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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.

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 Rebecca K.

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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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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.
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Aidan M. April 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Rebecca is so sweet and my son is already looking forward to his next lesson!
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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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About Lisa C. L.

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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
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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
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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 Lea D.

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Lea Detlefs' teaching style follows the Suzuki philosophy with the belief that music is a language that, like the other languages of the world, is learned most easily and organically through immersion. Ms. Detlefs believes a solid technical foundation makes playing more enjoyable. After all, technique exists to help us create beauty, to play with ease, and to play with confidence. She expects and encourages students to develop their creativity, by expressing their musical ideas and their personalities through the violin.

Lessons with Ms. Detlefs emphasize how to practice, discovery of the students preferred learning style, and the development of tone and musicality. Ms. Detlefs' students develop a set of polished, memorized repertoire; play classical music ranging from Bach to Paganini; are members of their high schools' intermediate and advanced orchestras; learn songs both by ear and musical notation; range in age from 5 to 55 years old; have written their own ...

About Lea
Hi there! My name is Lea Detlefs, and here is my musical history. I was given a violin at the age of seven by my grandfather, and between him and a neighbor who happened to be a retired violist from the Detroit Symphony, my musical education began. I've been playing violin for 26 years now, and viola for 20. I studied Violin Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Gregory Fulkerson for one year, and later returned home to study violin at the University of Michigan School of Music under Yehonatan Berick and Gabriel Bolkosky. After graduating in 2010 I became a member of the Dearborn Symphony, and was a frequent substitute for the Toledo and Plymouth Symphonies. I've has attended numerous summer music festivals, including Meadowmount School of Music in New York, Domaine Forget in Quebec, and the Phoenix Phest! in Ann Ar
bor, MI. I also went to Mark O'Connor's fiddle camp in Tennesseeand fell in love with Appalachian fiddling. Since coming to Austin, I've played with the Round Rock Symphony, and am also a member of the prog-rock band "Fortune My Foe". I taught for 8 years in Ann Arbor and 6 years in Austin, giving lessons in classical violin, viola, and fiddle to students from ages five to adult. I've completed the following Suzuki teacher training courses: Every Child Can!, Suzuki Book I, Suzuki Book II, Suzuki Book IV, and Practicum with pedagogue Ronda Cole (April 2015).
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Allison July 18, 2018
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Miss Lea is a great teacher who undoubtedly has a love of music. She helps her students develop this same love of music and teaches them how to develop their skills. I have been her student for five years and I love talking lessons with her.
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Alan July 17, 2018
· Viola · In studio
I have been with Ms. Lea for 6 years, and all those years have been amazing. Since then I have been improving and gaining more understanding of playing my instrument. She is a great teacher and has a great way to teach kids.
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I've been teaching for 21 years, of which 18 years also as a full-time university professor. For beginners, I use the Suzuki literature, and gradually add exercises and studies, depending on the technical needs. For more experienced students, I use a variety of other methods. I'm a very positive and encouraging person, and students walk away with a broad smile and feeling of satisfaction!

About Ferenc
I am a professional violinist with an Artist Diploma (5 yrs.) from the Franz Liszt Academy (conservatory) of Music in Budapest, Hungary, a Master's Degree in Violin Performance from SIU-Carbondale, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My students have earned prestigious scholarships at major universities (including one at Cleveland Institute of Music), and got permanent positions with orchestras.

My past orchestral experience include the Spokane Symphony, Walla Walla (WA) Symphony (Concertmaster), McCall (ID) SummerFest Orchestra (Concertmaster), Yakima (WA) Symphony, Washington Idaho Symphony (Concertmaster), Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra, Madison (WI) Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Symphony, Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Missouri Chamber Orchestra, Hays (KS) Symphony (Concert
master), as well as the Budafoki Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary)

