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Lithonia, GA
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Being both classically trained as well as able to play by ear I can provide tips and strategies for achieving success in both. You can choose to learn classical or contemporary songs as you progress through your lessons. I have 200+ covers covering many genres and can easily write music for your favorite tunes to make lessons more fun and personalized.

About Derick
My name is Derick Jones. I go by the stage name BANKHEAD VIOLINIST. I am a violinist who loves to play all genres of music covers of R &B , Hip Hop, Gospel, JAZZ, as well as being classically trained and a part of many symphonies throughout Atlanta including being in the 1st violin sections of both the Atlanta Philharmonic and Georgia Philharmonics currently. I attended Georgia Tech for Electrical Engineering, but was also a part of their symphony and played as Solo Violinist to DramaTech Theatre as well as Act 3 Production in Roswell for musicals. I have taught programs at Bethune Cook Elementary through PremierGiftedStringsAcademy as well as at Marbut Theme School independently. I have had a host of students and I look forward to seeing the growth and potential in every one. I hope to help many more students become more acquainted with
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Corie December 26, 2017
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Derick has worked with my students in the past and has done a great job. He has a passion for music and teaching.
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Tierra December 24, 2017
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Dj performed for my parents anniversary and it was mind blowing. It really set the mood and the music was awesome and he hit every key and not perfectly to the T. I will be using his services more..
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Tawana December 24, 2017
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I had the pleasure of watching Derick perform at Studio 630. The performance was amazing! He played a variety of songs, that I never knew could be so clearly recognized being played on the violin. He is such a poised young man!
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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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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, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Piano
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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 Ar
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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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Brian August 29, 2017
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This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
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After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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About Karla N.

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Kansas City, MO
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I began playing the violin 14 years ago and have been teaching it for 12 years. I start beginning violin students from the book "Essential Elements". Once the basic foundations are laid out we move on to scale, etude, and solo books.

About Karla
Karla is a self-motivated and proactive music educator with a solid experience in music performance and hands-on experience in developing and implementing music programs. Guiding, developing, and challenging students to achieve their highest levels has been a successful and passionate experience for her. Karla obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2004 from, with an emphasis on Viola from UMKC. She was a Viola performer with the Conservatory Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, Bach Cantatas, and a string quartet. Her viola teachers have been Dr. Steven Kruse, concert virtuosos Paul Coletti and Scott Lee, and composer Robert Hagenbuch. At the Conservatory she pursued the violin and took lessons from Paul Hatton of the Kansas City Symphony.

Karla also received her Music Educators license in Instrumental Music from William Jewell Co
llege in 2005. Instrumental Conducting, Secondary Music Methods, Instrumental Techniques, and Educational Psychology were some of the courses that prepared her to become a more knowledgeable teacher. After completing her student teaching at the Liberty Public School District, she pursued her field experience and prepared for her career as an educator at numerous schools ranging from grades 4 - 12 and college students. Currently, Karla plays 4th chair viola with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and in the past has subbed for the St. Joseph Symphony. She is also the Viola player with Crescendo Trio. They perform 30-35 weddings and corporate events every year. Karla keeps an in-home and downtown studio offering music lessons for children and adults of all ages from beginners to advanced students.

*** Lesson Details ***
The methods I use for teaching primarily depends on the students' style of learning and the level that they are at musically. For beginning students I use a lot of visual and aural techniques and for more advanced students I build on what they already know and challenge them to go further. I am also familiar with the Suzuki method and pop music styles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
- Home studio with keyboard, 1 violin, 1 viola, music stand, music cabinet, seating for parents, wi-fi
- Downtown studio with 1 viola, music stand, seating for parents, and wi-fi

*** Specialties ***
I use the Essential Elements book for beginners so they can learn to read music. I use Suzuki Books for my student's solos. I also use Wolfhart Books to teach technique and Essentials For Strings Scale Book.
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Paloma October 7, 2016
· Viola · In studio
The best violin and viola teacher that I have ever had. She is flexible and encouraging and is great.
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About Grace Y.

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Before switching to primarily playing viola, I trained and performed as a violinist for ten years and graduated from the Suzuki Violin Method. I now play violin as my secondary instrument.

My teaching style is inspired by my initial training in the Suzuki method, and my studies with violist and pedagogue Karen Ritscher at Oberlin Conservatory. Please note, I have not yet received training as a Suzuki teacher and use the Suzuki method books and the teaching I received as a Suzuki student as a jumping off point for working on each student's individual needs.

