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Instruments: Violin, Viola, Electric Violin, Fiddle
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Country, Avant-Garde

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Sophia K In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Electric Violin, Fiddle
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Country, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 4-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BA, University of California Santa Cruz, Violin Performance
Awards:

2007 - 1st place, Merced Symphony Youth Concerto Competition 

2008 - 1st place, Merced Symphony Youth Concerto Competition

2008 - Excellent Achievement Award, Standford Advanced Music Institute

2008-2012 - Resident String Ensemble Merit Scholarship, UC Santa Cruz

 

Overview:
 As a violin instructor going into my fifth year of teaching, I seek to help my students learn to become sensitive and versatile musicians, as well as instilling in them a love of music for the rest of their lives. Having recently earned a bachelor's degree in violin performance from UC Santa Cruz, under the tutelage of the concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, I can offer you much knowledge in the way of Galamian bowing technique, effective practice habits, targeted technical exercises, a large library of exercises, etudes and methods to choose from, and guidance in creating musical phrasing and expression.  Performing chamber music in the general SF Bay Area is my biggest passion as an active violinist, and as a former member of the UCSC Resident String Ensemble, I have grown to believe that music is best when made together.
EXPERIENCE
I first discovered my love for teaching during my college years.  I maintained a private studio for three years of my time there, and have been instructing privately and in local schools since that time.  With a recent teaching history including Cazadero Music Camp, Berkeley High School, West Portal Lutheran School, The Mark Music School, and the Northern California Music and Art Culture Center, I hope to offer you the tools, motivation, and insight to make your learning experience positive and rewarding.  My teaching style is structured, but compassionate, as I believe that the right balance of difficulty and fun is the key to continually motivating my students.  Though learning a new instrument can be frustrating at times, regular, scheduled practice time, and knowing how to practice effectively is the key to breaking through the invisible walls sometimes encountered in violin playing.  As a teacher, my main goal is to serve my students and instill in them a love of music.  Due to this philosophy, I am always thinking of new ways to adapt to my students' needs and explain/work through difficult concepts and areas of the music. Lastly, I believe that playing music with others is a crucial factor in motivating a student to practice and learn on their own.  Therefore, I highly encourage all of my students to participate in recitals and ensembles where they can share their accomplishments, make new friends, and admire joint achievements.  I teach all ages, and currently specialize in starting beginners out on the violin.
METHODS USED
For my beginning students, I start out with a mixture of my own exercises, as well as basic songs using open strings, string crossings and rhythms, before moving to songs with basic fingerwork on one string (scale plus rhythm based).  I usually supplement this beginning process with Essential Elements, before intruducing the Suzuki Method Book 1, Doflein Method Book 1, and rhythmic exercises from the Kodaly method.  For my intermediate students, I use a mixture of Galamian bowing technique, emphasis on etudes and position work, Suzuki method, Barbara Barber scales and rep. books, and level-appropriate classical literature, combined with solo repetoire of the student's interest/choosing.  Advanced students are encouraged to steer the direction of the lesson towards their area of interest in music!  I am willing to tackle a concerto with you, and will gladly offer you practice plans, technique advice, and guidance with expressions, but ultimately you'll be making the stylistic choices.
LESSON STYLE
My biggest hope for my students is that they come away from lessons with a love for music.  Every student is a unique player with their own pace, set of hurdles, focus, and interests, and I am committed to tailoring my teaching approach to each individual student.  It is important to me that each student progresses at a realistic pace for themselves, tries their best, and has fun with the music they are learning.  Learning more about what inspires a student helps me guide the teaching process in a way that lets my students explore music as a creative outlet and a community.
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