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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the violin. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, and saxophone. I highly recommend my studio partners Tyler and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, & Saxophone
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Piano, Ukulele, & Drums
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed
with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Kalena July 31, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Our son has been taking trumpet lessons with Jesse for almost a year now. It’s been a wonderful experience working with Jesse! He is a kind and passionate person. He cares about his students and motivates them in a positive way! Our son comes home telling us how nice and talented Jesse is. We are very happy to be working with him and Jesse is a great teacher!
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Sergey July 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoyed taking my lessons with Jesse as a novice singer. He is a true professional, and I like how he tailored his approach to my individual style and needs. Can't recommend him enough!
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Melissa June 24, 2018
· Tuba · In studio
Jesse is a really good teacher in not only just tuba, but music in general. He explains musical concepts in an intuitive way through patterns or playing it out to the student. I really enjoy the lessons I have with him and I feel that I'm becoming a better musician.
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About Erin C.

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Columbus, GA

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I teach everything from beginner to advanced, basics to shifting, vibrato, theory, and technique. I teach classical, religious, fiddle, and pop. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, etc. 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 recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase the
students' growth and abilities, and to provide an opportunity to give back to family and friends whose sacrifices and support enable the students to succeed.

I teach because I love music and I believe God has given me a gift. Playing and teaching help me to use my talent for His glory. I love working with people and I love how music enables people of all ages to open up and express themselves in a positive way, no matter what life throws their way. I believe music teaches discipline, builds self esteem; helps set and achieve goals; and positively affects and enhances other curricular endeavors.

My teaching philosophy is to always have fun while learning, to set attainable goals for the student, to learn through encouragement and discipline, and to help students come to love music on a personal level. I focus on the character of each student and their goals and desires to see that the student and/or parents are satisfied. Teaching is a privilege for me that I do not take for granted.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer half hour, forty-five minute, sixty minute lessons, or longer on a weekly basis, but I do Not offer bi-weekly lessons. My lessons begin with the fundamentals of music. I believe a firm foundation in rhythm and reading is important because a student may switch musical instruments one day and the basics are universal and necessary. I have a deep love and appreciation for music which I hope to instill in my students as well. I am strict in the sense that I like students to polish their pieces before moving on. I like to keep them focused on playing well, not just playing.

A typical lesson will begin with scales to warm up, a review of the previous week's material, and a new assignment. Students will memorize pieces, be proficient in scales and rhythms, and all the while laughing and having a great time. I am known with my students for my creative analogies and flexibility to try new things in order to adapt to the students strengths and weaknesses. My students look forward to coming to their lesson, and that is very rewarding as a teacher.

I primarily use the Suzuki method for Violin and Viola, because it offers progressive steps to mastering technique, style, and musicality. My curriculum includes the use of Winning Rhythms, Wohlfahrt studies, All for Strings Theory, Essentials for Strings, and many more beginner and advanced studies; including shifting and double stops.

I love music and I love working with people; teaching is just icing on the cake. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and discover your talents and I hope we can learn together. I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand and Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their instrument, and necessary accessories ie: rosin, shoulder rest, strings, books, and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Music on Violin, Viola, and Piano, as well as beginner cello. I am very creative in my teaching methods, though I use the Suzuki Method primarily for string instruments. I believe learning should be fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.
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REBECCA July 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent and personable instructor that is able to quickly explain and teach the basics to a beginner!
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Jeremy February 28, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Great instructor and very patient
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Cadence H. September 14, 2017
· Cello · In home
Great start to my daughter's new instrument!
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About Helena G.

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About Helena
Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. I teach Violin, Viola and Piano Performance, Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several teaching methods to best suit the needs of a student and make lessons enjoyable and productive. I introduce my students to a variety of styles while teaching classical techniques for lifetime skills. When not teaching, I play with Nova Vista Symphony (First Violin) ,Campbell String Chamber Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are a balance of fun and focus. My students qu
ickly learn the basics and start playing familiar melodies. I teach memorization techniques to develop a performing repertoire.
In addition, my students develop abilities in rhythm, melody, harmony, understanding of theory, and improvisation. I also help with school orchestra practice and audition preparation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, desk, piano, recording equipment, music stands, couch for parents to observe and wait or participate.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own violin and bow, music stand and a notebook. Students may also need to purchase sheet music/music books. I will provide basic recording equipment (audio and video), and pre-recorded piano or orchestra accompaniment. A live piano accompanist is available for recitals and pre-recital rehearsals.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin, Viola
Fiddle - Klezmer, American, Celtic
Piano - beginning and intermediate levels
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation.
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Matthew C. March 9, 2018
· Violin · In home
She is amazing! My son enjoy the class so much! I truly appreciate it.
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Barbara J. March 2, 2018
· Viola · Online
Helena was a pleasure to work with. It was my first viola lesson in decades. I was not sure how the online lesson would go but it worked well for me. She was so patient and helpful and very encouraging. Look forward to the next lesson!
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Ayse K. November 14, 2017
· Violin · In studio
she loves her job alot .and she makes you love it as well.
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About Zhana G.

