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About Betsy F.

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San Diego, CA
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Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.

After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing multiple songs.

About Betsy
Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.

I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still in high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theater, pop, country,
opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.

I currently play as a principle violinist with the La Jolla Symphony, and have also played as a section viola for the LJSO, sung with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together. Most recently I was chosen to record a new song Glow for Disneyland's California Adventure World of Color Winter Dreams.

I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 18 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children and individuals with special needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.

After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs.

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I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons. I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books. A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization. A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal students are encouraged to pick songs from whatever genre sparks their interest. With violin and viola I use the suzuki method of training and follow the books and lessons, I use other books to supplement scales/technique.
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Leah B. August 15, 2019
· Singing · In home
Leah had a wonderful first lesson with Betsy! She provided great instruction and made her feel comfortable. Thanks so much!
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michelle September 16, 2017
· Viola · In home
Betsy was my daughter's viola teacher for almost 2 years. She was consistently fun, nice, supportive, knowledgeable, and professional. We recommend her highly.
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Sabella M. August 6, 2016
· Singing · In home
Lessons have been great. She is organized, intuitive with the child taking lessons, and getting results. All this plus a beautiful spirit and voice.
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About Nicolas R.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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Hello future viola students -- welcome!!

In addition to playing violin, I've also played viola in duets, trios, and string quartets, and is another beautiful instrument to learn.

My approach includes providing the student with a good foundation of both left and right hand technique using a combination of method books which reinforce note-reading and proper posture for the first year. We then start adding solo pieces from the Classical repertoire and supplement those with modern pieces from Pop, Latin, Jazz, or any other style the student would like to learn.

Students always get a well-rounded education with me on the string instruments I teach AND are prepared to play either alone, or in groups when the opportunity presents itself.

Happy Practicing!

About Nicolas
Hello there, future string players and welcome to my profile!!

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2
years. During this time, I was able to take lessons from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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LESSON DETAILS
I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Susana February 4, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Amazing lessons! Nicolas is methodical in his teaching and shows patience, dedication, and a kind heart. My 10 year-old daughter loves her lessons. I highly recommend him!
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Liliana August 7, 2018
· Composition · Online
One the best intructors I’ve had in years! Nick really knows his music theory, orchestration, and compositional techniques. He’s helped me appreciate the intricacies of creating music for myself and others. He challenges me to do my very best. Thank you, Nick!
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Hank July 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Nick is the perfect balance of dedicated teacher and incredible human being. Our 9 year old son loves his violin lessons with him. We are delighted we found him! Thank you, Nick!
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About Jonathan G.

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Seattle, WA
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About Jonathan
I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
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Ian S. March 8, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Ian Really enjoyed his lesson. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and helped Ian with his basic skills and gave him great pointers. He also gave him an outline and daily practice requirements.
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Jordan July 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jordan really enjoyed his first lesson. Jonathan validated for him that the daily work he is putting in is helpful and gave him small steps to go forward with.
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Catalina March 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson! Friendly, and very easy to follow. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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About Benjamin H.

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Caldwell, NJ
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Hi, I'm Benjamin! Thank you for viewing my profile page. I am a professional violinist and violist with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music. I am Suzuki Registered and State Certified in both New Jersey and New York to teach in public schools grades K- 12. I have over 20 years of experience in the music industry. Whether you're a beginner looking to explore something new or an advanced player looking to prepare for an audition, I am happy to help!

About Benjamin
An active teacher, as well as performer, Mr. Hellman has been teaching violin and viola since 2004. He has taught students of all ages and experience levels. He currently teaches violin at the Lindeblad School of Music in Pine Brook, New Jersey.
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Robert C. May 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Ben is such a nice guy patient with my son (15) he comes home proud of what he learned after each lesson!!
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Tommy N. November 30, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Benjamin is very good teacher, he has a lot of patience
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About Nicholas H.

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Smyrna, GA

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I'm an experienced and dedicated musician, having played with Orchestras and Chamber groups throughout my state. My lessons are focused on relaxation, and am as laid back or strict as the student needs. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, shooting to be a church player or a pro, I have taught students for that and am the teacher for you.

About Nicholas
Nicholas is a professional cellist that has studied since the age of 9. He has now been teaching the cello, viola, and violin for the past seven years for students of all ages, beginner to pre-college level.

Throughout Nicholas’s career, he has been an active member of Honors Orchestras, Youth Symphonies, Chamber ensembles, Opera Symphonies, and his university’s symphony. His music consists of mostly a classical nature with some contemporary and popular music ensembles.

