Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the viola. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.
*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:
I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar cla
sses in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.
Philosophy of Learning
Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations. It's really important to know though that everyone makes their own experience. The process of learning music involves you learning as much about your own mind and body as it does any external concepts, so please keep in mind only you can move yourself forward.
I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.
I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!) Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.
Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype. (*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)
*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
My studio is equipped with:
*A P.A. System
*Vocal and instrument microphones
*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc
*Two guitar amps and a bass amp
*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set
*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set
*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ
*A MicroKorg Synthesizer
*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute
*An extensive physical and virtual music library
*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to
*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
June 28, 2019
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
March 25, 2019
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
This was my major instrument of study, and my specialty. I can help with all aspects of viola playing from beginning lessons to tutoring with orchestral or audition material.
I am a professional musician who can give instruction on many musical styles ranging from Classical to Folk Music from several different countries. All ages are welcome! As a student, I was involved for many years as a violist with The Louisville Youth Orchestra, I became a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Ky. in 1981 majoring in music and theater. I have since performed in a a broad spectrum of musical involvements including accompanying international folk dance troupes, performing Celtic and traditional music at events in several countries, composing music for, and directing several theatrical productions. At the same time I have been involved in educating children in music in several Community Schools throughout the Eastern U.S.. I now reside in Crestwood, Ky, where where I teach and operate a repair shop
out of my home called 'Hewn from the Mountain Music Cafe''. I also perform in the viola section of the Louisville Philharmonia, and have served as as Public Relations Director on the Board of Directors.
*** Lesson Details *** My objective is to encourage enthusiasm and diligence in my students towards Music and the Performing Arts, focusing on self-esteem, presentation, and public performance. For strings, I incorporate sight reading with ear training using various acclaimed methods modeled after the Suzuki method, which I am in the process of obtaining certification. I value the importance of ensemble playing, and will orchestrate many such activities.
The TakeLessons.com program has many advantages because it is a completely interactive data sharing system for Teachers, Students and Parents. I believe it will be well worth your investment.
*** Specialties *** classical, traditional folk, international folk, Israeli folk dance music, popular dance music, others
Very accommodating to my scheduling needs when conflicts arose.
April 19, 2019
Tom is very patient with younger students that get distracted easily. One of my children is very interested in learning Irish folk music and Tom is great about helping him explore his interests in music. I love having lessons in home. It's very convient and allows me to keep my toddler entertained while my other children are doing lessons. Lessons are also affordable. I would definitely recommend Tom!
April 12, 2019
Tom is an excellent harp teacher! He’s guided me in the right directions on my harp journey, expanded my knowledge of folk music, and helped me with my technical skills.
The viola instrument is my specialty. Just the like the Viola flower, the viola instrument has a strong tone quality and beautiful sound. Viola players are known as the "glue" of the orchestra for tying together the soprano sounds of the violins to the deep rich tones of the cellos. Violas are also known as "Super Heroes" in the orchestra because their music can take you all over the symphony in just one small section. Usually, the violas sit right in front of the conductor beating like a heart beat and flying like super heroes across the orchestral composition, where ever their parts take them, viola players will conquer! Viva La Viola!
My training started when I was very young, age 7, with piano lessons. Since then, I have been playing music my whole life, and I love it! I received my Bachelor's in Music Performance 2001, and I received my Master's in Music Education in 2018. I am currently looking for students for my private studio for ages 5 - 75, violin, viola, cello, and beginner piano!
I take very young students, ages 5 -7, on violin only, and I would love to get more of the little ones interested in music! Lessons are a great "mommy and me time", a great way to spend time with your child! I have found lots of success with this age group, by using a curriculum that I have developed based on the Suzuki and Pascale method for kinder violin. Although I am not Suzuki certified, I use concepts and materials taken from the master teacher, Suzuki as well as Guillam
ian technique developed for your children through the Pascale Method. From studying his philosophy and principals through research, I have found Suzuki's method to be a very holistic and "easy-to-understand" for young ages.
For adult students, I have found success teaching a curriculum that just lets you play music and develop a love for your instrument. I mainly teach adults using lots of music from pop tunes, holiday music, fiddle and Americana music. My curriculum for adults is more about making music and less about playing scales and etudes, although focus on technique is integrated within the type of music books we use.
I also teach high school, middle school and elementary school students, all instruments, violin, viola, and cello, with a classic approach. Students excel at a very high level with training in scales, etudes, standard repertoire, and school orchestra music. This group will be asked to study music with the intention of performing at 2 recitals per year, as well as attendance at their school orchestra programs, solo and ensemble competition, and Texas UIL events. Please inquire about training for this age group in person.
