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About Shannon S.

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beginning through intermediate.

About Shannon
AFFILIATIONS:
Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA.
Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC.
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MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the He
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Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz
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FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy, and running / multisport (swim/bike/run) coach for 15 years.

She is a sponsored athlete, and a 2018 World Championship Qualifier and Participant in Denmark, representing Team USA, and has also placed in her age group at numerous endurance events.

She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).
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Wayne February 28, 2018
· Cello · Online
Ms Shannon has been very accommodating with instruction, since I have some physical challenges. She finds new and creative ways to make things work for me.
I am so lucky to have found her. She's an imaging teacher.
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Adalia February 28, 2018
· Triathlon · In studio
Coach Shannon is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I have gotten both stronger and faster! I even placed 2nd in my age group at my last race! She definitely knows her stuff!
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Talia G. February 5, 2018
· Cello · Online
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Shannon S.

Shannon S.

Houston, TX 77047
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About Rachel M.

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A student of Yumi Hwang-Williams, Sally O'Reilly, Joey Corpus, and Mark Lakirovich, Rachel holds a Diploma in violin from Denver School of the Arts and furthered her studies in violin and viola performance at the University of Denver and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has played under the direction of noted conductors David Zinman, Julius Rudel, and Michael Stern at the Aspen Music Festival, James DePriest at the Las Vegas Music Festival, and, most recently, Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic. She has performed by invitation at Music on the Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany, Aspen Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, and on tour with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Currently, Rachel performs with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, a self-conducted ensemble based in Philadelphia
, and with the classical and traditional duo Driftwood. Her repertoire also reaches beyond classical music, with recent projects including performances of jazz and traditional fiddle styles throughout the Boston area, and recordings with Ran Blake, the founding chair of New England Conservatory's Department of Contemporary Improvisation, on a CD released in 2015 titlted "Ghost Tones". In addition to her work as a performer, Rachel runs an active studio and specializes in teaching both conventional and Suzuki violin method as well as beginning and intermediate fiddle. Rachel is Suzuki Certified through Book 3.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach students using a combination of Traditional method books as well as Suzuki. I believe that it's equally important for students to be able to play music by ear as it is to be able to sight-read off of a score. In a typical lesson, we will cover scales, exercises in technique, etudes, and a movement of a classical piece. I also like to play duets with students as I believe it helps improve the ear and acclimate a student for playing in group or orchestral settings.
I encourage all students to bring a notebook with them to every lesson and will write down what is being worked on and the areas of improvement. I've found that it's vastly helpful to be able to go back and look at what was covered in a lesson when you're at home practicing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio is in a private room, neat, organized, with plenty of instruments. She has a music stand, extra equipment, instruments, and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student lives in a reasonably subway/bus accessible area then I have no problem traveling to them for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Fiddle, Violin, Viola
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Taryn G. March 6, 2014
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Very good instructor

Rachel is a warm and inviting person, and she made me feel very welcome on my first visit. She definitley does get right down to business in lessons. I am an older student and have never played violin before, so I thought I might struggle to learn. The opposite seems true. Rachel spent the first couple of sessions perfecting my posture and bow holds. We moved on to playing rhythms and reading sheet music, shortly after. I've only been practicing once a week for 2 months, and I can already play simple sheet music! That's huge for me! Rachel's instruction is clear and patient, and she's very easy-going. She also has a good sense of humor and a great way of phrasing things so that it's simple to understand her.

The only thing that can be difficult sometimes is getting a hold of her by phone or email. Sometimes she takes a bit to respond, she always does eventually catch up with me, though. Overall, I'm pleased with my lessons.
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Xiaoyan H. April 27, 2013
· Violin ·
very good teacher

Rachel is a very nice and patient teacher. My sons have been taking lessons with her for a few months and I have noticed big improvements.
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GabrielaB January 28, 2012
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Great teacher!

Rachel was very helpful in keeping my violin skills good over my college winter break. I'll definitely come back to her next summer. I've noticed improvements in my ability to play and it was a pleasure.
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About Cameron K.

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About Cameron
I give lessons from my house in north Houston and I sometimes go to students homes depending on location. I teach beginner through advanced violin. As a violin and viola teacher, my goal is to give my students fun and productive lessons. I teach my students all the essential technical and musical principles which help them to succeed at reaching their goals and avoid developing harmful habits along the way. I do not follow an exact method or course. My approach is to teach each student according to his/her particular needs which will usually require a combination of books or methods.

I have had the privilege of learning violin under some of the top violin teachers in the US. Many of my teachers were graduates of Juliard and other top music schools where they studied with some of the most famous violin teachers of the 20th century incl
uding Ivan Galamian and Josef Gingold. I have also studied with Texas String Teacher of the Year winner Henry Rubin.

