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Violin and Viola Teacher - Mia N

Hi there!I'm Mia, a professional violinist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've been playing the violin for over 18 years, and bring with me 9 years of experience in private lessons, chamber music coaching, and music theory and ear training.Here is a little bit about me as a teacher:I believe that music is a powerful tool, and encourage my students to have fun while playing and practicing the violin! Studying the instrument teaches discipline, self-expression, dedication, and many other valuable skills.My students range from young beginners to collegiate-level performers, and lessons have an emphasis on a high level of playing and building strong practice techniques, as well as fostering a love for music and self-expression. My students regularly perform in seasonal recitals, audition for regional youth orchestras, participate in All-City Orchestra, and gain entry to the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.I offer private violin lessons through my studio in Oakland, California, and I am also available to travel to your home if it is in the Oakland/Berkeley area. If you are in San Francisco and would like private lessons, please contact me as I accept students in the city on a case-by-case basis.Playing the violin is a challenging and rewarding endeavor, so I ask that my students commit to a weekly time slot and expect to practice every day; practicing and regular lessons are the best way to master the instrument and be satisfied with your own progress!I do not provide a violin or the necessary accessories to my students, but I am happy to provide recommendations for where to acquire or rent them; please come to your first violin lesson with an instrument and bow, as well as tools like a shoulder rest, metronome, rosin, etc. I will provide sheet music for the first lesson or so, but expect to order the books that we will use after that point.I have been on the faculty of Little Mission Studios, the Chamber Music Institute of the University of Maine, and a chamber music coach at the Kipp-Bay Academy. I currently maintain a studio at Inspire Music in SF with over 25 private students in addition to my home studio in Oakland, so it's easy to say that teaching the violin is a passion of mine!About me as a performer:Violinist Mia Nardi-Huffman is quickly gaining recognition as a versatile and dynamic performer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her passion lies in pushing the boundaries of classical music through self-expression and collaboration with other musicians, composers, performance artists, and dancers. She has performed in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The National Arts Club, The Legion of Honor, and The Masonic, as well as on the world stage in Italy and Switzerland.Mia has performed with leading artists and groups such as Opera Parallele, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, Elevate Ensemble, David Kim, Gamelan X, David Tanenbaum, Bettina Mussumeli and Jean-Michel Fonteneau. She is also the resident violinist for the contemporary chamber music ensemble Wild Rumpus, a collective dedicated to the performance and commission of innovative new works.In the realm of pop and indie music, Mia has recently collaborated with The Singer and The Songwriter on their track "Apparent Brightness", recorded for Marcus McCauley and Portrait Maker, and performed with Evanescence on their "Synthesis" tour at The Masonic.Passionate about the creation and performance of new music, Mia has recently premiered works for Jake Heggie, JooWan Kim, Brian Fitzsousa, Nick Vasallo, and Dan Van Hassel. Her performances are often in conjunction with movement or performance art, most notably AXIS Dance company's piece "Radical Impact", performances at the SF Movement Arts Festival, and collaboration with the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble and Cellista.Mia studied the violin with Shirley Givens and Akiko Silver, as well as at the Mannes Pre-College Program in New York City before moving to California in 2010. She earned her BM in 2014 and her MM in 2016, both from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying under the tutelage of violinist Bettina Mussumeli. While at SFCM, she was concertmaster of the Conservatory Orchestra and the recipient of the Sergei Barsukov Violin Scholarship. She has also studied chamber music with Mark Sokol, Mack McCray, and Paul Hersh, and has performed in masterclasses for eminent musicians such as David Kim, Sidney Harth, Claude Frank, Stefan Milenkovich and Daniel Philips.

Adults Violin Teacher - Rachel P

I'm a really passionate educator/performer who absolutely loves to teach! I started studying violin at three and grew up in the pre-college String Academy program at Indiana University. That experience made me realize how important music education really is! I've made it a lifelong goal to create more access to music education for anyone who has an interest in learning an instrument. I have degrees in music performance from the University of Michigan and Indiana University and have spent much of my life traveling the world performing. Highlights include performances and recording with Sinfonia Varsovia, dozens of tours as concertmaster of the Schlewig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and performances with the Vinifera Trio, a group I helped to found in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Beginning Viola Lessons - Matthew R
Beginning Viola LessonsSan Francisco, CA

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!

Violin Teacher - Valentyna I
Violin TeacherMountain view, CA

Valentyna Ivrii is a violist and violinist. She started playing violin at the age of six, and switched to viola when she was 23. She is studying towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Madeline Prager. Valentyna Ivrii has performed the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto as a soloist at Kharkiv Philharmonic, and worked as a teacher’s assistant during her studies at Liatoshynskyi Kharkiv Music School. Valentyna was always interested in period instruments, so she started studying baroque viola and viola da gamba at the Conservatory. She also holds a Masters Degree in Theoretical Physics, which helps her understand music in different ways. In the future she wants to use her gained knowledge to create an acoustically ideal viola.