Merav Singer

Merav S.

Walnut Creek, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Do you want to play violin, but feel like it’s too late to start? Do you play already and want some guidance?

Learn to...
• Hold the violin comfortably
• Develop good pitch and rhythm
• Read music and understand theory
• Make the most out of practice time
• Have fun playing music!

We can work on whatever music you want. I will even make a special arrangement of that song you've always wished you could play so that it's just at your level. Whatever your musical abilities and knowledge, we can work together to get you where you want to be.

I have an M.M. in violin from Cincinnati Conservatory, and a PhD in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley. I have performed in symphonies, Early Music ensembles, chamber music groups, and international folk dance bands, and I especially enjoy strolling violin. But my true passion is helping students like you have a rich and rewarding experience learning violin.

I look forward to hearing from you!

About Merav S.

I grew up in Israel listening to my parents' bluegrass band, and I enjoy playing everything from Old Time fiddle to klezmer. My training is classical, with an M.M. in violin from Cincinnati Conservatory. I believe that solid technique can give you a foundation for learning any kind of music. Although I have a particular course I recommend for beginners, I'm happy to help you learn whatever music inspires you.

I've always liked learning about music too, and I integrate music theory and history into lessons. Understanding the harmonic structure of a piece can help you learn it more easily, and knowing about the composer and the style can give you insight into how it might be performed. Together they create a richer learning experience.

My PhD in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley allowed me to think about music in a social context, and I'm especially interested in violin music around the world. I teach musicianship at UC Berkeley and can also help you with ear training and music theory.

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Ellie

Both my daughter (7 years old) and I love taking violin lessons from Merav! She obviously has a passion for music and violin in particular, which you can't help but be inspired by. She puts much effort and thought into how to help each individual student progress, and is always very gentle and kind when offering suggestions for improvement. We look forward to our lessons every week!

Posted Nov 18, 2019
Jerry
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Merav Singer was the teacher for my class Basic Musicianship at UC Berkeley in the summer semester 2019. Merav was helpful, patient and skillful. I came to this class with no music background and English as a foreign language. Merav taught us in an appropriate way and pace so that we were all able to follow. I learned how to conduct the beat and how to sing, and basic elements of music such as staff and musical notation. The atmosphere of Merav’s class was active as she sang with us and used different musical instruments to help us understand better. I enjoyed her class not only because she took good control of the class with her passion and charisma, but also because Merav was very patient. She spent a lot of time after class explaining the material to me over and over again to make sure I could understand the concepts taught in a foreign language. I learned a lot during this summer and I am sure that anyone would enjoy learning information and skills from Merav.

Posted Sep 30, 2019
Kelly
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Merav is a gifted violin instructor for all ages and levels. Her insight into the mechanics of violin playing, and ability to create a series of steps to achieve even the more complex aspects of music making, continue to inform my own teaching and performance. Truly, the best teacher is one who gives you the tools to continue to learn on your own long past your studies, and Merav is just that!

Posted Sep 20, 2019
Kay
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I had Merav as my teacher the past summer. She is passionate about her work and super patient with students. She believes when you are willing to learn, you can learn music!!! Learning from her is a wonderful experience.

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Janu
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As a child I grew up in a family who were avid listeners of Southern Indian classical "Carnatic" music which cultivated a big interest in me as well. Having learnt classical Indian string instrument "Veenai" it was my desire to learn Violin as well. For years I was looking for someone like Merav who is kind , non judgmental , approachable and very positive instructor. I highly recommend Merav as the best Violin instructor I have known in Bay Area.

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Siqi
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Merav is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons from her for a year now. She is really patient and responsible. She always takes the time to correct my bow hold and teaches me ways to improve my intonation. She is also very encouraging, which is invaluable for an adult beginner like me. Most importantly, Merav is such a spirited and passionate musician! Her eyes literally light up when talking about music expression! She for sure instilled a passion for violin in me. If you are thinking about learning violin as an adult, definitely do it and sign up with Merav!

Posted Sep 17, 2019
Damon
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We have been taking lessons with Merav for about 8 months. Merav is a great teacher - she balances positive feedback with pushing her a little harder. She doesn't teach strictly to the Suzuki method, which I think has been a benefit to our daughter who is more of a free thinker. She looks forward to her lessons each week, which I think is a good indication. Merav is also flexible on timing, which has been helpful.

Posted Sep 17, 2019

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Experience

Lecturer
Jan 2016 - Present

University of California, Berkeley

Teach musicianship to undergraduate and graduate students, covering ear training, sight-singing, and basic music theory.

Strolling violinist
Mar 2001 - Present

self-employed

Perform at restaurants, country clubs, and special events, offering a wide selection of music from opera favorites to bluegrass fiddle tunes.

Founder and violinist
Aug 1999 - Jul 2006

Meadowlark String Quartet

Founded quartet for weddings and other celebrations.

Founder and violinist
Feb 2004 - Jun 2005

Trio Fontana

Founded trio for weddings and other celebrations.

Principal and section violinist
Sep 1998 - Jun 2002

Lawrence Chamber Orchestra

Violinist
Jun 2001 - Jul 2001

Camerata Lawrence

European tour with performances in Germany and Hungary.

Per service violinist
Sep 1998 - May 2000

Kansas City Symphony

Education

PhD
Aug 2010 - Dec 2015

University of California, Berkeley

M.A.
Aug 2008 - May 2010

University of California, Berkeley

M.M.
Aug 1996 - Jun 1998

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

M.M.
Aug 1994 - Jun 1996

University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory

B.A.
Sep 1989 - May 1993

Smith College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Hebrew

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Sep 1998
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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