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 Monmouth Conservatory of Music in Red Bank, New Jersey. 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.

"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.

"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

"Raphael Klayman is a sensitive, adventurous, and creative violinist! His interpretation, virtuosity and musicality dazzled audiences at Monmouth Conservatory of Music concerts. In addition to his playing, his teaching style is welcoming for students from beginner to advanced. His knowledge of etudes, repertoire, and violin schools is vast and very impressive. From an administrative perspective, he has been a pleasure to work with and is an excellent communicator and a team player. Raphael is a highly accomplished violinist and an asset to the faculty at MCM."
Laura Petillo, Ed.D., Music Programs Manager

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