Mia Nardi-Huffman

Mia N.

Oakland, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I emphasize tailoring lessons to the students' age level, ability, and learning style. Method books that I use vary depending on these factors. For my young beginners, I start with the Adventures in Violinland method books, which were written by my teacher, the famed pedagogue and Juilliard Pre-College faculty member Shirley Givens. I do also teach out of the Suzuki repertoire books as well as supplementing with scale books, shifting exercises, etudes for left-hand facility and bow technique, and more. In my studio, there is an emphasis on high standards for playing, strong practice techniques, music theory and ear training!
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Teaches students:
Ages 4 to 60 and special needs

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Hi there!

I'm Mia, a professional violinist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've been playing the violin for over 18 years, and bring with me 9 years of experience in private lessons, chamber music coaching, and music theory and ear training.

Here is a little bit about me as a teacher:

I believe that music is a powerful tool, and encourage my students to have fun while playing and practicing the violin! Studying the instrument teaches discipline, self-expression, dedication, and many other valuable skills.

My students range from young beginners to collegiate-level performers, and lessons have an emphasis on a high level of playing and building strong practice techniques, as well as fostering a love for music and self-expression. My students regularly perform in seasonal recitals, audition for regional youth orchestras, participate in All-City Orchestra, and gain entry to the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

I offer private violin lessons through my studio in Oakland, California, but I am also available to travel to your home if it is in the Oakland/Berkeley area. If you are in San Francisco and would like private lessons, please contact me as I accept students in the city on a case-by-case basis.

Playing the violin is a challenging and rewarding endeavor, so I ask that my students commit to a weekly time slot and expect to practice every day; practicing and regular lessons are the best way to master the instrument and be satisfied with your own progress!

I do not provide a violin or the necessary accessories to my students, but I am happy to provide recommendations for where to acquire or rent them; please come to your first violin lesson with an instrument and bow, as well as tools like a shoulder rest, metronome, rosin, etc. I will provide sheet music for the first lesson or so, but expect to order the books that we will use after that point.

I have been on the faculty of Little Mission Studios, the Chamber Music Institute of the University of Maine, and a chamber music coach at the Kipp-Bay Academy. I currently maintain a studio at Inspire Music in SF with over 25 private students in addition to my home studio in Oakland, so it's easy to say that teaching the violin is a passion of mine!

About me as a performer:

Violinist Mia N-H is quickly gaining recognition as a versatile and dynamic performer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her passion lies in pushing the boundaries of classical music through self-expression and collaboration with other musicians, composers, performance artists, and dancers. She has performed in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The National Arts Club, The Legion of Honor, and The Masonic, as well as on the world stage in Italy and Switzerland.

Mia has performed with leading artists and groups such as Opera Parallele, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, Elevate Ensemble, David Kim, Gamelan X, David Tanenbaum, Bettina Mussumeli and Jean-Michel Fonteneau. She is also the resident violinist for the contemporary chamber music ensemble Wild Rumpus, a collective dedicated to the performance and commission of innovative new works.

In the realm of pop and indie music, Mia has recently collaborated with The Singer and The Songwriter on their track "Apparent Brightness", recorded for Marcus McCauley and Portrait Maker, and performed with Evanescence on their "Synthesis" tour at The Masonic.

Passionate about the creation and performance of new music, Mia has recently premiered works for Jake Heggie, JooWan Kim, Brian Fitzsousa, Nick Vasallo, and Dan Van Hassel. Her performances are often in conjunction with movement or performance art, most notably AXIS Dance company's piece "Radical Impact", performances at the SF Movement Arts Festival, and collaboration with the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble and Cellista.

Mia studied the violin with Shirley Givens and Akiko Silver, as well as at the Mannes Pre-College Program in New York City before moving to California in 2010. She earned her BM in 2014 and her MM in 2016, both from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying under the tutelage of violinist Bettina Mussumeli. While at SFCM, she was concertmaster of the Conservatory Orchestra and the recipient of the Sergei Barsukov Violin Scholarship. She has also studied chamber music with Mark Sokol, Mack McCray, and Paul Hersh, and has performed in masterclasses for eminent musicians such as David Kim, Sidney Harth, Claude Frank, Stefan Milenkovich and Daniel Philips.

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Violin Teacher
Apr 2016 - Present
Inspire Music

I am a private violin teacher for a 25-person violin studio in San Francisco.

Violin Teacher
Jun 2016 - May 2017
Little Mission Studio

I taught violin and viola privately here, as well as group classes for young beginners.

Chamber Music Coach
Jan 2012 - May 2012
San Francisco Kipp-Bay Academy

While at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, I participated in the Conservatory in the Schools Project, where I volunteered every week to teach chamber music to middle school-aged string players at the Kipp-Bay Academy.

Assistant Violin Instructor
Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
Chamber Music Institute, University of Maine

I was the assistant violin instructor and chamber music coach for the Chamber Music Institute- I taught over 30 young musicians.


Masters of Music, Violin Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2016
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Bachelors of Music, Violin Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014
San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Sergei Barsukov Violin Scholarship
Aug 2015
San Francisco Conservatory of Music/Sergei Barsukov
Chamber Music America Grant
Jun 2015
Chamber Music America
New Music USA Grant
Jan 2015
New Music USA
Vincent Costatino Scholarship
Aug 2014
San Francisco Conservatory of Music/Vincent Costatino
Concertmaster, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra
Aug 2014
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Photos & Videos

Performing JS Bach's Sonata No. 1 for Unaccompanied Violin, I. Adagio
Headshot by Valentina Sadiul, 2014

Headshot by Michelle Kim, 2015

Performing at a Wild Rumpus concert at San Francisco's Legion of Honor Museum, 2015.

Performing Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 "American" with members of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Program, 2014.
With students after a studio recital at Little Mission Studios, Spring 2017


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Kelly Mar 1, 2018
Violin · In studio

Mia is one of the warmest and kindest violin instructors I have ever had. Not only is she a wonderful person- she is also an extremely skilled teacher!

With her help, I was able to play like I never have before! She helped me improve my sound and intonation so much!!

I hate that I moved away for work, I would still be taking lessons with her if I could!

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