Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.
I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still i
n high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theater, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.
I currently sing with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together. Most recently I was chosen to record a new song Glow for Disneyland's California Adventure World of Color Winter Dreams.
I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.
After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons. I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books. A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization. A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.
*** Specialties *** Vocal students are encouraged to pick songs from whatever genre sparks their interest. With violin and viola I use the suzuki method of training and follow the books and lessons, I use other books to supplement scales/technique.
Emma April 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
First day went very well.
Regina B. May 22, 2014
In home Verified Student
Betsy has been my daughters coach for about a year now, and she is wonderful. My daughter has learned so much in the past year, and now she's interested in singing, thanks to Betsy. Betsy has a wonderful spirit, she knows how to communicate on their level, and she makes them feel as though they can do anything. I also like her because she encourages kids to follow their dreams, and to do the right things, and we all know that it takes a village to raise a child. I would highly recommend Betsy!
Ivana May 14, 2014
I have an audition tonight. I was very grateful that Betsy was able to help me with last minute suggestions. Betsy was available immediately which made the lesson possible. She is a wonderful voice teacher and helped me polish up my song. Thanks so much for making this format available. Linda
I began playing the violin in 3rd grade in my school general music class and instantly fell in love with it. I begged my mom for private lessons and after a year, she finally caved in. By my freshman year in high school, I had decided that I wanted to major in violin performance in college and make a career out of being a classical violinist. I went on to earn my Bachelor of Music in violin performance from State University of New York at Purchase. During my freshman year, I began teaching private violin and viola lessons at the Westport Music Center in Connecticut. I quickly realized tha
t teaching is very fulfilling and that I loved sharing my passion and knowledge of the violin with others. While in undergrad, I also won my first job in a part time professional orchestra, the Ridgefield Symphony in Connecticut. After completing my Bachelor's degree, I went on to earn my Master of Music from Boston University, also in violin performance. During the two years I lived in Boston, I continued teaching privately and playing freelance gigs in the area. I then moved to Connecticut and ran my own private violin and viola studio for two years. Also, I played in the Greater Bridgeport and Waterbury Symphonies and worked in the Westport and Fairfield Public School systems teaching strings in the elementary/middle schools. Although I did enjoy doing this, I realized that teaching private lessons enables the one on one environment that leads to an amazing amount of progress and is preferable to my style of teaching. Before I moved to San Diego, I lived in Rhode Island for three years. I taught at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and St. George's School in Providence and Newport respectively.
*** Lesson Details *** I have several different method books I use while working with students. I think it is very important to use books that are age appropriate, so I spent a lot of time finding different books that would work for beginning younger and older students. Once students have enough basic knowledge, I supplement the method books with solos. Solos are always more fun for students to play and I find that this helps keep students interested and motivated. I also spend time during the lessons, not only teaching students how to play, but teaching them how to practice. Many students are never taught how to practice and then they are not sure what to do when they get home. Teaching students practicing tools is a very important aspect to me as a teacher. If a student knows how to practice effectively, they will be able to make substantially more progress than if they do not. With young students, I find it also helps to explain to parents how their child should be practicing so they can offer helpful pointers at home if the student gets off track. I openly encourage parents to ask me questions and even sit in on the lessons if they would like.
I believe that being an excellent music teacher is about more than being extremely proficient on your instrument. While this is one important aspect, it is equally important to approach each student according to their individual needs. I tailor my methods and materials for every lesson so each student can make the most progress possible. I also firmly believe music lessons should be fun and promote students to feel good about their accomplishments. Encouragement and a positive learning environment are the key components I utilize to make this happen. I also think it is important to balance teaching technique with making music. I work with students on how to properly play the instrument but also focus on listening to what the music should sound like. I find this helps students stay more interested and engaged with what they are learning.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide some sheet music students will need, especially when they first start. Students will need to provide their own instrument and music stand.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained, which is the genre I am most comfortable with. With my younger students, I often try to incorporate Disney songs and fiddle tunes to keep the lessons fun.
Kate H. February 8, 2013 Verified Student
This teacher is outstanding.
I would think that Allison would be good with any age and capability, but my daughter is 7 and just beginning. Allison is a perfect teacher. She makes good use of every minute, yet is fun and pleasant. She constantly gives positive reinforcement. My daughter really likes her and so do I!
