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Sophia K

Sophia K

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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.

Sam N

Sam N

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My teaching experience takes me back eight years when I began tutoring younger students while I was still in high school.  I love working with students who are excited to learn because I find that I learn a lot from those students.  I think that regular practice is vital to learning and making improvments on a musical instruments.  I also understand that we all have busy lives, and sometimes we don't have as much time to practice as we would like.  I also love it when my students bring me music that they want to learn because a lot of times they will introduce me to new pieces in this manner, and when they really want to learn a piece I can see them getting excited about practicing it.

Yuka Y

Yuka Y

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My teaching  started when I was a music-major college student.  I have taught music lessons - violin, viola and piano - to over 100 students (age ranging from 3 to 70s) both in Japan and in the US for 25 years.  In addition, I taught the string section of the Kyoto City Philharmony Orchestra as a trainer.  I am passionate about music, and would like to share my music experiences with students. I look forward to working with new students.

Kashi E

Kashi E

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For beginning students who are children I like to start with open strings and and eventually transition into using the first Suzuki book. I also like to use Samuel Applebaum books to supplement technique and sight reading. For adults I prefer to ask them what their goals are therefore I can work with him or her to accomplish the goal.

Julia B

Julia B

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I do everything to ensure my students are learning at their best rate while also having fun! This includes specific weekly and semester-based goals as well as constant open communication. Each student has different motivations that can change over time, so I change the nature of the lessons as the student continues to grow and clarify their goals as a musician. For younger students, I play as many games as possible that directly apply to what we are learning. For older students, I encourage students to perform with orchestras and chamber music if and when they are ready! Music is lifelong endeavor with so many possibilities!

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