Hilary Lewis

Hilary L.

Belmont, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Performing can sometimes be nerve wracking - students of performance need experience playing in a variety of situations. Using principles from books like "The Inner Game of Tennis" and "Bounce" Ms. L is able to craft different performance environments and provide constructive feedback to move the student into easy performance.

About Hilary L.

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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10 Reviews
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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.

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Alexandra O.
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Very friendly, professional and good with children. Covered a lot in my daughters first 30 minute lesson.

Posted Aug 26, 2016
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Very kind and knowledgeable!

Posted Jul 28, 2016
Mark G.
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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.

Posted Feb 19, 2016
Miho Michigami
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I felt that the lesson was very informative and efficient. I was very comfortable during the session.

Posted Dec 22, 2015
Joces L.
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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.

Posted Oct 14, 2015
lauren W.
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Hilary is super patient and with a great attitude toward teaching. Very glad to have found her and take lessons!

Posted Sep 12, 2015
Shaina Lumish
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Fun, super patient, and ready to help!

Posted Aug 28, 2015
Abigail W.
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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.

Posted Jun 13, 2015
Keena J.
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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.

Posted May 17, 2015

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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.

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.


M.A. in Music and Music Education
Jun 2018 - Aug 2019

Columbia University, Teachers College

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


Limited Proficiency


National Association for Music Education
Aug 2019
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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