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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.
Teaching students about:
-scales and arpeggios
-proper bow technique
-left hand facility
Improving these skills can greatly increase the enjoyment of playing in students.
Want to learn the violin? Do want to learn classical, celtic or folk styles? I am a teacher and performer from the Bay Area with seven years teaching experience on the violin. I work with my students to build their skills and make the instrument fun no matter what you're playing!
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!
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