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Violin is my secondary instrument. I've been studying violin for 6 years, and have professionally performed with violin as well. Unlike many teachers who approach teaching from violin first and a cursory understanding of viola, I can appreciate and instruct to the important differences between the two.
I can teach students at any skill level, and have a broad knowledge of violin technique and repertoire.
I'm a freelance musician and teacher in the Bay Area. I recently graduated from Sacramento State with my Bachelors of Music. I have been teaching for years, both privately and through the University system, it has given me training for teaching every stage from beginners with no experience to preparing young musicians for college auditions.
No matter what you skill level, I can give you the tools to improve.
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.
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I use a variety of materials for the violin, depending on the skill level and desires of the student. I am well rounded in classical, folk, and popular literature at these levels. I will work with students to select materials that are effective and enjoyable.
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 ...
I have been playing violin for several years, after many years of music experience, and currently have several violin students.
Chris Johnson has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. Chris Johnson has helped students place in advanced ensembles, win awards, compete in band competitions, and further their passion for the arts.
Chris Johnson is receiving his training from San Jose State University where he is studying Music Education and Jazz Studies. Chris Johnson is a nationally TIPS Certified bartender through ABC Bartending College. As an expert in his field, Chris Johnson looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Chris Johnson's teaching style is flexible based on students needs, structured, and based on state and industry standards.
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Aside from performing, I love ...
I am an experienced instructor focused on beginning students of any age. It is never too late to learn the violin. I use the Shinozaki method as the primary textbook with Suzuki and Miller as supplemental texts. Students will be introduced to the history and structure of the violin and will learn how to read music, accurate intonation, identifying notes by ear, correct posture, proper bow holding, breathing and relaxation techniques. Methods I've developed over the years will help beginners master techniques that normally take years to develop and will allow students to quickly build up confidence and overcome psychological barriers.
Here is a recommendation written for me by a former student:
I am pleased to write a letter recommending Mr. John L. as an excellent violin ...
The most recognized instrument in the world - and you can learn to play it, too! I have been teaching violin for several years, and I enjoy using the Essential Elements series of books for beginners.
Hello! I have been performing musically for over 15 years, and I have been teaching privately for 10. I studied Jazz at West Valley College and graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Music. I play professionally, performing for local musical theatres and music festivals. I currently work as the worship director of a church in Fremont - and I love it! I play all of the string instruments and my primary instrument is bass. I love working with youth, and many of my younger students have won performance awards at various organizations like CMEA!
"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."