Music Director, Lakehouse Music

"Mr. Klayman is a very dedicated and knowledgeable teacher. He takes interest in his students and is very patient with my child's many questions. He is truly a pleasure to work with."
- Dr. Priya A.

"To give you some background; my mom gave me a gift on Christmas Eve of a violin. I was so eager to play it that I tried to be self-taught, but it didn't work as well as I was hoping for. My mom gave me another surprise by making music lesson with my teacher, Raphael Klayman, which he was so amazing on his concentration on the music and by interpreting it in such a way it is unexplainable."
- Angy A.

"I came to New York from Hong Kong to study with this famous violinist, Mr. Klayman a decade ago, and he is one of my best teachers. Not only did he teach me to be a violinist but also he fostered me an inspiration to try to be a great teacher, myself. I apply his materials and ideas in my daily teaching. His instructions are very innovative and musical with stories and imagination, which makes music playing much more enjoyable."
- Allegro Yeung

"Mr. Klayman is truly a pleasure to work with. Not only is he a skilled teacher but also an oustanding performer. Raphael definitely has helped take countless students to the next level in their playing through his instruction. By enforcing a solid technique and making learning fun, students can't help but to see excellent results in their playing."
- Mr. Rivera, Manalapan Store Manager

"When I performed the Bach Concerto for 2 violins with Raphael and the Monmouth University Orchestra I was pleased to be collaborating with such a sensitive and caring musician. Beyond Raphael's obvious violinistic talents, I especially enjoyed his enthusiasm, knowledge, and commitment to all aspects of the violin world
An excellent colleague and distinguished teacher."

Prof Michael Gillette, Specialist Professor of MusicMonmouth University


As Mr. Klayman and this website have become increasingly well known, he has received many e-mails asking for advice on many matters regarding the violin and violin technique. It is hopefully understood that as his time and availability for consultation is increasingly limited, he needs to treat an e-mail consultation as a professional service.

Raphael Klayman will provide you with a personalized set of solutions to your technical problems. Understandably, this is not a substitute for a personal consultation. However, this is the best alternative where conditions make it impossible to have a private lesson.

Sending your question to Mr. Klayman is very easy. Simply follow the steps below. There is a charge of $50.00 per full response. Click below (on the left) to send an e-mail to Mr. Klayman with your question and any background information that may be helpful. You may ask up to two specific questions.

After Mr. Klayman responds, you may contact him again with one free follow-up question. Please make your questions as specific as possible. You will receive a reply from Mr. Klayman confirming the receipt of your question. Then press the "Pay Now" button below (on the right) to process the payment of $50.00 US using Paypal, which accepts most major credit cards.

Your detailed technical solution should arrive a few business days after your payment reaches Mr. Klayman. (If you have already heard from Mr. Klayman that he has received your question, click the "Pay Now" button below on the right to pay for your e-lesson.)

Mr. Klayman has helped many people overcome their technical shortcomings. The more explicitly you can describe your problem, the more helpful he can be in providing the solution.

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