Rachel Gessel

Rachel G.

Houston, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Students can expect productive lessons with guidance in music selection and written instructions on what to practice sent home each week.

About Rachel G.

I have been playing the violin for 15 years and have taught lessons on and off for the last 8 years. I have a minor in music from BRigham Young University and have participated in several orchestra groups over the past several years. Right now, I play Violin II in the Houston Sinfonietta. I love to play the violin and I love teaching children and adolescents 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 sight-read.

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!

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H.Clark
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Rachel is patient, kind and has a gentle way in her approach to teaching violin. My 12yr old daughter is in her second year taking orchestra in middle school and she finds her time with Rachel to be extremely beneficial and productive.

Posted Sep 25, 2017
Hart
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Very impressed with first lesson for my daughter. Rachel is patient, a good listener and an obviously highly talented, skilled musician who can also teach. My daughter came home energized, ready to practice and looking forward to future lessons.

Posted May 13, 2017
Dakota
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Was wonderful. Rachel was very understanding and knowledgeable. She had a lot of patience. My daughter loves her and cannot wait for her next lesson.

Posted Jan 7, 2017
Maddie
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Posted Nov 18, 2016
Medha E.
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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....

Posted Aug 16, 2016
Benjamin
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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

Posted Jul 9, 2016
Aakriti A.
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My daughter was happy with the lesson!

Posted Jul 2, 2016
Adnan E.
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My son came back really happy after his first class and said that the teacher was really nice!

Posted Jun 9, 2016
Shayma A.
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Ms. Rachel was very helpful and knowledgeable.

Posted Jun 4, 2016
Andrew D.
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Competent and knowledgable

Posted Oct 24, 2015

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Education

Interdisciplinary Humanities
Aug 2011 - Apr 2015

Brigham Young University

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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