Nicholas trained for three years in college under the renowned cellist Martha Gerschefski, whose accomplishments are too many to list. He also trained under Christopher Rex, the principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Nicholas now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at Georgia State University.
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Melynda September 3, 2019
· Cello · In home
We love Mr. Heaton. My son is 13 and on the autism spectrum and so focus can be hard for him, he was really struggling in school based orchestra because they couldn't give him one on one attention. He also struggles with fine motor delays (which is why we chose a string instrument). We've been doing lessons with Nicholas for almost a year now. Nicholas always takes his time with my child and is extremely patient. My son has gained SO much confidence since we began taking these private lessons. They work on not just learning to play cello but learning how to really understand/read the music and making sure that the techniques he's learning (hand positions, ways of sitting and moving) are all exactly what he needs to progress successfully in his orchestra and going forward. My son enjoys his lessons and I feel like we always get our money's worth. I can't wait to see where he will be another year from now working so closely with such an amazing musician and teacher.
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Brooke M. August 1, 2019
· Cello · Online
Nicholas, was great! He made sure my daughter understood everything and was easy to understand.
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Kat July 8, 2019
· Cello · In studio
Nicholas has been a great guide to my revisiting the cello. It had been almost 30 years since my last lesson, and he has reminded and coached many skills I had forgotten, and has taught me new ways thinking and playing.
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About Calvin G.

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Columbia, SC

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Drawing from a wide array of performance and teaching experiences, I tailor unique lessons to Viola and Violin students of all kinds who are ready to take their playing to the next level. I hold all of my students to a high level of achievement, while integrating their personal goals into my lessons. Some of my students have described lessons with me as "whacky and fun." Students learn basic skills, advanced techniques, music theory, music history, among other subjects to help inform effective and enjoyable performances. What do you want to achieve? Let me know and let's work together to get there!

About Calvin
As a classically trained violist with orchestral, chamber, and solo performance experience, my teaching style is geared towards performance and expression. I don't adhere to any one book of teaching, adjusting my teaching to the unique needs of each student. My teachers came from different pedagogical backgrounds; as a result, I have a wide array of teaching tools available to pass on to my students. I have taught with El Sistema Colorado, the Longy School of Music's El Sistema program, and had a Teaching Artist residence with Cambridge Public Schools. Currently pursuing my DMA in Viola Performance from the University of South Carolina, I hold a BM in Viola performance from the Lamont School of Music and a MM in Viola Performance from the Longy School of Music.

I have played viola since I first began my musical studies at age 9. As a r
esult, I have seen teachers hold viola students back, simply because they play the "lesser" instrument in the viola family. I do not hold my students back and I hold them all to the same high level of playing, regardless of which instrument they play.
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Michaela September 6, 2019
· Violin · In home
He is fantastic with my six-year-old! He does a great job explaining things in a way she understands, and is setting her up with a strong musical foundation.
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Anitsira April 25, 2018
· Violin · Online
Very sweet!
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Joseph S. February 28, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Calvin was awesome. He let me sit in as my fiance took a lesson. It was a relaxed atmosphere and he was a great teacher.
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About Susanna S.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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Experienced viola teacher with over 25 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of viola playing skills and technique. I specialize in Traditional Classical string music, typically use Essential Elements 2000, Samuel Applebaum methods, Suzuki books, and traditional scales and etude books. I have the following tools available to use during lessons: metronome, tuner, rosin and my music library.

About Susanna
Susanna S. has over 25 years of teaching experience on violin, viola and cello in private lessons, small groups and school orchestra settings. Currently, she runs her own studio and is teaching weekly in person lessons at her home in Pittsburgh or online lessons. She offers 30, 45, 60, 75 or 90 minute lessons.

Susanna S. has helped students learn how to play their instrument, read music, understand music theory, improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello, to successfully audition for youth orchestras, community orchestras, competitions, college auditions, NAFME/ASTA/PMEA events and to play for their own enjoyment.

She provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello, works with students to improve their technique, music reading skills, counting, intonation, phrasing, bowing, positions and
and shares her passion for music. In addition, she will provide instruction on music theory and music history as part of instrumental lessons as it applies.

Susanna received her training at State University of New York at Purchase in 1991, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. In 1995, she received her Music Education K-12 Certification from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2000, she attended the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music where she received a Master in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, Susanna earned a Master of School Administration in 2012 from East Carolina University.

As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Her teaching style is positive, supportive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. She will work at your pace and cares about each of her students. Susanna works with students from ages 7 through adults and believes you are never to old to learn.

Susanna recommends weekly lessons for all students to ensure good progress. She can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument, if needed. Please ask questions and check Susanna's profile for availability.

Thank you for your interest and consideration.
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Cindy F. August 29, 2019
· Viola · Online
My first lesson was great! I had taken private lessons locally before using Take lessons. I learned more from Susanna in 1 lesson. Looking forward to more.
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Hilda U. August 1, 2019
· Violin · Online
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Olivia W. July 22, 2019
· Violin · Online
My 7 year old daughter has had her 2nd lesson. Susanna is very patient, answering all of my daughter's questions, and has a friendly demeanor. My daughter, who is usually afraid to make mistakes, is stepping out of her comfort zone. We're both very happy with the Susanna's work.
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About Phoebe S.

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Manchester, CT

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I have been teaching violin for six years. Though I am classically trained, my interest in music goes far beyond classical music. I am constantly listening to various genres of music and consider myself a forever learner, loving everything in music from Prokofiev to the Flaming Lips. It is my job to help guide my students through their musical journeys, whether that is helping them get into their regional orchestra or teaching them that one song they've always wanted to learn. I teach out of the Essential Elements or Suzuki Method books. Though my lessons are fun and relaxed I will always give my students that extra push when needed. My goal is to help each student reach their personal success and to instill a love for playing music.

