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About Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the violin. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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BRIAN July 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Irina Z. April 23, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I cannot ask for a better teacher for my son! Jesse is charismatic teacher and a role model.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Helena G.

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San Jose, CA

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About Helena
Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. I teach Violin, Viola and Piano Performance, 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 qu
ickly 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, 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, Viola
Fiddle - Klezmer, American, Celtic
Piano - beginning and intermediate levels
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation.
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Elsa March 3, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter has had multiple instructors over the past 4 years and Helena is her favorite. Her technique and personality make her a joy to work with and Elsa is eager to practice and looks forward to her lesson each week.
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Jill March 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
Helena has great insight and can spot areas that need improvement quickly! She is kind and patient, and a wonderful violin teacher/player.
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Joe A. March 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
I am an adult beginner. Helena is amazingly patient and has clearly mastered teaching the violin. I am very excited that I found her and look forward to having her guide me on my journey to learn such a beautiful musical instrument.
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Helena G.

Helena G.

San Jose, CA 95111
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About Larisa K.

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Hercules, CA
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Violin, viola instructor, performing art.
Classical music. Mostly traditional Russian method of violin teaching, also Suzuki.

About Larisa
Began violin lessons at age 8.
At age 15 was accepted into the elite program at the School of Music in Odessa, Ukraine.
Continued on to one of the premier music Universities in the world: Kiev State Conservatory, where I received a Masters degree in Teaching and Performing arts.
Throughout my higher education I have held Violin Instructor positions first at the Kiev Music School and then at the Conservatory.

My Professional Career in Ukraine and USA includes performance with numerous symphony and chamber groups, such as Kiev Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Jose Symphony.
I am passionate and dedicated to my Art which is reflected in my teaching style and in the results my students consistently achieve.
My ultimate goal as an instructor
is to convey to my students the beauty of making music. I define success to be the ability to see the joy that playing for yourself and others brings to you and your audience.

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My Method and Goals:

Proper technique is the key to producing extraordinary sound and growing as a violist. I ensure that my students gain solid understanding of these fundamentals first and foremost.
A significant part of the first few lessons will be devoted to developing proper posture and hold of the instrument. A good violinist must be relaxed to prevent muscle tension and produce those rich, spellbinding notes. Soon the instrument begins to feel like an extension of the hands, and students begin to progress much quicker, seeing (and hearing) surprising results.
I can follow the Suzuki method if requested, but much prefer principles of the Russian School. I will be happy to discuss the benefits of each with you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
on ground floor of townhouse w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student has to have his own instrument. I can provide the music sheets

*** Specialties ***
Classical music. Mostly traditional Russian method of violin teaching, also Suzuki.
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Tatum C. September 9, 2015
· Violin · In home
Larisa is giving my daughter the perfect balance in modeling both professionalism and allowing her to grow..learn ... a love for the violin . We are still at the beginning ....but I think she is a very good fit for my daughter.
I will post again in the future
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Linda K. December 18, 2013
· Violin ·
Incredible Training - A Perfect Match

We interviewed many teachers, and then I found Larisa. Providing incredible training in classical techniques combined with a spirit of playfulness and fun, she’s been the perfect teacher for my daughter
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Sara D. December 18, 2013
· Violin ·
A Great Violin Teacher

My daughter has been taking lessons with Larisa for three years and has made incredible progress. She began as a viola player and Larisa gave her lessons on that instrument as well. She was very helpful in making the transition to violin. Larisa works on technique as well as musicality so that the student develops into a well rounded musician. Larisa is the type of teacher who communicates clearly so that the student is able to immediately grasp the new concepts. She is a wonderful violinist and is able to demonstrate by playing beautifully as well as explaining. Larisa is extremely knowledgeable about the different periods of music and composers and shares this in her teaching. She has an easygoing personality and my daughter immediately connected with her. I would highly recommend Larisa for your student.
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Hercules, CA 94547
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About Lin X.

