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Marcus R.

Austin, TX

In violin lessons, I strive to push my students to play as professionally as possible while stretching themselves creatively. Beginning-Intermediate students will work out of the Essential Elements and Suzuki Method books in order to develop a solid technical foundation before branching out into broader repertoire. I make sure that lessons progress steadily and that students are comfortable with technique and reading before advancing to new skills. With intermediate-advanced students I work on solo/duo pieces as well as more theoretically minded practices. I try to instill a basic knowledge of music theory into all of my violin students since that can be a key asset when learning music for UIL competitions or auditions of any kind. I'm also specialized in a number of non-classical violin styles and am happy to work with students towards any stylistic goal that they have.

About Marcus

I have been playing music since I was about 13 years old. I initially started out on guitar but I quickly picked up mandolin, banjo, and ukulele thanks to the great theoretical tools I'd learned from my first teacher! I started studying alto saxophone around the same time I picked up guitar and began extensively studying violin a few years later.

I quickly began writing songs and at 15, I recorded my first album of original material with production help from Grammy award winning producer/guitarist Joe Reyes. Joe and I would go on to make four other records together and I would wind up doin
g string arrangements for one of his albums as well.

While still in high school, I began playing with a number of bands in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas as well as a few groups in Austin, Texas all while still playing in my high school's orchestra! At 18, I got to tour the country playing violin/saxophone/musical saw with the Austin band Moth!Fight!

I earned my Bachelor's degree in music composition at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. At Trinity, I was able to fully explore my love of composing while honing my technique at classical violin and classical/jazz guitar. During this time, I was voted Best Instrumentalist by San Antonio's alternative weekly (the San Antonio Current). I also saw many of my compositions performed at many classical/new music festivals such as Seamus,ICMC, Spark Festival, and EMM and by ensembles such as the SOLI Chamber Ensemble.

In college, I also taught a "School of Rock" class at the Magik Children's Theater. In these classes, I taught young beginning instrumentalists how to play a number of pop/rock songs in the span of two weeks.

I moved to Valencia, California in the fall of 2012 as an MFA candidate in Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts. Since moving to LA, I've had the opportunity to perform with internationally renewed pop bands such as Faust and Vinyl Williams in addition to performing/collaborating with well known composers around the city. I also have the wonderful job of co-teaching a musicianship skills class at CalArts!

As you can see, music is my life! I have experience playing a number of genres and I want to help you find your musical passion!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons together will be laid-back and fun but also challenging. I truly believe that one of the best way for students to learn is for them to work on music that they enjoy. Therefore, I approach lessons by learning the interests and goals of my students and then teaching them the techniques they need to achieve their musical ambitions. If students aren't sure what they like yet then we'll try out a number of different styles until one or more stick! I am experienced playing lots of styles so feel free to bring anything in!

Beginning students can expect to learn a number of fun songs/exercises in order to familiarize themselves with basic techniques and reading practices. Once a student feels comfortable with basic technique, I work with them to find songs/pieces that interest them but also reinforce and develop their technical skill sets. Within a few weeks, you'll be able to play all sorts of songs! And within a few months you'll understand the basics of improvisation and theory!

I teach all of my students the basics of music theory. Understanding, the music you're playing is just as important as technique! I integrate this in a way that makes it relevant to whatever pieces or techniques we're working on at a time.

Students can expect to take home a small handful of exercises to practice after every lesson. For half hour instrumental lessons, I'll assign a song or piece (usually of the student's choosing) and a technical assignment/piece of some sort (these will be scales, improv exercises, or etudes of some sort). For 45 minute-hour long instrumental lessons, I'll assign the same material plus an additional song or exercise. Students studying recording programs like Ableton or Logic will have assignments that examine technical/musical aspects of the program every week. Students studying music theory or songwriting will usually have assigned readings and written assignments! Don't worry all assignments will be FUN and designed to fit your interests! Practice assignments can always be designed to fit the student's schedule as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Students are welcome to try various instruments during their first lesson but should be able to provide their own instrument for subsequent lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students only need to provide their instrument. I can bring an amplifier if the student is studying electric guitar. I'm also happy to photocopy book pages/pieces for students.

