Jami Bale
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Jami Bale

Jami B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My teaching career began while I was a Conservatory graduate student. Teaching and performing are complementary aspects of being a musician. Instructing others provides a deeper, more thorough understanding of my own approach to playing. Several decades of performing in professional orchestras and chamber music ensembles grants a life time of practical experience to share with my students.

While the serious pursuit of a professional level of accomplishment on two diverse instruments such as the violin and the flute is unusual, the idiomatic characteristics of each one have given me unique insights into other. Over the years I have discovered concepts that have enhanced my performing and teaching of both. These ideas have allowed me to present an integrated approach and perspective for both instruments that not many other teachers would have.

My pedagogical philosophy provides the aspiring student with a greater understanding of the other instruments with whom they will collaborate. This in turn will help them develop into a more well rounded musician.

I work with each student to set up a custom curriculum based upon traditional, well established method books and standard classical repertoire to address their unique technical needs and development.

About Jami B.

I've always had many interests and passions throughout my life and enjoy helping a student explore and develop theirs! Private instruction gives a student the opportunity to have direct interaction with another human being, receive a 'game plan' tailored to their unique learning style and needs, and the immediacy of being able to ask specific questions they might have. Instruction is an interpersonal, social interaction, even online! Please continue reading my brief bio to learn more about my life's journey, and don't hesitate to send any questions you might have through the TakeLessons Student question page!

Taking a "road less traveled" as both a violinist and a flutist, Jami has spent a lifetime pursuing achievements on two diverse orchestral instruments. She is an active free lance musician on both instruments in Pittsburgh, PA and the metropolitan Kansas City area. She also performed frequently in the surrounding regions of Ohio and West Virginia. She currently serves as a tenured member of the violin section in the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, and has performed frequently with the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra and the Wheeling, WV Symphony.

Versatile in many musical styles, Jami has extensive experience as a classical chamber musician, plays for Broadway shows with Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera, and has also performed in concert with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Michael W. Smith, Mannheim Steamroller, and the Moody Blues. Other career highlights include performing in concert with Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and appearing in several installments of PBS specials featuring rock 'n roll groups from the 1950's and 60's.

UPDATE: Due to the unprecedented circumstances we're all living in due to COVID-19, since I'm working from home exclusively I can offer additional schedule flexibility beyond what is listed on my profile availability. Since most students now have an extended period of home learning for the next several weeks/months, I can also offer morning/early afternoon lesson times once a student enrolls. If you have any questions about this option, please send a message through the TakeLessons question page.

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Charles
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Jamie is one of those stellar people who is good at everything she does. She is a first rate teacher, performing violinist, Flutist and scholar. I recommend her without any hesitation.

Posted May 28, 2020
Diana
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I was in my mid 50s at the time I began violin lesson with Jami. As an adult beginner, I was apprehensive about learning the violin. I had no familiarity with the violin or string instruments and I also had concerns regarding scheduling lessons due to an often erratic work schedule and a busy family life. Several violin teachers I had contacted prior to Jami were unwilling to teach an adult beginner.

Jami was an amazing teacher! She was personable, encouraging and alleviated all my fears and concerns. She understood my busy schedule and was very accommodating. The lessons were more relaxed than I had initially anticipated. It did not take long before I began feeling comfortable handling the violin and bow. Through Jami, I also learned a great deal about the history and construction of the violin, music for the violin and music theory.

Jami taught a mix of Suzuki, scales and multiple technique and method books; all complementing each other on my path to progressing as a violinist. As an adult, it was nice to gradually incorporate more tunes a mature adult would appreciate playing while continuing to build on the basics. After the first few months, I particularly enjoyed learning how to play violin duets with Jami or having Jami accompany me on the piano. I always left my lessons with a feeling of accomplishment.

I only ceased lessons due to Jami relocating, but I am looking forward to online lessons once I am more technologically capable of doing so. You will not be disappointed if choosing Jami as a teacher!

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Katya
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I have worked with Jami Bale for over ten years. She has deep knowledge of both violin and flute, and has profound skills in chamber music. Ms. Bale is demanding yet very compassionate teacher, her students excel at a fast pace and make wonderful professional and amateur musicians.
Ms. Bale was an irreplaceable member of the Chamber Music Seminar faculty and Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra.
Whether the student needs to only keep up with the school curriculum or place a top chair in a youth orchestra, Ms. Bale will be there for you every inch of the way.

Katya Janpoladyan,

Kassia Ensemble - Executive Director
Chamber Music Seminar - Artistic Director

Posted Mar 9, 2020
Whitney
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My daughter had a great experience taking lessons with Jami for 5 years. Jami was very patient with her, which was helpful because my daughter started taking lessons at age 5 and had trouble focusing at the beginning. We appreciated that she was very flexible with her teaching. She took the time to adjust terminology, techniques and methods according to what worked best for my daughter. She always took time to answer my daughter's questions and explain things in a way that she could understand. My daughter appreciated that she took the time to get to know her and make her comfortable by asking about her school and other personal interests, and of course, allowing her to pick out her favorite sticker after she completed a good lesson!

