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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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Kristen K.

Berkeley, CA

About Kristen

My name is Kristen K. and I am an accomplished violinist and teacher from Lexington, Kentucky. I began my musical studies at age 7 and quickly discovered my passion and love for music. As a young musician, I attended numerous summer music festivals, participated in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. I was a winner of two concerto competitions, which gave me the opportunity to perform solos with the youth orchestra. I continued my studies at the University of Kentucky as a Violin Performance major and it was there that I discovered my love for teaching music! After completing my performance
degree, I decided to also pursue a Bachelor’s in Music Education. During my college career, I served as a teaching assistant in the University of Kentucky String Project, I taught group and private lessons at several local middle and high schools, and also maintained my own private violin and viola studio. I was also awarded the McCracken Scholarship Award for Excellence in Music Education. The most rewarding part of teaching has been seeing my students continually improve and reach their goals!

In addition to teaching, I also am an avid performer. I have been a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years and was a member of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. I perform as a soloist, in chamber groups, and in orchestras regularly at various events and concerts. In the past few years I have attended international chamber music festivals in Prague, Czech Republic and in Lucca, Italy. I have also had the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most renowned musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Gil Shaham in additional to performing in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Studying music has provided me with many wonderful opportunities to learn and to grow. It is my goal to help students really love and enjoy playing music and develop the skills that allow us to share the magic of beautiful sound. Maintaining a high level of mastery as well as continuing to learn about the art of teaching are fundamentally equal and of highest priority for me. Through teaching music, I hope to inspire students and help them reach their potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed and understanding of where each student is at, while always maintaining a quick pace for learning new skills and always expecting the student to put forth their best effort. I am very encouraging and positive. I work with each student and his or her parents to determine short and long term goals and try to best provide the materials, instruction and motivation to achieve those goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, well lit, piano, music stands

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical music but I also teach bluegrass and fiddle. I particularly like the Suzuki Method for beginning to intermediate students, but when they become more advanced I begin to incorporate concertos and sonatas.
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Alex April 23, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience. Kristen is patient, organized, and observant. I look forward to my future learning experience with you.
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Keisha S. January 21, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very inspiring
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Christina B. October 22, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Kristen was fantastic! Kristen worked very well with my daughter, Christina. Christina is disabled and doesn't adjust well to everyone, but absolutely loved Kristen! Kristen met her needs in every way, was very pleasant and professional. Highly recommended!!
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Kristen K.

Berkeley, CA 94704
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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.

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. Committing to a time 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 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.

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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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$30 / 30-min
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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.

Hilary L.

San Mateo, CA 94401
(9)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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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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Dominic September 11, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Matthew is quite simply an outstanding teacher who has reignited my teenaged son's passion for music and playing his violin. His thoughtful, intelligent, tailored lessons are ones that our child look forward to each week-- even on the weekend! Matthew is a true gem.
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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
(3)
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

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Mia N.

Mia N.

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

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