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I've been teaching for over 2 years full time. But I've been involved with teaching and leading musical groups and bands for nearly 8 years. I have thought kids from 3 years of age to teens to young adults to elders over 80 years old. I have ample experience teaching piano, voice, guitar, drums, bass guitar, strings (violin, viola, cello, contrabass, etc.), flute, organ, and more.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 4 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students in my home studio for the last 2 years. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical and folk music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the violin and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
Violinist Mariya M. is a Master of Music candidate at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying as a scholarship student with Joel Smirnoff. Originally from Tallinn, Estonia, Mariya began violin studies at the age of seven. In 2010, Mariya received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Linda Cerone and Joel Smirnoff. She has participated in the chamber music program at Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of the Cavani String Quartet and Peter Salaff. She is a recipient of the Berta Stever/Pascal Monk Scholarship in 2007 and Sacramento Symphony Young Artist Competition Prize Winner, and Robert and Patricia Peabody scholarship winner. She has participated in Banff Center Master class and Orchestra program, Aspen and Pilsen Music Festivals. She has played in the masterclasses for Ian Swenson, Zina Schiff, Pamela Frank, Joel Smirnoff, Soovin Kim, Donald Weilerstein, Kolja Lessing, Elisabeth Wallfish and Daniel Phillips. She has played under such conductors as Fabio Luisi, Leonard Slatkin, Pinchas Steinberg, Joel Smirnoff, Carl Topilow, Gerhardt Zimmerman, Lior Shambadal, Joel Sachs and Christopher Wilkins in such venues as Severance Hall and the Mondavi Center. She has collaborated with pianists Anita Pontremoli and Christine Hill. Mariya has been a member of the Canton and Firelands Symphonies and a regular substitute of the Akron Symphony.
Teaching is uniquely tailored to the needs of the individual. Part of what keeps teaching so exciting over the years is the constant discovery of new methods and techniques that will reach the unique needs of each new student.
My first taste of teaching came in middle school, when my orchestra director asked me to teach the class a new technique (left hand pizzicato). I've never looked back, and now have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. In high school, I led group rehearsals and taught individual lessons to string players. By college, I knew teaching would play a significant role in my life, so I chose to focus on education during my undergraduate studies. I gained valuable experience leading ensembles, teaching in elementary and middle school classrooms, and expanding my instrumental knowledge and teaching ability. I am proud to offer quality instruction in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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All students are different. That means all lessons will be different. Each teacher tailors their lesson plans around a student's specific needs and goals, while teaching them the most important aspects of their instrument. Students will learn how to read music and develop their own unique style all while practicing proper technique. No two lessons will be the same as everyone's progression is timed differently. If the student has a particular style or method they are looking to learn, Musika will match you with a teacher that will be able to accommodate those needs.
As a student starts lessons they will need to provide their own instrument. While advanced students may choose to buy a violin, it is a good idea for beginners to look into rental programs. By renting, you are able to commit less financially, and you will be equipped with all the accessories you need. Renting also benefits children, as string instruments come in different sizes, and a child will most likely start on a small instrument. As the grow, they will need to increase the instruments size, and this switch can be done very conveniently if you are renting.
We love adult students! We have adults who are complete beginners, some who haven't played their instrument in 10 years, and some who are more advanced students looking to take their skills to the next level. The teachers in our network have proven methods to get you the results you desire.
Our earliest recommended starting age for violin is 4, although exceptions can certainly be made for younger students who are capable of handling the strings properly and who have sufficient strength in the fingers and hands. A teacher can help you decide which size instrument to choose depending on the age and height of your child.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
Review by Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
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