JulieH3 July 7, 2011
Allison is very patient and perceptive when teaching. She is great at observing and correcting my mistakes. She gives great advice on how to make my playing better. Most of all, she is a nice and competent teacher. I plan to continue my lessons with her in the future.
I Teach student to play the Viola and read music . Students can choose the music or song they like and I will teach them How to perform it. Mandolin for fun.
Amely grows mostly traditional music of Venezuela and Classical. Artistic career: Her Musical Career started when she was 7 years old. She studied music in the Elias David Curiel Music School and in the Juan Jose Landaeta Foundation. She made her debut in 1970 as a member of multiple chorus & Orchestras in Falcon State where she played the Cuatro and the Mandolin and in the late 's 70 She was a Founder of Venezuela Youth Orchestra Juan Jose Landaeta in Falcon State where she grew up and where she performed the Viola. In 1992, she also was a Founder of Falcon Symphony. Amely is an expert
interpreter of the Cuatro and Mandolin, which is associated with many of her presentations. Amely appearances has been in different cities of Venezuela as well in Curacao Netherlandsâ Island, Montreal, Canada and San Diego, California in the USA. She has performed with The Venezuelan Pianist Carlos Duarte and Flutist Felipe G. In 2001, she was invited to attend a Summer Pop concerts organized by the San Diego Symphony in San Diego, California. She also has performed with San Diego Academy as Venezuelan Music Ambassador and San Diego Youth Symphony. Amely has studied with recognized professional Musician such as, Raul Penso,Yolanda Correa, Manuel Pachano, Maiolino Conte, Abraham G., Felipe G., Manuel Pachano of Venezuela. In San Diego, California she studied with Teresa Bullot, who is a Professor of San Diego University and Palomar College as well with Voice Coach Lorea Herald of San Diego. Among her music teachers and conductors are Raul Penso in the Mandolin, Lacatucho Constantine in the Viola, Bebe Henriquez in the Viola.
In 80's and 90's, Amely worked as a Music Teacher for the Venezuela Educational Ministry, Francisco de Miranda University as well as with Catholic Schools Colegio Salesiano Pio XII and Maria Auxiliadora de Coro, Falcon Venezuela. Amely has also several university degrees such as, Master in Business Administration with specialization in Human Resources from National University, San Diego, CA, AA in Arst from Palomar College, San Marcos CA, Specialization in Auditing from The Lizandro Alvarado University, Barquisimeto, Lara state, Venezuela, and a Bachelor Degree in Public Accounting from University of Zulia of Venezuela. She has worked for, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Universidad Francisco de Miranda and The Universidad Politecnica Alonso Gamero in Coro Falcon State, Venezuela. Amely's goal is to present the traditional music of Venezuela. The responsibility is chosen to broadcast her music inside and outside Venezuela. The reason is clear: it is a spectrum of sounds rich and varied rhythms. Currently (2014), Amely plays the first mandolin At San Diego Mandolin Orchestra and teaches Violin, Mandolin, Cuatro ,Guitar and Ukulele in San Diego, CA. Teaches Guitar at San Diego French American School and Sings as Soprano for the University California San Diego Catholic Choir (Newman Center) San Diego, CA.
*** Lesson Details *** The Students can expect from me punctuality, knowledge, dedication and passion to make them to love music. I am not strict but I expect fro the students to practice and parents to help. t is not that the student will play a song or composition tomorrow it is a matter of dedication and steps to follow. For Instruments such as Ukulele, Guitar I will use my on curriculum for Violin, Mandolin. I will use, Kayser, Suzuki, Lu-Yan Guo etc & workbook for strings & Forest Etling for music & workbook ( theory)
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Stands, Tuners, Books, Computer, Folders, Sheet protectors
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide some music and techniques. Student should have his/her own instrument, music stand, electronic tuner, extra strings and method
*** Specialties *** Suzuki, Kayser, etc for the classical and others for folk music
Ariadna July 27, 2015
Amely is a great music teacher! She's patient, kind, and teaches very well. She taught me how to play the Venezuelan cuatro (currently learning how to play the violin) and learned a lot. She also knows how to play a lot of other instruments, which I find amazing. She's the best music teacher I've had so far.