Tools for lessons:

Music Stand
Rosin
Shoulder rest or sponge
Previous method books (if you are not a first time learner)
Metronome
Pencil

About Phoebe
Hello! I am a classically trained violinist and violist. I have been playing violin for 15 years and teaching for 7. I got my Bachelor's degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut in 2017. Since then, I have performed at Woolsey Hall, Ivoryton Playhouse, Playhouse on Park, and the Bushnell Performing Arts Center.

Teaching has become one of my greatest passions. My goal for each student is to inspire their passion for music and to give them a greater appreciation for the arts. I am just as comfortable with teaching someone who has been playing for years as I am teaching a beginner. In our lessons I hope you feel comfortable asking questions and exploring your own voice as an artist. Feel free to reach out and ask me anything, I would love to hear from you!
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Jersey August 1, 2019
· Viola · In home
Great instruction, she had me working with the bow on the very first lesson. Very responsive to students needs, A+ will continue studying viola with phoebe.
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Carol April 2, 2019
· Violin · In home
Miss Phoebe is an excellent, patient instructor for my two young violinists! She is prompt, and has lots of tools in her tool kit to bring about proper posture, tone, sound. She exhibits a very warm kind discipline that makes clear her expectations without being mean about it at all. I think my kids have made significant progress under her tutelage and I would definitely recommend her for any skill level!
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Mike August 26, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I'm an adult learner who went through Suzuki book 2 and a few other pieces with Phoebe as my instructor. I spent a month prior with a "bad experience" and hadn't taken lessons in probably 10 years before that.

Working with Phoebe was GREAT. She was very easy to work with and really saw to improving my skills. She was encouraging and very positive. When I had troubles with parts (which was often), she would always have multiple suggestions as to how to practice them to work through the difficulties. She also gave me nudges along when I didn't think I could do certain things too. All in all, I had a great experience working with Phoebe and would have loved to continue to work with her if she was still in my local area.

If you're wondering why not 5 stars, that's more from my lack of experience than any issue with her. The guide says 5 stars is the "best teacher ever". She probably was the best teacher ever for me, but I'm somewhere between beginner and intermediate. Is she a good fit for an advanced student, I'm going to guess that, yes, she is, but I don't know that info personally so I went with 4.
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About Arie S.

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Seattle, WA

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Arie Schächter has been Assistant Principal Viola with the Seattle Symphony for over a decade. He has won several awards in international competitions, including Top Prize at the Markneukirchen International Viola Competition in 2001, and Third Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2000. He has a Master’s degree in music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music, where he worked as a teaching assistant while pursuing his degree.

Mr. Schächter has performed in numerous music festivals throughout the United States, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Caramoor Music Festival and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. He has collaborated with members of the renowned Cleveland String Quartet and the Tokyo String Quartet. Since joining the Seattle Symphony in 2004, Mr. Schächter has been performing in various chamber music series in Seattle, including Simple Measures, Music of Remembrance and the Seattle Symphony Chamber Series.

About Arie
I’m a professional violist, Assistant Principal Viola with the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera. In addition to teaching viola, I am more than happy to give violin lessons up to advanced level, and can also teach music theory and composition.

We will work on developing good technique, as well as beautiful phrasing and musical expression. I think it’s very important to have a good balance between the technical, analytical, artistic and expressive aspects of playing.

With a Master’s degree in music, two prizes in major international viola competitions, and over 15 years of professional orchestral experience, I believe I can provide the highest level learning experience. More importantly, I give my students the tools they need to think for themselves, improve on their own, and become their own teachers.
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Arie S.

Seattle, WA 98101
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About Lisa S.

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Eustis, FL

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Inspiration, fun approach to learning quickly: how to practice, specific assignments to get the most out of your practice time. Customized assignments to include the music you enjoy. Very advanced and thorough and in depth knowledge of the concepts of the most efficient technique on the instrument in both hands.

About Lisa
With over 30 years experience as a professional classical musician -performer and teacher of violin and viola, I am very confident in my knowledge in how to teach all ages and levels! All my former students have achieved their goals and more! Just last year my graduating senior was accepted to both Curtis and Juilliard, and a former student was accepted into the Pittsburg Symphony. All my students have gone onto either prestigious conservatories or the university of their choice. Many are also in orchestra in the States, Europe and Tawain. As a teacher, I truly enjoy getting to know each individual student and customizing my knowledge to fit their needs, their choice of music, their goals and at their pace. I specialize in teaching what to practice and HOW to practice in the least amount of time necessary, and I do my utmost to inspire t
hem with my love of music and technique.
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Average Cost of Viola Lessons in Seattle, WA

The average cost of 60-minute viola lessons in Seattle is $86. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $80 and $100 per hour.

30-min $40
 
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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 31% less expensive at $60, and 30-minute lessons cost 50% less at $43.

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