*** Lesson Details *** Beginner lessons are great fun! Watch how the instrument turns into clay that molds to your hand, your musical talent. I love to see the amazement in the student when they realize playing a musical instrument is not as difficult as it may look. Each subsequent lesson is a building process, building upon the foundation from the previous lesson. It is imperative that students practice! Practice whenever you get a chance, even a little bit goes a long way. Pick up the violin for ten minutes while you wait for the meal to cook in the evening or waiting for the laundry to finish. Then, find some time to sit quietly in a comfortable space and focus just on the tone and quality of your playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** My home studio.
*** Specialties *** There is a winter recital and a spring recital held each year to teach performing technique and showcasing talent. This is always great fun and very rewarding! Performing is a learned skill and every opportunity is provided to teach performing with success! Plus, I'm really excited about my adult students, who are "up and coming" artists! I offer an adult ensemble for those who want to play for the sake of playing a musical instrument with others! Please inquire about the adult group, even if you have just a little bit of interest in learning the fantastic violin, viola, cello, or piano! Go for it! It is great fun!
Thank you so much for directing us to such a fabulous music teacher. Professional yet friendly, Clare has the ability to make the perfect connection with her students, guiding them in a fun and exciting way to reach further advancement in their musical endeavors. It is extremely refreshing to associate with someone of Clare's caliber, and knowledge, and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking to begin or continue development of their musical potential. J. Watson, Windcrest, TX
July 20, 2016
Thorough and clear instruction. Excellent teacher! Five Stars!
November 23, 2015
Tracy fletcher F.
Clare is a wonderful music teacher- She has a tremendous amount of patience, especially when working with beginners, such as my son. Her technique on teaching the violin is stellar- I would reccommend Clare to anyone who has an interest in playing violin-
Viola may be the instrument everyone in the string section tells the most jokes about, but it's no laughing matter. Viola is one of the most expressive instruments out there. Learn to overcome its acoustic challenges and sing beautiful melodies or play your part confidently in an ensemble.
EDUCATION Began playing violin at the age of 11, in 5th grade with my school orchestra. Was quickly told to seek private instruction due to aptitude. Played at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 2 summers. Played at Interlochen Summer Camp for 2 summers, concertmaster in 2004. Played in the Symphony, Chamber, and Contemporary String Ensembles in High School. Concertmaster 2003-2004. Otherwise a section leader. Often featured as a soloist. Mentored the freshman Concert Orchestra in High School. Began studying Music Theory in high school. Also sang in choirs at church and school. Completed coursework for Music Education degree simultaneously with the Music Performance degree. Graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance in 2008, double majored in Music Education. Graduated with my Master's Degree in Music Performance, ha
ving also studied viola, in 2010.
TEACHING Mainari Music Studio - Violin & Viola private lessons. 2002-Present Violin Coach & Assistant Conductor for the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) 2010-Present TakeLessons.com teacher. 2015-Present Musika teacher. 2010-2016 Assistant Orchestra Director to St. Margaret's Episcopal School. 2012-2013 school year McCourt's School of Music in Waterford, MI. 2006-2010 Eastern Michigan University - Orchestra Graduate Assistant. 2008-2010 Schaeffer's House of Music in Howell, MI. 2007-2009 Director of Beginning and Intermediate Orchestras for Oakland Homeschool Music, Inc. (OHMI) in Waterford, MI. 2005-2006 Orchestra mentor in high school.
PERFORMING Saddleback Master Chorale Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California Orchestra of St. Margaret's Eastern Michigan University's Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster 2007-2008. Eastern Michigan University's Collegium Musicum (chamber music) Various chamber groups for weddings and other gigs since high school All division 1 ratings for Solo & Ensemble performances as a soloist from middle through high school First student from my school district accepted to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) Studied violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabe Bolkosky Studied viola with Prof. Eva Stern Began playing violin in 5th grade, first generation of string players in my school district at that grade Have studied Violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabriel Bolkosky; Viola with Prof. Eva Stern; and Music Theory with Dr. Marilyn Saker and Dr. Anthony Iannaccone.
Lessons with me...
I'm passionate about music and its many benefits, both academically, emotionally, and physically. I love to share my joy with my students in a fun, collaborative way that is professional and enjoyable. The pace is determined by the goals of the student, and materials are tailor-made to suit your preferences. Classical instruction is essential for proper technique, but branching out to Celtic fiddle or movie soundtracks is a definite option!
I recommend weekly lessons, and a minimum daily practice plan is required. Younger students should do 30-minute lessons, but around 10-years old, I require 45-60 minute lessons. Serious students preferred.
Typical 45-minute lesson: 10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios 15 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music 20 minutes - Solo Repertoire
Typical 60-minute lesson: 10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios 20 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music 30 minutes - Solo Repertoire
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stand, tuner, metronome, pencil
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring my own instrument and accessories, as well as some extra music.
