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I was born in Mexico City and started started my music education in the College of Music and Dance in Monterrey, Mexico at the age of 8 years old. I continued my music studies after moving to the United States in the year of 2000, and have been a member of many recognized orchestras, as well as received invitations to go in international tours. I received my degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University, and while studying there I learned all of the other orchestral string instruments which are the viola, cello, and bass. I have also has conducted many student and senior orchestras, and have gained 6 years of experience being a private teacher for all levels.
My main goal for my students is to help them build the very solid basics of their instrument. With my training and experience with string instruments, I can help them develop a good sound that will give them the confidence to continue their studies and perform for others. Although my training has been mostly in classical music, I have had experience teaching all kinds of genres such as country, bluegrass, and pop.
Piano, Singing, Violin, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass, Viola
I began piano lessons at age 8, and joined choir at age 10. I have played orchestral instruments since the age of 11, and have continued my musical education for over 20 years. I have had a lot of performing experience, as well as teaching experience. After playing with my collegiate symphonies and bands, I taught in the public school system for 7 years. I have continued to teach music lessons from 2000.
As a former public school orchestra teacher, I specialize in public school methods, and the repertoire associated with progressing in in the school system. This includes classical music, Jazz, Rock, and Pop. While I follow the Bastien method for beginner piano students, and Essential Elements 2000 for beginner string students, I am creative with expanding repertoire based on student desires and needs and am able to help students excel in other genres as well.
Violin, Music Theory, Fiddle
I started playing the violin when I was 7. I had the best violin teacher, and she took me through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, grades 1-7, and theory. When I went to college I studied under Charles Mutter (then leader of Edinburgh's string quartet) and Tristan Gurney - both very accomplished and well-known violinists in the UK. I hope to bring what I have learned from these three to my students, with my own flare. I have played in a few orchestras - West Dunbartonshire Senior Schools orchestra, Glasgow Senior Schools String Orchestra, Clydebank High School's string ensemble, choir and windband, and the University of Edinburgh Napier's Chamber Orchestra. Orchestras are where I learned to have a passion for music and to really appreciate what being a musician was all about.
In around Austin I sit in regularly with acts such as Gashcat (Kyle Craft) and Wild Bill, and play in a band called My Russian Princess where I get to not only play my violin, but sing and play a synthesizer. I also perform in a duet with Meggan Carney where I sing harmonies and play accompanying violin parts.
Renata is currently pursuing her DMA degree in viola performance at the University of Texas (Austin) under tutelage of Roger Myers. She obtained her Graduate Certificate and Masters degree in Viola Performance at USC under tutelage of Donald McInnes. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, where she studied with Susan Dubois (viola) and Cynthia Roberts (baroque violin). She started her studies on violin when she was aged 9, and has since performed as soloist with various orchestras, including the Hugo Lambrechts symphony orchestra (Cape Town), the Cape Town philharmonic, the USC Early music Ensemble, UNT collegium and UNT symphony orchestra. She has participated in the Manchester Chamber Music festival, Vermont, the Stellenbosch Chamber festival, attended Music Academy of the West and performed in the Franco-Americaine recontres de chambre musique concert series, France. Renata enjoys a great variety of musical endeavors and has had the opportunity to work in person with many composers on various concerts, in addition she enjoys historical performance practice and is delighted to have been included as baroque violinist and violist in various groups around the US.
Violin, English, Language, Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola
Have you always dreamed about learning to play violin with a professional and passionate teacher? Then I would like to meet you!
My name is Mariam and I am a professional musician/violin teacher with a Master's Degree from the University of Texas in Austin. I have lived and taught violin all over the world, worked in the Austin Waldorf School and in the Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin among other places. For the last 5 years I was a part of a String Faculty as a Violin Professor at the Mahidol University in Thailand. Of course, all those years I kept performing and making music as a soloist, chamber and orchestra player.
Being a musician, I got to travel and to live all over the world. During my vast experience in many countries on three continents I have come across all kinds of people interested in music. Beginners and advanced, professionals and amateurs, adults and children. Some of them felt attracted to it by a yet undiscovered force, some searched for the last pieces of mosaic that would complete the whole picture of their lives. To some of them, music has finally given answers while to others it posed even more complicated questions. But, as Ludwig van Beethoven has put it, "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."
I believe music has a uniting power over us all, how ever different we might seem at first. A good performance is a reminder of an incredibly benevolent guiding force behind. And sparkling eyes of a child (or adult), proud of his first major achievement on this path are totally worth hours of hard work and even occasional frustration.
That's why in my teaching I try to guide and nourish what Nature has given, sharing with my students knowledge and appreciation of this wonderful art. It is my belief that even if one has a rough day, once a person enters this incredible world of music, he or she will always be truly happy.
"If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music."
Let the music begin!
Guitar, Piano, Violin, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
My name is Richard, and I am a musician/violinist/composer with a Master of Music in Composition/Theory from Penn State. I began violin lessons at age 5. Since then, I have been involved in bands, orchestras, and choirs throughout school. As a composer and recording artist, I am interested in electronic composition, interactive media, songwriting, film music, and video game music. I have experience writing music for and working with orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, film, and video games. Along with my sister, Cecilia, we released our debut electronic/pop album, "Henri," under the name, Umu. I have experience teaching violin, piano, music theory, songwriting, and audio production lessons.
I'm always open to the interests of the student and what he/she wants to learn. Being exposed to a variety of different styles of music throughout my life, I can share these experiences through teaching. Whether you are interested in instrumental performance or music composition, you can expect to have a fun time learning things you never knew about music.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."