Hilary Lewis

Hilary L.

San Mateo, CA

Lesson Details



Hilary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2007

My passion is teaching violin so that my students enjoy freedom while playing. I use the fun of games to teach fundamental musical concepts. We have a lot of great silly time in lessons, but students often realize later how many things they picked up through these well-structured lessons.

My studies have been in classical Violin and Viola, but we can incorporate jazz, pop and rock styles for those students who are interested.

I teach violin and viola lessons to students of all ages. Private lessons include personalized, comprehensive lesson material including Violin and Viola technique, music reading and theory, improvisation, rhythm training, composition, history and aural skills. Include classical violin technique as well as jazz, blues, and popular music.

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Violin and Viola Teacher
Sep 2008 - Present
Private Studio

Hilary's studio has performance opportunities for all students every semester and summer workshops. Private lessons include individualized instruction and curriculum, music theory, history, improvisation and composition.

Violinist and Violist, Outreach Quartet
Nov 2013 - Sep 2015
San Francisco Academy Orchestra

Perform educational concerts for our partner programs - the DREW school and Calvary Presbyterian Church. Offer sectionals and masterclasses.

SHAR Apprentice Outreach Quartet
Jul 2010 - Aug 2013
SHAR Music

Traveled to local schools to promote music. Worked with classes and assemblies to talk about the different string instruments in a quartet, performed special selections of classical, rock, and pop music, and talked about active listening. Worked with sizing students for proper instrument setup and helped them choose which instrument to try.

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Music Teacher
Sep 2008 - May 2010
Hillsdale Preparatory Academy

Taught general music classes to Kindergarten students. Developed a unique curriculum to work with the students from early through modern day music. Lessons included singing, percussion, composition, and music history.


Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies
Oct 2013 - May 2015
San Francisco Academy Orchestra
Bachelor of Arts in Viola Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2010
Hillsdale College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Big smiles after our Spring Recital

San Mateo studio

Interactive lessons to engage every student

Great bow hand!

Adult students find violin is rewarding hobby

Even the youngest players can have great technique and enthusiasm for music
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10 Reviews

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Shirin Oct 18, 2016
Violin · In studio

Hilary understands where you are in your learning curve. She listens and observes how you play and gives you feedback as well as correcting your method by giving the best suggestions.

Alexandra O. Aug 26, 2016
Violin · In studio

Very friendly, professional and good with children. Covered a lot in my daughters first 30 minute lesson.

Dilara Jul 28, 2016
Violin · In studio

Very kind and knowledgeable!

Mark G. Feb 19, 2016
Violin · In studio

I am a 60 year young "beginner", and i find she has both the knowledge and the patience to keep me focused on what i must accomplish from one lesson to the next.

Miho Michigami Dec 22, 2015
Violin · In studio

I felt that the lesson was very informative and efficient. I was very comfortable during the session.

Joces L. Oct 14, 2015
Violin · In studio

Hilary is excellent with my child. They have fun together. My child learns a lot from her and she gives very detail and clear home work assignment at the end of each class. She helps us even outside class hours when we call or email her. It is hard to find someone as good as Hilary.

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lauren W. Sep 12, 2015
Viola · In studio

Hilary is super patient and with a great attitude toward teaching. Very glad to have found her and take lessons!

Shaina Lumish Aug 28, 2015
Violin · In home

Fun, super patient, and ready to help!

Abigail W. Jun 13, 2015
Violin · In studio

Hilary is very patient and experienced in teaching violin to my girl who is only 3 years old. I am totally impressed. My little girl is so looking forward to her lessons.

Keena J. May 17, 2015
Violin · In studio

Hillary made my child feel comfortable at her first lesson. She had a fun teaching style that made the lesson enjoyable. She gave specific clear instructions that were easy to follow.

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