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stacy April 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My first lesson was today. I know I have made the right choice of instructors.
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Tim K. February 24, 2017
· Violin · In home
Cameron is great and really wants his students to learn violin the correct way. I tend to want to take shortcuts and he encourages me to learn the foundation and work from there.
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Romie October 10, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Cameron was great we really enjoyed him working with my 6 year old.
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Houston, TX 77038
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About Ava P.

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I started viola 4 years ago in order to expand opportunities and get to know more about this amazing instrument, but I began teaching about 1 year ago. I am comfortable teaching beginners to advanced students, and incorporate basic music theory, note reading, and any other skills a student may require based on their skill level.

About Ava
A recent Master of Music graduate of University of Colorado Boulder, Ava began her violin studies at the age of six. During her undergraduate degree at Truman State University, Ava was a two-time Gold Medal Concerto Competition finalist and regularly appeared as concertmaster with the Truman State Symphony orchestra, where she has also held the positions of principal second violinist and principal violist.

As an active chamber musician, Ava was the first violinist in Truman State University’s President’s String Quartet, the university’s only highly competitive string chamber ensemble. She toured Italy twice with the President’s String Quartet, performing recitals in 2013 and 2015.

At CU, Ava has served as concert master and principal second violinist of the Eklund Opera Orchestra, principal second violinist of the University of Co
lorado Chamber Orchestra, and as a section violinist with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2016, she travelled to Italy as part of CU's "Renaissance in the XXI Century" program where she studied with Alberto Bologni and performed a wide variety of chamber music.

Ava is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance at the University of Colorado-Boulder under Professors Karoly Schranz and Harumi Rhodes. Her past teachers include Dr. Sam McClure, Julie Lundgren, and Kathy Karpicke.
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Sarah December 1, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Excellent!
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Jennifer June 11, 2017
· Violin · In home
My 9 year old says, "She's awesome. She will help you if you are stuck."
I say that Ava is always on time and very accommodating. We have had to change our schedule a few times, but we have always found a way to make lesson time work. Thank you!
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About Dustin N.

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I teach through a traditional style where learning notation is paramount. Proper technique and finger placement will propel us into playing classical pieces and studies.

About Dustin
I hold music degrees from both Belmont and McKendree University. I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and violin since I was 18. I've been teaching private lessons when I graduated high school and loved it. I decided to make teaching my career, I currently teach at Spring Woods Middle School teaching orchestra.
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Cameron C. June 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Thorough and makes you feel confident in learning. Knows his stuff! Looking forward to learning more.
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Cinnamon March 31, 2018
· Upright Bass · In home
Awesome Instructor! He is fantastic working with my son. He is extremely knowledgeable and has immense patience working with you people! Highly recommend!
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Jillian December 8, 2017
· Violin · In home
He takes time to help you understand where you made mistakes so you can get better.
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Houston, TX 77066
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About Lisa C. L.

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Students can expect to learn the basics of holding and creating sound from a stringed instrument; parts of the viola; the string names; note reading; and to have a really great time learning!

About Lisa C.
After playing the violin for over 20 years, Lisa was inspired to share the gift of music with others by her teacher, Susanna Sonnenberg. Lisa is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, and has attended the 2017 ASTA National Conference. She currently performs with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. Lisa has played in recitals, the Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra, and was accepted to the 2006 PMEA District Orchestra. She has studied with Larry Weiss, Linda Andersen, and others. Lisa can’t remember a time before she learned how to play the violin; it has brought her great joy. Her favorite piece to play is the Bach Double Concerto in D Minor.

At 8 years old, Lisa fell in love with the violin. Throughout school, she studied with private teachers and played with the school orchestra. At home, her dogs were a great audie
nce.

Lisa went on to study history at the University of Pittsburgh, and later earned her law degree from Duquesne. She never forgot her violin, though, and continued to play in her spare time.

Music adds beauty to the world, and finally, after years of keeping the violin to herself, Lisa decided to share her playing with others. Lisa teaches traditional, classical method. The method books she uses include: Essential Elements for Strings, Samuel Applebaum, and All for Strings, among others. She supplements the technical exercises with repertoire from the Suzuki series. Lisa enjoys playing all types of music, in addition to classical, and teaches these songs, as well. Additional music includes pop artists like Taylor Swift, classic rock, electronic music like Lindsey Stirling, celtic, folk, and just about any other type of music you can think of. As a teacher, Lisa strives to be positive and encouraging. She believes that music should be fun, so her main goal is to make sure her students are having a good time!
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Tracy Pampena August 6, 2018
· Violin · Online
Love my lessons and my teacher! She’s very patient with me and explains everything in simple terms.
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Kiryn L. July 9, 2018
· Violin · Online
very enlightening
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Leathia R. S. June 16, 2018
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Great violin lesson. Thanks so much Lisa.
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About Jillian B.