Whether you're a beginner looking to explore a new instrument, or a young professional preparing for an orchestral or college audition, I'm eager to share my passion of music with you!
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Amandine August 12, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I am very happy to have found Ferenc. He is very nice, friendly and helpful. He really helped me with my goals. I really recommend.
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Amy August 6, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I highly recommend Ferenc to anyone looking for a violin instructor in the Las Vegas area. I'm an adult beginner who has always wanted to learn the violin. I spent quite a while looking into teachers before I decided on Ferenc and I'm very happy with my choice. He's a very good teacher. I leave each lesson playing (at least a little) better than I did when I walked in. Ferenc knows his craft and he's very good at pointing out both your strengths and areas that could use improvement. He always gives me concrete things I can work on in between lessons and they help a lot. His instruction has been invaluable and I'm certain I wouldn't be progressing at the same rate if I had tried to learn on my own or even with a less skilled teacher. I look forward to continuing to work on my skills with his help.
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Brian May 4, 2018
· Violin · In home
We have three kids taking lessons (two violin and one cello), one of which transferred from another teacher. The transition from the other teacher to Ferenc was extremely smooth as she was able to pick up right where she left off. The other two started lessons with Ferenc and have progressed well. We are extremely pleased with his instruction.
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I adjust my teaching style to compliment each student individually. My goal is for each student to enjoy playing their instrument, but I believe that the personal improvement of each student is vital for their continued interest and passion. I take it upon myself to make sure that my teaching is resulting in personal enjoyment and improvement! I also believe that studying a musical instrument is useful for developing things like problem solving skills, perseverance, building good habits, having a good work ethic, and being responsible. Music is also a voice of communication, and I enjoy teaching students to develop a strong confident voice through music.

About Laurel
I'm a young violin instructor who is passionate about teaching music to students of all ages. I graduated from Park University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance, and I am currently working on my master's degree. I enjoy performing, and I often perform throughout the Kansas City area, as well as various opportunities around the world. I also travel to various international violin competitions; in January of 2018, I was awarded fourth prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition.
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Laurel G.

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San Francisco, CA

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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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As a violist with a Master’s degree in Performance from the prestigious Colburn Conservatory, an experienced teacher mentored by respected Suzuki expert Shelley Bears Schleigh and chosen for a Teaching Fellowship with renowned Robert Duke, and an individual with an insatiable passion for psychology and development at all stages, Rachyl Duffy offers the complete package of polished performer, trained teacher, and passionate mentor. She has a particular interest in the development of young children, and, having moved to New York in 2017 from the San Diego Symphony to teach at the Brooklyn Music School, Rachyl is living her dream as a teacher. Her main goal for 2018-19 is to further this dream by expanding her studio. You/your child will receive consistent, dedicated care, individually tailored attention according to needs, abilities, and learning styles, and the inspiration to feed the brain and the soul with musical knowledge. Please consider joining the Duffy studio!

About Rachyl
Teaching is my passion, and the reason I moved to New York. From a young age I have always been deeply invested in the subjects of Development and Nurturing. I consider it my calling in life to pursue these subjects through teaching. My goal is always first and foremost to form a true connection with each individual student, observing their learning patterns carefully and trying different approaches until the student is thriving. My approach is continually positive, reinforcing excellent habits and achievements, and striving to find tiny goals that make a student feel he or she is constantly succeeding. My students find that their trajectory is continually upwards. You or your child would receive regular performance opportunities, regular specific feedback, consistent attention and high-quality musical training.

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, and a violin and viola instructor from the Philadelphia area. I graduated with my Master of Music in Performance with a Teaching Fellowship from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, a selective school which accepts only 125 students total on full scholarship including room and board. I also spent one year in the San Diego Symphony. I have performed in eight states as well as in Canada and Austria. I now teach lessons at the Brooklyn Music School and for such agencies as Thumbtack, Musika, and Music To Your Home. Last year I taught music at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. My primary background is in the Suzuki Method; I have taken the official introductory course this past year, and plan to become officially certified this year. I have taught all levels, learning styles, and ages, I have background working with students who need special consideration, such as those on the autism spectrum or with attention disorders.
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Sarah August 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Our son, 5 years old, learned so much from Rachyl! He looks forward to lessons. She’s helped us make practice a part of his routine and helped him perform in his first recital. He’s looking forward to another semester (and beyond) with her!
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Rachyl is talented, patient and great with kids!
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