Sumaia Jackson

Sumaia J.

San Rafael, CA

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

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I have experience teaching all levels and I love doing everything from teaching tunes, to exploring more modern techniques and setting of playing the fiddle, such as:
• What happens if your friends have a cool rock band and you want to jam with them but you play the violin and it feels awkward?
• What happens if you go play with them and your friend looks at you to take a solo in the middle of a tune? (AH!)
• What if you are playing in a traditional folk band and you want to figure out what else you can do besides play the melody?
. . . et cetera!

Not to worry, that's why I'm here, and I'm more than happy to help with all these problems and more! Playing the fiddle/violin can fill so many roles now a days and people LOVE hearing it! You'll be your town's new rock star! :)

I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA playing the fiddle and going to music camps and studying classical music intensely as well as traditional fiddle music from many countries and regions. I studied in Boston at the Berklee College of Music, as well as lived in Nashville, and now hold a degree in Performance with a minor in American Roots Music. Throughout my many years of playing, I've been immersed in many different settings: I have experience playing amplified, being dropped into a jazz band and told to solo next to a saxophone player, being asked to come play with a local folk-rock cover band, playing at Bluegrass Festivals across North America, fronting a band, and being hired as a fiddle player to back up a singer-songwriter.

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Fiddler, Vocalist
Oct 2017 - Present
The Honeyguides

An old time trio drawing influences from bluegrass, and celtic traditions

Violinist, Fiddler
May 2017 - Present
Real Vocal String Quartet

A string quartet with ties to classical, jazz, roots fiddle music

Fiddler, Vocalist
Aug 2015 - Present
Jayme Stone's Folklife

A virtuosic folk group playing traditional music collected by folklorists and remaking them for modern ears

May 2013 - Present
The Tunestress Duo

A fiddle duo weaving together the worlds of Canadian, American and Celtic fiddle styles


Performance & American Roots Music
Sep 2012 - May 2016
Berklee College of Music
Sep 2009 - May 2011
Cabrillo College


Concerto Competition Winner
Mar 2008
Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony

Photos & Videos

Old Man Gone by Greg Canote
An arrangement of the tune "It's a Wonderful World" made famous by Louis Armstrong.
Playing at the Library of Congress with Jayme Stone's Folklife

Photo by Sumaia J.

Jayme Stone's Folklife, California Tour 2017

Photo by Sumaia J.


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Jake Feb 19, 2018
Violin · In studio

Wow, what a talented violin teacher! I've had the opportunity to see her play on stage professionally and now I get to take lessons from her as well. She has mastery of the bow and has helped me explore my musicianship and musical ideas. Take her if you are serious in improving your playing, she'll help you get there quickly. Thanks Sumaia!

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Carolyn K. Feb 19, 2018
Violin · In studio

Sumaia is smart and helpful- she identified where I needed improvement even when I couldn't tell! I've learned a lot from her. She is an incredible violin/fiddle player and teacher.

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