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About Mikaela H.

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San Francisco, CA

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In my teaching I seek to inspire the very best in every student through clear expectations, consistency, patience, and a great deal of laughter. It is important to me to treat each student as an individual and to find a method of instruction that will best fit each individual personality and skill set.

Music is an excellent mode through which to learn leadership, collaboration, and self-discipline. It is a means by which we may better ourselves no matter what our age.

My system for teaching beginners derives from the Suzuki method and uses the Suzuki books as it's structure. For students who have surpassed the Suzuki level, I teach Russian School technique. My own training is largely Russian school, influenced by Heifetz and modern European tradition.

About Mikaela
Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, Jacobs Scholar
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance - 2007-2011

I work with each student to create a personalized experience that will best suit your individual goals and needs. My teaching focuses on providing each student with a solid foundation of technique which is suited to children and adults who wish to play violin as a hobby, but also to those who wish to pursue violin at a professional level. This technique will not only allow you to create the beautiful violin sound you have always dreamed of, but will also do so in a way that is healthy for your body in the long term.

In lessons my students develop skills not only in violin playing, but also in musicianship, music reading, ear training, music theory, leadership, collaboration, and self-discipline.

For beginning student
s, I teach using the suzuki books, however I draw from my many years of experience as a successful performer to supplement this system for long term success. For students who have surpassed the Suzuki level, I teach Russian School technique. My own training is largely Russian school, influenced by Heifetz and modern European tradition.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music books for compensation, though I expect students to rent or purchase their own instruments.
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Margot B. May 17, 2016
· Violin · In home
Our daughter had her first lesson yesterday and loved it and Mikaela. She said it was the best day ever and can't wait for her next lesson next week! Mikaela obviously has experience teaching children and make our daughter feel at ease and comfortable. Most of the first lesson seemed to be focused on proper instrument and handling, which makes sense. It can take years to undo poor posture and position if not begun correctly. Mikaela explained what she was doing and why, and made sure our daughter understood everything as she went along. Thank you for a first great experience!
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Daniel S. August 3, 2014
· Violin · In home
Mikaela is not only an excellent musician but an outstanding music teacher, a rare combination. I have been taking violin lessons from her for quite some time now, and I am amazed at how much of a difference she has made in my efforts to pick up the instrument as a total beginner.

She has great observational abilities to immediately notice errors in form or movement, all the while maintaining calm and complete patience. She also has gift for suggesting corrections with analogy and imagery that has been very helpful in my experience.

I would highly recommend her.
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Piotr K. July 26, 2014
· Violin · In home
From the very first lesson, I was really impressed by how much insight Mikaela could provide for even the (seemingly) simplest phrase or section. She has very deep knowledge about music in general and the mechanics of violin playing in particular.

Every time I perform something for her, she points out each of the hundred things I'm doing wrong. More importantly, she also explains exactly why whatever I'm doing is not working and what steps are necessary to fix it. Her advice is very specific and actionable, and whenever I follow it I notice an improvement.

Despite having my playing constantly destroyed by her remarks, I don't feel discouraged. On the contrary, every lesson leaves me energized and inspired to keep practicing.
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Mikaela H.

Mikaela H.

San Francisco, CA 94117
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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Larisa K.

Larisa K.

Hercules, CA 94547
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About Kristen K.

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Berkeley, CA

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About Kristen
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!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, well lit, piano, music stands

*** Specialties ***
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
· Violin ·
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. In my experience, if you do not commit, or put in individual practice, you will not see results.

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. 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'm also unable to 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.

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My Performance Bio:

Sam N. is a native born South Dakotan who began his viola studies at the age of ten. He began taking private lessons at the age of fourteen with his teacher Carol Knowles. Eventually, he continued his studies in South Dakota with San Francisco Conservatory alumni Kate Weeks. Sam is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jodi Levitz. He has participated in master classes with Helen Callus, Jay Liu, Jonathan Vinocour, Jerzy Kosmala, Hank Dutt, William Goodwin, Jackie Schwandt, and Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Mr. N. 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 a member 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. In 2011-2012, he was also invited in to the Orlando Chamber Soloists Apprentice Program. Sam is also the former principle violist of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra which toured Germany in the summer of 2012. Featured performances took place in the concert halls at the Gastieg in Munich and Berlin Philharmonic and at the Rheingau Musik Festival. In 2013-2014 Sam was the principle violist of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra. He currently performs all around the Bay Area as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. His main mission is to revive interest in Western Art Music so that is once again accessible to the every day human.
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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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G. C. February 6, 2018
· Viola · In home
Sam has prepped our daughter for an audition for SOTA and after all their hard work, we are over the moon that she had been accepted. Sam's lessons had played a huge part in her doing well in her audition. He picked a complex piece for her solo which I felt had slow and fast movements and tempos, as well as emitted both a lighthearted and melancholy mood. The piece felt much like a roller coaster ride of sounds and emotions all in one piece. Sam has been and continues to be such a great fit for our daughter.
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Samuel N.

