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!
I have started violin programs in two schools, both here in California and in New York City. I use the Suzuki method as well as some fun and interactive techniques that I have perfected in the classroom and studio.
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!
I began teaching violin and viola in 2012. I have enjoyed working with students of varying ages, who thus far have ranged from age 3.5 to adult. Each one of my students is unique, and I appreciate that in each lesson, I can focus on the needs and strengths of that individual student. On my own, I particularly enjoy playing with other people. I often play harmony parts with my students when they have mastered their current piece both to help verify their competency and to acclimate them to playing with others. I currently play viola with the San Francisco Civic Symphony and sight-read chamber music with fellow musicians. I have greatly enjoyed both teaching music and learning about music pedagogy through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
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I have been playing classical violin since I was three years old. After high school I switched to fiddling, and now my main interested is improvisation. I can teach you technique, musicality, and freedom, and open you up to a beautiful and diverse world of music!
My first goal is to create and environment in which you can have fun, feel free to express yourself and to experiment. You will not love playing music if you constantly feel frustrated and limited! After that, we create the goals!
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.
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