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Violin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Fiddle
I started to learn violin when I was four, so I have 19 years together with violin. I’ve experienced the whole process becoming a mature player from a beginner. During that time, I attended various orchestras. Competed with other players at various competitions and received many awards. As a result, Stage experience taught me how to teach my students fight with apprehension I have explored in detail the difficulty a student will encounter at different growing stage, and I have the key to solve them. Now, with the education that I received from California State University, Sacramento, my teaching ability has been further strengthened dramatically.
For beginners, I mainly use Suzuki violin method and Schradieck's School of Violin Technique. Sevcik's School of Violin Bowing Technique will be added for intermediate players. When a student reaches advanced level, he or she is required to perform all Bach's violin solo partitas and sonatas and Paganini 24 caprices. Fundamental and musicianship will be equally emphasized. Musicality is hardly expressed unless supported with solid fundamental. On the other hand, The music sounds cool without a personality. A successful musician owns both. A designed teaching plan will be applied to each individual students, according to his or her level and weak points. So, everyone learns in a most fun and efficient way.
With more than 20 years of teaching experience for the cello, I have taught students of all ages, throughout California and overseas. I earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Cello Performance and am currently the Principal cellist for the Camellia Symphony, California. In addition, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin lessons to my students in Folsom, Napa and Sacramento.
My professional performing experience began in Medellin, Colombia in 1985 with the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra where I was their Soloist beginning in 1992 and later on, as First Cello, from 1998-2002.
While in Colombia, I also performed with the Antioquia Symphonic Orchestra and the Antioquia Chamber Orchestra from 1991-1999.
I left my hometown of Medellin to come to the United States where I performed with the Texas Christian University Orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas in 2000. Returning to Medellin, I spent the next year with the Eafit Symphonic Orchestra.
Finally, I settled in Sacramento in 2003, coming here to earn my Master's Degree in Cello Performance while performing throughout the next year with the California State University, Sacramento Symphony.
In Sacramento, I have also performed with the Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra and with several other chamber groups.
At this time, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin. My students range in age from six to seventy years and enjoy learning in a relaxing environment at their own pace.
I incorporate several different teaching styles to meet each students' individual needs and abilities.
Piano, Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn
Gaw is a voice artist, music teacher, and arranger local to the Sacramento area, specializing in styles such as Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Classical. She began her music experience with the baritone at age 12, and eventually learned to play the violin, trumpet, French horn, piano, and percussion. She received her B.M. in Jazz Studies and currently working on her Master in Voice Performance at California State University of Sacramento.
Gaw sings locally in various Sacramento venues, such as Shady Lady, JB lounge and Capital Garage. She won multiple Downbeat Awards with vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She performed with Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Donald Kendrick and performed with world class choir RSVP (Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace). Gaw played brass with the championship level drum and bugle corps, Mandarins and Blue Devils A.
Gaw is a positive, personable, and enthusiastic teacher. She began teaching music in 2004 at VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Charter), and she taught percussion for several years at C.K. McClatchy High School and a season with Folsom High School. She directed C.K. McClatchy High School choir and was the student director for Sac State vocal jazz ensemble Vox 2 for many years.
She is a currently a graduate assistant and the new director of vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She also teaches privately in Sacramento and Roseville.
Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice
I grew up in a household of 9 where music was always center stage. We would sing as a family in different venues and were often called the VonTrapp family. I have enjoyed singing and performing from a young age. I began studying flute at age 8, after scoring highest in the harmony listening exam and began formal violin lessons at the age of 9. I studied all genres including, fiddle, classical, musical theater and 20th century. I have continued to study violin since then and have performed in many orchestras and small groups, such as Honor Orchestra, the Paradise Symphony, the Yuba College Orchestra, Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society Orchestra and more. I have been concert master and first stand in many of these. I have also soloed in many and have been the first violinist in quartets for countless weddings and other events. I have also played in numerous pit orchestras for musicals.
I have been in choirs and soloing since I can remember. I have performed and soloed in choirs such as the Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society, CSUS Chamber Choir, the CSUS Women's Choir and more. I have toured to Victoria, Montreal, Ottowa, Oregon and Washington. I have also been in opera productions such as The Magic Flute, Peleas and Melisande and Die Fledermaus (The Bat) with CSUS Opera. I am a recent recipient of the Saturday Club Scholarship, a prestigious award, and have won many competitions (some repeatedly) both vocally and with violin, such as the Tri-County Competition, Young Artist Competitions, and the California Soloist and Ensemble Competitions. Additionally, I have performed musical theater repertoire and have performed as lead in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and Into the Woods. I have also soloed with the Yuba College jazz band.
I have earned my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Sacramento. I have my Associates Degrees in both Music and Early Childhood Education from Yuba College.Additionally, I have obtained my certificate of completion of training from Music Together, an organization which trains teachers to teach Basic Music Competence (both in tonality and rhythm), and am currently teaching this curriculum.
I have been teaching music privately for ten years to all ages, genders and abilities. Additionally, I have taught ages 0-5 years in a preschool setting for 5 years and am extremely familiar with developmentally appropriate practices, as I am site supervisor qualified. I also have experience teaching parent child classes and am familiar with how to teach to the particular needs of each family and student.
I'm extremely excited and looking forward to growing as a professional, both teaching and performing, in both the areas of violin and voice; I can't wait to share my passion with you and to ignite your passion for music too.
Violinist Mariya M. is a Master of Music candidate at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying as a scholarship student with Joel Smirnoff. Originally from Tallinn, Estonia, Mariya began violin studies at the age of seven. In 2010, Mariya received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Linda Cerone and Joel Smirnoff. She has participated in the chamber music program at Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of the Cavani String Quartet and Peter Salaff. She is a recipient of the Berta Stever/Pascal Monk Scholarship in 2007 and Sacramento Symphony Young Artist Competition Prize Winner, and Robert and Patricia Peabody scholarship winner. She has participated in Banff Center Master class and Orchestra program, Aspen and Pilsen Music Festivals. She has played in the masterclasses for Ian Swenson, Zina Schiff, Pamela Frank, Joel Smirnoff, Soovin Kim, Donald Weilerstein, Kolja Lessing, Elisabeth Wallfish and Daniel Phillips. She has played under such conductors as Fabio Luisi, Leonard Slatkin, Pinchas Steinberg, Joel Smirnoff, Carl Topilow, Gerhardt Zimmerman, Lior Shambadal, Joel Sachs and Christopher Wilkins in such venues as Severance and Reinberger Halls, Kulas Hall, Mixon Hall and the Mondavi Center. She has collaborated with pianists Anita Pontremoli and Christine Hill. Mariya has been a member of the Canton and Firelands Symphonies and a regular substitute of the Akron Symphony.
I am confident to provide you with the skills needed to enjoy playing violin: I have eleven years of experience in violin performance, three years of teaching experience,and participating in variety of musical ensembles, orchestras, and musical theater productions. I am currently a music student in college and working on my degree in music.
I will create a learning environment, help to discover your musical talent and make your dreams come true about music.
I believe that "time is valuable". I guarantee to give the productive lessons, core skills needed with the positive outcome in a very short time.
only a compassionate teacher can be your true friend.
I am here to take your hands and push you steps forward toward your dreams.
"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."