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My name is Kristen K. and I am an accomplished violinist and teacher from Lexington, Kentucky. I began my musical studies at age 7 and quickly discovered my passion and love for music. As a young musician, I attended numerous summer music festivals, participated in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. I was a winner of two concerto competitions, which gave me the opportunity to perform solos with the youth orchestra. I continued my studies at the University of Kentucky as a Violin Performance major and it was there that I discovered my love for teaching music! After completing my performance degree, I decided to also pursue a Bachelor’s in Music Education. During my college career, I served as a teaching assistant in the University of Kentucky String Project, I taught group and private lessons at several local middle and high schools, an
d also maintained my own private violin and viola studio. I was also awarded the McCracken Scholarship Award for Excellence in Music Education. The most rewarding part of teaching has been seeing my students continually improve and reach their goals!

In addition to teaching, I also am an avid performer. I have been a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years and was a member of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. I perform as a soloist, in chamber groups, and in orchestras regularly at various events and concerts. In the past few years I have attended international chamber music festivals in Prague, Czech Republic and in Lucca, Italy. I have also had the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most renowned musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Gil Shaham in additional to performing in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Studying music has provided me with many wonderful opportunities to learn and to grow. It is my goal to help students really love and enjoy playing music and develop the skills that allow us to share the magic of beautiful sound. Maintaining a high level of mastery as well as continuing to learn about the art of teaching are fundamentally equal and of highest priority for me. Through teaching music, I hope to inspire students and help them reach their potential.

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My teaching style is relaxed and understanding of where each student is at, while always maintaining a quick pace for learning new skills and always expecting the student to put forth their best effort. I am very encouraging and positive. I work with each student and his or her parents to determine short and long term goals and try to best provide the materials, instruction and motivation to achieve those goals!

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Lessons in the living room, well lit, piano, music stands

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I specialize in teaching classical music but I also teach bluegrass and fiddle. I particularly like the Suzuki Method for beginning to intermediate students, but when they become more advanced I begin to incorporate concertos and sonatas.
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Katie January 26, 2018
· Violin · In home
Kristen was an amazing teacher! My daughter loved her. When we moved she was sad Kristen would no longer be her instructor.
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Andrea October 27, 2017
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Kristen has been so patient with me and already taught me many things to help me be a better violist. Many thanks!
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Paymon S. June 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
It was a good session with Kristen. She is an accomplished musician.Looking forward to moving up to the next level with her help.
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Kristen K.

Berkeley, CA 94704
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About Samuel N.

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Teaching students about:
-scales and arpeggios
-proper bow technique
-left hand facility
-Etudes
-Intonation
-Repertoire
Improving these skills can greatly increase the enjoyment of playing in students.

About Samuel
I'm Sam, and I've been playing the viola for 17 years, and teaching for a total of 7-8 years. I'm at graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but I'm a native born South Dakotan. I'll tell you a little bit about myself and my philosophies as a teacher.

I love sharing what I've learned with students, and I'm particularly interested in teaching students what they want to work on, but also giving them the tools that they need to hone their facility. I teach from either a traditional standpoint, or from Suzuki books in order to teach technique through Dr. Suzuki's repertoire selections.

I know that playing a stringed instrument is quite challenging, so I do prefer students who are willing to commit to lessons, and a time that we meet each week. Committing to a time aids in students preparation for lessons, as individual
practice is crucial if you are looking to advance in your craft.

I always hope to open the eyes of my students and teach that confidence, determination and hard work can not only progress them in learning an instrument, but with most skills in life. Most importantly I never want my students to feel that music is a burden! I want them to always enjoy themselves when they are practicing or performing.

I don't provide instruments or the accessories that go along with it, so please be prepared to have those things before our first lesson. I may also provide a list of sheet music to order after our first lesson if I feel we do not have the necessary materials.

I only travel to homes in the city of San Francisco for lessons at least an hour in length. If you live outside of the city in the Bay Area, you are more then welcome to find a time to come to my studio for lessons.

I do not teach beginners online (via Skype), as I believe it is vital to have an instructor in the room in order to make physical adjustments to maintain proper bow hold, posture, and left hand positioning. I'm more than happy to teach intermediate-advanced students online!

My Performance Bio:

Sam is a native born South Dakotan who began his viola studies at the age of ten. He started taking private lessons at the age of fourteen with his teachers Coral White, and Carol Knowles. Eventually, at the age of eighteen, he continued his studies with Kate Weeks in South Dakota.