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Belmont, CA
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I have been playing violin for more than 12 years and have passed the highest violin performance level test (Grade 10). I have once played in an orchestra and took many performance competitions in China. Now I have been teaching children and adults in bay area to play the violin for years. I would like to share my experiences with you :)

I am a very patient person and enjoy communicating with people. I offer one-on-one private violin lessons at your place or in my home studio. I am teaching students who want to learn an instrument for fun to entertain themselves, or for a even higher goal to achieve their music pursuing in the future. You will learn rhythms, melody, harmony, dynamics etc with me, and we will also have a chance to dig deep into the functions and principals of various performing techniques on a step-by-step learning progress. I will introduce a most-fit teaching material to you, with a lot of supplementary sheet music also provided in order to bring more fun and/or ...

About Lin
I have got my Master degree in Education in China, with a high school teaching credential. I have passed the violin performance exam Level 10 in China, and once played in the first students Symphony in the city. I have been teaching Chinese and Violin in bay area for years. I am very experienced in customizing private lessons for students of different age, with a lot of successful experiences to share with you:)

My class is designed in a student-friendly way. I will always discuss your learning goals and expectations at the very beginning; I believe a mutual understanding of the big picture between the student and the teacher will serve a good start. I enjoy exchanging ideas with my students in the class and let them dig deeper through this two-way communication. In my class, you can learn with joy, making a steady progress step by ste
p. I will also introduce a most-fit textbook to you, with plenty of supplementary learning materials provided, as well as a customized teaching plan offered based on your goals and learning progress.
Course benefits include:
- 1-on-1, or 1-on-more tailor-made executive private tutoring lessons
- Most flexible option and suited to busy lifestyles
- Having lessons on your preferred timetable
- Focusing solely on your learning requirements and obstacles
- Opportunities to practice in the class with timely feedback

Now I am offering private violin and Chinese lessons. If you have any question regarding my courses, please contact: lartstutor at gmail or send a message online to me. I am looking forward to working with you soon:)
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Binbin March 23, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lynn is nice, respectful, patient and professional. My son has been learning Violin from Lynn for about 6 months now and helps with any questions he has and provides her tips to do it better. I highly recommend taking lessons with Lynn.
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Lilit M. March 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
I've been taking lessons for about a month now and I think Lin Is a great teacher. she gives constructive feedback and tells me exactly what I need to work on, why its important to know, how to improve that technique, and then she shows me herself how to do it. she also tells me what I am doing well. I'm enjoying learning from Lin, she is a really nice person to talk to, she is very friendly but firm also expects you to meet her expectations.
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Geraldine October 5, 2016
· Chinese · In studio
LIN is very professional and could directly could adapt to my level. I am very happy and confident that I will learn a lot with her!
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Belmont, CA 94002
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About Jessica D.

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My teaching is a combination of Suzuki Method, ABRSM pieces, and Traditional Method. I used fingering, bowing exercises or etudes for the pieces to make it easier to play.

I am very sincere and sensitive to my students because every student is unique and it is very important that you have to connect with them. I teach by heart and provide what they wanted to achieve in violin playing and so its worth and satisfying.

All of my students will learn how to play well with good intonation and proper posture. Students can choose to play their favorite pieces for fun, either Classical or Pop music . We can also enjoy some duet pieces.

Violin playing is fun but it involves patience, discipline, PRACTICE and determination. Lesson can be held in West Valley Music depending on the studio's room availability. It is very important to schedule the lesson ahead of time.

About Jessica
I am a graduate of Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at the University of the Philippines. My training started with the Suzuki Method when I was 14 yrs old. As I have progressed, I became a member of different orchestras in the Philippines. I started teaching in 2001 and have attended some Suzuki Music Camps and Violin Suzuki Teacher training workshops. In 2011, I worked in Singapore for almost 3 yrs as full time violin teacher. I teach ABRSM pieces, Pop music, Music Theory and Sight Reading.
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Samantha E. April 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jessica is very attentive and cares about proper techique and building foundational skills. So far so good!
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DeAnna H. August 28, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Jessica is a suburb musician. She can teach any level, from beginning through professional level. I was impressed with Jessica's playing immediately. Her playing is top-notch, from subtle intricacies through powerful passages. I would recommend Jessica for any student from beginner through professional level.
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Jesse Oakes June 25, 2016
· Violin · In home
Very good. Got right down to business. I started the lesson not knowing how to use rosin and ended being able to play a song. Looking forward to improving.
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Jessica D.

