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Austin, TX
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Poway, CA
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Louisville, KY
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Mariam H. Austin, TX

About Mariam

Have you always dreamed about learning to play violin with a professional and passionate teacher? Then I would like to meet you! My name is Mariam and I am a professional musician/violin teacher with a Master's Degree from the University of Texas in Austin. I have lived and taught violin all over the world, worked in the Austin Waldorf School and in the Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin among other places. For the last 5 years I was a part of a String Faculty as a Violin Professor at the Mahidol University in Thailand. Of course, all those years I kept performing and making music as a soloist, chamber and orchestra player. Being a musician, I got to travel and to live all over the world. During my vast experience in many countries on three continents I have come across all kinds of

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Susan M. October 26, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mariam is energetic, clear and kind. She is very educated and experienced. I come from a Suzuki background and had not played for a few years. Mariam was able to work with me easily.
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Teresa S. June 5, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Wonderful exciting teacher

I have had several lessons now and have not only learned a lot, but enjoyed my lesson time. Mariam is very fun and pushes me to try new things while keeping me reviewing the old.
I get a high quality teacher in my home every week that wants me to improve as much as I want to improve my violin skills. After just two lessons people I have played for have commented on just how much I have improved lately.
Erin C. Poway, CA

I teach scales, technique, shifting, vibrato, tonal exercises, solo pieces, and theory. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, etc., in Classical, Religious, Fiddle, Pop. I help students with their school orchestral music and audition pieces also.

About Erin

My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churches and weddings, and love teaching. I began teaching beginner to advanced Violin and Viola in April of 2001 in NC. I moved to California in the fall of 2008. Since moving to California I have extended my teaching to beginner Piano and Cello also. I have taught students ages 3 to 87 how to play and enjoy music on a personal level. My experience includes leading sectionals for middle school orchestra, organizing and instructing small ensembles, and organizing student recitals. Student ...

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Taylor L. December 4, 2014
Viola · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher, very nice and helpful.
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Cara G. October 30, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I am an adult learner and wanted a teacher that did not treat me like a child. Erin is a great teacher and treats me like an adult. She helps me to attain my goals and works at my pace. She encourages me especially when I don't think I can do a particular piece or perform at a recital. I know she can take me through to any level I want to accomplish on the violin.
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Mercedes M. September 11, 2014
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Erin is an awesome teacher. Jazmin, my daughter,has been playing cello for almost 2 years and was having a rough time,losing interest and motivation.Erin was of tremendous help.She immediately connected with my daughter,who needed a little push to keep going after we moved to a rural area and she left her friends behind,got her motivated again to start playing and now she is back at school where she will be part of the orchestra once again. Thank you very much for all your help,Erin!
Alison S. Louisville, KY

I've been playing viola most of my life - it's my passion! I've been teaching it for about 8 years. The first lessons usually are spent learning about the fundamentals - it's a lot to take in at first, but it will start making more and more sense as we start to apply those basic principals. I'm not a strict teacher; I'd rather my students enjoy the learning process and have fun with their instrument. I teach every student a little differently based on their age, previous knowledge, goals, learning style, and personality. I encourage my students to practice thoughtfully - I value quality practice time verses just lots of mindless playing. I have a very thoughtful approach to my teaching style - and I'm always learning and reevaluating how I teach based on research and experience.

About Alison

I'm passionate about music and love sharing that through performance and teaching. I received my degree in viola performance from the University of Louisville School of Music in May 2010. I studied under Chien-Ju Liao along with many other great violists in the Louisville community. I've also had the pleasure of playing with many quartets, chamber ensembles and orchestras including Louisville Youth Orchestra, All-State, the UofL Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra. Some of my greatest moments involve playing in Carnegie Hall and premiering a world-class ballet performance with the UofL Symphony Orchestra. Music has been a part of my life since I was little and I can't imagine life without it. Along with viola, I also study, play and teach piano and violin. *** Lesson Details *** ...

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Scott M. May 4, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Playing the piano is fun.

The first lessons Alison coached me on the fundamentals of piano playing, but also spent a good time listening to me play. The following lessons she added a songbook, delved deeper into the core course book, and added Beethoven (which I love). In short she had adapted our lessons to her evaluation of my ability and my feedback to build a course trajectory that would keep the lessons engaging, challenging, but fun.