Sam is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied viola with Jodi Levitz. He worked closely with Mark Sokol and Bettina Mussemeli as chamber music professors, and studied orchestral excerpts with Katie Kadarauch, Don Erlich, Scott Sandmeier and Adam Smyla. He has performed in master classes for David Kim, Helen Callus, Jay Liu, Jonathan Vinocour, Jerzy Kosmala, Hank Dutt, William Goodwin, Jackie Schwandt, and Kelly Hall-Tompkins.

Mr. Sam was the principle violist of the South Dakota All State Orchestra from 2007-2009, principle violist of the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra from 2008-2010, and associate principal of the Black Hills Symphony from 2006-2010. In 2008, he was the 1st prize winner of the Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition, and won South Dakota's ASTA viola division. Two years later, he received the Henry Charles Smith Award in the SDSO's Young Musician's Competition, and also claimed 2nd prize in the BHSO's Young Artist Competition. Sam is also the former principle violist of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra which toured Germany, Austria and Luxembourg in the summer of 2012. Featured performances took place in the concert halls at the Gastieg in Munich, Berlin Philharmonic and at the Rheingau Musik Festival. In 2013-2014, Sam was the principle violist of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra.

In 2011-2012, he was invited in to the Orlando Chamber Soloists, which is now known as the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills. In summer of 2015, he joined UFOMT as a violinist and violist performing operas, musicals, orchestral programs, and a chamber music series. Recently, he began performing with the band Evanescence. In summer of 2018, he was invited to join the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a guest artist in a workshop for young composers. He currently works throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as a teacher, soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician.

His dream is to revive interest in Western Art Music so that is once again accessible to every human who is curious. He never wants music to be a burden for his students, and hopes that teaching the benefits of preparation, confidence, focus and determination can inspire his students in all areas of their lives. He loves working with his students on what they are interested in, and aims to enhance them with the technical and musical facility they need in order to play beautifully.
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Danielle February 26, 2018
· Violin · In home
My 9yo daughter has been taking lessons with Sam for half a year now and she really enjoys her lessons- she actually wants to practice playing her violin and learn. We have in-home lessons and Sam is always on time. If you're thinking about lessons for yourself or your child, I would definitely recommend Sam!
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Carissa February 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
Sam seems very comfortable teaching kids and is a confident teacher that makes the student feel at ease. He has very practical tips and focuses on the students well being and encourages them to try their best!
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Corinna February 7, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Having studied with different teachers for various instruments my whole life, I must say that Sam was one of the best I've encountered. His unique way of teaching adult students has helped me grow both technically and musically. Sam is punctual, respectful, and his passion for music is definitely contagious. I highly recommend Sam to anyone who is serious about studying music.
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Larissa M.

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Teaching is one of my greatest joys! All ages are welcome to study with me. It is my calling to work with all students' experiences and goals, such as competing in conservatory auditions, playing your favorite songs, or having an interest in the instrument with a completely clean slate.

“Talent” is a widely misunderstood concept. As a teacher, I don't believe talent is born. Talent is an artful skill. This skill is made through practice: concentrated sessions of mindful repetition, silent awareness, and craft. Anyone can learn an instrument with the right mindset and the right instruction.

My lessons are designed to develop the musical potential that every student has by guiding students to produce their most beautiful sound and feel a balanced and natural comfort with their instrument. Students develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between anatomy and sound for optimum technique, and how to practice efficiently and independently. In other words, my students ...

About Larissa
Larissa Mapua is a Filipino-American violist dedicated to sharing her passion for music as a performer, teacher, and music education advocate. Selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, she performed Debussy's String Quartet, Op.10 at the U.S. Capitol for members of the 114th U.S. Congress. She was invited to perform for Fidel V. Ramos, the 12th President of the Philippines, selections from J.S. Bach's Cello Suites, in 2012. She has performed at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage, Atlanta Symphony Hall, and on live television for Georgia Public Broadcasting. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Mapua held principal positions at the Brevard Music Center and DePaul University Chamber Orchestra, and assistant principal for Indiana University Jacobs School Symphony and Opera Orchestras. She can be heard with the Bowling Green Phi
lharmonia on volumes of The Voice of the Composer: New Music from Bowling Green ​on Albany Records. Furthermore, she has performed for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Ms. Mapua has worked with conductors Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, Carl St. Clair, Mei-Ann Chen, Gilbert Varga, Jung-Ho Pak, and Keith Lockhart.

