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About Kimberly B.

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Roseville, CA
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Have you been playing for a long time, or have you never picked up the instrument before? Whether you are a child or an adult, I have a style of teaching for you. I've been playing since I was a child and have a special place in my heart for the is instrument. I actually began learning from a fiddle player and trained classically later. If you want to learn how to succeed in playing this rewarding and satisfying style, this is the place for you.
Are wondering why every time you hit a certain note, it squeaks, or crunches, or sounds glassy? Or maybe you can't quite read the notes. Perhaps you are no stranger to the instrument, but need improvement of musicianship, expression, etc. Let me help you master the skills you're trying to achieve. With my help, you can make breathtaking music!

About Kimberly
I grew up in a household of 9 where music was always center stage. We would sing as a family in different venues and were often called the VonTrapp family. I have enjoyed singing and performing from a young age. I began studying flute at age 8, after scoring highest in the harmony listening exam and began formal violin lessons at the age of 9. I studied all genres including, fiddle, classical, musical theater and 20th century. I have continued to study violin since then and have performed in many orchestras and small groups, such as Honor Orchestra, the Paradise Symphony, the Yuba College Orchestra, Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society Orchestra and more. I have been concert master and first stand in many of these. I have also soloed in many and have been the first violinist in quartets for countless weddings and other events. I have also played
in numerous pit orchestras for musicals.
I have been in choirs and soloing since I can remember. I have performed and soloed in choirs such as the Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society, CSUS Chamber Choir, the CSUS Women's Choir and more. I have toured to Victoria, Montreal, Ottowa, Oregon and Washington. I have also been in opera productions such as The Magic Flute, Peleas and Melisande and Die Fledermaus (The Bat) with CSUS Opera. I am a recent recipient of the Saturday Club Scholarship, a prestigious award, and have won many competitions (some repeatedly) both vocally and with violin, such as the Tri-County Competition, Young Artist Competitions, and the California Soloist and Ensemble Competitions. Additionally, I have performed musical theater repertoire and have performed as lead in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and Into the Woods. I have also soloed repeatedly with the Yuba College jazz band and at churches all around.
I have earned my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Sacramento. I have my Associates Degrees in both Music and Early Childhood Education from Yuba College. Additionally, I have obtained my certificate of completion of training from Music Together, an organization which trains teachers to teach Basic Music Competence (both in tonality and meter), and am currently teaching this curriculum.
I have been teaching music privately for over ten years to all ages, genders and abilities. Additionally, I have taught ages 0-5 years in a preschool setting for 7 years and am extremely familiar with developmentally appropriate practices for both preschool and school age, as I am a site supervisor at a child development center with a preschool and after school program. I have had many adult students as well and encourage adults to enrich their lives with music at any age! Additionally, I have experience teaching parent child classes and am familiar with how to teach to the particular needs of each family and student.
I'm extremely excited and looking forward to growing as a professional, both teaching and performing, in both the areas of violin and voice and to be instrumental in your musical growth too; I can't wait to share my passion with you and to ignite your passion for music too!

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I have been teaching since 2002 and have loved every minute of it! I teach all ages. I tailor my style of teaching to each student's goals and to what works for you. If you want to learn Taylor Swift music, I won't be giving you arias. On the other hand, if you wish to study classically, I have repertoire appropriate for you. I teach fiddle, classical, orchestral, 20th century and more for violin students and have experience with jazz, classical, musical theater, pop, religious, spiritual, choral, 20th century and more vocally.
For violin students, I use the Suzuki method as a pushing off point, a tried and true method used in many countries across the world, though I have other repertoire including fiddle, orchestra, small ensemble, solo, concertos, Christmas, and more. For vocalist, I start with the book, Adventures in Singing. I also have warm ups and exercises to keep you vocally healthy. I will teach you anything you want to learn! I also teach how to read music, theory and harmony, depending on your interest and tailored to your current skill level.
I am encouraging and knowledgeable. I will meet you at your current level, be that beginner, intermediate, or advanced. My students can look forward to being encouraged and growing through their time with me. I don't have preset ideas about where you should be in 3-6 months, nor do I have a one size fits all teaching style. Instead, I will work with you individually so that you will become the best musician you can be, meet your goals, and increase your enjoyment and appreciation for music.

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Lessons in open space, upright piano, digital piano, music stands, metronome, violins available for rent, music, staff paper and computer

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I expect my students to provide the instrument with all of it's accessories (ie shoulder rest, rosin, bow and case) along with the appropriate level Suzuki book. I have instruments available for rent. My voice students should bring their own music also. I have a piano in my studio along with music stands. Of course, every student must have a pencil and come ready to have fun learning! :)

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Suzuki, solfege, art songs and arias, reading music, fiddle, classical, healthy vocal technique and musical theater. I am very good at working with any age.
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Ramya I. July 26, 2017
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Greg B. August 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I just finished our new band debut and I must say I got many compliments on my vocals and range. I must give 100% credit to the hard work Kimberly puts into every lesson with focused repetition and many great pointers on taking care of my voice. Her skills and expertise in singing and musical instruments (violin) are exceptional. If you want a teacher who puts heart and soul into every lesson for every student, Kimberly is the one. Thanks Kim!!!
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Katie Q. July 28, 2016
· Viola · In studio
She's the best! My daughter started on violin with the school and then moved on to viola. Finding a viola teacher is no easy task! In fact, finding anything for the viola - music, strings, etc ... is difficult! But Kimberly does a great job and got her off to a wonderful start. We are so incredibly happy to have Kimberly teaching our daughter. Do not rely on your child's school to teach viola - go directly to Kimberly.
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About Sam K.

