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Began violin lessons at age 8.
At age 15 was accepted into the elite program at the School of Music in Odessa, Ukraine.
Continued on to one of the premier music Universities in the world: Kiev State Conservatory, where I received a Masters degree in Teaching and Performing arts.
Throughout my higher education I have held Violin Instructor positions first at the Kiev Music School and then at the Conservatory.
My Professional Career in Ukraine and USA includes performance with numerous symphony and chamber groups, such as Kiev Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Jose Symphony.
I am passionate and dedicated to my Art which is reflected in my teaching style and in the results my students consistently achieve.
My ultimate goal as an instructor is to convey to my students the beauty of making music. I define success to be the ability to see the joy that playing for yourself and others brings to you and your audience.
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My Method and Goals:
Proper technique is the key to producing extraordinary sound and growing as a violist. I ensure that my students gain solid understanding of these fundamentals first and foremost.
A significant part of the first few lessons will be devoted to developing proper posture and hold of the instrument. A good violinist must be relaxed to prevent muscle tension and produce those rich, spellbinding notes. Soon the instrument begins to feel like an extension of the hands, and students begin to progress much quicker, seeing (and hearing) surprising results.
I can follow the Suzuki method if requested, but much prefer principles of the Russian School. I will be happy to discuss the benefits of each with you.
*** Studio Equipment ***
on ground floor of townhouse w/ seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
Student has to have his own instrument. I can provide the music sheets
*** Specialties ***
Classical music. Mostly traditional Russian method of violin teaching, also Suzuki.
My name is Kristen K. and I am an accomplished violinist and teacher from Lexington, Kentucky. I began my musical studies at age 7 and quickly discovered my passion and love for music. As a young musician, I attended numerous summer music festivals, participated in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. I was a winner of two concerto competitions, which gave me the opportunity to perform solos with the youth orchestra. I continued my studies at the University of Kentucky as a Violin Performance major and it was there that I discovered my love for teaching music! After completing my performance degree, I decided to also pursue a Bachelor’s in Music Education. During my college career, I served as a teaching assistant in the University of Kentucky String Project, I taught group and private lessons at several local middle and high schools, and also maintained my own private violin and viola studio. I was also awarded the McCracken Scholarship Award for Excellence in Music Education. The most rewarding part of teaching has been seeing my students continually improve and reach their goals!
In addition to teaching, I also am an avid performer. I have been a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years and was a member of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. I perform as a soloist, in chamber groups, and in orchestras regularly at various events and concerts. In the past few years I have attended international chamber music festivals in Prague, Czech Republic and in Lucca, Italy. I have also had the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most renowned musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Gil Shaham in additional to performing in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Studying music has provided me with many wonderful opportunities to learn and to grow. It is my goal to help students really love and enjoy playing music and develop the skills that allow us to share the magic of beautiful sound. Maintaining a high level of mastery as well as continuing to learn about the art of teaching are fundamentally equal and of highest priority for me. Through teaching music, I hope to inspire students and help them reach their potential.
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My teaching style is relaxed and understanding of where each student is at, while always maintaining a quick pace for learning new skills and always expecting the student to put forth their best effort. I am very encouraging and positive. I work with each student and his or her parents to determine short and long term goals and try to best provide the materials, instruction and motivation to achieve those goals!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, well lit, piano, music stands
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical music but I also teach bluegrass and fiddle. I particularly like the Suzuki Method for beginning to intermediate students, but when they become more advanced I begin to incorporate concertos and sonatas.
Hi there! I'm a recent graduate of the Juilliard Master's program in Historical Performance. I'm new to the bay area after being in NYC and love it here. I did my undergraduate degree at Sacramento State, where I did a minor in photography and was a member of the honor society. I was an assistant teacher in the String Project program at CSUS, where I taught alongside Judy Bossuat-Gallic, a colleague of Shinichi Suzuki. I have taught at the Sacramento School of Music, Tim's Music, Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Music Workshop, and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra camp. I am Suzuki Book 1 trained with certificate pending and am a member of Music Teacher's Association of California.
Aside from teaching, I am an avid performer and concertize frequently. I am a regular member of the New York Baroque Incorporated, New Vintage Baroque, The Albany Consort and Jubilate Orchestra. I am also the Executive Director of The Albany Consort.
I am excited to meet these great students and teach them why I love playing the violin! Thanks for reading my profile. :-)
I started teaching helping out with a middle school orchestra and from there have taught both privately and in groups in and out of schools!
Violin and viola teacher for classical, jazz, fiddle tunes. 18 years experience teaching school orchestra, 22 years private lessons. Teach many types of learners: gifted and lots of strategies to help those with learning challenges. I lived in India for a year, so I am encouraging and supportive of multi-lingual families. I love music and enjoy the chance to share this with others.
Quotes from students:
“With this artful blend of soul and solid technique, Leah is able to both impress and inspire students to become ever better musicians. ”~Heather Morgan, Violist
"As an adult student, Leah was both an example and an inspiration, able to fuse my prior experience in music with the intricacies of playing a new instrument. I felt encouraged and motivated to practice on my own."~Cary Stark, Adult Beginner Cellist
I have both a BM and an advanced Performance Diploma from the Boston Conservatory and am currently a fellow of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra studying under Dan Carlson of the San Francisco Symphony. I've been teaching privately for 12 years. All of my students are of varying age (3-70s) and backgrounds. I enjoy personalizing lessons as everyone learns differently.
I have taught in the U.S., France, and Brazil.
Some of my classical performance experience includes Symphony NH, Cape Cod Symphony, L'Orchestre Lamoureux of Paris, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra (China tour 2009-2010), One Found Sound, as well as being a part of the Apple Hill Fellowship String Quartet (Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music). I have also performed with pop-stars such as Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Childish Gambino, Rod Stewart, Il Divo, as well as theatrical productions in both the U.S. and Europe.
"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."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"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."