Overall she is a great instructor and you feel no pressure playing in front of her.
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Ken D. September 11, 2012
Verified Student
Great teacher

My children love Alison. She is very patient with them and they enjoy going to lessons. I would recommend her to anyone that asks.
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AdrianP July 25, 2012
My daughter really enjoys her time with Alison. She's learning a lot and enjoys the warm learning environment that Alison provides.

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San Francisco, CA
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Nicholas P.

Brooklyn, NY
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Fairfax, VA
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Samuel N. San Francisco, CA

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

Hello, I'm Sam, and I've been playing the viola for 13 years, and teaching for a total of 4-5 years. I'm a recent 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 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 succeed. I teach from either a traditional standpoint, or from Suzuki books in order to teach technical facility. I don't provide instruments or the accessories that go along with it, so please be prepared to have those things. I'll also provide a list of music that you should order after our first lesson. I always hope to open the eyes of my ...

Nicholas P. Brooklyn, NY

I suggest viola to young students that already have violin experience, as well as to adults looking for a deeper sound at the early stages. Viola is my primary performance instrument.

About Nicholas

Welcome! I am a full-time violin/viola teacher from New York and a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. I am an active performer of contemporary and classical music, and my commitment is to instill my students with both a passion for playing music and a strong technical foundation. My teaching method is tailored to each student's individual learning style and motivation for playing. The first question I will ask at every first lesson is: what music do you love? This can be one song - a nursery rhyme, classical melody, or popular song - or a genre of music. Regardless of age, I believe that the most effective path for learning violin or viola is to start with the music! For younger children, I suggest beginning with the Suzuki method in order to establish ...

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Hamid R. January 28, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Nicholas has a unique way of teaching and the result so far has been fantastic. Cyrus respect him and gets motivated after each class to do better.
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Natale A. January 6, 2015
Violin · In home
As helpful as they come, Nick has bent over backwards to make sure our 6-yr-old daughter was outfitted with the right violin and bow. As an absolute beginner when she began a couple of months ago, she's impressing us now with her new skills.
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Charles B. December 27, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Instructor/Teacher/Friend; I do not know where to begin with this tutor of music from The Celestial Spheres. He is my own Orphic Music Instructor. In that he 'Inspires", and makes one want to practice and go with him! It's a conception easily understood, once you get going with him in learning. And if you know? Well! You'll know far more. And this can be said on all levels.
I don't know if these comments are actually looked at or reviewed in some way, but he's a raw talent in many ways, and I can see for All ages :)
Alex M. Fairfax, VA

In my lessons I want students to develop understanding in areas such as music theory, ear training, sight reading ability, and technique foundation. In understanding these key concepts students will have access to a wider range of musical abilities with an all encompassing conceptualization of music as a whole.

With these principal fundamentals established it is my goal to teach students how to express themselves through the language of music.

I recommend a full hour lesson so a student does not feel rushed. I wish to make each learning experience as meaningful as possible and 30 minutes is not ample time to teach an impressionable lesson plan and foster a students potential in the many areas of music.

About Alex

I have been studying violin for 12 years now and have had various students throughout that time. I am a licensed substitute teacher in my hometown of Chesapeake, VA and work in the high school environment each day! I am currently a senior music education at George Mason University and have studied under Dr. Laura Kobayashi, Jennifer Kim, and Dr. Elizabeth Adams. In addition I have been studying expressional orchestral conducting under Anthony Maiello. It is my hope that in taking lessons with me students will have a better understanding of what it means to be a musician and be a part of something they love!

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Megan A. August 15, 2014
Violin · In studio
Alex is a colleague of mine and has helped me improve my violin skills through the course of our studies. He is patient, understanding, and inspiriting. It has always been a pleasure working with Alex.

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Now is your time to take viola lessons from a pro viola teacher in your city. The viola is the important mid-range of the string instruments, between the lower cello and contra bass and the higher violin. If you are neither a fan of the high-pitched tone of the violin or the deep bouncing voice of the cello, then the viola is the perfect string instrument for you. Although not as well known as the violin, the viola serves to provide the mellow, penetrating, and even melancholy sound found in everything from classical to indie rock. In fact, the viola is one of the most versatile and most beautiful of all stringed instruments. So if you want to learn how to play it properly, don’t think twice about signing up for our viola lessons today. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or already a
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