*** Specialties ***
Pop/Rock (all kinds!), Jazz, Blues, Folk/Country, Classical, Music Theory, The Recording Programs Logic and Ableton, Songwriting
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Amy B. December 3, 2014
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
My 11-year-old daughter is loving her fiddle lessons with Marcus. He is patient, flexible, and encouraging. He manages to infuse the lessons with humor and fun while also facilitating serious technical progress. We recommend him highly!
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Christopher L. October 23, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Marcus is great! I have been working with him for over three months. I am 37 and did not consider myself to be a musician at all when I started working with Marcus. I set a personal goal to learn to play something, and I can do that now. Marcus is friendly, communicates well, adapts to my learning style and pace, and has been really patient in helping me learn the basics.

He has been super-flexible with scheduling. I was a little apprehensive about going to a stranger's home, but it's not weird at all. His place is comfortable and inviting.
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Rosemary V. May 1, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Excellent instructor-Highly recommended

Marcus has been an excellent instructor. He is friendly, patient, and professional. He does a great job of explaining concepts. If I need to reschedule a lesson he is always willing to work with whatever times are best for me.

He is very knowledgeable about different music styles and bands.

At our first lesson, he asked if I had any music I was specifically interested in learning. I appreciated his focus on making the lessons more personal instead of just following the instruction book.
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Marcus R.

Marcus R.

Austin, TX 78756
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Bethany P.

Austin, TX

About Bethany

I started playing the violin when I was 7. I had the best violin teacher, and she took me through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, grades 1-7, and theory. When I went to college I studied under Charles Mutter (then leader of Edinburgh's string quartet) and Tristan Gurney - both very accomplished and well-known violinists in the UK. I hope to bring what I have learned from these three to my students, with my own flare. I have played in a few orchestras - West Dunbartonshire Senior Schools orchestra, Glasgow Senior Schools String Orchestra, Clydebank High School's string ensem
ble, choir and windband, and the University of Edinburgh Napier's Chamber Orchestra. Orchestras are where I learned to have a passion for music and to really appreciate what being a musician was all about.

In around Austin I sit in regularly with acts such as Gashcat (Kyle Craft) and Wild Bill, and play in a band called My Russian Princess where I get to not only play my violin, but sing and play a synthesizer. I also perform in a duet with Meggan Carney where I sing harmonies and play accompanying violin parts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am not an uptight teacher, but I do believe in working hard to achieve success. I like to give my students a music notebook with goals listed in it, so that they know what I expect them to have tried to grasp for the next lesson. For beginners, I usually like to work through Essential Elements for violin as it is simple to understand, and has some familiar tunes and nursery rhymes which are easy to pick up. As the student grows, we will tackle more difficult pieces. I mostly teach classical and fiddle music, but have branched out to jazz, rock and some country when specifically asked to.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front Room: couch, coffee table, rocking chair, one cat,various instruments and accessories (organ, drum kit, guitars, ukuleles, amps, mics/stands etc), parents can sit in on lesson, or on patio in the back yard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide books to be purchased, and bring my violin and music stand. They will provide their own violin.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Baroque, fiddle.
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Matthew Jackson May 29, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
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Arlette L. August 25, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is learning to play the violin. Bethany is extremely patient, kind and paces the lessons nicely. We'll continue to take lessons with Bethany.
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Arati S. July 26, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Caring and responsive teacher. Daughter enjoys her lessons!
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Bethany P.

Bethany P.

Austin, TX 78745
(5)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Mariam H.

Austin, TX

About Mariam

Have you always dreamed about learning to play violin with a professional and passionate teacher? Then I would like to meet you!