About Grace
I studied viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved to Portland three years ago to pursue performance and teaching opportunities. Since then I have performed with Classical Revolution PDX, Cascadia Composers and ARCO PDX and am a member of Macaulay Balkan.

My initial studies were on violin using the Suzuki method, which has greatly influenced my teaching approach. However, I am dedicated to customizing the lesson time and structure to the needs and priorities of my students.

*** Specialties ***
Very few "viola teachers" play viola as their primary instrument. As a full-time violist, I can help you learn how to play this idiosyncratic instrument from my own experience.
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Robyn November 5, 2017
· Viola · In studio
I feel confident Grace will help me reach my goals, and she's really fun to talk to as well :)
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Jeff Glaser October 28, 2017
· Violin · Online
Grace is excellent! I feel extremely lucky to have her as my violin teacher. I was playing better after just one lesson with her.

Before I found her, I had been turned down by several other teachers on this site because I wanted to learn how to play the violin without having to learn to read music. When I saw Grace's video, I thought surely she would turn me down too, because she's an even better player than the teachers who had said no. I was very surprised and excited when she agreed to teach me. She saw no problem with giving me lessons without reading, which means that not only is she a better musician than the others, but obviously she's a better and more versatile instructor, too.

Like I said, I feel very fortunate. And, as good as she is, I would have expected to pay a lot more for her. I actually WOULD pay more. She'd be worth it! I've looked at dozens of other teachers on this site .. Trust me, she's the best.

-Jeff
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ariel July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Grace is a great teacher with a wealth of knowledge, customizing each lesson to the students specific goals with creative exercises and techniques that have helped with me as an adult with intonation , shifting ,scales and improvisation.I would highly recommend Grace for all student levels.
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About Megan R.

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Leawood, KS

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I have four years of experience teaching violin specifically through private lessons, public school orchestra, and coaching small ensembles. I can teach you to improve tone and technique while mastering repertoire. Let me help you achieve your string-playing goals.

About Megan
I am a professional teacher as well as cellist of 12 years and violinist of 6 years. I have a degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis. I student taught in Middle and Elementary Orchestra, have coached numerous small string ensembles, and I currently teach Elementary Music. I have experience with learners of a variety of styles and ages. Three words to describe my teaching style are: positive, patient, and firm.

Thank you for visiting my profile. Feel free to message me with any questions.
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namita January 7, 2018
· Violin · Online
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namita December 24, 2017
· Violin · Online
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About Rob F.

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Shawnee, KS

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I started playing violin at 3 years old. Wichita State University gave me the opportunity to get my Music Ed degree and start teaching lessons. I have taken over 500 lessons myself and played in many heavy gigging bands playing gigs almost every weekend. Improvising, Country, Jazz, and Rock are my specialties but I have played lots of Blues, Funk, and Latin jazz as well.

About Rob
My name is Rob Foster. I teach violin and viola lessons in the KC area. My parents started me on the Suzuki Method at 3 years old. I have played and taught lots of Classical music but I am also passionate about other kinds of music as well. Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Funk and Improvisation. I have played in many bands playing all of those genres. We can go any direction you want. I usually use the Suzuki books for sight reading and classical practice/technique, and also do ear training exercises. Come check out my website for more information. Thanks. www.robmusicianfoster.com
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Sarah J. September 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob's passion for music is evident in his teaching. He is very professional and an excellent violin instructor. I can tell he truly wants his students to succeed. He is very patient and teaches in a way that is fun and involved. Very highly recommended.
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Lindsey Eusterwiemann May 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob is a great violin teacher. He is very competent and knows how to break the steps down to help our 6-year old learn this complex instrument. We are excited to see her learn and grow!
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Lindsey April 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob is a great teacher. Highly recommended.
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About Julia C.

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Students are given detailed instructions on how to practice and eventually how to create their own practice sessions. Julia is very patience and work with students of all ages. She believes that the biggest challenges for adult music students is not skipping lessons or practice sessions. She is convinced through experience that adult beginners can achieve great improvement if they put as much consistent efforts in the instruments as the younger students. So, practice more!

