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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 viola. 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 voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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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 cla
sses 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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Wan C. January 5, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
I am a senior student and Jesse knew what was needed to develop a course of classwork and homework to enable me to have more fun with the melodious ukulele. I appreciate his clear, concise, and congenial approach — serious, mindful, and leisurely.
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Ricky R. December 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Vanessa October 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I like these singing classes
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Jesse M.

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About Rachel
A student of Yumi Hwang-Williams, Sally O'Reilly, Joey Corpus, and Mark Lakirovich, Rachel holds a Diploma in violin from Denver School of the Arts and furthered her studies in violin and viola performance at the University of Denver and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has played under the direction of noted conductors David Zinman, Julius Rudel, and Michael Stern at the Aspen Music Festival, James DePriest at the Las Vegas Music Festival, and, most recently, Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic. She has performed by invitation at Music on the Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany, Aspen Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, and on tour with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Currently, Rachel performs with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, a self-conducted ensemble based in Philadelphia
, and with the classical and traditional duo Driftwood. Her repertoire also reaches beyond classical music, with recent projects including performances of jazz and traditional fiddle styles throughout the Boston area, and recordings with Ran Blake, the founding chair of New England Conservatory's Department of Contemporary Improvisation, on a CD released in 2015 titlted "Ghost Tones". In addition to her work as a performer, Rachel runs an active studio and specializes in teaching both conventional and Suzuki violin method as well as beginning and intermediate fiddle. Rachel is Suzuki Certified through Book 3.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach students using a combination of Traditional method books as well as Suzuki. I believe that it's equally important for students to be able to play music by ear as it is to be able to sight-read off of a score. In a typical lesson, we will cover scales, exercises in technique, etudes, and a movement of a classical piece. I also like to play duets with students as I believe it helps improve the ear and acclimate a student for playing in group or orchestral settings.
I encourage all students to bring a notebook with them to every lesson and will write down what is being worked on and the areas of improvement. I've found that it's vastly helpful to be able to go back and look at what was covered in a lesson when you're at home practicing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio is in a private room, neat, organized, with plenty of instruments. She has a music stand, extra equipment, instruments, and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student lives in a reasonably subway/bus accessible area then I have no problem traveling to them for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Fiddle, Violin, Viola
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Taryn G. March 6, 2014
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Very good instructor

Rachel is a warm and inviting person, and she made me feel very welcome on my first visit. She definitley does get right down to business in lessons. I am an older student and have never played violin before, so I thought I might struggle to learn. The opposite seems true. Rachel spent the first couple of sessions perfecting my posture and bow holds. We moved on to playing rhythms and reading sheet music, shortly after. I've only been practicing once a week for 2 months, and I can already play simple sheet music! That's huge for me! Rachel's instruction is clear and patient, and she's very easy-going. She also has a good sense of humor and a great way of phrasing things so that it's simple to understand her.

The only thing that can be difficult sometimes is getting a hold of her by phone or email. Sometimes she takes a bit to respond, she always does eventually catch up with me, though. Overall, I'm pleased with my lessons.
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Xiaoyan H. April 27, 2013
· Violin ·
very good teacher

Rachel is a very nice and patient teacher. My sons have been taking lessons with her for a few months and I have noticed big improvements.
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GabrielaB January 28, 2012
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Great teacher!

Rachel was very helpful in keeping my violin skills good over my college winter break. I'll definitely come back to her next summer. I've noticed improvements in my ability to play and it was a pleasure.
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Rachel M.

Rachel M.

Philadelphia, PA 19144
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About Amanda B.

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Pottstown, PA
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Though violin was the first instrument I learned, the viola just might be my favorite to teach! Technique, confidence building and rhythm are my main focuses for viola students. In addition to performance skills, I aim to give all my students musical knowledge about theory, music history and musical terminology.

About Amanda
Hello, I'm excited you're thinking about music lessons! It is my passion to provide high-quality education to young learners. I obtained my B.M. in Violin Performance from West Chester University. I have been furthering my teaching skills as an active American String Teachers Association member, through Suzuki training, and pedagogy study at The Juilliard School during the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies. I also perform locally and love playing for opera and musical theater.

I work to help students create and achieve their musical goals. I pride myself on clearly communicating lesson topics and assignments so every student knows exactly what must be practiced for the upcoming lessons. Teacher clarity helps students practice in a more focused fashion so they can improve as steadily and quickly as possible. I ensure my student
s get the most out of each lesson by using a variety of teaching styles and tools. Students with longer lessons (45 minutes or more) can benefit from music theory workbooks and games which I incorporate into the lessons. My goal is to make every lesson fun and challenging for my students!

Hard-working students will prepare for auditions with local youth orchestras.

