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About Nicolas R.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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Hello future viola students -- welcome!!

In addition to playing violin, I've also played viola in duets, trios, and string quartets, and is another beautiful instrument to learn.

My approach includes providing the student with a good foundation of both left and right hand technique using a combination of method books which reinforce note-reading and proper posture for the first year. We then start adding solo pieces from the Classical repertoire and supplement those with modern pieces from Pop, Latin, Jazz, or any other style the student would like to learn.

Students always get a well-rounded education with me on the string instruments I teach AND are prepared to play either alone, or in groups when the opportunity presents itself.

Happy Practicing!

About Nicolas
Hello there, future string players and welcome to my profile!!

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2
years. During this time, I was able to take lessons from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Liliana August 7, 2018
· Composition · Online
One the best intructors I’ve had in years! Nick really knows his music theory, orchestration, and compositional techniques. He’s helped me appreciate the intricacies of creating music for myself and others. He challenges me to do my very best. Thank you, Nick!
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Hank July 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Nick is the perfect balance of dedicated teacher and incredible human being. Our 9 year old son loves his violin lessons with him. We are delighted we found him! Thank you, Nick!
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Juliana July 22, 2018
· Viola · In studio
As a 30-something adult beginner, I chose Nick as my teacher for his experience and talent. When we had our first few lessons, I knew he was the real deal. He knows his orchestral string instruments, especially my instrument of choice: the viola. I was even more impressed since he has performed with musicians like Chuck Mangione, Barbara Cook, and Andrea Bocelli. He has made my lessons fun, exciting, and very engaging. I highly recommend Nick to anyone wanting to learn a string instrument!
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About Daniel P.

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I've played viola with The Jazz Mafia Orchestra based out of San Francisco, CA.

About Daniel
Daniel toured with the violin troupe, Barrage for two years playing Violin/Fiddle, Bagpipes, and Irish whistles. While touring with Barrage, Daniel performed for audiences in 11 different countries, and was involved with 103 high school and middle school workshops for over 6,861 students in 3 countries. He is certified through Book III of the O'™Connor Violin Method. He has a working knowledge of many different styles of music and has a passion for helping students to overcome performance anxiety to become the best players that they can be.

Daniel competed on bagpipes in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) in Grade II, and currently tours with The Tartan Terrors all over North America.

Daniel is a full-time touring and studio musician, so whatever your desire is with your playing, he can design and impleme
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Heather H. August 14, 2017
· Bagpipes · Online
loved it it was so so so much fun :)
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Heather H. January 16, 2017
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Jennifer B. December 12, 2016
· Mandolin · Online
Daniel is a Excellent teacher. Very patient with me. Look forward to many more mandolin lessons with him.
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About Siobhan C.

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Miami, FL

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Lessons will involve building technique (scales, arpeggios, intonation exercise, bow exercises), sight reading, performance practice, and building repertoire. Can incorporate Suzuki method if that is your preference

About Siobhan
Siobhan is an internationally performing violinist originally from Detroit, Michigan. Currently residing in Miami, Florida, she maintains an active studio of violin, viola, and piano students while being an active performer on stages all over the country.

She has most recently served as Principal Second Violinist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Miami Chamber Orchestra, Guest Principal Second Violinist of the South Florida Symphony, and Principal Violist with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. She currently holds a position in the violin section with Miami-based NuDeco Ensemble and often performs with several other orchestras, including the Southwest Florida Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Villages Philharmonic, as well as the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She has appeared recently as a soloist wit
h the Filarmonia Xalapa in Veracruz Mexico performing a variety of solo repertoire and concertos.

Siobhan has performed on stage with Plácido Domingo, Emanuel Ax, Midori, Andrea Bocelli, Audra McDonald, and Christine Goerke, as well as on tour with nationally recognized artists including Il Volo, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. She is currently the touring violinist for the internationally recognized cinematic rock band, Starset.

She has maintained violin and piano studios in Michigan, Florida, and online for all levels. Her teaching experience includes mentorship with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Music Project, and after school music programs at the Cushman School in Miami.

She holds a Master of Music in Performance as well as a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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Derek January 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Siobhan has been teaching our 10yo daughter piano for the past 18mths. Siobhan demonstrates a strong understanding and expertise of the piano. Siobhan's bright and cheerful manner has meant our daughter enjoys her lessons each week and is excited to keep learning piano.
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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 Lisa C. L.

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Somerset, PA

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Students can expect to learn the basics of holding and creating sound from a stringed instrument; parts of the viola; the string names; note reading; and to have a really great time learning!