About Julia
Experienced violin teacher with Master degree in violin performance. Julia likes to play violin or piano with the students on a weekly basis to ensure the students get plenty of ensemble time before getting into orchestra. Her focus on techniques helps the students to be more expressive with the music. She is also Suzuki Certified and could use a combination of Suzuki method or traditional method. She teaches music theory and harmony to students who are interested in the subject and also introduce composition skills into lessons.

I am looking for students who are willing to have fun and play some of their favorite pieces, and students who want to be the best in their school or region. If that sounds like you, contact me today! I can't wait to work with you!

Master of Music University of Denver- Teacher: Linda Wang
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Leslie V. January 11, 2018
· Violin · In home
I liked Julia a lot and do believe she will be a good fit for me
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About Sakinah C.

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Experienced Music teacher of 2 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their skills. I specialize in the Stringed Instruments, mostly classical music, but other varieties typically use Scales and Suzuki books and other solo books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: metronome, tuner, rosin, and other essentials.

About Sakinah
I was 10 years old when I started playing the violin. At the time, I was not able to afford an instrument and wasn't able to borrow one. So I had to sit in class and watch and learn through the book until one was assigned to me a few months later. It was fair to say I was behind. But the way the violin sounded, the rhythm I felt in my heart when I heard various Sonatas and other solos playing I discovered my love for this instrument. My Idol was violin soloist, Joshua Bell. And the first time our class took a field trip to the Kansas City Symphony to watch him rehearse, I worked and studied harder to play like him and ended up perfecting Vibrato watching him. From there, my love and deep understanding of the violin made me want learn more about stringed instruments and in middle school I was taught how to play the cello. Mastering both, I
took private lessons in both middle school and high school. I received 1 ratings in both District and State Championships several years in a row. I have 13 years experience playing stringed instruments. My love for music and wanting to share that love, watching the teachers I had that were so dear to me and pushed me to be my best, inspired me. It inspired me to want to be a Music Teacher and share what I learned on my own and what I was taught. And to help others master the skills necessary to be ALL they can be.
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Kansas City, KS 66104
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About Minglun L.

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I am now graduate violin student in Jacobs School of Music. I was worked in Singapore Symphony Orchestra for 2 years. Experienced and professional violin player of 18 years, and also experienced to teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students. English is actually my second language, but I will be really patient and responsible.

About Minglun
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Aug 2017-May 2018:
(Presently Attending) Jul 2013-May 2017:
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Mentors
Jul 2012-May 2017: Zuo Jun (Head of String in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and pervious Houston Symphony Orchestra first violin player)

Awards and performance Experiences
May 2010: (Got in Shanghai Youth Orchestra as a concertmaster position)
Jun 2014: (Earned Fourth Prize and the Audience Favorite Award in Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Concerto Competition, Houston, Texas)
Jun 2014: (Associate Concertmaster in Immanuel &Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, leaded by professor Emanuel Borok, conductor Mei-Ann Chen and soloist “Time for Three”)
Oct 2014: (Earned Fourth Prize and the Special Motion in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition)
Jan 2015: (As a second violin principle in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Camber Ens
emble accompanied competitors in Semi-final in Singapore Violin Competition 2015)
Jul 2015: (As a principle of second violin participated in Orchestra Exchange Program with Haute cole de musique de Geneve Orchestra and had an orchestra tour in Singapore and Switzerland)
Aug 2015: (Earned best Performer Award in Saarburg Music Festival)
Nov 2015: (As a concertmaster in Yong Siew Conservatory Orchestra conducted under by Lan Shui(Conductor of Singapore Symphony Orchestra). And also played with violist Qian Zhou, violist Manqing Zhang and pianist Albert Tiu)
Dec 2015: (Got freelance position in Singapore Symphony Orchestra)
Mar 2016: (Orchestra tour in Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau as a concertmaster to celebrate Singapore 50 years Independence. Be praised by the Prime Minister of Singapore)
May 2016: (Earned outstanding student award in Singapore International Violin Festival)
Sept 2016: (Recorded CD profits and also performed Mahler Symphony No.4 as a first violin
player( Edited in Chamber Version that only one player in each section)
Oct 2016: (As a concertmaster in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra conducted under by Gabor Takacs-Nagy(Director of Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra). And also played with pianist Andras Schiff) Apr 2017: (As a concertmaster in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra conducted under by Yang Yang(Conductor of Hang Zhou Philharmonic Orchestra). Played with Cellist Liwei Qin)
Jan 2017: (Earned first prize of Qing Yuan International Violin Competition 2017, China)
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