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Each lesson will be taught in response to current needs of a student but the following are the parts that make up an entire lesson:
- Technique
- Theory
- Music
- Practice
All together are basic fundamentals.

My job as a teacher is to help you find a place for music in your daily life and to make a practice time more of an experimental discovery play, than boring work. Once you find a key, it opens up a whole new world of communication.

As a private violin instructor, I believe that education is impossible without student’s motivation and passion. Perhaps you have decided to become a professional musician or maybe you want to play for your own enjoyment... Whatever your goals are, I can lead you there! Let's make it happen together because it is never late to follow a dream!

I recommend younger children travel to me for the best learning experience.

About Zhana
I have been a freelance violinist and a professional violin teacher for the past 30 years. Playing in the orchestra and teaching students are two of my greatest passions in life. As a private violin instructor, I firmly believe that education is impossible without student motivation and passion. As much as I love teaching, my best experience is also learning from my students.

Education - received in the Republic of Georgia (Eastern Europe)
- Tbilisi State Music Academy - 7 year degree in Violin/Piano performance.
- Tbilisi State College of Music and Arts - Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance.
- Tbilisi State Music Conservatory - Master's Degree in Violin Performance.

I am very fortunate to love teaching because it allows me to share my knowledge and incredible experiences that I have acquired in my 30 years of being a m
usician in Europe and the United States.

Professional work experience:
Greenwich Village Orchestra -NY,NY
- Park Avenue Chamber Orchestra - NY,NY
- Charlotte Symphony Orchestra - Florida
- Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Opera House Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Sympho-Jazz Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Pop - Jazz Ensemble - Georgia

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will be taught in response to current needs of a student but the following are the parts that make up an entire lesson:
- Technique
- Theory
- Music
- Practice
All together are basic fundamentals.

My job as a teacher is to help you find a place for music in your daily life and to make a practice time more of an experimental discovery play, than boring work. Once you find a key, it opens up a whole new world of communication.

As a private violin instructor, I believe that education is impossible without student’s motivation and passion. Perhaps you have decided to become a professional musician or maybe you want to play for your own enjoyment... Whatever your goals are, I can lead you there! Let's make it happen together because it is never late to follow a dream!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio set up in the living room.
Parents welcome.

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Vera Z. August 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
We are very happy to know Zhana! My daughter enjoys taking violin lessons with her. Zhana is very kind, responsible, and her instruction effectively improves technique and inspires enthusiasm for music.
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Asavari July 20, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Would highly recommend as a teacher for beginner-adults. Zhana is a wonderful, patient, and constructive teacher and has several regular adult and child students.

I've gone to her for the past 2 years as we work through the first few suzuki levels. As an adult learner, violin is tough but Zhana breaks it down and gives helpful feedback.

She also goes above and beyond for her students by organizing recitals a few times a year. Her adult-students and child-students all perform at recitals.
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motherless July 10, 2017
· Violin · In home
Please how can i get to know you my email is tinabruce4reaal@gmail.com waiting for your reply
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About Vivian W.

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For 10 years I've been teaching violin and viola to children in Southern California, developing their skills, instilling confidence, and building their independence. Students from my studio serve as section leaders in school orchestras around the San Gabriel Valley.

About Vivian
Vivian Wang has been teaching violin and viola privately since 2001. Since coming to America in 2008, she has built up studios in San Gabriel and Diamond Bar/Chino Hills. She has also worked as a Music Specialist for the San Gabriel and Garvey School Districts, where she coached strings and taught group string lessons.

Students in Ms. Wang's studios perform in a yearly recital, and the advanced among them often earn spots in youth symphony orchestras such as PYMO (Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra), OYO (Olympia Youth Orchestra), and CYSO (Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra). Ms. Wang also tutors music theory and musicianship, including the ABRSM and AP Music Theory curricula.

Ms. Wang uses the Suzuki method, combined with music theory and musicianship instruction where helpful, to develop complete young musicians: disciplined, se
lf-starting, and musically sensitive.
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About Josiah B.

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I believe in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere between teacher and student that promotes the optimal mindset for the student to progress, and to believe in themself.

Technique-wise, there will be lots of work on intonation, tone production, and accuracy of rhythms!

Musically, I like to ask the student for their own ideas, and offer my input afterwards. Music is an expressive art, and the teacher's job is to help the student best express themselves.

About Josiah
I am currently a graduate student (Master of Music in Violin Performance) at the University of Oklahoma, where I am on fellowship as a violinist in the resident graduate string quartet, the Crouse Quartet. In addition, I serve as co-concertmaster of the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Regarding the teaching sphere, I am the studio Teaching Assistant for Dr. Gregory Lee at OU.

Previously, I earned a Performer's Certificate at the University of Wyoming, where I served as concertmaster of the UW Symphony Orchestra and the UW Chamber Orchestra.

I have advanced to the national finals in the MTNA Young Artist solo competition twice, and been guest soloist with the Northwest College Symphony Orchestra. During my time in Wyoming, I performed in the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra as a fully contrac
ted section violin, and in the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra as an alternate violin.

