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Julie L

Julie L

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I love seeing my students grow in their knowledge and appreciation of music!  Excellence is rewarding, and I teach the process to get there from whatever level we begin. I use positive reinforcement and notice what the student is doing right.  Then, I give critique and an action plan to improve performance.  It feels good for the student and teacher when they learn the methods to break down what is currently difficult into smaller pieces so that it is both manageable and possible to go further than they thought.  This is a skill that can help students not only in music, but in all aspects of their studies and life.  We work together to rise above any challenges and create successes.

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.

Samuel B

Samuel B

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I always start trying to find what inspires the students so we can move from there. I believe every student is different and we need to set realistic goals for each lesson. I think every lesson should include techniques, a piece to perform and concepts to grasp. Those three are the main components of my teaching style.

Carol Beth L

Carol Beth L

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I have been playing violin since I was 7, and viola since high school. My favorite part of music has always been the connection with others, and I still often play with others, either in chamber ensembles, sight-reading, or as part of an orchestra. I was a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony in high school, was part of my college orchestra in college, and have been a member of the San Francisco Civic Symphony since fall of 2013. I also accompany a local handbell group during their concerts. I have been working with music students since 2012, and have been attending trainings with the Suzuki Association of the Americas on an annual basis to improve my pedagogical skills.

Kashi E

Kashi E

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I began teaching when I was in college when I was home in the summer. Since then I've enjoyed coaching chamber groups, leading sectionals and giving lessons. I know that a good practice schedule can be hard for kids but luckily I know many practice games that help keep kids motivated!

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