Her solo engagements include Hindemith's Trauermusik with Michael Alexander conducting at Kennesaw State University in 2010. She has also performed at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the National Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Madeline Island Chamber Music. Ms. Mapua has played in master classes for a number of musicians, including Lembi Veskimets, Peter Slowik, Erika Eckert, Phillip Ying, and Sheila Browne. She has worked with members of the Ariel Quartet, the Chiara String Quartet, and the Arianna Quartet. The National Federation of Music Clubs recognized her achievements with the Rose Thomas Smith Award. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance at DePaul University, where she studied with Rami Solomonow and Doyle Armbrust. Additionally, she studied with Matthew Daline and Allyson Fleck. She graduated with her Master of Music degree in performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2018. Currently, she studies with Edward Gazouleas.
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Victoria F. August 30, 2014
· Violin · Online
My 15 year old daughter loves violin and says Larissa is the best teacher she has ever had. She is patient and every time my daughter has a lesson she comes away excited and so ready to practice.

We have one in person visit a month and 4 on line lessons and it works beautifully!!!
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Larissa M.

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About Ava P.

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Boulder, CO

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I started viola 4 years ago in order to expand opportunities and get to know more about this amazing instrument, but I began teaching about 1 year ago. I am comfortable teaching beginners to advanced students, and incorporate basic music theory, note reading, and any other skills a student may require based on their skill level.

About Ava
A recent Master of Music graduate of University of Colorado Boulder, Ava began her violin studies at the age of six. During her undergraduate degree at Truman State University, Ava was a two-time Gold Medal Concerto Competition finalist and regularly appeared as concertmaster with the Truman State Symphony orchestra, where she has also held the positions of principal second violinist and principal violist.

As an active chamber musician, Ava was the first violinist in Truman State University’s President’s String Quartet, the university’s only highly competitive string chamber ensemble. She toured Italy twice with the President’s String Quartet, performing recitals in 2013 and 2015.

At CU, Ava has served as concert master and principal second violinist of the Eklund Opera Orchestra, principal second violinist of the University of Co
lorado Chamber Orchestra, and as a section violinist with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2016, she travelled to Italy as part of CU's "Renaissance in the XXI Century" program where she studied with Alberto Bologni and performed a wide variety of chamber music.

Ava is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder under Professors Karoly Schranz and Harumi Rhodes. Her past teachers include Dr. Sam McClure, Julie Lundgren, and Kathy Karpicke.
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Sarah December 1, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Excellent!
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Jennifer June 11, 2017
· Violin · In home
My 9 year old says, "She's awesome. She will help you if you are stuck."
I say that Ava is always on time and very accommodating. We have had to change our schedule a few times, but we have always found a way to make lesson time work. Thank you!
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Ava P.

Ava P.

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About Kyle C.

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Hughson, CA

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I teach basic through intermediate viola using the Essential Elements repertoire and my own personalized string exercises. Group lessons are available but I do not teach Suzuki.

About Kyle
Hello potential students! I have a B.A. in instrumental music education and composition. I have taught private lessons for over 12 years. Teaching private music lessons is my primary job, so I have much experience and wisdom compared to teachers who teach "on the side." Students of all ages stay with me a long time because I am very flexible in my teaching and know how to interact with many personalities and learning styles, producing great results and progress. My specialties are piano, woodwinds, and music technology (i.e. recording and production).
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Monica December 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kyle is a great piano teacher! He is very patient with my 12-year old son. Just yesterday he referred to him as “fun Kyle” because he teaches him small songs on the side that he can show friends and family or are for upcoming holidays. He’s always punctual and respectful of our family and home. I’m grateful to have found him!
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Thalia J. June 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kyle is patient and a great instructor.
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Laura May 31, 2016
· Upright Bass · In studio
Kyle has given me contra bass, aka upright bass,weekly lessons from August 2015 through May 2016. I have never played a string instrument prior to this, although I do play piano and have played the flute, bagpipes, and piccolo over the years. I did not need education in reading music.

Kyle was able to take me from sounding like a lower octave version of Jack Benny (a mid-20th century comedian famous for his howlingly horrid violin playing) to a level where I know how to hold the instrument and the bow, the fingerings, bowing technique, and how to get a very respectable sound from the instrument.

He also installed the strings when I received the new instrument, found a manufacturing flaw in the bridge height that the manufacturer subsequently paid to repair, and diagnosed a resonance issue with the instrument that was corrected with a balance weight on the string below the bridge.
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About Cindy H.

