Rachel Gessel

Rachel G.

Houston, TX

About Rachel G.

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Rachel teaches: Females 5 and up
Males 5 to 18
Teaching since: 2009
Last sign in: Today

Overview

I have been playing the violin for 12 years and have taught lessons on and off for the last five years. I have a minor in music from BYU and have participated in several orchestra groups over the past several years. Right now, I play Violin II the Houston Sinfonietta. I love to play the violin and I love teaching children how to play this wonderful instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour lessons. (For students younger than 8 years of age, 30 minute or 45 minute lessons are recommended.) Each of my lessons is taught one-on-one in my home.

I teach a combination of the Suzuki Method and a traditional style. The Suzuki Method creates a strong technical foundation to build upon while also training the ear to work independently of note reading. I combine this method with a more traditional approach as I teach students to read music and sightread.

What to expect in a lesson:

Beginners:
- Learning to correctly hold the violin and bow with proper position
- Learning the names of notes and placement of fingers
- Note and rhythm training/reading; key and time signature training
- Ear training
- Beginning level Suzuki and traditional pieces

Intermediate:
- Ensuring that proper positioning and posture is upheld
- Scale and rhythm training; key and time signature training
- Ear training
- Intermediate level Suzuki and traditional pieces
- Learning shifting exercises and vibrato

Advanced:
- Scale and rhythm training exercises/etudes
- Ear training
- Advanced level Suzuki pieces and/or traditional and other classical pieces

For the first lesson:

Beginners: Please bring your violin (appropriate for your size), bow, shoulder rest, and Suzuki volume 1.

Intermediate-Advanced: Please bring your violin, bow, shoulder rest, and your most recently performed/polished piece.

Parental involvement in younger students' lessons and at-home practicing is HIGHLY encouraged!

Photos and Videos

Won first place in Kiwanis Talent Competition with this piece in 2011.

Education

Interdisciplinary Humanities

Aug 2011 - Apr 2015
Brigham Young University

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Limited Proficiency
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6 Reviews on Rachel G.

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Medha E. Aug 16, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Rachel is very Experienced and very patience in making understand what music is about and how it should be started for 6 years old girl....
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Benjamin Jul 9, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Rachael over exceeded our expectations,she was very informative and patient with my son and myself and my son and I are very pleased with outcome of his first lesson. Thank You
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Aakriti A. Jul 2, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter was happy with the lesson!
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Adnan E. Jun 9, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My son came back really happy after his first class and said that the teacher was really nice!
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Shayma A. Jun 4, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Rachel was very helpful and knowledgeable.
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Andrew D. Oct 24, 2015
Suzuki Method · In studio
Verified Student
Competent and knowledgable
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