Kimberly Blakley

Kimberly B.

Roseville, CA

About Kimberly B.

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Kimberly teaches: Ages 1 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: October 2002
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Overview

I grew up in a household of 9 where music was always center stage. We would sing as a family in different venues and were often called the VonTrapp family. I have enjoyed singing and performing from a young age. I began studying flute at age 8, after scoring highest in the harmony listening exam and began formal violin lessons at the age of 9. I studied all genres including, fiddle, classical, musical theater and 20th century. I have continued to study violin since then and have performed in many orchestras and small groups, such as Honor Orchestra, the Paradise Symphony, the Yuba College Orchestra, Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society Orchestra and more. I have been concert master and first stand in many of these. I have also soloed in many and have been the first violinist in quartets for countless weddings and other events. I have also played in numerous pit orchestras for musicals.
I have been in choirs and soloing since I can remember. I have performed and soloed in choirs such as the Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society, CSUS Chamber Choir, the CSUS Women's Choir and more. I have toured to Victoria, Montreal, Ottowa, Oregon and Washington. I have also been in opera productions such as The Magic Flute, Peleas and Melisande and Die Fledermaus (The Bat) with CSUS Opera. I am a recent recipient of the Saturday Club Scholarship, a prestigious award, and have won many competitions (some repeatedly) both vocally and with violin, such as the Tri-County Competition, Young Artist Competitions, and the California Soloist and Ensemble Competitions. Additionally, I have performed musical theater repertoire and have performed as lead in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and Into the Woods. I have also soloed repeatedly with the Yuba College jazz band and at churches all around.
I have earned my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Sacramento. I have my Associates Degrees in both Music and Early Childhood Education from Yuba College. Additionally, I have obtained my certificate of completion of training from Music Together, an organization which trains teachers to teach Basic Music Competence (both in tonality and meter), and am currently teaching this curriculum.
I have been teaching music privately for over ten years to all ages, genders and abilities. Additionally, I have taught ages 0-5 years in a preschool setting for 7 years and am extremely familiar with developmentally appropriate practices for both preschool and school age, as I am a site supervisor at a child development center with a preschool and after school program. I have had many adult students as well and encourage adults to enrich their lives with music at any age! Additionally, I have experience teaching parent child classes and am familiar with how to teach to the particular needs of each family and student.
I'm extremely excited and looking forward to growing as a professional, both teaching and performing, in both the areas of violin and voice and to be instrumental in your musical growth too; I can't wait to share my passion with you and to ignite your passion for music too!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching since 2002 and have loved every minute of it! I teach all ages. I tailor my style of teaching to each student's goals and to what works for you. If you want to learn Taylor Swift music, I won't be giving you arias. On the other hand, if you wish to study classically, I have repertoire appropriate for you. I teach fiddle, classical, orchestral, 20th century and more for violin students and have experience with jazz, classical, musical theater, pop, religious, spiritual, choral, 20th century and more vocally.
For violin students, I use the Suzuki method as a pushing off point, a tried and true method used in many countries across the world, though I have other repertoire including fiddle, orchestra, small ensemble, solo, concertos, Christmas, and more. For vocalist, I start with the book, Adventures in Singing. I also have warm ups and exercises to keep you vocally healthy. I will teach you anything you want to learn! I also teach how to read music, theory and harmony, depending on your interest and tailored to your current skill level.
I am encouraging and knowledgeable. I will meet you at your current level, be that beginner, intermediate, or advanced. My students can look forward to being encouraged and growing through their time with me. I don't have preset ideas about where you should be in 3-6 months, nor do I have a one size fits all teaching style. Instead, I will work with you individually so that you will become the best musician you can be, meet your goals, and increase your enjoyment and appreciation for music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in open space, upright piano, digital piano, music stands, metronome, violins available for rent, music, staff paper and computer

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide the instrument with all of it's accessories (ie shoulder rest, rosin, bow and case) along with the appropriate level Suzuki book. I have instruments available for rent. My voice students should bring their own music also. I have a piano in my studio along with music stands. Of course, every student must have a pencil and come ready to have fun learning! :)

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, solfege, art songs and arias, reading music, fiddle, classical, healthy vocal technique and musical theater. I am very good at working with any age.