Jennifer E. July 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Amely is an excellent instructor. She arrives promptly and is always prepared. She remembers where we left off and what work was assigned, often better than I do at times. She has shown such patience and support and kept me upbeat when I have gotten frustrated with myself at my own lack of progress. I continue to move forward and learn from Amely. She works with me and offers great advice. I enjoy seeing her every week. I would recommend her highly for any age range and any level of skill. She is superb.
Susie F. July 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Amely is a very kind, patient, fun, and knowledgable music instructor. I take ukulele lessons, but she has shown me her talent with other instruments when she is teaching me to play along. I adore Amely! She is great with adults, children, seniors, animals!!
Learn any piece you want! With instructor's perfect pitch, you're not limited to just books. Sarah will teach you posture, rhythm, reading, sound, performance, technique, etc.
I believe that learning to play an instrument doesn't have to be difficult. It should be enjoyable and fun! If your child is a beginner, we will take turns picking songs to ensure that they practice; I utilize stickers and goal-oriented tasks to have fun and encourage students to maintain their interest and also hold them accountable. If you're a beginner adult, I will require more self-discipline from you, but we will still pick songs and genres you want to play, with classical and recognizable folk songs on the side. For beginner&intermediate students: For piano, you'll have to adjust you
r hands in awkward positions; for violin/viola, you'll have to make some unpleasant sounds before you make beautiful ones. So why not make the transition enjoyable?
Regardless of your level and progress, I will be there! I want you to learn songs and genres you want to learn, while doing it the right way (with good posture, technique, theory knowledge, etc.). I've taught students as young as 3 yrs old and as old as 82 yrs old, students with physical/mental disabilities, group lessons and many different teaching environments.
My Musical background: I began playing the violin and piano when I was 4 years old. My mother was a piano teacher for over 30 years with contagious passion for music and her students, so with training in perfect pitch, sight-reading, and other musicianship skills, I began performing solo and in ensembles. I soon became an assistant teacher, beginning my own private lessons. Since age 6, I've been a part of the church choir, school ensemble and later the school band, and orchestra. As I entered high school, I decided to become more active and take leadership in the ensembles. I became the Concert Mistress of the symphonic and string orchestra and held onto my first chair until graduation. I also participated in the San Jose Philharmonic Orchestra, as first violinist. I was a first violinist of the Korean American Music Supporters Association (KAMSA), performing a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. Since 1997, I have won countless awards from CWC Annual Music Competitions, California Music Education Association, KTVN Bay Area Annual Music Competitions, Prospect-Westmont String Orchestra voted Most Outstanding Instrumentalist, and passed all levels in both piano and violin in Certificate of Merit (CM) Tests.
I moved to San Diego to study Music Performance at University of California-San Diego. I became the Concert Mistress of the UCSD Chamber Orchestra and look forward to continuing my education for Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Therapy. In my music career, I've worked in senior communities as the music director, conducted orchestras and ensembles, formed and performed in duets, trios, and quartets, in public and private concerts, weddings, nursing homes, etc. I also am a part of an indie rock/bluegrass band (voice and fiddle) recording and performing, as well as a classic rock band (voice, keyboard, violin). In my free time, I compose and transpose for myself as well as for my students who would like to learn an easier version of a piece, different genres like pop songs, movie soundtracks, TV shows, favorite artists, etc.
*** Lesson Details *** My main priority in every lesson is to make learning an instrument fun and comfortable. I have a plan mapped out for every lesson, for every student. Depending on the student's age, level and preference of genre, I pick out books suitable for each student, and also ask the student to bring in a piece or book they would like to work on. I find it important to make every lesson enjoyable, so it is crucial that the student enjoys the homework assigned when they leave the lesson. I usually begin the lesson with warm-ups, scales, music theory, then continue with reviewing past homework, focusing on posture, rhythm, technique, etc. Lastly, we will sightread and preview the next pieces to be assigned for homework. Pace is set mostly by the student and how much they practice, but I will always nudge the student to improve in musicianship and posture after every lesson, with patience and perseverance.[There will be an annual/semi-annual recital, optional but highly recommended for all students!]
*** Studio Equipment *** Full keyboard, instructor's violin and viola, mirrors, music stands, composition notebook and writing utensils.
*** Specialties *** Classical, Pop, Contemporary, Ensemble, Solo, Scales, Sight-reading, Suzuki, Homann, etc. Perfect pitch: I can also compose/transpose whatever you would like to learn just by singing or showing me the music on YouTube!
