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Pablo F. San Jose, CA

Violin is my secondary instrument. I've been studying violin for 6 years, and have professionally performed with violin as well. Unlike many teachers who approach teaching from violin first and a cursory understanding of viola, I can appreciate and instruct to the important differences between the two.

I can teach students at any skill level, and have a broad knowledge of violin technique and repertoire.

About Pablo

I'm a freelance musician and teacher in the Bay Area. I recently graduated from Sacramento State with my Bachelors of Music. I have been teaching for years, both privately and through the University system, it has given me training for teaching every stage from beginners with no experience to preparing young musicians for college auditions. No matter what you skill level, I can give you the tools to improve.

Helena G. San Jose, CA

About Helena

Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to Violin Performance, I teach Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several teaching methods to best suit the needs of a student and make lessons enjoyable and productive. I introduce my students to a variety of styles while teaching classical techniques for lifetime skills. When not teaching, I play with Nova Vista Symphony (First Violin) ,Campbell String Chamber Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros. *** Lesson Details *** My ...

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Dana N. March 21, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
I'm very happy with my first lesson. Helena is very informative, and I really like the way she teaches, with wonderful attention to detail. I'm looking forward to next lessons. Meanwhile I'm practicing!
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Debbie M. November 11, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Gifted Teacher!!!

If you are searching for an outstanding violin teacher, I highly recommend Helena.  Her students benefit from her many years of teaching and performing experience as well as her extensive educational background.  When you learn musical pieces with Helena she teaches proper technique with just the right amount of music theory to produce well-rounded musicians.  Some of her best qualities are her great abundance of patience that she mixes with professionalism, kindness, a sense of humor, and a great deal of encouragement.  Helena is certainly a violin teacher you will be glad you found. I feel privileged to be her student! Thank you Helena for continually inspiring me to learn and keeping me challenged as well!
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Linglin D. November 5, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
perfect teacher

Thanks Helena for her patience in teaching my 10-year old son.

My son is in intermediate and advance level. Helena makes music materials easy to understand so that he can love it.....
Christopher J. San Jose, CA

I have been playing violin for several years, after many years of music experience, and currently have several violin students.

About Christopher

Chris J. has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. Chris J. has helped students place in advanced ensembles, win awards, compete in band competitions, and further their passion for the arts. Chris J. is receiving his training from San Jose State University where he is studying Music Education and Jazz Studies. Chris J. is a nationally TIPS Certified bartender through ABC Bartending College. As an expert in his field, Chris J. looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Chris J.'s teaching style is flexible based on students needs, structured, and based on state and industry standards. *** Lesson Details *** Aside from performing, I love teaching. I have been teaching since ...

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Michael H. June 13, 2014
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
Violin · Online
Verified Student
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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Jane D. January 18, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher, especially for kids!

My two boys -- ages 8 & 10 -- needed just the right teacher to begin learning the piano, and I'm so glad we started with Chris. He related to them right away, just sat down and started working with them and within seconds they were playing. He interwove fun with learning seamlessly. The boys looked forward to their lessons with him. Thank you, Chris!!
John S. Santa Cruz, CA

About John

I'm classically trained as a singer, and currently sing with L'harmonia, a quartet of soloists focusing on renaissance polyphony. I have broad experience singing, playing piano, guitar, and drums, Korean instruments, and programming beats using computers. I'™m well versed in classical, popular, and world styles. As well as teaching instrumental techniques, I teach music theory and analysis, and coach composition to budding songwriters and electronic music producers. I have a doctorate in music composition from UCSC, and have written a lot of music for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal forces. I studied traditional music in Korea for one year on a research grant from the Korea Foundation. I also write songs in a pop/rock style, and compose electronic music for TV ads. I enjoy