Posted Mar 6, 2020
Diane
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Ms.Jami was the gifted teacher to my Granddaughter Evie.
Evie started Suzuki violin at age 5 and continued until Ms Jami moved to the midwest, Evie is now a member of The Chamber Orchestra at her Middle School Grade 7. All
thanks to Ms Jami giving Evie the correct music to learn for
the entrance exam for Chamber.

Posted Mar 1, 2020
Heidi
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My daughter, Carolynn, started lessons with Jami just before her 6th birthday and continued studying with her for five years until Jami relocated. When seeking out an violin instructor for her, I specifically was looking for a teacher that was well versed in a variety of string pedagogies, not just Suzuki. Jami was a wonderful educator with an ability to blend traditional Suzuki pillars with other techniques creating an optimal learning environment for my young daughter.
Along with being a parent of one of Jami's students, I also accompanied Jami's Pittsburgh studio recitals. As a fellow musician, I enjoyed working with her because of her excellent organization and communication skills.
I highly recommend Jami as a music educator and performer.

Posted Mar 1, 2020

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Experience

Substitute Teacher
Mar 2020 - Present

Kelly Educational Staffing

I provide classroom instruction for a local public school district whenever needed. My specialties are instrumental music and French. Since substitute teachers with specific expertise in these areas are not always common or available, I can assist the regular classroom teacher with advancing their lesson plans and provide specific guidance to students so that they continue to make progress even on a day when their regular classroom teacher is absent.

Violin and Flute Instructor
Feb 2020 - Present

Metropolitan Conservatory KC

I provide private instruction on violin and flute to students of any level and ages ranging from 6 years through adult.

Section Violinist
Sep 1990 - Present

Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra

I am a tenured violinist who performs in the violin section of the Opera Orchestra for productions of varying sizes. I've had the opportunity to collaborate with world renown singers and outstanding instrumentalists.

String and Woodwind Coach
Jul 2018 - Jul 2019

PYCO School of Music Chamber Music Seminar

I coached many student chamber music ensembles of varying levels and age ranges from elementary through high school.

Violin and Flute Instructor
Aug 2017 - Jul 2019

PYCO School of Music

I provided private instruction on violin and flute to students of varying levels and ages.

Section Violinist
Jun 2008 - Jul 2019

Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera

I performed in the pit orchestra for musicals. It was a great opportunity to experience the wonderful music of Broadway.

Sectional Coach (Violin and Flute) and Adjudicator
Sep 2006 - May 2019

Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra

I conducted violin and woodwind sectionals and adjudicated seating auditions.

Substitute Violinist and Flutist
Sep 1991 - May 2019

Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra

I was hired to replace a regular section member as needed. It was a great adventure, sometimes I was contacted the night before the first rehearsal of a production, sometimes I was called on the night of a performance as an emergency replacement!

String and Woodwind Coach
Jul 2016 - Jul 2017

Lydia Music Center Chamber Music Seminar

I coached student chamber music ensembles of varying levels and age ranges from elementary through high school.

Violin and Flute Instructor
Nov 2015 - Jul 2017

Lydia Music Center

I provided private instruction on violin and flute to students of varying levels and ages.

String Coach
Jul 1997 - Oct 2015

Musik Innovations Chamber Music Camp

I coached student chamber music ensembles of varying levels and age ranges from elementary through high school.

Violin and Flute Instructor
Apr 1996 - Oct 2015

Musik Innovations

I proved private instruction on violin and flute to students of varying levels and ages ranging from 6 years through adult.

Section Violinist
Sep 1990 - May 2006

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra

I performed in the violin section for Classical and Pops subscription concerts.

Violin Instructor
Aug 1991 - May 1994

City Music Center at Duquesne University

I provided private violin lessons to students of varying ages and playing levels.

Adjunct Violin Instructor
Aug 1991 - May 1992

Duquesne University

I provided applied violin lessons to non-music majors.

Violin and Flute Instructor
Aug 1986 - Jul 1989

Toon Shop

I provided private instruction on violin and flute to students of varying levels and ages ranging from 6 years through high school.

Violin Instructor
Aug 1986 - Jul 1989

UMKC Continuing Education

I provided private instruction to violin students of varying levels and ages ranging from elementary school through adult.

Education

Artist Diploma
Aug 1989 - May 1991

Duquesne University

MM (Flute Performance)
Aug 1986 - May 1988

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

MM (Violin Performance)
Jan 1985 - Jul 1986

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

BM (Violin Performance)
Aug 1983 - Dec 1984

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

BM
Aug 1980 - May 1983

Wichita State University

Languages

French

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Registered Suzuki Unit 1
Jul 2009

Suzuki Institute

While I'm primarily a 'traditional' teacher I was interested in learning about and incorporating Suzuki principles and concepts into my teaching, particularly with younger students.

Awards

Lake Placid International Flute Seminar Performer
Jul 1999

Lake Placid International Flute Seminar

National Finalist (Flute)
Mar 1988

MTNA Young Artist Competition

Affiliations

Suzuki Association of the Americas
May 2009
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.
Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Nov 1980
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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