My name is Mariam and I am a professional musician/violin teacher with a Master's Degree from the University of Texas in Austin. I have lived and taught violin all over the world, worked in the Austin Waldorf School and in the Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin among other places. For the last 5 years I was a part of a String Faculty as a Violin Professor at the Mahidol University in Thailand. Of course, all those years I kept performing and making music as a solo
ist, chamber and orchestra player.

Being a musician, I got to travel and to live all over the world. During my vast experience in many countries on three continents I have come across all kinds of people interested in music. Beginners and advanced, professionals and amateurs, adults and children. Some of them felt attracted to it by a yet undiscovered force, some searched for the last pieces of mosaic that would complete the whole picture of their lives. To some of them, music has finally given answers while to others it posed even more complicated questions. But, as Ludwig van Beethoven has put it, "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."

I believe music has a uniting power over us all, how ever different we might seem at first. A good performance is a reminder of an incredibly benevolent guiding force behind. And sparkling eyes of a child (or adult), proud of his first major achievement on this path are totally worth hours of hard work and even occasional frustration.

That's why in my teaching I try to guide and nourish what Nature has given, sharing with my students knowledge and appreciation of this wonderful art. It is my belief that even if one has a rough day, once a person enters this incredible world of music, he or she will always be truly happy.

"If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music."
Thomas Carlyle

Let the music begin!

*** Lesson Details ***
Welcome, students of all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced, all those who dream about learning how to play violin and enjoy music!
Besides regular lessons I offer preparation for entrance examinations to music schools and colleges in Europe and USA, scholarship and orchestra auditions, ABRSM, IGCSE, A-level exams etc. I am familiar with almost every system and style out there, be it Suzuki, Royal or anything in between but of course I myself come from the great Russian school of playing and I use a lot of its style in my teaching. However, fear not, I am not strict at all, only encouraging and trying to bring out the best in each and every student.

I also teach online lessons now via Skype and am available nationwide and internationally!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio with piano, violin and viola, music stand, computer and sheet music. Waiting area on patio with tables and chairs, parents can sit in on lessons or go have a coffee on the patio enjoying the view. Parking on street. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instruments, stands

*** Specialties ***
Russian style
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Susan M. October 26, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mariam is energetic, clear and kind. She is very educated and experienced. I come from a Suzuki background and had not played for a few years. Mariam was able to work with me easily.
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Teresa S. June 5, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Wonderful exciting teacher

I have had several lessons now and have not only learned a lot, but enjoyed my lesson time. Mariam is very fun and pushes me to try new things while keeping me reviewing the old.
I get a high quality teacher in my home every week that wants me to improve as much as I want to improve my violin skills. After just two lessons people I have played for have commented on just how much I have improved lately.
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Mariam H.

Mariam H.

Austin, TX 78745
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Brandon C.

Austin, TX

About Brandon

Brandon has been surrounded by music since a young age, having both parents as musicians. Brandon began his musical carrier playing the trumpet eventually branching out to piano, a little violin, composing, and conducting. He attended the University of Central Florida where he received a BA and MA in composition and conducting respectively.

While in Orlando, Brandon worked as a part of the A Gift for Music program teaching beginning violin to inner-city elementary school children. He was also the conductor of the A Gift for Music Core Orchestra, a group of very talented young string stude
nts. Brandon was also the Brass Instructor for a local Jr./Sr. High School where he taught trumpet lessons, coached brass ensembles, and accompanied students on the piano. On top of this Brandon also had a small studio in the area.

Currently Brandon is a graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin where he is studying composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I find the most important thing is to make sure the student has fun making music. I realize that everyone is different and I try to cater to the needs of the individual while still making sure that there is advancement in technique and musicianship. It is also a goal of mine to make sure that every students learns to practice without having someone ask them to do it.