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Oakdale, PA
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Basics of scales and intonation development, reading, bowing basics and fiddle style bowing rhythms, improvising, double-stops

About Sam
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Karen May 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
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D. B. February 4, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
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About Catherine W.

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Brooklyn, NY
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This is my profession.

About Catherine
Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given many community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided
her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.

Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.

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I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.

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Joanna August 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Catherine makes lessons fun and is very accommodating schedule-wise. We are so grateful for her help and talents. She is even planning a recital and that's very exciting!
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matthew February 1, 2017
· Violin · In home
My son loved lessons with Catherine
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Cagdas KIBRISLI August 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Catherine is a very patient teacher! she helps thoroughly and shows techniques step by step. i am very happy to say she is a wonderful theacher! I" ll continue to take up her services!
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About Susanna S.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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I've been teaching violin for over 20 years and my students have gone on to play in youth orchestras, attend PMEA and ASTA events or go to college as a music major. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to improve your playing skills and as time goes on you'll be able to play at a more advanced level. I specialize in Traditional Classical violin, typically use Essential Elements 2000, Samuel Applebaum methods, Suzuki methods and traditional scales and etude books. I have the following tools available for your lessons: Metronome, Tuner, rosin and my music library. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Susanna
Susanna S. has been teaching private lessons for over 23 years and is currently available to teach weekly lessons at her home in Pittsburgh, PA or online via the TakeLessons Classroom, Skype, Facetime or Google Hangouts. Susanna S. has helped students improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello, to successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions, college auditions and ASTA or PMEA events. She provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello, works with students to play for their own enjoyment and shares her passion for music. In addition, I will provide instruction on music theory and music history as part of instrumental lessons as it applies.

Susanna received her training at State University of New York at Purchase in 1991, where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music. In addi
tion, she attended the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music in 2000 where she received a Masters in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, she received her Music Education Certification in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University.

As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Susanna's teaching style is positive, supportive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. Susanna will work at your pace and cares about each of her students. Susanna will teach you the proper position, technique, how to read music and how to improve your playing.

I am currently accepting new students. I recommend weekly lessons for all students to ensure good progress. I can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument if needed. You can check my availability on my schedule and sign up for lessons with TakeLessons.com. Please e-mail me with any questions or about available times for lessons. I will respond quickly. Thank you for your interest and consideration.
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Monica August 14, 2017
· Violin · Online
Susanna is a great teacher.

I have never played a violin before, and she is walking me through the process with patience, clear instructions, different interesting and fun ways of explaining concepts, which make lessons flow easily. By the time the lesson ends, I can hardly notice that an hour has passed by.

It is a joy to have her as a teacher. I have had a few questions off schedule, and she has never failed to answer them promptly.
I look forward to every lesson I have with her to keep learning to play this beautiful and amazing instrument.
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Laura July 14, 2017
· Cello · Online
Still the best instructor ever!!!!!
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Crystal J. July 9, 2017
· Violin · Online
I absolutely love my violin lessons with Susanna! She is very patient offers great support with corrections that help improve students. I'm very excited to see how far I progress with Susanna as my instructor.
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About Lisa C. L.

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Students can expect a passionate, caring teacher who will work to help them achieve their violin goals. My goal is introduce students to the joy that a violin can bring and inspire a lifetime love.

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. 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.
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Susanna S. June 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lisa is a wonderful violinist and experienced teacher. She has been playing for over 20 years and knows her way around a violin. I highly recommend her for violin students of all ages.
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About Gabrielle M.

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Experienced performer and teacher, specializing in the beginner, intermediate, and advanced violin student! All ages are welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs and goals of each student. Not only will you be playing pieces in no time, but I also offer a strong foundation that includes note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Gabrielle
Violinist Gabrielle Monachino began her violin studies at the age of 4 at the Eastman Community School in Rochester, New York. She has given solo performances in Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Dicapo Opera Theatre, and Kilbourn Hall. Gabrielle has also performed in the Eastman Theatre, Kennedy Center, the Estates Theater, Rudolfinum, and Bela Bartok Hall with several orchestras in the United States and Eastern and Central Europe. In addition, she has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Walter Seyfarth of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Ms. Monachino has held principal orchestral positions at the Prague Summer Nights Festival, Miami Summer Music Festival, Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival, and several others. Gabrielle has performed in masterclasses with the Ying Quartet, Elmar Oliveira, and Josef Spacek. In May of 20
15, she completed her undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, with Charles Castleman. She most recently completed her Master’s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Andres Cardenes.
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Gabrielle M.