Shihong W. July 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was not an easy task to find a great violin instructor for my boy who was entirely new to violin. After almost two years, I have to say we were incredibly lucky to have Sarah as his violin teacher. She is very pleasant, hardworking and detail-oriented, my boy absolutely LOVES his lectures and practice with Sarah! Sarah invested so much into my boy's learning, and well tailored his learning experience based on the progress made. My boy's violin skills have improved dramatically, I cannot believe he is now No. 4 violinest (out of ~ 40) in his middle school orchestra only after 1.5 years learning from Sarah, and the No.1-3 have been practicing for > 6 years! If you are looking for a truly outstanding violin instructor for your kids, I recommend Sarah without any reservation!!!
Almira N. July 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Sarah is awesome for my 2 kids. They started about one and a half years ago and they have progressed through about 5 different song books already. She adapts to the strenght of each, and she keeps them focused with a variety of activities: individual piano song practicing, duets, paper tests, learning to recognize famous classical music parts. She totally connects with the kids, and succesfully pushes them with a firm and fun grip. Great teacher!
Jeffrey Danks May 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Sarah is very professional and learning to play the violin with her is fun.
I teach scales, technique, shifting, vibrato, tonal exercises, solo pieces, and theory. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, etc., in Classical, Religious, Fiddle, Pop. I help students with their school orchestral music and audition pieces also.
My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churches and weddings, and love teaching.
I began teaching beginner to advanced Violin and Viola in April of 2001 in NC. I moved to California in the fall of 2008. Since moving to California I have extended my teaching to beginner Piano and Cello also. I have taught students ages 3 to 87 how to play
and enjoy music on a personal level. My experience includes leading sectionals for middle school orchestra, organizing and instructing small ensembles, and organizing student recitals. Student recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase the students' growth and abilities, and to provide an opportunity to give back to family and friends whose sacrifices and support enable the students to succeed.
I teach because I love music and I believe God has given me a gift. Playing and teaching help me to use my talent for His glory. I love working with people and I love how music enables people of all ages to open up and express themselves in a positive way, no matter what life throws their way. I believe music teaches discipline, builds self esteem; helps set and achieve goals; and positively affects and enhances other curricular endeavors.
My teaching philosophy is to always have fun while learning, to set attainable goals for the student, to learn through encouragement and discipline, and to help students come to love music on a personal level. I focus on the character of each student and their goals and desires to see that the student and/or parents are satisfied. Teaching is a privilege for me that I do not take for granted.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer half hour, forty-five minute, sixty minute lessons, or longer on a weekly basis, but I do Not offer bi-weekly lessons. My lessons begin with the fundamentals of music. I believe a firm foundation in rhythm and reading is important because a student may switch musical instruments one day and the basics are universal and necessary. I have a deep love and appreciation for music which I hope to instill in my students as well. I am strict in the sense that I like students to polish their pieces before moving on. I like to keep them focused on playing well, not just playing.
A typical lesson will begin with scales to warm up, a review of the previous week's material, and a new assignment. Students will memorize pieces, be proficient in scales and rhythms, and all the while laughing and having a great time. I am known with my students for my creative analogies and flexibility to try new things in order to adapt to the students strengths and weaknesses. My students look forward to coming to their lesson, and that is very rewarding as a teacher.
I primarily use the Suzuki method for Violin and Viola, because it offers progressive steps to mastering technique, style, and musicality. My curriculum includes the use of Winning Rhythms, Wohlfahrt studies, All for Strings Theory, Essentials for Strings, and many more beginner and advanced studies; including shifting and double stops.
I love music and I love working with people; teaching is just icing on the cake. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and discover your talents and I hope we can learn together. I look forward to meeting you!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Stand and Keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have their instrument, and necessary accessories ie: rosin, shoulder rest, strings, books, and music stand.
*** Specialties *** I teach Music on Violin, Viola, and Piano, as well as beginner cello. I am very creative in my teaching methods, though I use the Suzuki Method primarily for string instruments. I believe learning should be fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.
Brittnea S. May 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Easy to work with, friendly, patient ,and knowledgeable,
Priscilla M. May 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Erin is a great teacher! She believes her students can rise to the occasion. She's very motivating and patient which has helped my daughter greatly.
Kevin M. April 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Erin was a great teacher! She challenged me to be better every lesson, and her teaching style for someone who had never played an instrument before was great!
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