Seth Byrd

Seth B.

Oakland, CA

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Seth delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 2009

Hi! Thanks for taking a look at my profile! I’m Seth; I’m a violinist, a composer and most importantly for you, a violin teacher! I play in almost every style of music, and my current focus is on folk and bluegrass. I’m working to develop a curriculum of popular songs to use when teaching adults how to play the violin. I am classically trained and have played in community orchestras, chamber groups, bands, behind singers, in impromptu jam sessions and most often as a soloist.

I teach using the Suzuki method, and am pursuing my Suzuki accreditation. My teaching style is centered around ear training and technique - with a well-developed ear and good technique you can play anything! I begin my students by ear, and then introduce written notes as we progress. I also help my students - young and old - develop skills to measure their own progress and improve outside of the lesson. My approach is holistic, I help you improve both as a violinist and as a musician.

I studied violin with William Barbini, and composition with Elinor Armer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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For Beginning Students:
I can help you start on this wonderful instrument! We will cover the basics of technique, expression and terminology. For young players, we will use the Suzuki books. For older students, songs you already know combined with scales and technical exercises.

For Advanced Students:
For players who have confidence on the instrument, I can help you expand your repertoire, refine your technique, or prepare for auditions. I am a skilled improviser, and can show you the basics (scales!). I can also teach you new pieces and stylistic elements of bluegrass, Scottish and Irish trad, and Gypsy Jazz.
For classical players we will use Schradiek, Kreutzer, Flesch and J.S.

Send a message, ask a question! I look forward to hearing from you.

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B.A. Music Composition, pursued
Aug 2013 - Dec 2015
San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

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A video of my improvised solo on the jazz standard "Nuages". Montmartre, Paris.
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5 Reviews

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Andrea U. May 12, 2017
Violin · In home

Really patient with beginners and a great player ! Really enjoyed my first lesson with him

Terese B. Jan 31, 2016
Violin · In home

Seth was very patient and taught me a piece in one hour.
I enjoyed the lesson very much.

Asha M. Jan 20, 2016
Violin · In home

Seth is amazing. The very first lesson with my daughter was a huge success - and ever since then, she always looks forward to her lesson with him.
Seth is very professional, caring and engaging. He makes learning the violin fun! I would highly recommend Seth as a violin teacher.

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Mizuki Oct 28, 2015
Violin · In home

Seth is patient and kind with my daughter.
She's looking forward to having next lesson.

Christian Oct 20, 2015
Violin · In home

For my 10 year old son, who often has trouble focusing, Seth does a great job making the lessons both fun and challenging. He's been very patient, and is able to present the material in a wide variety of ways.

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