Candis Furst

Candis F.

Minneapolis, MN

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Candis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2006

Hello! I’ve been teaching for 10 years now and love every minute of it. My focus is on providing each of my students individualized instruction that meets his or her own needs, interests, and learning style. Parents and students have seen the difference that this data driven, holistic style makes. I can't wait to meet you and your child as we embark on a journey of learning and discovery! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

About my studio:
• Current students: Range in age from 4-adult
• Recitals: Offered twice a year
• Group classes: Options available for established students
• Lessons: Individualized for each student’s needs, interests and learning style
• Each student receives: Personalized practice plans and strategies
• Feedback and support available as needed between lessons

About me:
• 7 years of private lessons experience
• 3 years of classroom experience: Music and General Education
• Fully certified
• Viola performance degree from Western Michigan University
• Education certification from Relay Graduate School of Education

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Use the “Reserve your spot with Candis” feature on the screen, or call Take Lessons directly. Message me directly to discuss any schedule questions or concerns.

Have questions?
Finding a teacher who is a good fit for your child and your family is immensely important. There are lots of teaching styles and personalities and you want this to be a positive experience that your child will not only learn from, but will cherish and enjoy. I hope the above information helps give you a sense of what I can offer your family, but please reach out if I can answer any questions that will help you in making this important decision.

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Strings Instructor: School Partnerships
Oct 2015 - Present
MacPhail Center for Music

Minnesota Early Learning Academy
- Beginning strings instructor for 2nd and 3rd graders
- Coordinator: Elementary after school strings

2015- 2016: Fair School Downtown
- After school strings instructor for 2nd and 3rd graders
- General music teacher for K-3

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Violin/Viola Teacher
Jan 2006 - Present
Private Studio

- Create individualized lessons for students ages 4 to adult, using both traditional and Suzuki methods
- Plan recitals twice annually including booking location, coordinating a reception, ensuring all students are prepared for both solo and group pieces, and writing a script to introduce pieces and students

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Music Teacher and Learning Specialist
Jul 2014 - Jul 2015
KIPP NJ: Life Academy

- Taught general music education to 112 Kindergarten students three days a week
- Created and executed standards-based lessons
- Provided small group and one on one reading instruction for students needing extra support

Teacher- 1st Grade
Aug 2011 - Jun 2012
UnCommon Schools: North Star Academy

- Instructed standards based curriculum including Mathematics, Phonics and Phonemic Awareness, Reading Comprehension, Science and Social Studies
- Developed data driven action plans for six week periods based on summative assessment data


K-6 Teacher Certification
Aug 2011 - Jun 2012
Relay Graduate School of Education
Bachelor of Arts: Music Performance
Aug 2003 - May 2006
Western Michigan University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Elementary Education
Nov 2015
State of Minnesota

K-6 Standard Teaching License
Jun 2012
Relay Graduate School of Education


Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2016

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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American String Teachers Association
Aug 2016

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Aug 2005

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Photos & Videos

Practicing good posture and relaxed wrist while working on Gavotte from Suzuki Book 1. (April 2016).

Learning about dynamics in Long Long Ago
Hard at work on our Twinkle Twinkle Little Star variations! (July 2016).
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22 Reviews

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Heather M. Dec 15, 2016
Violin · Online

Candis is a great teacher. I can'wait to see her again=)

love harley mase

Rachita U. Oct 29, 2016
Viola · In studio

Very good teacher and cool

Eric W. Oct 17, 2016
Violin · In home

I, being an older male adult, can be a little skeptical about wholeheartedly havong trust in taking someone direction when learning something new. Well, my first lesson, basically just getting feel for each other went pleasantly well. I am very much at ease with following Candis lead and I trust I will be able to play the violin well with confidence if i meet her halfway and apply myself. She has a nice personality too.

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Harley Sep 9, 2016
Violin · Online

Our first lesson was very good! My daughter responded to her very well and we are looking forward to many more!

Amy M. Aug 31, 2016
Violin · Online

My son who is 14 had his first lesson with Candis. I love the online format it worked out really well! She's a very thorough teacher and you can really tell she loves what she does.

Wesley May 17, 2016
Violin · Online

Really informative and helped me learn some new things that i didn't know yet :D

Abha M. May 10, 2016
Violin · In home

Abha, my 7yr old really liked her first Violin lesson with Candis. Candis really knows how to teach the basics of Violin very easily to the young beginner kids. I'll recommend Candis to all my friends.