Samuel N.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Seth B.

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Oakland, CA

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Do you or your child want to learn violin? I teach students of all ages and skill levels, in a variety of styles. I am a teacher and performer from the Bay Area with nine years of teaching experience on the violin. My lessons focus on technique, musicality and having fun!

About Seth
Hi! Thanks for taking a look at my profile! I’m Seth; I’m a violinist, a composer and most importantly for you, a violin teacher! I play in almost every style of music, and my current focus is on folk and bluegrass. I’m working to develop a curriculum of popular songs to use when teaching adults how to play the violin. I am classically trained and have played in community orchestras, chamber groups, bands, behind singers, in impromptu jam sessions and most often as a soloist.

I teach using the Suzuki method, and am pursuing my Suzuki accreditation. My teaching style is centered around ear training and technique - with a well-developed ear and good technique you can play anything! I begin my students by ear, and then introduce written notes as we progress. I also help my students - young and old - develop skills to measure their own pr
ogress and improve outside of the lesson. My approach is holistic, I help you improve both as a violinist and as a musician.

I studied violin with William Barbini, and composition with Elinor Armer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

****Nuts and Bolts****

For Beginning Students:
I can help you start on this wonderful instrument! We will cover the basics of technique, expression and terminology. For young players, we will use the Suzuki books. For older students, songs you already know combined with scales and technical exercises.

For Advanced Students:
For players who have confidence on the instrument, I can help you expand your repertoire, refine your technique, or prepare for auditions. I am a skilled improviser, and can show you the basics (scales!). I can also teach you new pieces and stylistic elements of bluegrass, Scottish and Irish trad, and Gypsy Jazz.
For classical players we will use Schradiek, Kreutzer, Flesch and J.S.

Send a message, ask a question! I look forward to hearing from you.
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Andrea U. May 12, 2017
· Violin · In home
Really patient with beginners and a great player ! Really enjoyed my first lesson with him
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Terese B. January 31, 2016
· Violin · In home
Seth was very patient and taught me a piece in one hour.
I enjoyed the lesson very much.
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Asha M. January 20, 2016
· Violin · In home
Seth is amazing. The very first lesson with my daughter was a huge success - and ever since then, she always looks forward to her lesson with him.
Seth is very professional, caring and engaging. He makes learning the violin fun! I would highly recommend Seth as a violin teacher.
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Seth B.

Seth B.

Oakland, CA 94610
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About Honor L.

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I have been playing classical violin since I was three years old. After high school I switched to fiddling, and now my main interested is improvisation. I can teach you technique, musicality, and freedom, and open you up to a beautiful and diverse world of music!
My first goal is to create an environment in which you can have fun, feel free to express yourself and to experiment. You will not love playing music if you constantly feel frustrated and limited! After that, we create the goals!

About Honor
I am a recent graduate of Mills College in Oakland with an MFA in Music Performance and Literature, with a specialization in Improvisation.
I have taught beginner violin lessons to students of all ages, including preschoolers! I like to make learning fun and rewarding for kids and adults alike. I do my best to bring my passion for the subject into the lesson in order to pass it on!
I am a 24 year old woman and have experience teaching (on and off) since 2006. I look forward to learning with you!
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Zachary January 11, 2018
· Violin · In home
My son truly enjoyed his 1st lesson with honor and was excited to do his violin homework!
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Renne B. September 27, 2017
· Violin · In home
First lesson went great. Honor breaks things down simply, she shows great patience and gives clear direction very well.
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Jack H. August 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Last year my son expressed a strong desire to join his school's orchestra as a violinist that sparked our search for a violin teacher for him. We are so glad to have found Honor. She is a talented musician, and is engaging and patient when teaching my son. For a violin newbie, my wife and I were really happy to see my son setting a big challenge for himself and wanted to support his musical endeavor. For the past 9 months, he has steadily getting better with his violin playing techniques. As with any instruments, practice is key to getting better. Honor left my son clear instructions on what he needed to practice between lessons and let us know of her lesson plans. Now it's a pleasure to listen to him practice; no more cringing like in the early days. :) We are confident he has a very good chance of joining his school's orchestra in the coming year.

Honor is always punctual to the lessons. When there was any unexpected delay, she always texted us and kept us informed. She has been really accommodating to my son's school and after-school schedules. We highly recommend Honor to any parents seeking music lessons for their sons/daughters.
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Honor L.

