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The Violin Scene in the San Francisco Bay Area

By Helena G. - San Francisco Violin Teacher

So, you’ve taken violin lessons in San Francisco, you’ve worked hard and developed great skills, and your last recital got you a standing ovation from friends and family – congratulations, you are living your violin dream…almost!

Are you ready to showcase your talent and hard work to a larger audience? The San Francisco Bay Area is full of venues to get out and shine, regardless of your chosen music style. If you are taking violin lessons in San Francisco and love classical music, you may want to try out at one of the fine Youth Orchestras in the Bay area. They will require auditions, so you better brush up on your Bach, Beethoven and Mozart! A few Youth Orchestra offering brilliant opportunities for young musicians (usually ages 9-18) are El Camino Youth Symphony, Peninsula Youth Orchestra, San Jose Youth Symphony and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra,

If you crossed the threshold of youth and entered adulthood, rejoice! You have wonderful opportunities in the Bay Area, no auditions required! Check out the Redwood Symphony, South Bay Philharmonic or South Bay Community Orchestra (offered at Mountain View Senior Center, but you don’t need to be a senior to join). Those who prefer fiddling, pop or other alternate styles may take advantage of numerous Open Mic opportunities every day of the week somewhere in the Bay Area. Go ahead and unleash your inner star!

If you are taking violin lessons in San Francisco and looking for a violin camp, consider the Bay Area Summer Music Camp or Lark Camp. With so many opportunities, the Bay Area is the violinist’s jewel of the West Coast!

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Kylie S.

San Francisco, CA

I've been teaching violin for over ten years, and I've always found that a strengths-based, supportive stance is the strongest filter through which to receive the challenging material and feedback you'll be getting as you learn to play this difficult instrument. I will point out your strengths, so you can nuture them, and build on those strengths to a solid technique and explore them to find your unique musicality. I am your coach, and I am here to see you succeed!

About Kylie

I have been teaching music for over ten years, and my performing experience ranges from solo appearances with orchestras across the country to intimate chamber performances. I have studied under such renowned teachers as Anton Miller, Eugenia Choi, and Gregory Fulkerson, and my pedagogic education includes study under internationally renowned Suzuki educator Teri Einfeldt. I have held music directorships in ID and CT, and my students have won awards for their playing.

I am deeply interested in the ways in which experiencing and making art can act as a transformative power in an individual's
life, and, by extension, in broader cultural contexts. I hold two degrees from the prestigious Hartt School of Music, and have experience teaching both children and adults.
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Prince June 4, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a great first lesson. Learned a lot from Kylie. She understands me, her student, and like gauges my level and where to start improving my ability to play the violin. Very fun to be with, great sense of humor !
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Avi K. May 31, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I'm very happy to be learning the violin with Kylie. She is highly skilled as a violinist, very engaging as a music instructor, and very compassionate as an educator/person.
She has helped me find a passion and skill for music i did not know i had. I come to every lesson excited to show what i've been practicing, and leave inspired to practice more.
She is also a very interesting person to talk to.
I'd whole-heartedly recommend Kylie as your music teacher! ^_^ Good luck!
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Casey T. February 10, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kylie is a great teacher, she is really patient and has been wonderful helping me as an adult beginner.
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Kylie S.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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Samuel N.

San Francisco, CA

Teaching students about:
-scales and arpeggios
-proper bow technique
-left hand facility
-Etudes
-Intonation
-Repertoire
Improving these skills can greatly increase the enjoyment of playing in students.

About Samuel

I'm Sam, and I've been playing the viola for 17 years, and teaching for a total of 7-8 years. I'm at graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but I'm a native born South Dakotan. I'll tell you a little bit about myself and my philosophies as a teacher.

I love sharing what I've learned with students, and I'm particularly interested in teaching students what they want to work on, but also giving them the tools that they need to hone their facility. I teach from either a traditional standpoint, or from Suzuki books in order to teach technique through Dr. Suzuki's repertoire sele
ctions.

I don't provide instruments or the accessories that go along with it, so please be prepared to have those things. I'll also provide a list materials that you should order after our first lesson.

*REGARDING SCHEDULING*
I know that playing a stringed instrument is quite challenging, so I do prefer students who are willing to commit to lessons, and a time that we meet each week. You will not likely receive lessons with me frequently if you are looking to schedule week by week. Committing to a time also aids in students preparation for lessons, as individual practice is CRUCIAL if you are looking to advance in your craft. In my experience, if you do not commit, or put in individual practice, you will not see results. I do not harp on my students for not practicing, but please don't expect to advance quickly if you do not have time to practice at all.

I always hope to open the eyes of my students and teach that confidence, determination and hard work can not only progress them in learning an instrument, but with most skills in life. Most importantly I never want my students to feel that music is a burden! I want them to always enjoy themselves when they are practicing or performing.

*IN REGARDS TO THE "ASK A QUESTION BUTTON"*
Please DO NOT use this button unless you are truly interested in lessons with me, live in the city of San Francisco, and your question cannot be answered by my profile information. Also, please do not use it to contact me about alternate offers, or to tell me about yourself, or your potential student. If you book lessons, we will learn about one another during lessons, not through endless email chains. I am required to respond to all questions, and I'm not totally interested in responding to unnecessarily long biographies or anecdotes. If you have questions about payment, please contact the TakeLessons support team as I do not deal with payment directly. I know this seems harsh, but it saves me a lot of time that I need for other aspects of my life, and shortens my daily to-do list. Thank you for your understanding.