Elena May 4, 2016
Reading · In studio

Candis is a highly professional and passionate educator. Her ability to teach comprehension and foundational skills to young readers is incredibly strong due to her specialized training in some of the nation's most premier charter schools and her ability to teach music is even stronger. Her personal talent combined with her formal experience working as a classroom teacher make her an ideal music teacher for any student. She understands the technicality of her craft and presents it with passion and patience, helping even the most hesitant of students become successful.

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Anagha M. Mar 29, 2016
Violin · In home

It was great first Violin Lesson!

Austin F. Mar 2, 2016
Viola · In home

Excellent! Very personalized quality instruction.

Anne Feb 8, 2016
Violin · In home

She's great!

Baya F. Jan 29, 2016
Violin · In home

Amazing fun experiance!

Mary Jan 22, 2016
Violin · In home

My daughter has been Candis's student for the past 3 months. We have been impressed with the progress our daughter has made both in terms of understanding musical concepts, learning new pieces, and improving her technique. In addition, Candis thoroughly plans out manageable practice schedules, which has immensely helped my daughter practice regularly and independently.

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Brielle H. Jan 13, 2016
Violin · In home

We are very happy and lucky to be working with Candis! Excellent instructor!

Samantha Aug 16, 2015
Violin · In studio

Candis was a music teacher at my school and was phenomenal. She has deep content knowledge in the music and created a K-4 program in our elementary school. She also is a great teammate and goes above and beyond. I wish she stayed in New Jersey!!

Maren Aug 15, 2015
Violin · In studio

Candis was a phenomenal violin teacher for our daughter she has the patience of a saint, while still being strict in her teaching. She builds a very strong foundation by staying with the basics, until the student has a total grasp on the beginner level, before moving forward. My daughter benefitted greatly from her expertise.
We miss her being near for us to continue lessons! I would completely recommend her for any level of teaching.

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Jill Aug 14, 2015
Violin · In home

I don't know if I can even put into words how much I appreciate Candis as a teacher; she taught me violin for about 5 years before I went to work with another teacher downtown (because she moved away). Unfortunately I don't play the violin anymore, but I can definitely say that she affected me pretty greatly as a teacher and I would absolutely recommend her.

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Rebecca Aug 13, 2015
Violin · In studio

Candis is an incredible music teacher. She focuses on each student, assesses what their needs are and throughout her instruction empowers scholars to become independent musicians themselves. Candis is organized, responsible and an exemplar teammate. I've worked with Candis this past year and highly recommend her for an music instruction position. I trust her completely.

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Iris Aug 13, 2015
Violin · In studio

I came to violin late in life having always wanted to play. I had no illusions of grandeur and wanted to just do it for fun. Candis pushed me but not so hard that it took the fun out of it. In fact, she worked to put fun into it ensuring a great experience for me! I appreciate that she is flexible and willing to modify her approach and style to meet the need/desire of her student. She also provided instruction to my young daughter allowing me to see how differently she approached a youngster. I highly recommend Candis for any kind of instruction...

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Rebecca Aug 13, 2015
Violin · In studio

Candis was my first violin teacher, and she started me on a great path. She had the perfect mix of professionalism and fun that would keep my nine-year-old self interested and engaged. I remember having fun discussions about the titles and backgrounds of pieces, and writing a story about one of my pieces. I highly recommend Candis as an instructor!

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Casey Aug 13, 2015
Reading · In studio

Ms. Parrish is a dedicated teacher. Her students love her and she has a gift for meeting them right where they are and making them feel successful while she keeps them challenged. I don't think that there is much Ms. Parrish couldn't teach my daughter to do!

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Elisa Aug 12, 2015
Violin ·

Candis is an excellent teacher!! I co-taught with her for 9 hours daily at a high performing charter school and loved watching her energy. She's especially good at breaking it down and challenging students to try it over and over with a smile until they get it (in different and fun ways!) We worked long hours but she still volunteered her time after school to help her struggling students. This is where she really lit up. She loves one on one and her skills shine of breaking it down and patiently working with students on their individual needs. She is creative and if something doesn't work, she comes up with a new idea without missing a beat. She has done private music lessons and I can imagine her passion for music coinciding with her tutoring strengths. That would be amazing. If I lived close, I'd send my daughter to her!

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