Picture of viola lessons in Port Costa, CA

Port Costa, CA Viola Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Viola lessons? Our Port Costa teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 5 6 0 , 6 0 0

lessons and counting!

Popular Viola Teachers near Port Costa, CA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Port Costa, CA including San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Oakland, Palo Alto and Redwood City.

Showing 9 of 111 results View More

About Kristen K.

Close
224264_429334_43117
Berkeley, CA

View Full Profile
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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ethan September 29, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Thank You!
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
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!
View Details
View Profile
Kristen K.

Kristen K.

Berkeley, CA 94704
(22)
starting at
$27 / 30-min

About Samuel N.

Close
Profile_37863_pi_1493213_10152254445184674_1085599532_n
San Francisco, CA

View Full Profile

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.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
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!
Silhouette-80
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!
Silhouette-80
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.
View Details
View Profile
Samuel N.

Samuel N.

San Francisco, CA 94102
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Nicholas H.

Close
Profile_83511_pi_1914065_1238546360072_180389_n
Smyrna, GA

View Full Profile

I'm an experienced and dedicated musician, having played with Orchestras and Chamber groups throughout my state. My lessons are focused on relaxation, and am as laid back or strict as the student needs. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, shooting to be a church player or a pro, I have taught students for that and am the teacher for you.

About Nicholas
Nicholas is a professional cellist that has studied since the age of 9. He has now been teaching the cello, viola, and violin for the past seven years for students of all ages, beginner to pre-college level.

Throughout Nicholas’s career, he has been an active member of Honors Orchestras, Youth Symphonies, Chamber ensembles, Opera Symphonies, and his university’s symphony. His music consists of mostly a classical nature with some contemporary and popular music ensembles.

Nicholas trained for three years in college under the renowned cellist Martha Gerschefski, whose accomplishments are too many to list. He also trained under Christopher Rex, the principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Nicholas now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at Georgia State University.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
James September 10, 2018
· Cello · Online
Silhouette-80
Kassandra September 10, 2018
· Viola · Online
Thumb_128716_pi_3F211360-346C-4CE3-9E8F-AB9CD1BCE191
Suman M. July 19, 2018
· Violin · Online
This is my fourth lesson with Nicholas. He is patient, explains each concept, and corrects me when I am making a mistake. Learning with him till now had been a very good experience. I hope to make good progress in the coming months. Thanks.
View Details
View Profile
Nicholas H.

Nicholas H.

Online
(42)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Kari K.

Close
Profile_122486_pi_25440869_10155107575587997_995036302_o
Los Angeles, CA

View Full Profile

Experienced violin/viola teacher of 8 years available for students of all ages and levels! I have a bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Butler University, and I also have a master's degree in Violin Performance from the University of Oklahoma. I believe every student is different and therefore do not teach one method, but a mix and match of different methods tailored to each student. Depending on the level of the student, I use the following method books: Essential Elements, Suzuki, Solos for Advanced Violinists, and standard repertoire and pop music. I also believe that an understanding of music theory is essential for all violinists and violists, so some of my teaching is devoted to theory.

About Kari
Kari Krafft is a classically trained violinist who performs and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She currently serves on the faculties of Bertrand’s School of Music in Pasadena and Cornerstone Music Conservatory in West LA as well as coaching chamber music with the Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra. Kari holds a Master’s in Violin Performance from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance from Butler University. Her main teachers include Mr. Hal Grossman, Dr. Gregory Lee, and Mr. Larry Shapiro.

While pursuing her degrees, Kari developed a passion for music education. She is dedicated to providing quality and personalized instruction to all of her students. She uses method books such as Essential Elements and Suzuki as well as standard etudes and repertoire. Kari has experience teaching violin and viola to students o
f all ages and levels. She has held teaching positions with several music organizations, including the Sooner Strings Project at the University of Oklahoma, El Sistema Oklahoma, Norman Music Institute, and the Butler Community Arts School, as well as keeping a private studio out of her home.

In addition to her teaching obligations, Kari performs regularly as a freelance violinist with artists and groups such as the Young Musicians Foundation, Richard Clayderman, and the Pacific Opera Project. Kari has also won permanent positions with the Amarillo Symphony of Amarillo, Texas, and Resonance Horizon, a new orchestra in Southern California dedicated to performing music from video games, anime, TV series, and films. Kari is also a founding member of the Sunset String Quartet, a new quartet servicing all areas of Southern California with music for weddings and other events.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Beckie R. August 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
Kari is an amazing instructor. She has a lot of great methods for teaching which comes with experience. She really knows what she is doing and is great at teaching it as well.
Silhouette-80
Phyllis Y. August 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Kari is very knowledgeable and skilled with music and violin. My first lesson was enjoyable and progressive. Kari showed patience and understanding on her approach to teaching. I hope to build a continued relationship with Kari learning music and violin together.
Silhouette-80
David September 29, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great lesson. I am making great strides in improving my playing ability everyday.
View Details
View Profile
Kari K.