Oakland, CA 94609
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About cynthia B.

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I started playing violin when i was 12 in a youth orchestra, i continued in that for 4 years, and then 2 years in highsvhool orchestra. I have been part of string quartets for 2 years and vhamber music for 1. I have taught as a TA at ARTS (a reason to survive) for 2 years and SDSU school of music for youth for 1 year. I have been teaching privatelly for 3 years.

About cynthia
Hello, there! My name is Cynthia and I can't wait to meet you! I've taught private lessons since the year of 2012 and loved helping my students learning how to read music, and helping them developing their skills in rhythmic and metric, and piano and violin performance. I was a scholarship student at ICBC and CAM (in Tijuana, Mexico) for 2 years and earned proficient experience on violin soloist, string quartet and camera music. I have private music teacher experience as well as TA-ship at various music schools. During High school I was an active member of the National Art Honor Society, a now I am a college student working toward my degree on Fine Arts, and i have showed my works in different art galleries expositions, in San Diego and San Francisco. I'm supportive and patient person and my teaching style is creative, organized, and f
un. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Michael T. October 23, 2017
· Violin · In home
Cynthia is great at answering all my questions about playing and taking care of my violin!
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cynthia B.

San Francisco, CA 94132
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About Rebecca K.

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Want to learn to play the violin (or get better)? I can help!

About Rebecca
Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
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Maria February 7, 2018
· Bassoon · In home
Rebecca is an amazing person and one of the best teacher my son has ever had. She very knowledgeable about music. Rebecca tough him to play the bassoon, and my son has preformed in more than 4 concerts within 7 months period, Rebecca really made a difference in my child performance. She is reliable, very responsible, she always go the extra mile for her students. I highly recommend her as a music teacher.
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DeJaiyah December 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very good with kids. Loved the whole experience
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· Singing · Online
Always Amazing!
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Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
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San Mateo, CA

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Learn from a Juilliard violinist. I'm an experienced soloist and chamber musician who has performed in 22 major cities in Europe, North America and Asia, appearing at world's most celebrated concert halls, festivals and TV/radio programs. However, my real love is for teaching. Unlike many of my musician colleagues who were born to be naturally nimble on the violin, I went through many struggles and breakthroughs while seeking out the best masters in the world, near and far. Having rigorously thought through every aspect of violin playing, from training my brain to perfecting a phrase, I've been able to help my students get closer to where I am much faster. While in NYC and Boston, I taught 100+ students from ages 3 to adult, from beginners to young professionals, and will be teaching a select group of dedicated students in San Mateo, CA, starting from spring 2018.

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Learn from a Juilliard violinist and experienced teacher!

I'm a soloist and chamber musician who has performed in 22 major cities in Europe, North America and Asia, appearing at world's most celebrated concert halls and festivals.

However, my real love is for teaching. I know how challenging it is to play the violin, especially if you haven't had quality instruction early in your training and somehow your fingers don't seem to listen to your brain. That was me - I've been there. Violin never came easy to me either, so throughout my years in training I sought numerous pedagogues in the world for advice. Through my own struggles and series of breakthroughs I learned to discipline my own brain and my own body to work together to produce beautiful music. My goal is to help my students get to where I am, and hopefully way beyond, much
faster.

Since 2003, I taught 100+ students who were children, as young as 3 years old, to adults, from beginners to young professionals in NYC and Boston. I'm taking a select group of dedicated students, starting from March 2018 in San Mateo.

I'm more than happy to meet with you for 30 minutes (free of charge) for an introductory lesson or plain chat to make sure this is the right step for you. Also, if you are new to the instrument, ask me about beginner group lessons.

[I'm brand new to TakeLessons so please excuse the lack of reviews!]
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Nicholas January 10, 2018
· Violin ·
I have known Marie for 5 years, and we have performed in concert together. She is a truly outstanding musician, and a wonderful colleague with a warm and engaging personality. With her knowledge, experience, love for children and passion for teaching, she is the ideal instructor to motivate, guide and inspire students of all ages. Top recommendation! Dont delay, she will be in great demand as she builds her studio!
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Marie S.

San Mateo, CA 94401
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Learn how to:
• Groove on fiddle tunes
• Improvise
• Back up your friends on the fiddle

Hello Everyone! My name is Sumaia Jackson. I'm an alumni of Berklee College of Music in Boston, and have 10 years of teaching experience in a multitude of different styles. Coming from a deep classical background, I have also been immersed in many folk and roots music traditions including Bluegrass, Appalachian Old Time, Celtic, and a bit of Jazz. From private instruction, coaching orchestra and chamber music groups, leading workshops, and teaching at fiddle camps, I've worked with players of all ages and levels, and I love exploring the nuanced stylistic languages.