I offer multiple performance opportunities each year. In the past I organized formal spring recitals where all my students gained the experience of playing with an accompanist in a recital hall. Special opportunities include honors recitals and Duet Day performances. Of course, these opportunities change from year to year, but the emphasis is always on giving a performance to be proud of!
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Sheila February 12, 2017
· Violin · In home
It is my pleasure to recommend Amanda as a violin instructor. On very short notice, she enthusiastically agreed to help my daughter prepare for a middle school orchestra audition, even though we were not on Amanda's roster of clients. In two 30 minute private lessons she was able to acclimate my daughter to the two challenging audition pieces, address questions about technique and also taught her how to tune her instrument. Thanks to Amanda's excellent teaching and flexibility, my daughter had a great experience for her first audition.
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Ela M. February 23, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amanda is an excellent instructor and I like her work ethics and her dedication to teaching music.
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Riley P. January 17, 2016
· Violin · In home
Amanda is very nice and patient with my girls, they really like learning with her. They have really learned a lot in only 3 lessons. We will definitely keep taking lessons with Amanda:)
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Amanda B.

Amanda B.

Pottstown, PA 19464
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About Emily S.

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Philadelphia, PA

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I can teach beginning-advanced viola students, and I can also help a student in the process of switching from violin to viola.

About Emily
My name is Emily, and I am looking for students of all ages and abilities! I have been playing violin for 14 years and have a degree in violin performance from Temple University's Boyer College of Music. I have taught violin in various music programs in the Philadelphia area. I can also teach viola and piano from the beginner-intermediate level. I have a very encouraging and positive teaching style, and you will have fun as you learn and explore new things about music!
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Natalie Z. September 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Very nice and professional. My daughter loves her.
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Jessi June 26, 2018
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I’m an adult viola student which is kind of different for me. I started playing again after a couple years and I’m trying to learn ways to play with other musicians. Emily has been really good with helping me focus on what I want to learn. She is patient with me and also plays with me and makes me feel comfortable in my lesson. afterwards I feel good and positive and I want to play more! I suggest her for anyone trying to be creative and wants to improve on tempo, rythm, tone etc. she’s good.
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Angie C. October 6, 2016
· Violin · In home
It is a year later and my daughter is playing well. Anje enjoys her classes and thinks Emily is a great instructor.
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Emily S.

Emily S.

Philadelphia, PA 19145
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About Calvin G.

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Columbia, SC

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Drawing from a wide array of performance and teaching experiences, I tailor unique lessons to Viola and Violin students of all kinds who are ready to take their playing to the next level. I hold all of my students to a high level of achievement, while integrating their personal goals into my lessons. Some of my students have described lessons with me as "whacky and fun." Students learn basic skills, advanced techniques, music theory, music history, among other subjects to help inform effective and enjoyable performances. What do you want to achieve? Let me know and let's work together to get there!

About Calvin
As a classically trained violist with orchestral, chamber, and solo performance experience, my teaching style is geared towards performance and expression. I don't adhere to any one book of teaching, adjusting my teaching to the unique needs of each student. My teachers came from different pedagogical backgrounds; as a result, I have a wide array of teaching tools available to pass on to my students. I have taught with El Sistema Colorado, the Longy School of Music's El Sistema program, and had a Teaching Artist residence with Cambridge Public Schools. Currently pursuing my DMA in Viola Performance from the University of South Carolina, I hold a BM in Viola performance from the Lamont School of Music and a MM in Viola Performance from the Longy School of Music.

I have played viola since I first began my musical studies at age 9. As a r
esult, I have seen teachers hold viola students back, simply because they play the "lesser" instrument in the viola family. I do not hold my students back and I hold them all to the same high level of playing, regardless of which instrument they play.
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Anitsira April 25, 2018
· Violin · Online
Very sweet!
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Joseph S. February 28, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Calvin was awesome. He let me sit in as my fiance took a lesson. It was a relaxed atmosphere and he was a great teacher.
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Umesh October 8, 2017
· Violin · In home
Calvin is a great teacher. My first lesson was really good.
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About Ava P.

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I started viola 6 years ago in order to expand opportunities and get to know more about this amazing instrument, but I began teaching about 3 years ago. I am comfortable teaching beginners to advanced students, and incorporate basic music theory, note reading, and any other skills a student may require based on their skill level.

About Ava
A native of Houston, Texas, violinist Ava Pacheco is a Boulder-based performer, collaborator, and teacher. She holds a Master of Music in violin from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance from Truman State University. As an active performer, Ava has been involved in solo, orchestral, and chamber ensemble performances across the United States and Italy, including performances at Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute in Leavenworth, Washington and the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy.

Recent solo engagements have included Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto with the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute Young Artists as well as Eugene Ysayë’s Solo Sonata No. 2. In the fall of 2018, Ava was named a semi-finalist in University of Colorado Boulder’s Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Graduate Competition. Wh
ile at Truman State University, Ava was a two-time Gold Medal Competition finalist on concerti by Kabalevsky and Shostakovich. She has performed in master classes for artists such as Anne Akiko Meyers, Stephen Rose, Altius String Quartet, and Alberto Bologni.

