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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!
In my teaching I seek to inspire the very best in every student through clear expectations, consistency, patience, and a great deal of laughter. It is important to me to treat each student as an individual and to find a method of instruction that will best fit each individual personality and skill set.
Music is an excellent mode through which to learn leadership, collaboration, and self-discipline. It is a means by which we may better ourselves no matter what our age.
My system for teaching beginners derives from the Suzuki method and uses the Suzuki books as it's structure. For students who have surpassed the Suzuki level, I teach Russian School technique. My own training is largely Russian school, influenced by Heifetz and modern European tradition.
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!
Teaching students about:
-scales and arpeggios
-proper bow technique
-left hand facility
Improving these skills can greatly increase the enjoyment of playing in students.
I structure lessons based on each student's level and learning ability. Fundamentals are taught such as scales and exercises that will attribute to their technical and musical growth.
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