McKayla Talasek

McKayla T.

Saint Louis, MO
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher of 10 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate violin student! Ages 4 and up are welcome!Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About McKayla T.

Mc Kayla Talasek is a Specialist in violin and viola. Currently, she teaches private violin and viola lessons to all ages from four and up in St. Louis, Ellisville, and O'Fallon, MO. She has experience in teaching group lessons, private lessons, and coaching orchestra.

She received her BA in Violin Performance at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, along with an MM in Viola Performance at University of Nevada, Reno. Mc Kayla studied under the tutelage of Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio and Dustin Budish at UNR and received the Graduate Assistantship for Viola giving her the opportunity to perform as principal violist in the school orchestra and as a resident member of the Nightingale String Quartet. One of her biggest accomplishments during this time, was receiving a contract with the Reno Philharmonic in April of 2016. Along with performing in the Reno Phil, she performs regularly with the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Susanville Symphony.

At UIW, she studied violin with Richard Kilmer and viola with Gerald Schoelzel, taught private lessons, group classes, and performed in quartets and regional orchestras all over Texas: Victoria Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic, Corpus Christi Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, Symphony of the Hills, Kingsville Symphony, and the Mozart Festival.

For the past two summers, Mc Kayla had the privileged of being principal violist in the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival traveling all over the Czech Republic, performing in orchestra, opera, and chamber music settings. Recently, she studied viola with renowned teacher and soloist, Yizhak Schotten, who studied privately with William Primrose and Lillian Fuchs.

She grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri, and started violin at seven years old in a very musical and artistic family. Her father is a luthier and her mother was a ceramics professor at Fontbonne University. During her free time, she runs with her black labrador, Simba, and practices yoga daily.

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Allison
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McKayla is very knowledgeable about everything violin relate. From the history to the fundamental techniques, you wont go wrong in your study with her! A lesson is filled with music Theory, history, musical expression, passion, and fun ways to make violin more accessible to each student! I can tell she strives to make every second of the lesson worth what you pay! She values herself and your time, and it shows!

Posted May 9, 2019
Rob
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Such a great experience!

Posted May 9, 2019
Meredith
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I was wary of an online lesson as an adult beginner, but McKayla really explains in detail how to do everything via video. She is so easy to talk to and makes you feel so good by the end of the lesson, regardless of your progress. Positive, patience, and fun!

Posted May 9, 2019
David
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I used to think viola was exactly the same as violin! Boy was I wrong. McKayla was so patient with me in my transition to violin, helping me read the new clef, creating a warm, nurturing environment for me to succeed. She pays attention to all details and paints beautiful pictures to help bring out your musicality as you play. I'd recommend her everyday to any new student, young or old.

Posted May 9, 2019
Julie
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Mc Kayla is great! She helped my daughter get into honors orchestra and win principal second violin! You wont go wrong with her fun, vibrant, and detailed lessons.

Posted May 9, 2019
Francesca
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I had the honor of having Mc Kayla as my tutor for two years and she is still one of the best I've had. She is an artist in tune with her art form, a friend to confide in, and true to herself. Naturally, she is a kindhearted soul ready to join you on your journey in growing as a musician. Not only does she provide music lessons, but life lessons as well that can be carried with you in your musicianship and day to day life. There is no shame while learning with Mc Kayla, just growth.

Posted May 8, 2019
Adam
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Mc Kayla is punctual, professional, and treats each student equally while giving her full attention to each student's strength! Using her spectacular teaching skills, she heightens each individual students best qualities and provides a fun environment in which to learn a focused instrument at a professional level.

Posted May 8, 2019
Alise
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Mc Kayla did a great job getting our four year old started with the violin. She was patient and kind with a child with a short attention span. She kept it fun and exciting for him so he was always wanting to keep practicing and keep learning. She is wonderful!

Posted May 8, 2019

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Experience

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Jan 2019 - Present

The Matt McCallie Orchestra, L.L.C.

Perform events on violin and viola.

Private Instructor
Jan 2018 - Present

Mc Kayla Talasek

Opened up my own private studio! St. Louis, MO location.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Jul 2016 - Present

Reno Philharmonic

Professional violist in the Reno Philharmonic. Perform regularly in the viola section for all classical concerts.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Jul 2016 - Present

Reno Chamber Orchestra

Professional violist in the Reno Chamber Orchestra. Perform regularly in the viola section for all classical concerts.

Private Instructor
Aug 2018 - Jan 2019

Incline Village Music

Taught violin and viola lessons in the Incline Village, NV area.

Violist
Jan 2018 - Jan 2019

Red Tango Quartet

Performed in the quartet on viola for events and gigs around the reno, tahoe, northern california areas.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018

Susanville Symphony

Professional violist, performing regularly with the orchestra.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Sep 2015 - May 2017

Nightingale String Quartet

violist in the string quartet.

Private Instructor
Aug 2013 - Aug 2015

Antonio Strad Violins

Taught violin and viola lessons to all level students.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Aug 2013 - Jun 2015

Mid-Texas Symphony

Professional violin and violist, performing regularly in the violin and viola sections.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Feb 2014 - May 2015

Symphony of the Hills

Professional violinist, performing regularly in the violin section.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Jan 2014 - May 2015

Kingsville Symphony

Professional violinist, performing regularly in the violin section.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Aug 2012 - May 2015

Victoria Symphony

Professional violinist, performing regularly in the violin sections.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Aug 2012 - May 2015

Laredo Philharmonic

Professional violin and violist, performing regularly with the violin and viola sections.

Professional Violin and Viola Player
Apr 2013 - Apr 2015

Corpus Christi Symphony

Professional violinist, performing regularly in the violin sections.

Education

MM in Viola Performance
Sep 2015 - May 2017

University of Nevada, Reno

BA in Violin Performance
Aug 2011 - Dec 2013

University of the Incarnate Word

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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