Students are expected to have their own music stand, tuner/metronome, instrument and accessories, and all lesson materials/music. Online students must be able to tune their own instrument, or have a parent present who can tune their instrument for them.
*** Specialties *** Solo performance preparation Chamber music performance preparation College auditions Orchestra auditions Chamber music coaching Recital performances Note reading tutoring Music theory tutoring
Have you or your kids always wanted to learn to play the viola? I am an experienced strings teacher specialized in beginner and intermediate students of ALL ages. I believe that it is never too late to learn to play the viola, no matter your age! I teach classical viola through Suzuki method and also modern viola with a focus on rock, jazz and improvisation.
After studying piano for almost 10 years I decided I wanted to learn a new instrument and began taking violin lessons when I was 16 years old. In spite of people telling me that I was “too old” to learn to play the violin, I continued practicing and one year later I joined my first orchestra. In 2016 I graduated with a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts Boston and I am now the violinist of Boston-based fusion rock band " The Sunset Kings". In November of 2018, I released my Spanish debut single "Ni Una Más" under my artist name "Hannah Schzde". "Ni Una Más" is now available in every music streaming service world-wide! In addition to offering private violin and piano lessons and performing with The Sunset Kings, I am also a studio violinist and perform with different orchestra pits in the Boston area while I continue to wri
te and record new material for my upcoming debut EP. ***Note: My availability is flexible! Please send me a message if my calendar doesn't fit with your schedule and we'll work it out!***
Hannah was so patient working with squirmy five year old! He really likes it too!
February 13, 2019
Hannah does a wonderful job with my daughter, she started with how to tune and set up the violin. Hannah does a great job working with my daughter showing her the proper technique and providing her exercises and activities to do in between lessons. You can tell Hannah loves teaching and music.
May 14, 2018
Hannah is a very dedicated and patient instructor. She always tries to keep the lessons interesting and fun, she also makes sure I take little stretch breaks in between exercises and always teaches me something new!
Classically trained, but I also love alternative styles! I can make skill-appropriate arrangements of whatever music you want to learn, and teach you the technique you need to master it!
I love sharing music with people of all ages. When your teacher is having a great time too, you'll learn more, better and faster!
I really can't describe the emotion of seeing a student light up when they conquer a new technique or figure out that song they obsessed over. Whether your child wants to join the school orchestra and learn classical method; or you were inspired by Lindsey Stirling and just want to learn that one song; or you're retired and have always dreamt of crossing "Learn an Instrument" off your bucket-list, I would love to guide you on your journey to musical literacy!
Hi, my name is Elly. I was inspired to learn violin when I was very little, after seeing a performance of Riverdance- I fell in love with Irish fiddle and begged my mom to let me begin lessons.
I began classical violin lessons in elementary school. By middle school, I had worked my way up to the advanced school orchestra. In 7th grade things changed- we found out that both of our viola players would be missing our next concert. My orchestra teacher begged me to take a viola and methods book home that weekend and learn the parts to fill-in for our absentees. I ended up loving it! I pursued classical viola all the way through middle and high school, then at the University of Arizona, as part of numerous string ensembles and symphonic orchestras.
I continued independent studies of violin, frequently attending Bluegrass and Irish music
jams and festivals.
One of my favorite musical experiences was being part of the Northwest Intergenerational Community Orchestra: a full symphony in which members ranged in age from 9 to 90, and skill levels from first-year player to retired career professionals. I started as a guppy and ended up a respected mentor after several years' participation. Being immersed in that environment was simply amazing, and showed me that age and experience are never a limiting factor in the kind of beauty that can ensue from mutual musical passion.
I will teach all ages and abilities, and I would prefer to travel to you. If you are unable to host, I can possibly arrange an alternate location. Thanks for visiting my profile, and I hope to hear from you!
My aim as a teacher is to set students up for success with a relaxed, comfortable technique so that they can produce a beautiful sound soon and become expressive musicians. I believe that people love to do what they can do well! My job is to give students the tools for excellence.
With the knowledge passed down to me from my teachers from the Moscow Conservatory and my passion for helping others learn, I tailor what I teach to the goals, the personality, and the hands of each student. Whether you want to take a traditional classical path towards a professional career, or whether you just want to learn to play for fun, I can help you achieve your goals.
I am a professional freelance violinist and teacher living in San Francisco. I began studying violin at the age of 5 and have had the privilege of studying with renowned teachers who taught at Moscow Conservatory, Stanford, and Curtis Institute of Music. I have performed violin and viola in North and South America (including Carnegie Hall and the National Theater of Costa Rica) and in Europe.
My violin and viola students can expect me to tailor the way I teach to their unique goals and learning styles. Everyone's hands and arms are different, and string technique is not "one size fits all." I believe that all students can achieve success and play musically if they have the right tools. My job is to provide students with those tools. I specialize in teaching a relaxed technique that allows players to get a warm, beautiful tone from their
instrument so that they are free to play musically and expressively with confidence!
