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Matthew R. - Viola and Violin Teacher

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$65per hour

Beginning Viola Lessons

Matthew's lessons:

Viola, Violin

Viola Lessons

Something that I make sure my students get out of music lessons is the ability to be confident in their playing. Music to me is a way to express your feelings about your everyday life, so being able to enjoy playing for people, as opposed to dreading it, makes music students much happier and confident in the long run.
String instruments, unfortunately viola in particular, are physically awkward to play. In order to be comfortable, one must have good technical ability! I encourage my students to develop good playing habits, so their creative side can shine without being insecure about technical issues.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Classical
Ages
2 to 80

Violin Lessons

Something that I make sure my students get out of music lessons is the ability to be confident in their playing. Music to me is a way to express your feelings about your everyday life, so being able to enjoy playing for people, as opposed to dreading it, makes music students much happier and confident in the long run.
String instruments are physically awkward to play. In order to be comfortable, one must have good technical ability! I encourage my students to develop good playing habits, so their creative side can shine without being insecure about technical issues.
I am actually more of a viola player. Violin technique and viola technique are pretty much the same, though viola players have quite a bit more to worry about technically. With my violin students I usually work with them on improving their technique to a comfortable level and then recommend they switch to a teacher that knows more about violin specific music. Luckily I know quite a few amazing teachers!

Levels
Beg
Int
Specialties
Classical
Ages
2 to 80

Overview

A native of Northern California, Matthew Readdick (b. 1993) is a viola player based in San Francisco. Matthew has played with many orchestras and chamber ensembles in both section and principal positions in the Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Francisco areas, as well as many groups in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

A frequent freelance performer in the San Francisco bay area, Matthew also has an active teaching career. Matthew teaches viola players of all levels, as well as beginning violinists. Besides having a private studio, he often gives master classes at public schools in Northern California, and has served as an orchestra coach for many of these schools. As well as being a performer and educator, Matthew is an activist for music education, and a strong believer in community service for the arts.

Matthew graduated from the University of California at Irvine, where he studied with renowned viola player Dr. Jerzy Kosmala. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Jodi Levitz. Other teachers include Billie Gonzalez and Carrie Dennis, principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has participated in master classes with Helen Callus, Robert deMaine, and Andrew Wan.

Matthew loves to garden, and volunteer with Immigration Advocacy groups when not playing viola. Viola gets tiring after all!

Questions and Answers

What experience do you have teaching kids?

I have taught children mostly, and I think the nicest part about teaching younger students is not only do they learn faster, but also they are more focused on the exploratory side of music. Adults tend to want to conquer everything. Children just want to have fun!

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How do your lessons for adults differ from lessons for children?

I have to be more patient with adults because they are slow to learn new concepts. Children however don’t have as much internal discipline, so I expect my older students to be more analytical.

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Why are you a music teacher?

Music is an important part of my upbringing and culture, and I strongly believe that we should be passing music on to the next generation. Not to mention, that teaching music greatly improves your own playing!

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Why should I choose you as my teacher?

Because I am a healthy mix of tough and supportive. I want you to be able to play for whatever reasons you choose to play for. Therapy, emotional outlet, something new to try or even to get into a good college!

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What do you do during the first lesson?

The first lesson I usually give my students a chance to show me what they got, then ask them what THEY want to improve on. And believe me when I say I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve.

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Do you teach mostly violin or viola?

I teach both, but usually I give my violin students away after a while. Viola is harder to play technically, so technical exercises are more important. When my violin students reach a technical level that I improve of I usually recommend they study with some violinists that I personally know and trust.

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Education

M. Mus.

Aug 2015 - May 2016San Francisco Conservatory of Music

B. Mus.

Sep 2011 - Jun 2015UC Irvine

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency
  • PortugueseProfessional Proficiency

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