About Lisa C.
After playing the violin for over 20 years, Lisa was inspired to share the gift of music with others by her teacher, Susanna Sonnenberg. Lisa is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, and has attended the 2017 ASTA National Conference. She currently performs with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. Lisa has played in recitals, the Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra, and was accepted to the 2006 PMEA District Orchestra. She has studied with Larry Weiss, Linda Andersen, and others. Lisa can’t remember a time before she learned how to play the violin; it has brought her great joy. Her favorite piece to play is the Bach Double Concerto in D Minor.

At 8 years old, Lisa fell in love with the violin. Throughout school, she studied with private teachers and played with the school orchestra. At home, her dogs were a great audie
nce.

Lisa went on to study history at the University of Pittsburgh, and later earned her law degree from Duquesne. She never forgot her violin, though, and continued to play in her spare time.

Music adds beauty to the world, and finally, after years of keeping the violin to herself, Lisa decided to share her playing with others. Lisa teaches traditional, classical method. The method books she uses include: Essential Elements for Strings, Samuel Applebaum, and All for Strings, among others. She supplements the technical exercises with repertoire from the Suzuki series. Lisa enjoys playing all types of music, in addition to classical, and teaches these songs, as well. Additional music includes pop artists like Taylor Swift, classic rock, electronic music like Lindsey Stirling, celtic, folk, and just about any other type of music you can think of. As a teacher, Lisa strives to be positive and encouraging. She believes that music should be fun, so her main goal is to make sure her students are having a good time!
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Lee August 18, 2018
· Violin · Online
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Tracy Pampena August 6, 2018
· Violin · Online
Love my lessons and my teacher! She’s very patient with me and explains everything in simple terms.
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Kiryn L. July 9, 2018
· Violin · Online
very enlightening
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About Sheri D.

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I love the rich tones of a viola!

About Sheri
I play 18 different stringed instruments! I have been playing guitar since I was 9. I have been teaching private music lessons at a music studio since I was 18. I am a singer/songwriter/entertainer. I am very patient. I have a Masters degree in Special Education. I was in a car accident in 2008 and I was told I would never use my right hand again - and I proved the doctors and therapists wrong by using music instruments as my own form of physical therapy - you would never know by the way I play that I have had every finger in my right hand broken and I have plates and screws in my wrist. I can PLAY and TEACH - Guitar, 5-String Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bouzouki, Violin, Viola, Cello, Tenor Banjo, Banjolin, Mountain Dulcimer, Bass, Banjolele, Autoharp, Hammer Dulcimer, Dulcimette, Banjitar. If it has strings - I can play it!
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About Dawn C.

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Over 10 years of teaching experience which includes private lessons, ensemble coaching and preparing students for performances. My lessons involve musical creative writing, memorization of favorite tunes, reading and music theory study.
I love helping students reach their goals and I've acquired a ton of tricks of the trade that makes playing music a lot easier.

Ages 8 through 100.
Beginner to advanced.
Genres: Classical, Gypsy, Rock, Pop, Folk, Celtic, and Bluegrass. Whatever you need.

I am a professional violinist, violist and cellist. I've served as principal 2nd violinist with the Tampa Bay Symphony for 8 years. I've also played in numerous other groups like the St. Petersburg Opera, Space Coast Pops Orchestra, Bach Festival Orchestra and String Quartets for Weddings.

About Dawn
I am a professional violinist, violist and cellist. I've served as principal 2nd violinist with the Tampa Bay Symphony for 8 years. I've also played in numerous other groups like the St. Petersburg Opera, Space Coast Pops Orchestra, Bach Festival Orchestra and String Quartets for Weddings.

As a child, I wanted to be like Mozart and was inspired by cartoon and film music. So, I started composing at the age of 8.
My high-school orchestra performed and recorded two of my works.
I went on to Rollins College in Winter Park, FL in 2000 and earned a B.A. in Music Performance (viola). After graduation, I managed a violin shop for a few years and learned about string repairs and sales. I took some Suzuki teacher training in 2008 in NC and then taught at Sam Ash Music Superstore in FL for 9 years
where I wrote over 20 pop rock arrangements for st
ring quartet.
My passion comes from darker sounds but I also enjoy light and dance-able sounds as well. I continue to practice everyday because there is always something to improve upon. I'm currently doing deeper study into the Bluegrass genre because it is fairly new territory for me. It's always exciting to learn new tricks!
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Derek July 4, 2018
· Viola · Online
Dawn is an amazing performer, theorist, composer, and teacher. It is more than obvious how much she cares about her students and their progress, and that they are taken down the proper path with solid foundations. In addition to outstanding instruction on string technique, Dawn provides a level of theoretical insight that I regularly use to blow the mind of my piano teacher. Having taken music lessons from over 10 instructors for over 20 years, none have taught me as much about what makes 'music' truly music as Dawn has.
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Christina July 4, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I started taking violin lessons at the age of 52, and I didn't know a single thing about the violin or about reading music. I just wanted to play a violin! Dawn taught me both of these things in a patient calm way. Now I can pick out songs to play and figure them out on my own! I learned a whole new language! I am forever grateful to Dawn for being my mentor and guide during these past five years!
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Joyce July 4, 2018
· Violin · Online
I was at first hesitant, but actually lesson online is just as a good as in person, Dawn can see you and u can see her, she has excellent verbal skills. As well as true talent, there is no other teacher for me , she is amazing.
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About Sunwoo L.