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I have been teaching viola lessons for four years. I started as a violinist, and loved the deeper tones of the viola and immediately found a passion in it. I want to help you succeed, so after we go over the first position fingerings, and learn to read some music we can branch out and pursue whatever genre you'd like!

I'm passionate about teaching and will do my best to help you succeed, whether you want to help your kid in orchestra classes or want to learn yourself, it is never too late to pursue your passion.

About Jillian
Hello! My name is Jillian, I have been playing violin for 12 years, about to be 13 here shortly. I am a fun, energetic person who loves watching others succeed. My teaching style really depends on the student, I started teaching back in 2011, and had students from 3 to 50 that obviously needed different methods for learning. I modify every lesson plan specifically to the student, taking in to consideration what genre they like, and where they want to be with proficiency.

I love all genres of music, I started with classical, then branched to rock and popular songs with songs like Carry on my Wayward Son, Stairway to Heaven, Viva La Vida and then to movie scores such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, etc. I am a huge fan of music, and the healing and stress relieving powers it has.

Every student can succeed,
it's up to the teacher to put them in a position that they can and will prevail. Music should be fun for everyone!
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Jillian B.

Jillian B.

Houston, TX 77027
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About Megan M.

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The viola is such a cool instrument! It is the perfect in between. Initially I started playing the violin when I was 5 yrs old, but I had a wonderful opportunity to switch over to the dark side ;) with the viola. I love playing the viola and I hope we will enjoy it together!

About Megan
Hey there!! Let's have some fun together learning music!
I started my music journey at 5 yrs old and was classically trained. Although I know mostly classical, I am open to learning anything my student wants. We will cover technique but also remember the passion behind playing such a great instrument. I have been a part of many orchestras, chamber groups, quartets and solo ensembles and would like to help my student get there too!
Lets set goals and conquer them. :)
Ask me anything!
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Megan M.

Megan M.

Houston, TX 77056
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$42 / 30-min

About Frances W.

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Most viola teachers are violinists who teach viola. I'm a violist who teaches viola, so I know the full ins and outs of playing the viola. I also teach improv! I make sure no matter the age or skill level of my student, they are having fun, learning, and feeling proud of themselves. It's a team effort.

About Frances
Hi, I'm Frances! I have been playing viola since 1989 and teaching off and on since 1998! I started playing violin in 1996, and have been teaching it for almost just as long. I'm originally from Minnesota, but Texas heat is perfect for me. I teach all ages, special needs, and all skill levels. I have experience playing on worship teams for over 10 years. With that experience comes the ability to improvise. That being said, if reading music isn't right for you that's okay! That's what our ears are for! In my lessons, each student is taught more than just the instrument. I teach self discipline, self worth, how to be a team player, and perseverance. Music overall is my passion. It's a language that knows no boundaries, a language we can all speak. It breaks down walls, heals broken hearts, and brings us all together. It's our common ground
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John K. July 7, 2018
· Viola · In home
Very satisfied with Frances. Very important setup to having the correct viola support pieces figured out! Much appreciated and needed step.
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Michelle June 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
What A Blessing! Frances has been my daughter's private violin instructor for a couple years now. She comes weekly to our house for lessons ranging from 30 min-1 hr depending on the material that my daughter is needing to practice. Having studied Music in college, Frances offers a very well-rounded approach to her lessons, including both reading/playing music. Students are expected to practice daily and complete assigned tasks. She is a fantastic Encourager for students of all ages!
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Tyra June 16, 2018
· Viola · In home
My daughter has just completed her 1st year with Frances Witherspoon. I am amazed at how much progress she has made. More importantly, I have witnessed how patiently she works with my daughter, who can be quite inquisitive, asking numerous questions during sessions. Also, my daughter has a tendency of declaring defeat when she encounters challenges, but Frances encouragingly reassures her that she can perform the piece and pushes hers to excel, while acknowledging her frustration. In each case where my daughter wanted to give up, she was playing portions of the tune successfully by the end of the lesson. Frances is great with kids and very talented also. My daughter looks forward to her viola lessons and her grades are great in her orchestra class. I don't typically fill out these reviews, but as a parent I want the right person working with my child, so I am paying it forward by letting other parents know that she is a great instructor. Superb student- centered service with a smile.
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Houston, TX 77069
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Average Cost of Viola Lessons in Houston, TX

The average cost of 60-minute viola lessons in Houston is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $90 per hour.

30-min $25
 
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45-min $35
 
$57 average
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute viola lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute viola lessons are 14% less expensive at $57, and 30-minute lessons cost 40% less at $40.

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