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Subjects tought in person: Viola, Violin and Piano
Education: Aug 2006----May 2013 University of Missouri-Kansas City (Doctor of Musical Arts and Performance)
Sept. 2004----May 2006 Mannes School of Music (Performance Diploma)
Sept.2002-----May 2004 Mannes School of Music (Master of Music)
About: I have been a lover of Classical music since I was very young. I was fortunate enough to have my major in Viola performance for my entire study. My educational background has prepared me for the role of Musical Performance teacher. In particular, my studies of Viola Performance and Musical Education have given me a solid background to instruct students in all aspects of musical training. I am eager to contribute my enthusiasm and up-to-date skills to students of all ages in the instruments of my specialty.
Drum, Piano, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola
I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.
Violin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola
Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to Violin Performance, I teach Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several teaching methods to best suit the needs of a student and make lessons enjoyable and productive. I introduce my students to a variety of styles while teaching classical techniques for lifetime skills. When not teaching, I play with Nova Vista Symphony (First Violin) ,Campbell String Chamber Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros.
Piano, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Flute
Music has been a large part of my life since I first started taking piano lessons at the age of six. In fifth grade, I learned to play the flute, and I performed in bands all the way through college. In high school, I also picked up the violin, and enjoyed playing in orchestras as well. I earned my Bachelors degree in Music Education and my California teaching credential from Biola University in Southern California. During that time, I enjoyed playing many other instruments. My primary instruments are the flute, piano, and violin, although I also play (and teach) beginning clarinet, viola, and cello.
In addition to giving private lessons, I also teach school band and orchestra, so I bring the added perspective of a conductor who can help students learn how their part fits in with the whole ensemble. I have taught elementary, middle school, and high school band and orchestra, as well as clinics and small group classes.
Currently, I teach music in the Los Altos School District. I also enjoy performance opportunities. I have years of experience teaching private lessons on several instruments to students of all ages and backgrounds. I love to help students experience the joy of music, whether it is as a future career, or simply as a hobby. My goal for my students is to learn and grow as musicians, and to have fun in the process!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola
Hello, my name is Chris. I am currently a Jazz Studies major at San Jose State University. I began my musical journey at Dartmouth Middle School. I played saxophone, and was only mildly interested in music. I stayed in music in high school, but remained only mildly interested until my Sophomore year. I discovered the trumpet and began to listen to Louis Armstrong, and became obsessed with jazz and mastering the trumpet. In just 2 short years, I had studied enough trumpet to travel South America with the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra. After my South American tour, I decided to teach privately and share my talents with the world. I won a scholarship to San Jose State for music excellence in 2009, and joined the Spartan Marching Band. While in this prestigious organization I performed in Olympic Stadiums, Disneyland, and all over San Jose. I am currently working toward a Bachelor of Music with a dual emphasis in Music Education and Jazz Studies from San Jose State. I work for TakeLessons.com, and Manzana Music.
In addition to in person lessons, I teach online. Online lessons use Skype, which provides students with a convenient opportunity to get high quality music lessons. I have personally received lessons online from the highest level of professionals. I recommend online lessons to anyone who is not able to attend in person lessons, or prefers the convenience of online lessons.
I graduated from Boston College with a bachelors and I started a Masters Program in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Though my higher education does not necessarily lend itself to playing the violin, I can reassure you that my abilities along with my experience totally qualifies me as an able teacher that can guide a student of any age through a step by step process on how to learn to play the violin. I personally will be following the footsteps of my own private teacher, Margaret Pardee. Margaret Pardee is a professor at Juilliard and was a teaching assistant to Ivan Galamian. Using my learning experiences that I shared with Mrs. Pardee, I will pass down her teachings to whomever becomes my student.
I was concert master of the Cold Spring Harbor High school orchestra. While studying under Margaret Pardee I attended Mannes Music School and qualified for All County and All State orchestras of New York where I attained competitive seat assignments. I attended Killington Music Festival for three years where I played with notable musicians from around the country and the world. I have played the violin for 26 years and I am a dedicated teacher who is fun yet also serious about having a structured foundation.
Scales, Etudes, and finally Solo Pieces will round out every lesson. That is of course, assuming that we make it through the scales and etudes. Throughout my musical education it has been reiterated that scales are the most important to forming a solid base. While the solo piece of music may be most appealing to a student, there can be little gain without scales and etudes.
"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."