I believe it is important to have a strong foundation when playing music. If that foundation is there it is easier to have fun making music and far less likely for a student to fail. For beginners I generally start with basic technique and gradually shift into playing pieces. If a student has been playing for a while, I will find out where they are in their musical journey and take it from there. I also try to focus on developing musicianship and individuality. I can not stress how important it is to not only have fun but to practice. It takes a great deal of dedication and effort to become a good musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some music and small things like the occasional rosin or valve oil. I can also help students find rental venues for instruments. I would expect the students to have their own instrument/s and material to properly take care of the instrument. I would also expect them to keep the music we are currently working on with them.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music though I can teach popular music and basic improvisation. I try to focus on expression and technique with students.
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Brandon C.

Brandon C.

Austin, TX 78741
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Richard D.

Austin, TX

Beginner violin lessons start with an emphasis on physical interaction with the instrument and reading music in the treble clef. Students will soon read and play simple melodies from the recommended music list. Students will set goals to learn a piece of music that interests them. With guided practice and technical advice, I will make sure that the students reach their goals.

For the higher level violin lessons, I will offer guidance with any solo or ensemble piece that students are currently practicing. Also, I will encourage students to pick a piece of music or style of music that interests them as a goal to work towards.

About Richard

My name is Richard, and I am a musician/violinist/composer with a Master of Music in Composition/Theory from Penn State. I began violin lessons at age 5. Since then, I have been involved in bands, orchestras, and choirs throughout school. As a composer and recording artist, I am interested in electronic composition, interactive media, songwriting, film music, and video game music. I have experience writing music for and working with orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, film, and video games. Along with my sister, Cecilia, we released our debut electronic/pop album, "Henri," u
nder the name, Umu. I have experience teaching violin, piano, music theory, songwriting, and audio production lessons.

I'm always open to the interests of the student and what he/she wants to learn. Being exposed to a variety of different styles of music throughout my life, I can share these experiences through teaching. Whether you are interested in instrumental performance or music composition, you can expect to have a fun time learning things you never knew about music.

*** Lesson Details ***
For the most part, students can expect a fun and laid back teaching environment. I will encourage the student to create reasonable goals. If a student is interested in a particular style or genre, I will ensure that I provide them with the necessary technique and understanding to be able to succeed.

After 3 to 6 months of lessons for instrumental lessons, you can expect to know at least a handful of pieces you are interested in, the basics of your instrument, and some music theory fundamentals. Likewise, for songwriting and audio production, you can expect to have written, composed, and produced a couple of songs and projects.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio with keyboard, guitars, violin, music stand, computer, sheet music. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***
For teaching violin, I am familiar with the Suzuki method. I also encourage ear training and rote methods for all instruments. Improvisation, theory, and having fun making music are necessary to facilitate student growth.
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Robby G. June 12, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Robby felt very comfortable and enjoyed the session.
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Jordyn B. May 4, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
This was our first lesson, and Richard jumped right in. He gave my daughter some suggestions on form, assessed where she was and had her learning right from the beginning.
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Chris H. March 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Richard was a great teacher! I am an adult student who had two goals - learn to play the piano and make a marriage proposal to my girlfriend. My only musical experience was playing trombone in band during middle school. Richard helped me jog my memory about learning the piano by providing simple assignments through the "A Dozen a Day" book series.

What I really liked about Richard is that he tries to teach you a little bit of music theory so that you can understand what each particular scale or exercise is trying teach you about music. Why is that useful? It helps to take a little break every once in awhile to freestyle. Richard's tips in music theory allowed you to try to put your own little spin in each song.

Richard is also very patient and wants the student to set clear goals for themselves so that we could work towards the goals together. He is also very laid back, but will definitely let you know when you're off. Whether you're off beat by just a little bit or whether your supposed to be piano/forte, he'll make sure you get it the next go around.

After 6-8 months of 30 minute lessons once a week, I was able to learn a few simple children songs, a few pop songs, a video game theme, and play Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love" for my girlfriend for the proposal (she said yes!).
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Richard D.

Richard D.

Austin, TX 78727
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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