Mountain View, CA 94041
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About Nancy K.

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San Jose, CA
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Violin and viola are my forte. I have been playing viola for almost 15 years and have been teaching viola and violin lessons and chamber coaching for 6 years. I love to make my lesson fun and challenging for the students, and I encourage students to sing and think before start playing, I like to discuss musical elements with students rather than giving answers. Together we will build a safe, loving and trusting learning environment!

About Nancy
Hello there I'm Ms. Nancy! I have earned two masters degrees in Music Performance and in Music Education and I have been teaching violin/viola private lessons, chamber coaching and music classes in classroom settings. I enjoy teaching music and to bring joy and excitement along with challenge into my lessons, I love seeing students grow in this safe and trust environment we create together and to accomplish new knowledge and musical skills, and I believe all students will be successful in life through learning music; gain self-esteem, learn problem solving, and to always be hardworking, strike for the best!
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Chloe Lai September 8, 2015
· Viola · In studio
Nancy is one of the best teachers i've ever had. Her lessons are engaging and productive. She communicates music in a way that is meaningful, constructive, and easily understood which for me are the most important and desirable elements learning music from scratch. With her majors in both performance and eduction, she is able to provide a hands-on teaching style integrated with the theory basis. Nancy is definitely the ideal teacher if you are looking for someone professional and fun to grow your music journey.
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Natasha September 8, 2015
· Viola ·
Nancy is very patient with kids. I found my daughter getting more interested in playing the viola. She is a very experienced and responsible teacher!
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Nancy K.

San Jose, CA 95123
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About Margaret G.

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I teach violin to adults and kids age six and older, of all levels and welcome adult beginners. I offer an approach to clasical violin studying the Strictly Strings and Suzuki Books, emphasizing reading music and music theory. I also provide tutoring for student orchestra members and assistance with orchestra music. I offer optional recitals once or twice a year for students to experience performance.

About Margaret
I am a professional violin, fiddle, and viola instructor offering studio lessons for kids and adults. I teach out of locations in Palo Alto and San Jose. I have performed in orchestras, chamber music groups, bluegrass bands, and country bands, throughout the bay area. I have played violin since 1988 and taught since 2003. I hold a Bachelor of Music (violin performance) from San Francisco State University and an A.A. in Comprehensive Musicianship (music theory and performance) from De Anza College. I offer weekly lessons or lessons on a schedule as you go basis only, not biweekly or other schedules.
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Della O. June 30, 2017
· Violin · In home
The instruction is clear, and pleasant. And the suggestion was very helpful. Enjoyed!
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Vince W. January 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm 57 years old, have never played before. Margaret made me feel relaxed and confident.
Excellent teacher, very attentive, very patient and good communication skills. I look forward to my coming lessons.
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Gabriel S. July 12, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Margaret is very good
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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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About Golnaz S.

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I've been playing classical violin for fifteen years. After studying performance in New York, I transferred to Mills College and started improvisation and composition. After getting to know the instrument with the student, I start with teaching fundamental techniques as well as ear training and theory.
I also incorporate ALexander techniques, since playing an instruments needs complete freedom and easy movements. I very much enjoy working with kids and try to create a fun classroom for them.

About Golnaz
I'm currently getting my BA in composition and improvisation from Mills college. I've been studying classical violin for fifteen years. I've also studied performance at Brooklyn Conservatory, New York.
I've had private lessons at Juilliard school, New York and my teacher focused highly on technique. After I started improvisation, I started to realize how important it is to incorporate other practices such as Alexander Technique, ear training and rhythm practices. It is also fun and make the learning process much faster for younger students.
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Oakland, CA 94613
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My whole approach to teaching instruments is I meet each student at their current skill level, and work WITH them to help them achieve their goals. Each student, no matter the age, usually has a favorite song, movie theme, video game soundtrack, etc., that they enjoy and would like to work towards playing. This motivation is key to ensuring daily practice. I also want to make learning fun for them, and purposely break down difficult concepts into bite-size pieces to reduce chances of excess frustration. Additionally, I give clear instructions of how the student is to practice in between lessons, frequently sending recorded audio of either myself or another professional, so the student has an exceedingly clear idea of the sounds and technique they are working towards as they grow and develop their musical skills. As a local San Jose elementary/middle school band director for the past six years, I take techniques that I have seen work really well in the classroom with a large variety of

About Ken
I started playing piano at the age of nine, and sang in our church choir growing up. From the moment I started playing piano, I found that I really had a love and enjoyment for music. My father and mother were both musically inclined and sang often. Both parents also played instruments.

