Halleh Balch

Halleh B.

Berkeley, CA

About Halleh B.

Halleh teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2008
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

I'm excited to hear you or your child is interested in violin lessons! Whether you hope to be a professional musician or just want to explore a new way of thinking, the violin is a fantastic way to express and develop creativity, focus, and a lifetime love of music.

I have played the violin for over 22 years and have performed at venues in New York City, throughout New England, and in the Czech Republic. I've participated in masterclasses with members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Shanghai Quartet, the Eroica Trio, and the Lark Quartet. I received my Bachelors degree from Swarthmore College, my Masters degree from UC Berkeley, and in addition to being an active musician, I have worked in music management, journalism, and as a physicist.

I teach both private lessons and coach chamber music. I encourage my students to participate in a range of ensemble opportunities. Regardless of experience level, lessons are uniquely tailored to your goals as a musician. Together we will develop the practicing habits to achieve them over time. I believe that there is a place for music making in every lifestyle.

In addition to developing technical and musical skills, as a teacher I hope to empower my students to develop good communication skills, focused work habits, and the self-confidence to identify and pursue whatever they enjoy.

If this all sounds good, please send me a note via the "Ask a Question" feature and tell me a little more about your goals and experience. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Education

PhD

Aug 2013 - Present
UC Berkeley

Bachelors of Arts

Sep 2008 - May 2012
Swarthmore College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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2 Reviews on Halleh B.

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Zoe N. Apr 17, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Hallee was wonderful, very encouraging, and very helpful and detailed in her suggestions and helping me with the basics and fine-tuning of how I was holding the violin and the bow, add testing the chin rest, etc. Highly recommend working with her.
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Tracey Lien Nov 4, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Halleh is a patient, friendly, skilled and knowledgeable teacher, and I would strongly recommend her to anyone of any age looking to learn to play violin.

As an adult learner, I'd had trouble in the past finding a teacher who could be flexible in scheduling, while also not being condescending (a lot of teachers instruct adults as they would children). I was thrilled to find Halleh who, in addition to accommodating my schedule, has been a joy to work with.

I look forward to our lessons and I enjoy practicing – not many teachers inspire that!
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