Gabrielle M.

Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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About Marco F.

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Learning an instrument is the most effective way to improve yourself. No matter if for a hobby or seeking a career, playing an instrument helps shaping your connections with yourself and others. With over 15 years of experience performing and over 10 years teaching students aging from 5 to 85 years old, I learned the most important surviving skill in our times, how to connect.
During lesson time we will approach technical aspects of the instrument, such as bow hold, sound production, intonation, developing dexterity in the left hand, and so on. Also, the phrasing, music making, repertoire development, and interpretation. Even though our lessons are specific developed for the instrument, music theory and ear training are important subjects to be addressed as well.
If you are looking for a constructive hobby for yourself or your kids, or you would like to put that forgotten instrument in use again, we will work with you to make this one of the most enjoyable experiences possible.
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About Marco
Born and raised in Brazil, Marco Ferri started to play the violin at the age of 7 years old. He received his training in his home town until the age of 19, when he moved to Sao Paulo city to seek higher training. Among his teachers are included his life mentor Claudio Micheletti (Brazil/Hungary), Winston Ramalho (Brazil/Austria), and Rucker Bezerra (Brazil). Mr. Ferri participated in many masterclasses working with world famous violinists, among them are, Max Rabinovijt (USA), Nicolas Koeckert (Germany), Eva Szekely (USA/Hungary) and Ferenc Szecod (Hungary). He studied chamber music under the direction of members of the Atrium Quartet (Russia) and Trio Brasileiro (Brazilian Piano Trio).
On stage, Marco has been seen on the most important theaters and concert halls of Brasil and Southwest Florida performing with the Experimental Repertoir
e Orchestra of Sao Paulo, Academic Orchestra of Sao Paulo, the Brazilian Young Trio, which he is a founder member, the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony from Punta Gorda FL, The Naples Players, TheaterZone, and the Estero Ensemble, which he is a founding member as well.
Marco holds a Bachelor in Music Performance from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently a Graduate student at Duquesne University, seeking his Masters in Violin Performance under the direction of Professor Charles Stegeman.
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Marco F.

Marco F.

Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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About Mary E.

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I am an experienced violin teacher and performer and love helping intermediate and advanced students take their playing to the next level. I hold a Bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School and a Master's degree from Rice University, and I perform regularly with the St. Louis Symphony as an extra musician. If you're a violin student looking for a teacher to help you grow in both discipline and creativity, let's get in touch!

About Mary
I've studied classical violin since I was seven years old, and I love the way it helps me connect with people - both audiences and fellow musicians - on a higher level. Violin is a great creative outlet, and it's also a fantastic way to practice and see the fruit of discipline and hard work. I love performing, but it's a special joy to help students discover these same benefits of the study of music.
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About Carol M.

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I am a patient teacher, and passionate about teaching music. There are many aspects on learning how to play the violin. I focus on the sound a lot, so it will be a very short or almost to none screeching time when they play. To produce good sound, posture is number one thing. I like to build a student from a solid ground, so correct posture, right hand, left hand position, violin holding, and the whole body posture are all little pieces can make big differences in violin playing. By doing so, can make playing much easier, sounding beautiful, and make hard passages easier! And the correct posture will also help prevent the possibility from getting playing related injuries. I believe having inspiration is important too, listening to different music and great players can develop the ears, and also is a hugh inspiration to practice.

About Carol
I am a professional violinist, pianist, string arranger, and recording artist. I have been teaching for over 20 years. Teaching students ages from four to adult.
I graduated from Peabody Conservatory with a Master of Music in violin performance.

Currently the solo violinist at Brooklyn Tabernacle. Performed in Radio City Hall, LeFrak Hall, Skirball Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Queen’s Theatre, Vanderbilt Hall, Blue Note, Triad Theater, Lincoln Center, NY Times auditorium, Metropolitan Museum, Joe’s Pub, Hopkins’ Club. I am a member of Aisan Cutural Symphony, Brooklyn String Orchestra, Metro Chamber Orchestra, American Studio Orchestra, Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra, Fu-Jen Catholic University Orchestra- principal of second violin, and Taipei People Orchestra. Ms. Ma has performed productions with the local theatre such as “Cats”
, “Oklahoma”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Westside Story”, “ Mame”, and “Kings.” Solo at brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas production.

I also arranged string parts, recorded in numerous albums and string sessions, which included “Warmth & Light”, “African Skies”, “To Journal Square”, “Come to Me”, “Mosaic”. One of them was the Grammy award album “Mosaic” by the well-known jazz drummer Terri-Lyne Carrington, Gary Thomas “Pariah’s Pariah”.

Performed with many variety styles of bands such as Jazz, Gospel, contemporary Christian, Latin, Argentine Tango, Folk, Hip-hop, Pop, World, Rock, Peruvian, Romanian…etc. in the East Coast of America, China and Taiwan. She has been on Bronx local channel, Fox news, and Hooplaha, interviewed by the largest hiphop station for beat 1 from Apple Radio, performed with singer Rihanna, opended for Cyndi Lauper, solo for Nike Soho store for the new sportswear line.
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