My Performance Bio:

Sam N. is a native born South Dakotan who began his viola studies at the age of ten. He began taking private lessons at the age of fourteen with his teacher Carol Knowles. Eventually, he continued his studies in South Dakota with San Francisco Conservatory alumni Kate Weeks. Sam is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jodi Levitz. He has participated in master classes with Helen Callus, Jay Liu, Jonathan Vinocour, Jerzy Kosmala, Hank Dutt, William Goodwin, Jackie Schwandt, and Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Mr. N. was the principle violist of the South Dakota All State Orchestra from 2007-2009, principle violist of the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra from 2008-2010, and a member of the Black Hills Symphony from 2006-2010. In 2008, he was the 1st prize winner of the Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition, and won South Dakota's ASTA viola division. Two years later, he received the Henry Charles Smith Award in the SDSO's Young Musician's Competition, and also claimed 2nd prize in the BHSO's Young Artist Competition. In 2011-2012, he was also invited in to the Orlando Chamber Soloists Apprentice Program. Sam is also the former principle violist of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra which toured Germany in the summer of 2012. Featured performances took place in the concert halls at the Gastieg in Munich and Berlin Philharmonic. In 2013-2014 Sam was the principle violist of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra.
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Chris P. July 1, 2016
Viola · In home
Verified Student
I'm one of Sam's adult students, and have taken 3 lessons from him. He's incredibly skilled and a joy to learn from. Sam's an excellent teacher for a few reasons: he's the epitome of a patient teacher (learning a stringed instrument requires a LOT of patience), he's punctual, and he's focused yet flexible (he's got a good sense of what you need to learn, but is willing to customize his lesson for you). I've enjoyed learning from Sam and am looking forward to more lessons!
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melis June 3, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Sam is real professional. He knows how to communicate with you, and where to focus on as your weakness part... I can say that his passion about violin, effected me a lot.
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Srinivas Parthasarathy March 16, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Sam is great..very patient and makes the lesson enjoyable.
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Samuel N.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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Hilary L.

San Mateo, CA

Experienced teacher of all ages, Hilary Lewis, works with students as young as 4 years old up through adults. Ms. Lewis holds an Artist Diploma from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra in Orchestral Studies and is an avid performer of chamber music. Students in her studio currently quality violin technique, music theory, and variety of music choice in their lessons. Students have the option to participate in chamber music and performance opportunities as part of her studio.

About Hilary

My passion is teaching violin so that my students enjoy freedom while playing. I use the fun of games to teach fundamental musical concepts. We have a lot of great silly time in lessons, but students often realize later how many things they picked up through these well-structured lessons.

My studies have been in classical Violin and Viola, but we can incorporate jazz, pop and rock styles for those students who are interested.

I teach violin and viola lessons to students of all ages. Private lessons include personalized, comprehensive lesson material including Violin and Viola technique
, music reading and theory, improvisation, rhythm training, composition, history and aural skills. Include classical violin technique as well as jazz, blues, and popular music.
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Alexandra O. August 26, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very friendly, professional and good with children. Covered a lot in my daughters first 30 minute lesson.
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Dilara July 28, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very kind and knowledgeable!
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Mark G. February 19, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I am a 60 year young "beginner", and i find she has both the knowledge and the patience to keep me focused on what i must accomplish from one lesson to the next.
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Hilary L.

San Mateo, CA 94401
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Matthew R.

San Francisco, CA

Though I am primarily a viola player, I work with my violin students on technique before usually "giving them away" to a trusted violinist.

About Matthew

I am a classically-trained viola and violin player in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am currently working towards my master's degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I have had plenty of experience teaching students of all ages and try to empower all of my students to be the best they can be!
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Tasha L. August 13, 2016
Viola · In studio
Matt is a wonderful, engaging teacher with a natural talent and passion for music, which he easily instills in his students. Whether studying violin or viola with him privately, or performing with him as his colleague, Matt is a consistently inspiring presence and cannot help but influence everyone who comes in musical contact with him. I cannot recommend Matt more highly!
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Patty August 11, 2016
I am happy to recommend Matthew as a private teacher. In my capacity as a seasoned orchestral player I have spent time working with him as a student and have been impressed with his quick response to guidance, and his clear observations about matters of technique and musicality. I believe his attention to detail, and his commitment to the viola will make him a fine teacher.
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Matthew R.

San Francisco, CA 94114
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Mia N.

San Francisco, CA

I've been teaching violin students of all levels for over 11 years! My students can expect a thorough approach to technique, while still making learning the violin fun and creative. Whether you're a beginner who has never held a violin before, someone who is picking the violin back up, or an intermediate/advanced player, I have a methodology that I adjust specifically for each of you. I'm a professional violinist and passionate teacher, and I look forward to hearing from you!

About Mia

Hello everyone! My name is Mia Nardi-Huffman, and I've been a violinist for over 17 years. I was raised on the East Coast in Norwalk, Connecticut, but moved to San Francisco in 2010 to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I earned both my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music (Violin Performance). I have been teaching the violin and viola privately since 2005, and I've been an assistant violin faculty member at several music festivals, including the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Maine. I am currently a member of the group Wild Rumpus, which performs new and exc
iting music written by today's composers. I am comfortable teaching students of all ages and backgrounds, and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about starting the violin!

Lots more information about me as a violinist can be found on my website- Here you will find my full musical biography, as well as audio and video links of my playing!
mianardihuffman.instantencore.com

-Mia
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Mia N.

San Francisco, CA 94102
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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