Based out of the Bay Area, I'm available to teach violin and fiddle lessons in SF/Marin/Berkeley and surrounding areas.

Get in touch to schedule a lesson!

About Sumaia
I have experience teaching all levels and I love doing everything from teaching tunes, to exploring more modern techniques and setting of playing the fiddle, such as:
• What happens if your friends have a cool rock band and you want to jam with them but you play the violin and it feels awkward?
• What happens if you go play with them and your friend looks at you to take a solo in the middle of a tune? (AH!)
• What if you are playing in a traditional folk band and you want to figure out what else you can do besides play the melody?
. . . et cetera!

Not to worry, that's why I'm here, and I'm more than happy to help with all these problems and more! Playing the fiddle/violin can fill so many roles now a days and people LOVE hearing it! You'll be your town's new rock star! :)

I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA playing the fiddle and go
ing to music camps and studying classical music intensely as well as traditional fiddle music from many countries and regions. I studied in Boston at the Berklee College of Music, as well as lived in Nashville, and now hold a degree in Performance with a minor in American Roots Music. Throughout my many years of playing, I've been immersed in many different settings: I have experience playing amplified, being dropped into a jazz band and told to solo next to a saxophone player, being asked to come play with a local folk-rock cover band, playing at Bluegrass Festivals across North America, fronting a band, and being hired as a fiddle player to back up a singer-songwriter.
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Jake February 19, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Wow, what a talented violin teacher! I've had the opportunity to see her play on stage professionally and now I get to take lessons from her as well. She has mastery of the bow and has helped me explore my musicianship and musical ideas. Take her if you are serious in improving your playing, she'll help you get there quickly. Thanks Sumaia!
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Carolyn K. February 19, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Sumaia is smart and helpful- she identified where I needed improvement even when I couldn't tell! I've learned a lot from her. She is an incredible violin/fiddle player and teacher.
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Sumaia J.

Berkeley, CA 94702
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Beginner Basics: How to Buy a Violin Online

Beginner Basics: How to Buy a Violin Online

If you don't have a musical instrument shop near you, or their selection of violins is limited, you may look into the option to buy a violin online. While it's always better to be able to play an instrument you're looking to buy first, buying a violin online can often yield satisfactory results. Advantages of Buying a Violin Online Outside of big cities, you might have only a few musical instrument shops within easy driving distance. No shop can carry every violin you might want to try, but … Read More

Beginner Basics: How to Buy a Violin Online
If you don't have a musical instrument shop near you, or their selection of violins is limited, you may look into the option to buy a violin online. While it's always better to be able to play an instrument you're looking to buy first, buying a violin online can often yield satisfactory results. Advantages of Buying a Violin Online Outside of big cities, you might have only a few musical instrument shops within easy driving distance. No shop can carry every violin you might want to try, but
What is the Cost of Violin Lessons? How Your Teacher, Location, and Goals Factor In
One of the greatest gifts we can experience in our lives is the gift of music. Whether you’re an adult who has decided to learn an instrument, or a parent getting your child started on a lifetime of musical discovery, learning to play an instrument is a great goal. If your instrument of choice is the violin, it’s important to find a good teacher, especially when you’re first starting out. The violin can be a challenging instrument to master, and working with a good teacher early in your studi
5 Maintenance Tips for Violin Bows
All musical instruments require attention and maintenance. When it comes to the violin, however, it is easy to forget that the bow needs as much care as the instrument itself. After all, the way you treat your violin bows will affect the way the violin sounds. If too much resin builds up on the hairs, for example, the sound will come out wrong. While it may not be as costly to repair or replace violin bows, why waste money when it’s easy to keep your violin bows in good working condition? B
Pinspiration: 13 Fantastic Pinterest Boards to Help You Learn Violin
Believe it or not, Pinterest is one of the best online resources for all things violin! From pictures, charts, and tutorials, to infographics, how-to guides, and video lessons, it's an amazing place to find instruction and inspiration. Here, music instructor Julie P. brings you 13 awesome Pinterest boards to help you learn violin... Learning violin can be challenging and sometimes, you can use a little inspiration to keep you going. It may seem like you’re making slow progress, but if you
How to Hold a Violin Bow for Proper Grip
  One of the most challenging parts of learning how to play the violin is learning how to hold a bow and mastering grip properly, as it can feel very unnatural for beginner and intermediate students. While it can be frustrating, learning how to hold a violin bow is extremely important--especially for those who are just starting violin lessons. After all, the movement of the bow creates the sound of the violin. With proper bow technique, you can essentially produce whatever tone

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