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Cindy holds two degrees and a teaching Certificate.  She obtained her Master of Arts degree from Dallas Baptist University in 2016.  In 1996, she received a full music scholarship to Sam Houston State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance.
Mrs. H has 20 years of experience teaching private violin, viola, cello, and piano, as well as 7 years teaching elementary music and orchestra for the public school system.  Mrs. H has performed at hundreds of weddings, receptions, and parties with various string quartets, as well as orchestral events and churches all across Texas.
Mrs. H loves music and teaching, and her favorite part of teaching is sharing her love of music with others.  She teaches utilizing a wide variety of techniques and methods, ranging from the Suzuki method to more traditional methods. Because of her diverse teaching background, she excels at teaching students of all ages: from the four year old beginning piano student to the ...

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I hold bachelor of music and master of arts degrees. I have 20 years of experience teaching violin, viola, cello, and piano and 7 years of experience teaching public school orchestra. My favorite part of teaching is instilling the love of music to my students.
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Jocelyn W. July 21, 2018
· Violin · In home
Cindy is wonderful! She does well working with children!
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Jennifer July 5, 2018
· Violin · In home
She works wonderfully with children! She communicates well and understands how to motivate them. She also knows how to keep their attention. I would highly recommend Cindy!
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Christopher June 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
Just started working with Cindy, but so far I am learning more about music theory and better position of my fingers and hands. Looking forward to more lessons.
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I specialize in traditional and Suzuki violin and viola methods, and offer violin and viola lessons to students of all ages and levels. Currently, I have a very diverse studio where my youngest student is 3 years old and the oldest, 58. Whether you are a beginner violin student learning how to hold an instrument, an advanced level player seeking for improvement, or violin enthusiast who wants to take lessons as a hobby, I can help you achieve your goal.

About Emil
I specialize in traditional and Suzuki violin methods, and offer violin and viola lessons to students of all ages and levels. Currently, I have a very diverse studio where my youngest student is 3 years old and the oldest, 58. Whether you are a beginner violin student learning how to hold an instrument, an advanced level player seeking for improvement, or violin enthusiast who wants to take lessons as a hobby, I can help you achieve your goal. ​And what can be better than one-on-one instruction when learning how to play an instrument?
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Patricia June 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My daughter has been taking violin lessons from Emil for 2 years now. He is a very knowledgeable violin teacher with many years of experience teaching children and adults. My daughter continues to progress and gain confidence. Emil makes learning fun!
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About Dennis N.

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As an experienced Violin teacher, Dennis believes that establishing a profound foundation is the key to a successful musical performance. Dennis builds up students’ confidence and love in learning the Violin. He is an extremely patient, enthusiastic and passionate musician, coaching and encouraging his students to achieve their artistic goals.

About Dennis
Dennis is a classically-trained Violinist with extensive experience in this field. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, he focuses on performance techniques and expression when he teaches Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Level of his clients/students in his classes.

Dennis applies his passionate teaching styles which have always fostered a love of music for both children and adults, providing quality instruction based on each student’s goal and interest. Many of his students have eventually participated in various prestigious youth symphony groups such as California Youth Symphony(CYS), California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO), Peninsula Youth Orchestra (PYO), and El Camino Youth Symphony (ECYS).
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Dennis N.

Dennis N.

Fremont, CA 94539
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Viola is the most magical instrument and it will bring you the most beautiful experiences in life! I'll help you to develop a good technique and also modern sounds and techniques! I'll teach you the helpful tool of sight-read music so you can be an amazing prepared player

About Gerson
The young musician, singer, violinist, violist, and pianist born on December 2, 1992 in Quito, Ecuador. His early musical studies were conducted at the National Conservatory of Music of Ecuador from six years of age, in this institution was part of the Children's Choir who then participated in several competitions at national and international levels getting the top, subsequently was invited to be soloist of the "Polyphonic Choir Children" of the OPAM with whom he traveled to Europe to represent Ecuador in the "Olympics corals Competition, Bremen -Germany" 2004 – 2005.

His college has conducted at the University of the Hemispheres in Quito, where reinforces their knowledge in classical music. Later he continued his studies in COM (College of Music) from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito where he received a solid education in conte
mporary music and a specialization in Jazz, Brazilian music, and improvisation (scat) as a vocalist, he also starts his studies in Violin, Viola, and orchestra. This institution has given the opportunity to continue his studies at Berklee College of Music, Boston United States where he got his Degree in Performance and Professional Music in the year 2017.

