In a word, WOW. Since the very first lesson we've been completely blown away. Virtu is very easy to use, very easy to schedule and she hasn't missed a beat connecting or following along online. She loves, loves, loves cello and thinks Andrew is the coolest -- she practices all week for friends and family on Facetime. We're just so happy she has something to sink into, especially now.
— Jaimee H.
Technology is venturing into a new frontier: It is upending and democratizing the world of music lessons.
— New York Times
My son took a 1-hour trial lesson last week. The teacher Josh was amazingly patient and very skilled. My son found him very relatable, and he wants to continue lessons. I was nervous about virtual lessons. I’ve taken him to in-person lessons, and this was by far a better experience. He learned more in 1 hour than he did in a month of bi-weekly lessons.
— Sylvia P.
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Hailed for her “masterful and show-stopping performance” (Opera News), internationally acclaimed soprano Ashley Milanese has performed with Teatro Regio Torino, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Philadelphia, among others. When she is not performing, she enjoys teaching private voice lessons and masterclasses. Ashley teaches a foundation rooted in Classical Voice which enables her students to strengthen their musical ear, free their natural artistic inclinations, and build a strong technique so they can feel secure and confident across all genres.
Praised for his “dark, rolling baritone“(Münchener Merkur) and “soft and compact timber“(Corriere del Ticino), Italian baritone Nicola Ziccardi is a sought-after performer throughout Europe.
Under the baton of Maestro Gustav Kuhn, Ziccardi had become a regular member of the Tiroler Festspiele Erl. In February 2018 He made his debut in Teatro La Fenice of Venice in Die Lustige Witwe directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Montanari...
Soprano, Samantha DiCapio, has been praised for her “seamless technique” and “uniquely warm vocal color.” As a teacher, Samantha is comfortable teaching students of all ages and levels. She specializes in the Bel Canto Technique and specializes in opera, art songs and musical theatre songs. Samantha made her opera debut as the 2nd Nymph in Rusalka with Opera Slavica. Abroad, Samantha is a regular performer in both France and Italy.Samantha is a graduate of the Mannes School of Music.
Soprano Ellen Teufel is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, now based in New York City. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Penn State University and has been a young artist with Opera on the Avalon, ISING International Young Artist Program, Bel Canto at Caramoor, and Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. Favorite roles include Anna Bolena with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Pamina with West Bay Opera, Alcina with Lyra New York, and Giannetta with Teatro Dobbiaco.
Marie Engle, mezzo-soprano, is an opera singer, recitalist and chamber musician. She has produced recitals internationally and made her professional debut as Donna Elvira at Wichita Grand Opera. Marie completed studies at Northwestern University and the Juilliard School. Fluent in English, German and French, Marie has studied in New York, Vienna and Paris. She also taught vocal trio, Girl Named Tom, prior to their winning NBC’s The Voice.
Caroline Kuhn is a songwriter from New York. A graduate of the New England Conservatory and LaGuardia High School’s vocal program, Kuhn is in several projects: the three-piece indie folk trio called the Ladles, and the Boswell-esque group, Tucci Swing. Most recently, she’s written a forthcoming album of enormous, introspective indie rock songs. It’s her first major artistic statement under her own name, showcasing her truly singular soprano and unwavering degree of command as a songwriter.
Praised by Opera News for his “charm, sharp diction, and ping,” tenor Chance Jonas-O’Toole is committed to engaging audiences through passionate storytelling. Recently, Chance was a Young Artist at the Merola Opera Program and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He graduated from The Juilliard School with his Master’s and Bachelor’s of Music, and has performed opera, concert, and song repertoire throughout the United States and Europe.
“In a word, WOW. Since the very first lesson we've been completely blown away. Virtu is very easy to use, very easy to schedule and she hasn't missed a beat connecting or following along online. She loves, loves, loves cello and thinks Andrew is the coolest -- she practices all week for friends and family on Facetime. We're just so happy she has something to sink into, especially now.”
- David H. Virtu.Academy parent since 2020
“What struck me immediately was the quality of the teachers was something like I’d never seen. To have someone from Juilliard or Oberlin is unbelievable! I hired one of your drummers who gets on with my little nine year old boy, and it’s like they’re bros. It exposes you to world-class talent you would never have the opportunity otherwise to work with.”
- Dr. Bob Arnot Former Chief Medical Correspondent, NBC
“Santi’s teacher studied at Juilliard and they have teachers from Cleveland Orchestra, Met Opera, and so many cool backgrounds. Since this year was a little different, we decided to start virtually, and it ended up being something we fell in love with since it reduced our time on the road. We knew that from the comfort of our home, he was still getting incredible lessons.”
- Jessica S. Virtu.Academy Parent
“Virtu.Academy has completely exceeded my expectations. If you’re hesitant about doing lessons over Zoom then do not be because I’ve had a better experience through doing Zoom lessons with Amy than I ever have with any other lessons. I think this is a resource of the future. I don’t think it gets better than this.“
- Noah H. Virtu.Academy Student
How much do lessons cost?
Lessons are $29 per half hour or $54 per hour. Your first lesson is 50% off to make sure you find the perfect teacher for you!
Are online lessons as effective as in-person lessons?
Although there are some differences, multiple studies on distance learning, including this study from UNC, have shown that students are 36% more focused and perform 22% better when compared to in-person lesson.
We also take advantage of Zoom’s High Fidelity Music Mode, which was developed in partnership with Yale School of Music. This ensures that your teacher can hear every detail of your playing during each lesson.
How does Virtu.Academy choose their teachers?
All our teachers are from top music conservatories, such as Juilliard or Oberlin. They also must have extensive teaching experience and be recommended by conservatory professors.
What do I need to begin lessons?
After choosing a teacher and purchasing a lesson, all you need is a computer with a built in microphone and webcam. After booking you will be sent a link that connects you with your teacher at the scheduled time with two clicks.