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Sunwoo Lee currently holds a Bachelor's of Music in Viola Performance, having recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music. As she continues to pursue her Master's degree at the same institution with Professor Masumi Per Rostad, this will now be her fifth year in the Rochester area. Although born in South Korea, she immigrated to the States at a young age and has lived in various areas in the New England area, and is fluent in both Korean and English. She started her musical studies at the age of seven with piano, taking on violin at 9 and switching to viola at age 13. She helped establish a chamber music program at her high school, which eventually grew into an orchestral ensemble. She has taught students at both the beginner and intermediate levels, and coached the viola section of an intermediate level youth orchestra at the New England Conservatory's preparatory division. She also had the opportunity to participate in outreach programs organized by Eastman's chamber music ...

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Sunwoo Lee, 21, is currently pursuing a Master's Degree of Music in Viola Performance at the Eastman School of Music, from where she earned her Bachelor's this past spring. Having immigrated to the States at age two from South Korea, she has lived in various areas in the New England area with her parents and little sister and has always been fluent in Korean and English. She grew up participating in various activities, such as swimming, ballet, tae kwon do, and of course music. She began her musical studies at age seven with piano, taking on violin two years later and switching to viola at thirteen. She has studied music with nine different teachers extensively and various others at music festivals and in chamber music coachings. She hopes to take the experiences thus far, both positive and negative, to become the best possible teacher fo
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She helped establish a chamber music program at her high school, which eventually grew into an orchestral ensemble. She has taught students at both the beginner and intermediate levels, and coached the viola section of an intermediate level youth orchestra at the New England Conservatory's preparatory division. She also had the opportunity to participate in outreach programs organized by Eastman's chamber music department, and has thus performed and presented on classical music to various audiences.
Though her focus is in Western classical music, her family also holds a passion for Korean traditional music. This extended into her musical studies as she has taken lessons on the gayageum, a Korean zither, and enjoys all forms of Eastern Asian traditional music.
Note: I would prefer to teach in my apartment but if need be I do have a car so I am willing to drive!
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About Michael L.

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My aim as a teacher is to set students up for success with a relaxed, comfortable technique so that they can produce a beautiful sound soon and become expressive musicians. I believe that people love to do what they can do well! My job is to give students the tools for excellence.

With the knowledge passed down to me from my teachers from the Moscow Conservatory and my passion for helping others learn, I tailor what I teach to the goals, the personality, and the hands of each student. Whether you want to take a traditional classical path towards a professional career, or whether you just want to learn to play for fun, I can help you achieve your goals.

About Michael
I am a professional freelance violinist and teacher living in San Francisco. I began studying violin at the age of 5 and have had the privilege of studying with renowned teachers who taught at Moscow Conservatory, Stanford, and Curtis Institute of Music. I have performed violin and viola in North and South America (including Carnegie Hall and the National Theater of Costa Rica) and in Europe.

My violin and viola students can expect me to tailor the way I teach to their unique goals and learning styles. Everyone's hands and arms are different, and string technique is not "one size fits all." I believe that all students can achieve success and play musically if they have the right tools. My job is to provide students with those tools. I specialize in teaching a relaxed technique that allows players to get a warm, beautiful tone from their
instrument so that they are free to play musically and expressively with confidence!

I teach violin and viola students of all different ages and experience levels. I've studied classical violin for 24 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue excellence in a traditional classical way, or I can teach students how to play their favorite pop tunes, depending on students' personal goals.

I currently serve as concertmaster of the Mozart to Mendelssohn Orchestra in San Francisco, lead chamber music nights with the SF Civic Music Association, and play gigs around the Bay Area. I love being a part of community music-making and believe that the benefits of music education reach far beyond the instrument itself to social and cognitive skills, confidence, and creativity.

My personal passion is classical music but the kind of technique I teach applies to all styles, and I am experienced teaching fiddling, pop music, or whatever music inspires you. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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