Julia Birnbaum, violin teacher
About this pro
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! The greatest joy I get as a teacher is to see my students progress on a regular basis and having fun. There are many elements to playing the violin: getting a beautiful sound, along with developing pitch, rhythm and note reading. I take great pride as a teacher as my students progress in their artistry and understanding of musical elements.
My daughter learns a lot from Julia. She teaches her different techniques, tips on how to play musically, and more...Apr 7, 2017
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have been teaching for the past seven years since I started teaching as part of my Violin Performance degree at Northwestern University. In the Bay Area, I have been maintaining a private studio and I have taught at the ViVO El System Program in Sonoma, Amabile School of Music in the Sunset area of San Francisco and the Northern California Music & Art Culture Center in San Francisco. In Chicago, I maintained a private studio as well as studios at the Chicago School of Music and Music House Inc. I also taught group violin lessons through the YOURS El Sistema Project, Skinner North Classical School and South Loop Elementary School. I was a sectional coach for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and University of Illinois at Chicago. I teach in the style of Mimi Zweig from Indiana University, which focuses on natural physical motions nurtured in a non-judgmental environment. The goal is to play with complete freedom and independence. I was taught her techniques while developing as a violinist at Peabody Conservatory Preparatory under one of her contemporaries, Rebecca Henry. I also attended her summer program at IU for three summers. I continued to study her technique in my pedagogy classes at Northwestern with another one of her trainees, Stacia Spencer.