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Robert L. November 1, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
I appreciate John's patience and style in working with me on the Cello, given my issues with dexterity, range of motion and some memory deficits, as a result of a major stroke, of which I am thankful to have survived. It takes a special person with incredible patience like John, to be willing to take this journey with me, to a place where the healing power of music lives. I anticipate a great ride!
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Catherine C. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great Vocal Coach - he has helped me live my dream of singing (on my bucket list for years)

John is so tal'ented, plays multiple instruments, he's artistic and laid back (So Santa Cruz) and he helps me with breathing, posture, finding the right key for me, being able to put the emphasis where it belongs and just be comfortable expressing my inner self with confidence. I LOVE HIM! He is helping me live my dream. He lives right down the street from the beach so I can park on the overlook and practice singing along with my favorite artist - Brian McKnight on the way home after lessons.
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Heddi C. January 16, 2014
Piano
Great music teacher

John has been teaching my son (age 12) piano for the last eight months. We have been really impressed by how knowledgeable he is about a wide range of music and music theory and how patient and supportive he is with our son. John is great at working with kids where they are at and taking them to the next level. He's flexible in his approach and really tailors his teaching to the student. I would recommend John as a teacher to any level of student.
John L. Cupertino, CA

I guarantee all my new students will begin to play the violin at the very first class, because I have innovative methods.

About john

I am an experienced instructor focused on beginning students of any age. It is never too late to learn the violin. I use the Shinozaki method as the primary textbook with Suzuki and Miller as supplemental texts. Students will be introduced to the history and structure of the violin and will learn how to read music, accurate intonation, identifying notes by ear, correct posture, proper bow holding, breathing and relaxation techniques. Methods I've developed over the years will help beginners master techniques that normally take years to develop and will allow students to quickly build up confidence and overcome psychological barriers. Here is a recommendation written for me by a former student: I am pleased to write a letter recommending Mr. John L. as an excellent violin ...

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Mallika R. January 31, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. John L. is an absolutely fantastic teacher. I am so lucky to have found him as my teacher. I am a beginner and knew nothing about the violin and how its played. So, I was starting off on a fresh note. Take lessons helped me find Mr. John L. I am 2 classes into it and I like a lot of things about my lessons. Let me list a few:
1. Mr. John L. has a unique approach to teach, he inspires, he is easy to talk to and he reminds me of my grandpa who is caring and cares to teach well.
2. He brings a lot of tips and tricks from his own life and daily mundane activities to teach the skills.
3. I can see he tries so hard when he sees a student is not getting something right, he sits down and explains the philosophy behind it and tells a story, teaches a trick and asks us to play again.
4. His house is very clean and well kept to create an atmosphere to learn.
5. Having studied arts, philosophy himself, he blends the concepts from life very well when he teaches to play.
I enjoy learning from him and like I said, for a beginner who had no ground, this methodology has helped me a lot. I like the approach a lot.

I recommend Mr. John L. to anyone who has an open mind, like to learn the why and how of violin playing and most of all, how to enjoy while you play.
Gabrielle A. San Jose, CA

I began playing violin as a young child, and progressed to several hours a day during my teenage years. I taught throughout college, both as a violin instructor at A# Melodies, NY, and as a private instructor.

My teaching programs vary according to the level of the student, and the goal he or she has set for him/herself, be it as a support to a school educational program or a personal love for music and/or the violin that seeks to develop itself into a practice.

About Gabrielle

Dear Student, dear Parent, My name is Gabrielle Armenier. I am French, in my mid-twenties, and hold a MA in education. Simple, to the point, confident, smiling and fun, I engage quickly and well with those around me, and the experience I have gained in the past six years tutoring students of every age and path of life has endeared this job to me. More than cramming rules and exceptions in your head, I employ learning techniques that account for auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners, so that the subject becomes a part of you, rather than a foreign element that has to somehow be swallowed. Learning is incredibly enjoyable, at least in my experience, and the secret is that when it is enjoyable, one progresses. Fast. If learning German in a year and passing a thesis ...

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