I teach violin and viola students of all different ages and experience levels. I've studied classical violin for 24 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue excellence in a traditional classical way, or I can teach students how to play their favorite pop tunes, depending on students' personal goals.
I currently serve as concertmaster of the Mozart to Mendelssohn Orchestra in San Francisco, lead chamber music nights with the SF Civic Music Association, and play gigs around the Bay Area. I love being a part of community music-making and believe that the benefits of music education reach far beyond the instrument itself to social and cognitive skills, confidence, and creativity.
My personal passion is classical music but the kind of technique I teach applies to all styles, and I am experienced teaching fiddling, pop music, or whatever music inspires you. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
Michael is the best instructor ! He is very experienced with children , my son is four and a half years old and his attention focusing is short. Michael has a way to make the lesson so much fun and he is also very patient. My son loves to take lessons with him!
My viola lessons are customized to meet your specific musical goals, and whether you are an adult wanting to take lessons for the first time, or an amateur aspiring to make music your full-time career, I am excited to help you achieve success on the viola. My lessons are rooted in classical training, and I am open to incorporating contemporary techniques and string improvisation into the curriculum.
I have played and studied music for over 15 years, performing locally and internationally in a wide variety of solo, chamber, and orchestral music settings. I've had several years of teaching experience, both through my private studio as well as affiliations with local music schools.
While I love performing in a variety of contexts, what I love most is to inspire students and watch them succeed! I have a passion for empowering students to develop their musical skills, as well as to teach them how to have a love for what they do, to problem solve, to have grit, to be disciplined, and to use music to benefit their families and communities.
I started playing piano when I was 8 years old, and in high school I started playing viola. In 2018, I graduated with my B.M. in performance from Cedarville University, and anticipate graduation in
2021 from Kent State University with my M.M. in viola performance. I offer a high level of expertise, drawn from the curriculum of over five master teachers including Peter Slowik (Chicago Symphony), Joanna Zakany (Cleveland Orchestra), Sheridan Currie, Arthur Klima (Cleveland Orchestra), and Jane Jaquith.
Chris was very patient with me. I had special challenges due to be an older student that started later in life. We communicated very well--asking and answering questions. Chris knew how to help me as I am challenged with intonation. He did not let me slide which is an excellent quality in an instructor.
When I had questions or problems that we were not able to figure out between the two of us he went to his instructor to ask. He was not afraid to admit that he didn't know. He respected me as a scientist who had challenging questions.
Overall, I highly recommend Chris as an instructor for viola.
July 29, 2019
Chris is super knowledgeable, flexible to make lessons work over Skype, and attentive to make sure the lessons are tailored to what I am trying to learn as a growing pianist. I’ve had a great experience, grown a lot, and look forward to more lessons!
"Tigran has done a very good job in improving our son's Viola skills in such a short period of time. My son is a member of Orchestra in school and he is n
ow one of the better players in the group. My son also enjoys taking his class with Tigran."
"As a former professional musician with an undergrad in Music, my standards are pretty high when I'm selecting musicians to teach my kids. My son has been
taking viola lessons with Regina for 2.5 years. She is professional but also down-to-earth and great to work with. My son, now an 8th grader, played a level 1 solo at the District and State ISSMA contests and earned a Gold at both levels--the only kid in his school to do so. We credit Regina for appropriately pushing him to be his best. You can be assured that when you choose Regina, you're choosing one of the very best teachers around."
"Catherine does a great job with our daughter. She is patient and kind and generous."
"Fantastic teacher! I worked with Jake at the Incredible Children's Art Network (formerly of Santa Barbara, CA) and had watched Jake build positive healthy
relationships with each of our students. He focused on establishing a safe learning environment and individualizing lessons for students with various needs.
His easy going temperament, open mind, and professional mindset made him easy to work with as a colleague."
"My son took Viola lessons from Mr. Keys for a year. He thoroughly enjoyed learning from him. His dedication to proper technique was excellent. He is ve
ry knowledgeable about the instrument and provided plenty of opportunity for my son to grow in his ability.
Thank you, Cameron."
"Mimi is a generous teacher. Very knowledge and patient. We’ve only had one lesson, but are looking forward to many more!"
"Great teacher very knowledgeable and works with you on whatever pieces and style you want to do not just general music. Highly recommended!"
"Krisztina is a great musician, experienced teacher and wonderful person. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work and play with her during the pas
t years. She is really devoted to the instrument and music. She has my highest endorsement and recommendation."
"Kristen is a great teacher and very knowledgeable of her instruments. She teaches at a comfortable pace that will urge you to practice more and learn, wit
hout out pacing her students. I highly recommend her as an instructor."