Kari K.

Online
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Rebecca K.

Close
Profile_90506_pi_FB_IMG_1442607592586
Vallejo, CA
View Full Profile

Want to get started on the viola? 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!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Marthe April 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Before taking the violin lessons with Rebecca, I had no knowledge in music whatsoever. She makes everything understandable. She has taught so much. I'm really glad that I have her as my violin instructor.
Silhouette-80
Aidan M. April 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Rebecca is so sweet and my son is already looking forward to his next lesson!
Silhouette-80
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.
View Details
View Profile
Rebecca K.

Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
(31)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Julia M.

Close
Profile_110253_pi_13661879_1196902780330154_3529007117239062722_o
New York, NY
View Full Profile

As a Masters of Music student at the Juilliard School, I continue to gain musical knowledge every day. I strive to pass this along to my students, from basic technique to advanced musical concepts. I have experience teaching privately, providing practice help sessions, and in group classes and orchestra sections through the Tufts Community Music Program. I grew up learning through the Suzuki method, so I encourage learning by ear and emphasize the importance of efficient and organized practice. In a lesson with me, I would focus on learning classical viola technique in order to produce the best juicy and rich viola sound. I encourage the student to choose their repertoire based on their musical preferences, however I always encourage exploration of the classical genre! I teach with the goal of showing my students how to best improve on their own in their individual practice. A good ear, consistent technique, and beautiful, deep, unique violist musicality will all be my focus in my ...

About Julia
I'm a Juilliard masters student studying Viola and working towards a professional career! I teach both violin and viola, and am also available for practice help sessions or one time coachings. I have a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University, and I have studied at multiple well known music programs including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Music Academy of the West, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Aspen Music Festival. I have been playing the violin since I was 5 years old and viola since I was 15. I grew up learning through the Suzuki method, so I teach with an emphasis on developing a good ear as well as good instrumental technique. The most important thing I want my students to develop is a love for music in all its diverse forms and the instrumental technique that will allow them to involve themselves in that
musical world!
...
View Details
View Profile
Julia M.

Julia M.

Online
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Dominica M.

Close
Profile_127382_pi_20180528_112438
Jacksonville, FL
View Full Profile

I have more than 10 years of playing expeirence, and a few years of teaching beginner/ intermediate viola students. I also teach beginner violin. I aim to balance solo and group playing experience, along with a strong push for an excellent understanding in music theory. Whether your student is competition based, just getting started, or just wants to play for fun, I've got you covered. Adult students are always welcomed.

About Dominica
I am a classically trained violist who started out playing violin and piano. I grew up attending Pine Forest, LaVilla, and Douglas Anderson. I was fortunate enough to refine my skills in an orchestral setting daily, where i was able to expand my interests in music production, composing, and world music.

In 2010 I started my tutoring experience, where I taught beginners how to play violin and viola. I regularly held leadership roles in my orchestra, and had to help my section play up to my conductors standards. This ment teaching others one on one and in group sessions.

I am currently in college for music after whiching my major from Biology. My passion for music never faded after graduating, and now I am following my dreams of having a career in making music.
...
View Details
View Profile
Dominica M.

Dominica M.

Online
starting at
$29 / 30-min

About Jen S.

Close
Profile_134674_pi_86E6F238-0516-4638-8684-E53D0E0F188F
New York, NY
View Full Profile

Hi! Welcome to my page! my name is Jen. I’m active freelance orchestral musician and violin & viola instructor in NYC and NJ area.
I welcome students of all ages, all levels of commitment and all ability levels. I have years of experience teaching with Suzuki books and other method training books. My lessons are always planned in a way that fits each students individually. I like to establish my lesson in a way where students learn correct techniques and explore their musical senses. I want my students to have fun learning music.
Most recently, I worked as graduate teaching assistant at University of Nevada Reno, where I taught undergraduate violin and viola students.
I received Bachelor of Music in violin performance at The Juilliard School. Later, I studied viola at Peabody Conservatory

About Jen
Welcome to my page! I have years of experience teaching beginners to advanced students of various ages. My teaching philosophy is to have friendly approach to learning music. The very first lesson with me would be talking with you about your interest in music and really listen to what student wants to achieve.
...
View Details
View Profile
Jen S.

Jen S.

Online
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Michael L.

Close
Profile_135017_pi_34119081_10155600755203595_2004903116163514368_n%20%281%29
San Francisco, CA

View Full Profile

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!
...
View Details
View Profile
Michael L.

Michael L.

San Francisco, CA 94114
starting at
$35 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Port Costa, CA?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Viola Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Viola instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 5 6 0 , 6 0 0

lessons and counting!

Get Started with Free Resources

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More