Gerson E. has performed in several countries like Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, United States, Greece, Germany and France, many concerts as a singer, violist and violinist with several of the most recognized figures in the art world and in major venues in Ecuador and the United States, this experience has generated in him a very important background about different musical styles such as the Latin American music, Indian, Arabic, jazz, Brazilian, Classic, and world music in general.

At the young age of 17 he starts teaching music lessons at the “Franz List Conservatory” and “Fretless Music Academy” where he creates the educational program for kids called “Pintando con la música” (Painting with music) Program that tries to involve kids into the music world through art, developing physical and creative skills and passion for the music studies.

Now located in Boston since August 2014, has participated in several concerts with world-class personalities such as Susana Baca, Bill Whelan, A. R. Rahman, Joyce Moreno, Jacob Collier, Milton Nascimento, Patrick Doyle, Beyoncé’s First Band, Tigran Hamasyan, Toninho Horta Oscar Stagnaro, Pablo Ziegler, Peter Eldridge, Kenny Werner Maysaa Karaa, Bill Mobley, just to name few of them.
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Juanjo May 17, 2018
· Jazz Voice · In home
Had a wonderful class with Gerson, he is not only a very skilled singer and musician but also a patient and easy going instructor, he is very specific in what he wants from you as a student and the steps to take in order to achieve your goals. Gerson has also a great repertoire in Latin American styles and will push you enough to learn different genres!
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Tara May 17, 2018
· Viola · In home
Gerson is so knowledgeable & talented & he teaches with so much patience & friendliness. I feel so comfortable learning from him as he really dissects what he teaches & focuses a lot on precision & repetition. Gerson really lets you speak your mind when you express what you’d like to work on & really curates the lesson according to your needs. I have so much fun learning with him, I honestly never realise where time goes. I’m extremely happy with my experience with him & would definitely recommend him! :)
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Bengisu May 17, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Gerson is such a caring and knowledgeable teacher! He knows a lot about the repertoire, technique and musicality. Very very nice person as well !

Definitely recommend him to everyone!
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About Gloria J.

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Every student is unique, so I will tailor the lessons to you and make it fun! I'm passing on to you the training I received from the very best master teachers of the violin. Stringed instruments are challenging, but I believe in enjoying making music at every level, while establishing a strong foundation in good technique. For learning fundamentals of music theory and ear training, we will play various rhythm and improvisational games. I have extensive background in European classical music, and I've also done quite a bit of improvisation, some fiddling, and electric violin and viola. Whether you want to be the next Joshua Bell or the next Lindsey Stirling, I can help you improve your playing. I will help you sing, dance and tell a story through your violin or viola.

About Gloria
Born into a musical family in 1966, I have extensive performance experience as a classical violinist and violist, and I've been composing my own music since 2000. I am very grateful to have studied with some of the finest teachers of violin, viola and chamber music, and I graduated in 1990 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, one of the best conservatories in the world. I've played often with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, and I was the Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for 6 years.

I'd like to pass on the knowledge gained from my years of playing in orchestras, chamber groups and solo concerts. My teachers taught me the most refined techniques of tone production and continually showed me how to make the music come alive emotionally and tell a story.

I've also play
ed a lot of music by contemporary composers, in groups like Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, as well as Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in the Bay area. Some special tours I went on were with the Philip Glass Ensemble and with Tan Dun, the composer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

My own compositional adventures started in the the late 1990's when I started improvising with a DJ mix in a small club. Since then I have experimented a lot with pickups and electric violin. I've created surround sound collages, improvised music for modern dance, and learned digital audio editing skills. I am knowledgable about Pro Tools and Ableton Live. If you are interested in electric violin, looping or using MIDI effects, I can share what I've learned about these things.

I have two solo CDs of original music - one violin, one viola - you can find on CDbaby and bandcamp.com.

You can make music and be creative no matter what playing level you are on. I believe in having fun as you learn, and I stress learning by example and by ear. Reading music is good, too, but often that gets in the way of listening. We will build a foundation step by step and add on elements when you are ready. Also - I can help you be relaxed as you play. I have never had tendonitis or another occupational injury, thanks to good posture and technique. Body awareness is part of the process. Let's have fun- - you can do this!

NOTE: for students age 7 to 12, I require the parent to be present at the lesson and take an active interest in the student's progress. Also, the child must want to play this instrument.
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San Francisco, CA 94121
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