I started playing trumpet at age 12, studying with the late Anthony Pasquarelli, who was professor of Trumpet Performance at Carnegie Mellon University for 47 years. It was his tireless pursuit of musical excellence, passion for music, and positive mentorship as a person, that inspired me to become a music educator.

Performing extensively in groups in high school, I was selected by audition to participate in numerous PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association) Honors and District Ensembles on trumpet. These included Wind Symphony Ensembles,
Full Orchestra Ensembles, as well as Honors Jazz Ensembles.

After high school, I attended the aforementioned Duquesne University in Downtown Pittsburgh, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, trumpet being my major instrument. While there, I studied with Charles Lirette, co-principal trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Throughout my rigorous studies learning to both teach and play brass, woodwind, percussion, strings, and voice, I had the pleasure to perform in numerous collegiate ensembles, including Symphony Band, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble.

After graduation from Duquesne, I received my teaching credential for K-12 Music in Pennsylvania in combination with my Bachelor's degree. I currently hold a California Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Music, and recently completed a Masters of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University.

My teaching philosophy is that students can learn to love and appreciate music, while becoming the best musician they can possibly be. I do believe everyone has an innate talent for music. Whether that talent is realized or not depends on the dedication of one's teacher, and the efforts of the student. My approach is constructivist in nature; that is, the teacher should take into account the ability level of each student, and tailor content to them to optimize their understanding. Patience, compassion, and understanding should be balanced equally with high expectations and consistent encouragement. Sharing my love of music with people of all ages is a true delight!
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Jim July 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Ken Kuhns is absolutely incredible. He helped my daughter Sydney with her clarinet. Ken is kind, thoughtful, a tremendous musician, and an amazing teacher.
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Jason P. June 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Ken has been a fantastic teacher for our 10 year old son. My son can lack focus at times and Ken has been very patient. He has a knack for keeping a child's attention so that they can really learn. He's also very skilled as a player so that he can teach the nuances that make the trumpet easier to master. I look forward to having my younger son, age 7, work with Ken.
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Moses June 29, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Mr Kuhn's has instructed my three children over the years with the saxophone and clarinet. They all had a great experience and 2 of the 3 boys continued playing instruments beyond lessons. The 3rd child continues with instructions from Mr Kuhns. You will find Mr Kuhns to be patient while providing appropriate guidance during the lesson plan. His professionalism and knowledge of music is top knotch!
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Campbell, CA 95008
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Hi, I'm Ms. Lena. I have been played viola for more than 15 years. I teach violin and viola private lesson, chamber coaching and theory. I enjoy teaching music and share my music to students, and loving to see students get inspire from the lesson.

lesson focus:
Not only technique but also musical ideas, and good posture is important to make music life easier.

About Lena
Violist, Lena Ho, was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She started learning piano at age six, and later began playing viola at age nine. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Europe, Taiwan, and China. She holds a Master Degree and Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music from Taipei National University of the Arts. Her primary teachers include Dimitri Murrath, Michelle LaCourse, and Chun Heng Ho. Lena has also participated in Master Class with Kim Kashkashian, Nobuko Imai, Heidi Castleman, Hsin Yun Huang, Ettore Causa, Wing Ho, and Rainer Moog.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Lena has performed in festivals including the the Heifetz Institute of Music, Banff Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Eastern Strings Festival. She also participates in t
he Music for Food project organized by Kim
Kashkashian. Music for food raises awareness of hunger problems faced by a large percent of the population, and gives opportunity to experience the powerful role of music.

Email: lenahoviola@gmail.com
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Lena H.

San Jose, CA 95132
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