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Valeri S.
Houston, Texas
Bring your violin playing to the next level with a professional violinist
Teaching Philosophy: I believe that learning how to play the violin is about more than hammering away countless hours of practice. The well-rounded musician of today absolutely must have a foundational understanding of sustainable technique, music history, and music literacy as far as these can be applied to the player’s personal goals. As they practice and apply what they’ve learned in their lessons, each week my students are becoming stronger, more independent players. In this way, their daily practice and weekly lesson help them blossom into musicians with a life-long love of playing the violin, and each new page of music presents a new adventure to take up. No matter what, I seek to meet my students where they are and set them up for success. I do this through: -strengthening awareness of the violin & bow -educating about both shoulder rest and non-shoulder rest techniques -cultivating better intonation -helping students tap into the resonance of the instrument -exploring how different bow holds can better meet the student's needs -if needed, using the lesson time to provide a guided practice session About me: I’m Valeri S., an American violinist with 14 years of experience and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
About Valeri S.

I’m a professional violinist who’s passionate about slow living, sustainable practice, and making beautiful music! As a chamber musician and orchestral performer, I've travelled and trained extensively in my journey of mastering the violin. I studied historically informed performance with Dr. Mario Aschauer & Zachary Carrettin as a member of SHSU’s Center for Early Music Research and Performance (CEMRAP). Aside from my undergraduate studies, during which I studied with Dr. Pinell and Dr. Gjevre, I'm also an alumna of Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Dylana Jenson Workshop, the MasterWorks Festival, and the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival. I've been a faculty member of the Woodlands Chamberfest, a non-profit hosted by the Woodlands Pavilion, for several years. I taught for the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, the Art of Music Studio, the Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch, and was a guest conductor for the Conroe Youth Symphony. Along the way, I've also on many unique roles in the classical music world, such as conductor, personnel manager, orchestra librarian, PR manager, instrument sales representative, board member, and administrative assistant. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance from Sam Houston State University.

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 2013

BFA in Violin Performance

Teaches ages 12+

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Subject: Violin
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Valeri is a highly organized and responsive instructor who works well with both kids and adults. I highly recommend her as your next private violin or piano instructor. She is trained in both pedagogy and performance practice, and knows what it takes to succeed in music at the professional level. Whether a beginner or experienced adult, Valeri can meet you at your level and help you succeed.

Posted Jan 5, 2022
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Sep 2015 - Jun 2021
The Woodlands Symphony
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Dec 2019 - Apr 2021
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Taught violin, viola, and piano lessons both in-person and online.
Violin & Viola Faculty
Jan 2020 - Dec 2020
Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch
Taught violin & viola lessons in-person, and then exclusively online to accomodate social distancing protocols.
Section Violinist
Jun 2017 - Jul 2019
Conroe Symphony
Chamber Music Coach
Jun 2015 - Jun 2020
The Woodlands Chamberfest
Coached middle & high school chamber music groups as part of the annual 1-week chamber music festival hosted by the Woodlands Pavilion.
Orchestra Librarian & Personnel Manager
Aug 2016 - Dec 2017
Sam Houston State University
Assisted the orchestra director in managing and organizing the university symphony.
Violin Teacher
Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
Art of Music Studio
Taught violin lessons weekly and assisted recital preparations
BFA in Violin Performance
Aug 2013 - Dec 2018
Sam Houston State University
Native Proficiency

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Instructor details
Subject: Violin
Teaches 1 subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
This teacher is not currently accepting students