For four years, I taught for the University of Wyoming String Project, where I served as a private violin and viola teacher to elementary, middle, and high school students in the Laramie, Wyoming school system. Currently, I serve as both a beginning/intermediate orchestra conductor and a private teacher mentor for the Sooner String Project at OU. My students have won leadership positions in their school and string project orchestras, as well as the distinction of All-State Orchestra.
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Kerstin September 20, 2018
· Violin · Online
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Jonathan T. September 16, 2018
· Violin · Online
great lesson again
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Jonathan T. September 2, 2018
· Violin · Online
good teacher, great lesson
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Gina studied violin at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. She had been teaching violin since 2003. She has played in many ensembles, including Colchester Civic Orchestra (concertmaster), Chapel Hill Philharmonia, Chapel Hill Chamber Players, White Iris Light Opera Orchestra, and Good Shepherd Chamber Players. She currently plays with the South Coast Symphony Orchestra and with Tesoro, violin-guitar jazz duo.
Gina's students participate in recitals, ensembles, have recording opportunities, and have competed in auditions and competitions.

About Gina
Gina has been teaching and tutoring foreign languages since 1990. She has a BA and MA in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and French language and literature.
She has taught both adults and children, in private lessons and in schools.
Gina is a violinist and pianist, performs around the southeast US and teaches violin and piano- in all musical genres.
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Gregg September 20, 2018
· Italian · In studio
Gina's lesson was great. Her teaching style is interesting and conversational. I feel like I'm learning Italian better than I would be just from an online course or a classroom setting.
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Shawn Smith May 24, 2018
· Portuguese · In studio
Gina was very experienced and knowledgeable of the language and was extremely helpful in teaching me the basics.
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Learning a musical instrument should be fun, exciting, and most importantly pain-free.

About Chaul
I have been playing the violin for over 24 years. I like to teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced students regardless of their age. I would prefer beginners to take at least one year of piano lessons prior to learning how to the play the violin. This way students can transfer basic music knowledge into violin playing, especially in the field of reading and learning new music. My goal is to help music lovers learn how to teach themselves one day when a music teacher is no longer available.

I started teaching in 2011 while I was completing the Master of Music degree at Rice University. As I finished my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in December 2017, I decided to build and expand my own studio in Burleson, TX.

I also tutor beginning, intermediate, and advanced Chinese and have always loved Chinese literature.

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Indira March 15, 2018
· Violin · Online
Thank you Chaul for a great lesson and also for being so patient with me when my computer didn't log into the session right away. I enjoyed my first lesson and am excited to have such a fabulous teacher that sent me material and information to prepare for my first session. I feel confident that I will be able to progress and I know that I will enjoy learning with you. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Barrie February 21, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Within a half hour lesson I learned the proper way hold the bow and the chords to pluck for twinkle twinkle little star. You can feel how excited she is to be teaching someone her passsion. I'd definately recommend her.
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About Hannah M.

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I am a Suzuki Certified teacher with over ten years of experience teaching private lessons, and group classes at all levels from young beginners to advanced high school students, and college music majors.

My doctoral dissertation explores the use of yoga to enhance violin playing. Health and wellness for students of all ages is a primary focus of my teaching. I focus on proper alignment and releasing unnecessary tension and stress in the body while playing the violin. I also explore efficient practice methods and ways to build strength and endurance, alleviate stress, and combat muscle fatigue and stiffness.

As a performer and teacher, I believe in having as many tools in your toolkit as possible. I find this approach helps students feel confident performing in a variety of genres and settings while also building a core comprehension of the instrument and musical library. I divide my lessons into distinct portions that include skill-building exercises, and repertoire.

About Hannah
I am a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota with Sally O’Reilly. and completed my M.M. and D.M.A. from the University of Oklahoma with Dr. Gregory Lee.

While still in High School, I was the recipient of the prestigious Robert Mandura String Scholarship. In 2013 and 2014 I was a top prizewinner of the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition and in 2011 I won third prize in the CICA International Concerto Competition.

I am a certified Suzuki Method violin teacher and was a Master Teaching Artist with the Harmony Project of Tulsa for two years. I am the former Instructor of Violin and Viola, String Chamber Music, and Education at Oklahoma Baptist University and Mid-America Christian University. As an Instructor with the Sooner Strings preparatory program at the Un
iversity of Oklahoma, my students found success as concerto competition, fiddle, and talent show winners, and as section leaders of youth orchestras across Oklahoma and Texas.

I am the Associate Principal Second of the Tulsa Symphony and Tulsa Ballet and served as the Associate Concertmaster of the Signature Symphony for two orchestra seasons. I have recorded, performed and toured with a variety of different performers including 2cellos, Michael Bublé, Amy Grant, A Whisper in the Noise, and WIVE.
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Kevin August 17, 2018
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Hannah is an excellent teach who very attentive to the needs and progress of her students. In addition to being an excellent teacher, she’s an accomplished and incredible musician. We were so fortunate to have her as a teacher for our daughter, who never tired of going to lessons for more Hannah-inspired lessons on the violin. We would highly recommend Hannah Murray.
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