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Music Theory, Viola, Violin
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.
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are a balance of fun and focus. My students quickly learn the basics and start playing familiar melodies. I teach memorization techniques to develop a performing repertoire.
In addition, my students develop abilities in rhythm, melody, harmony, understanding of theory, and improvisation. I also help with school orchestra practice and audition preparation.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, desk, piano keyboard, recording equipment, music stands, couch for parents to observe and wait or participate.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own violin and bow, music stand and a notebook. Students may also need to purchase sheet music/music books. I will provide basic recording equipment (audio and video), and pre-recorded piano or orchestra accompaniment. A live piano accompanist is available for recitals and pre-recital rehearsals.
*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin - All for Strings, Essential Elements, Suzuki, Russian methods, or a combination of the above.
Fiddle - Klezmer, American, Celtic
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation.
Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Violin
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!
*** Lesson Details ***
I approach teaching private music lessons in a way that is both fun and productive. Students will find my personality to be very warm, encouraging, and easy going. I am genuinely passionate about helping students reach their musical goals, whether they are career oriented or simply as a hobby. I am well versed in a variety of literature on each instrument that I teach, and will help students find enjoyment in learning to make music at any age. I believe in having a strong foundation in the basic fundamentals of music technique and also in the importance of playing styles of music that are both fun and rewarding. It can certainly be challenging to learn a new skill, but with hard work, determination, and fun motivation, it will certainly be worthwhile!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Open living room setting. Upright piano. Couches for parents. Parking across the street. One small, friendly dog.
*** Specialties ***
I am very well rounded in both popular and more traditional styles of music. I do not necessarily insist on teaching from any one particular series of method book, although I am familiar with several. I will work with each student to determine which method books are most appropriate and also provide supplemental materials. If you already own a book, have a particular one in mind, or are already playing from a certain book in school, that is fine, too!
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 teacher. When I started playing violin at the age of 43, I was a raw beginner with no previous musical experience. I am now in my eighth month of lessons. I am very pleased with my progress and even happier to say that I play daily with enthusiasm and joy.
Mr. L. has contributed immeasurably towards a very satisfying practical, psychological and spiritual violin practice. Mr. L. is a true inspiration. His use of intuition,patience and balance have helped me in my search for joy in movement and expression through the violin. Mr. L. has many qualities as a person and as a teacher. The one that stands out in my mind is his sincerity of heart. He wants me to play well,to be happy and to love my violin. Every time I leave my lesson I think how blessed I am to be receiving the gift of his teaching. I am not just a violin student to Mr. L. I am a whole person. He taps in to his life experience to communicate with me in a most effective manner. I believe his use of breath and body work have been key to my success.
The benefits of learning the violin with Mr. L. have spilled over into other parts of my life. I feel my life has been enhanced physically,mentally and emotionally. Mr. L. has instilled in me a love of music and learning.
I am so glad that Mr. L. is with me on my journey with music. I have no doubt that it would have been a very short trip had I not had the good fortune to be taught by him.
"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."