Most recent chamber performances have featured Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins as well as Granados’ Piano Quintet in G minor alongside members of the Volta Piano Trio and Avalon String Quartet. As an orchestral musician, she has regularly played as a member of the Midland Odessa Symphony & Chorale. Ava currently serves as the associate principal second violinist of the Boulder Symphony Orchestra and assistant concert master of the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Ava is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Colorado Boulder under the tutelage of former Takács Quartet member Karoly Schranz. Her previous teachers include Harumi Rhodes, Sam McClure, Julie Lundgren, and Kathy Karpicke.
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Sarah December 1, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Excellent!
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Jennifer June 11, 2017
· Violin · In home
My 9 year old says, "She's awesome. She will help you if you are stuck."
I say that Ava is always on time and very accommodating. We have had to change our schedule a few times, but we have always found a way to make lesson time work. Thank you!
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Ava P.

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I love teaching because I get to support a passion for music and learning! I personalize interactive lessons to reflect the strengths and goals of my students. Every student is unique, and I can't wait to learn more about you.

I have been teaching viola and violin for 10 years. I hold a Master's degree in Teaching, a Bachelor's degree in Music, and also teach Middle and High School English. I am a freelance performer in the Portland area in symphonies, operas, and chamber concerts.

Feel free to message me with any questions you may have.
I look forward to meeting you!

About Julie
Hello future student!

I love teaching because I get to support a passion for music and learning. I personalize interactive lessons to reflect your strengths and goals. Every student is unique, and I can't wait to learn more about you.

I have been teaching viola and violin for 10 years. I hold a Master's degree in Teaching, a Bachelor's degree in Music, and also teach Middle and High School English. I am a freelance performer in the Portland area in symphonies, operas, and chamber concerts.

I am always looking for ways to grow and learn along with my students, and welcome any age or level.

Feel free to message me with any questions you may have.
I look forward to meeting you!
Julie
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Laine December 23, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Julie is the best teacher ever! I play violin but have been looking to improve my viola skills. She gave me so many useful tips and my playing has drastically improved. She listens so carefully and is really cool and funny too! So lucky to have found her.
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Julie A.

Julie A.

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I usually work with children or teenagers and I can teach someone who has never played an instrument before as well as intermediate players. I use a variety of books that teach theory, rhythm and playing songs such as the Suzuki method, I Can Read Music, the String Builder series and Winning Rhythms by Edward Ayola. For the pieces I focus on a routine to prepare and perform "performance ready" pieces so students gain confidence in their playing and know the level of expectation for what a professional polished piece sounds like.
For complete beginners I focus a lot on the correct positioning because that is the base for playing and it is very hard further down the line to change a bad habit related to positioning.
For more advanced players I focus on the core skills such as intonation and the ability to read notes and rhythms but I also incorporate how to add musicality and flare to a piece so that it is emotional and interesting to listen to.

About Jocelyn
I am a computer science student and musician at Bryn Mawr College. I have been playing music for 12 years and teaching for 4. At college, I am principal viola of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Orchestra and I also am part of a chamber music group. In high school, I was in the Maryland All-State Orchestra for four years and was in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO), one of the most prestigious orchestras in Maryland, for four years. During my summers, I attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts high school music program. I have been taught by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic.
My students improve significantly since when I first meet them. One of my first students whom I now give Skype lessons to successfully got into one of the best orchestras in the DC area and is now principal (1st chair) of
the viola section of that orchestra. I use a comprehensive set of books that teach theory, rhythm and pieces that I use to teach students how to prepare and perform "performance ready" pieces.
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Amy January 18, 2018
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn was very professional and patient with my daughter who is just a beginner. We are excited to see progress from week to week!
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Ruchin October 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn came to our home and worked with our son. She was very patient and kind with him and was able to find what to correct on the first lesson! She recommended some books for us to buy and I think that she will be a great teach for him.
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Liz October 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn came to our home and made my daughter very comfortable with her first private viola lesson. She was friendly and patient. She quickly spotted technical issues with my daughter's playing and suggested appropriate materials for her to practice. We've only had one lesson so far, but I think this is going to be a good "match!"
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Jocelyn D.

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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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Using the Essential Elements and Suzuki method to teach beginner violists, I work to build musicality and proficiency.

About Ellen
I am currently a Stage Manager and mentor. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with an MFA in Stage Management. I helped pay for my undergraduate degree at Xavier University through a scholarship to play with the XU Chamber Orchestra for four years.

Member of the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 2010 - 2014
Section Leader of the Xavier University Chamber Orchestra 2007 - 2011

Professional Credits:
Violist in "Oliver Twist" with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Fall 2013
-Sound Designer composed music for the production that I played live at each performance from stage among the actors.

Fiddle Player (on Viola) in "The Grapes of Wrath" with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Spring of 2012.

I enjoy the community and power of a symphony orchestra and want to teach you
ng violists to play with confidence and have ownership of their craft.
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Ellen B.

Newark, DE 19713
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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 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.

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.

I am professional violist
, 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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Mike October 14, 2018
· Violin · In home
Rachyl does a great job with very young children. We've loved having her teach our kids violin for the last year or so.
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Angela September 17, 2018
· Violin · In home
Great teacher!
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Lindsay September 17, 2018
· Violin · In home
Rachyl is a fantastic teacher - patient, accessible, kind, and fun.
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