Naomi Bessette

Naomi B.

Portland, OR
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Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am a violinist, artist and singer/songwriter in Portland, Oregon who has been teaching violin for over 15 years. I believe that with enough practice, patience and dedication anyone can learn to play a new instrument. No previous experience is necessary-- just a passion for music!

NOTE: My availability is somewhat flexible so please contact me to set up a time that works!

Lessons will focus on:

-A solid basic foundation in classical music-- we can branch out from here!
-Learning to read music, use dynamics, bow, tune, scales, developmental exercises.
-Above all: having fun and pursuing a new passion.

Music is my life and has taken me all over the country and across the world and I want to share it's magic with as many people as I can!
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About

Naomi passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Naomi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2000

Hello!

I teach private violin lessons for beginners and intermediate students of all ages. I have been teaching violin for 17 years. I love working with children of all ages and also have many years of experience teaching adult beginners. If you have always wanted to learn, now is the time! No previous experience is necessary-- just a passion for music!

I am thorough and easy to work with. I use a combination of classical techniques and a hint of Suzuki method along with lots and lots of patience, creativity and encouragement.

About me: I am a classically trained violinist with over 20 years of experience and a diverse musical background. I've performed with the University Orchestra and the UT Opera Society at the University of Texas, several string quartets and many bands-- folk, country, rock, experimental, pop and Mariachi to name a few. I periodically tour with bands nationally and internationally.

In addition to teaching private lessons, I taught violin in the Mariachi program at a public school in Austin for 3 years and I currently work with students a music school in the Portland area.

For those who live outside of Portland, I also offer video chat lessons via Skype which I've had a great success rate with and is really easy and convenient to use. In town students can also set up occasional video chat lessons anytime they feel like scheduling one (ig rainy days, limited transportation etc.)

My availability is somewhat flexible. Get in touch today to set up a time that works for you!

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Experience

Violin Teacher
Feb 2017 - Present
Happy Valley Arts Academy

When I'm not teaching lessons from my home studio I am working with students at a local Music school in the Portland area. These students range from elementary and middle school to adults.

Violin Teacher
Aug 2000 - Present
Self-Employed

I have been a self employed violin teacher for over 15 years. Over the years I have gotten to work with so many awesome students, from kids as young as 4 to adults in their 60's.

After school violin teacher
Jan 2011 - Oct 2014
Linder Elementary School (AISD)

I taught the violin section for the Linder Elementary School Mariachi program. We are Austin's only elementary-aged Mariachi group. Our group has performed at events around Austin and has been featured on local news stations. We also did a summer camp.

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Band Coach / Counselor
Jun 2008 - Jul 2011
Girls Rock Camp Austin

I worked with Girls Rock Camp Austin for 3 years. Girls Rock Austin is a camp that empowers young females through music. Campers learn how to play an instrument, form a band and attend workshops on art, music history, self defense etc.

Education

Studio Art & Art History
Aug 2002 - May 2006
The University of Texas at Austin School of Fine Arts
School of Fine Arts / Studio Art
Aug 2002 - May 2006
The University of Texas

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Experimental/Avante Garde band of the year for Austin, TX
Mar 2016
The Austin Chronicle weekly news paper
Dean's List and Univsersity Honors (School of Fine Arts)
May 2006
The University of Texas at Austin School of Fine Arts

Photos & Videos

On stage at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. 2010.

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A short video lesson I did on tuning your violin for the official Takelessons.com blog.
A short video lesson I did on proper violin fingering and placement for the official Takelessons.com blog.
Performing with Technicolor Hearts at a Redbull Sound Select event at The Mohawk in downtown Austin. 2013.

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With some of my Mariachi students at an AISD event for Hispanic Heritage month. 2014.

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On stage in Paris, France. 2009.

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On stage in New York City at the CMJ Music festival. 2012.

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On stage at The Fillmore, legendary auditorium in San Francisco. 2009.

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A short lesson on the violin bow hold I did for the official Takelessons.com blog.
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9 Reviews

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Mary Jul 23, 2016
Violin · Online

Loved it!

Jesse May 18, 2016
Violin · In studio

My first lesson went well, you can ask her anything. Awesome experience so far, i look forward to working hard toward playing the violin. With Naomi you can tell she wants to help you to succeed. Happy learning and practicing.

Dila May 3, 2016
Violin · In studio

Naomi is so sweet! I really enjoyed my first lesson with her and looking forward to have more.

Janie A. Mar 18, 2016
Violin · Online

Great experience so far. I am looking forward to learning.

Prateek B. Jan 7, 2015
Violin · In studio

I asked Joshua Bell (one of the greatest violinist of our time) about how to be a great violinist? To which he responded by saying: "Find a really good teacher, one who pushes you and cares for your success."
I would not be exaggerating by saying Naomi is one of those teachers.
I've been taking lessons for almost 4 years and Naomi has been nothing but supportive, cheerful, energetic, focused and dedicated to finding even the minutest mistake. Naomi has tirelessly pointed out even the slightest of out of tune notes; and she demands perfection before moving on to next lesson. She focuses on fundamental over frills; and she really cares for the success of her students.
She has always pushed me and motivated me in many creative ways to practice and be better at violin. I am going to continue taking lessons with her and would highly recommend Naomi.

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Marisa N. Dec 17, 2014
Violin · In studio

Naomi is an excellent teacher. She is patient, kind, and won't blow you off if you have a question. In the 2 years that she was my teacher, she has taught me a lot about the violin, which techniques to use, how to tune my instrument, and much more. If you want to learn the violin, take her as your teacher! You won't regret it :)

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Xiaoling G. Dec 10, 2014
Violin · In studio

I was totally a beginner in Violin when I started my lessons with Naomi. She is a very patient and loving teacher, taught me how to hold bow correctly, with a lot of helpful practice and encouragement, which is really helpful to beginners who know nothing. She always tried her best to help me to master the skills, a lot of observation and correction, also encouragement. When I first started, I never expect to keep learning for over a year. Then five years later, I found myself still enjoy the lesson and playing violin. Due to some personal reasons, I have to give up my violin lesson. But my five years experience of learning violin is like a difficult but fun journey, and Naomi is there to keep me on the track and make the journey even more enjoyable.

Yes, I highly recommend Naomi to be your violin teacher!

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Yiwen C. Dec 8, 2014
Violin · In studio

Naomi is a great violin teacher. She is very attentive, experienced and energetic.
I took lessons from her with one of my friend for about 4 years. We were both beginners and start our lesson when we were 30 something. Did not expect to last more than one year. (Due to our laziness...) At the end, the lesson was something to look forward to every week and I only stop taking lessons because I move out of Austin.
I highly recommend her to be your violin teacher. You will have a fun time too.

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Katharine R. Dec 8, 2014
Violin · In studio

Naomi is a welcoming and thorough teacher. She took time with me at the start of my lessons, to gauge exactly where I was in technique and also what bad habits needed to be re-directed. She is very patient but consistent on the techniques that need to be practiced and accomplished. Her expertise is extensive and she plays may genres of music so would be an excellent teacher for people interested in areas other than classical. But as the basics are the same in all, she makes sure one is well grounded in those first. I really enjoyed my lessons with here and though personal circumstances dictated that I cease for the time being, I would really love to be able to have her as a teacher again.

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