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Experience

Private Violin and Voice Teacher

Jan 2014 - Present
musika

Give private violin and voice lessons catered to the client's needs.

music teacher

Jan 2012 - Present
music together

Teach parent child classes which expose families to an array of different meters and tonalities and gives the opportunity for experimentation with them in order to give children basic music competence, the ability to sing in tune in any tonality and move accurately to the beat in any meter by the time they go to school.

Private Voice Instuctor

Jan 2008 - Present
Self Employeed

Provide Vocal instruction tailored to the needs of the client.

Private Violin Instructor

Sep 2002 - Present
Self-Employeed

Give Private Violin Lessons tailored to the needs and abilities of the client.

Education

Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance

Jan 2008 - Nov 2010
Sacramento State University

AA Early Childhood Education

Aug 2004 - Nov 2007
Yuba College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Child Development Permit

Jul 2013
California Credentialing

Certified Music Together Teacher

Aug 2010
Music Together

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12 Reviews on Kimberly B.

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Kiersten I. Feb 4, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Is great at inspiring my self conscious daughter to open up and trust herself/singing.
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Maria Jan 16, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I have brought my 8 yr. old daughter to Kimberly's house for 5 sessions now. Once per week for 5 weeks. Out of those 5 sessions, Kimberly was more than 30 minutes late to 2 of them. I just waited by the door with my daughter. Then, when she finally arrived (both of those times) she rushed my daughter, and though I had paid for 30 minute sessions, she only gave my daughter 20 minutes and then rushed us out the door so that she could get to her next student. In addition to this, she is constantly distracted during lessons by her own children. One time, in the middle of my daughter's session, her 3 yr. old son ran out of the bathroom naked, screaming for his mother. She has also interrupted my daughter's sessions by helping her child with homework. The three times that she was not late, she gave absolutely no setup time to my daughter. She starts the clock about the time you pull up to her house in your car. Furthermore, Kimberly phoned me and canceled one of my daughter's sessions 30 minutes before we were supposed to be there, and I was okay with it. BUT, when my daughter came down with a fever, and I texted Kimberly to cancel the session a FULL 22 hours prior, she still charged me and marked it as a MISSED session. I tried to reconcile this with her, thinking it was a mistake, but she said NO, it was not a FULL 24 hours notice of cancellation. I will not do business with Kimberly again.
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Kay Black Nov 19, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Kimberly is a very experienced and highly skilled musician and her teaching style is very user-friendly. Excellent motivator simply infectious smile and approach to teaching.
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Joe F. Nov 15, 2012
Violin
Verified Student
Great Teacher!!!

Kimberly is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend her. She is patient with you as a student and explains things at your level. She is very knowledgable about music as she plays many instruments and has a great ear. As an adult student she had me learn to read music early in the lesson which I found to be very helpful. Lessons are at her home and it is in an appropiate setting. My Lessons fly by as she has an engaging teaching style and she stays focused on helping your improvement from week to week. She is flexible in rescheduling your weekly lesson if needed.I would rate her an A+ as a Music teacher!
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janet P. Sep 14, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
We have enjoyed and learned so much from Kimberly

Kimberly is very professional and makes me and my daughter feel very welcome. Emily has been taking singing lessons for a couple of months now and no two lessons are alike a she learing so much from Kimberly.
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janetp Jul 18, 2012
Emily has really enjoyed her teacher and singing lesson.
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DiedreaJ Oct 19, 2011
Fantastic Instructor! Patient, Assertive, Positive, has an excellent understanding of child development and best practices in teaching children. Kimberly has instilled a love for music and learning. She's the best. Absolutely the very best!
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CathyA Aug 11, 2011
Awesome experience

This is Hannah's first experience with private singing lessons, and she LOVES it! She is having fun, and also learning lots! Kimberly makes sure of that! She has such a bubbly personality that it's contagious! I would definitely recommend Kimberly.
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AlyceC Jul 6, 2011
Encouraging, Knowledgeable, Fun

Kimberly was the best teacher I could have asked for. I took singing and violin lessons from her. With her experience and knowledge, she not only taught me technical aspects, but she was able to encourage and help me recognize what talent I already had. I highly recommend her!!!!!
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PaulaS2 Apr 23, 2011
kimberly is a very good teacher,very good with kids. she has a great knowleadge in music. I would go back to her in the future