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Mindy Music
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
John W.
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My 11 year old daughter has been taking violin lessons with Mindy for about 3 months. She is enjoying her lessons and she is making excellent progress. Recently she played violin onstage with Mindy at a recital. I was very proud of her.

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  • 16 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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I'm loving taking lessons with Ilana! I love how she quickly could tell the pace I learn and how much she pushes me to improve my skills! Totally recommend her!

  • 14 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Nir K.
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I am a bass player who has always played guitar here and there but nothing too serious, and about a year ago decided I really want to know the fundשmentals of guitar. A friend recommended Jacob Light, whom I've heard play before in local bands, and I decided to take the chance. I wasn't dissapointed to say the least. Jacob is a really down to earth guy who immediately understood my musical style and focused mainly on what I wanted to know, unlike other teachers I've had experience with. Even so, he knew what subjects to insist I learn, like improvisation. and scales. all this was done in a friendly, calm, cool yet persistent atmosphere which is just the right blend for learning, in my opinion.Soon enough I started feeling I really understand guitar, and this new kno'ledge even helped me with my bass guitar playing. Ive been taking guitar lessons with Jacon for 6 months and the only downdise I can think of is the fact he moved to California, otherwise I would have still take lessons from him, without a doubt.

Violin Art Music School
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Lilianna D.
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Very happy that I found Larisa! She is outstanding professional, enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. She pay a lot of attention to the technique of playing violin that is very important. My son is really enjoying violin lessons with Larisa.

Madison's Violin Studio
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa W.
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Maddie Alan-Lee is an inspiring violin instructor who really connects with her students. She taught my daughter for several years and helped her to enjoy the experience of violin which is a challenging instrument. She made the lessons fun with her creative strategies and her natural sense of humor. Whether your kid is resistant (like mine) or enthusiastic, Maddie the one!

Paul Price
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Murali K.
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My daughter has been taking piano and violin lessons from Paul. The piano lessons since age 9 for almost 2 years now, and the violin lessons for a few months now to augment the strings music instruction at her school. He was referred by a family in our neighborhood, and he was open to trial lessons before completely signing on. He goes into music appreciation and history along with his teaching. We have also enjoyed a few recitals of his students along the way - there are three of these each year in student homes, and the anticipation of an upcoming recital is good motivation for the student to practice. For one of these recitals, Paul wrote the sheet music for a popular song that my daughter chose, since there wasn't one readily available. So he goes out of his way to customize the teaching. My daughter has progressed well, and enjoys the experience. I definitely recommend Paul.

Evangelista Music Studio
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Alex K.
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I began receiving lessons from Miss Kathleen when I was in the 4th grade. She has been my private tutor for the past 8 years, and we only recently stopped having lessons due to her move. She has played a very big role in becoming the musician I am today. With her help and instruction, I participate in my school's highest orchestra, in the Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestra, and in events such as District Orchestra. She has always inspired and encouraged me to pursue my music related aspirations and, because of that, I plan on studying music in college and pursue it as a career. I can't imagine what I would have done with out her. Over the years of lessons, she has become more than just a teacher. She is my close friend who I continue to go to for advice.

Murasaki Violin Studio
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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There is an emphasis of motion freedom and connection to spirit from the beginning.

Violin Lessons
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Olivia W.
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Michele is a wonderful teacher! I am taking violin lessons after several years of not playing and she is very encouraging. After years of playing classical music, I am enjoying taking lessons to explore other styles of music, such as folk music. She has an extensive background that allows for this kind of exploration.

Julie's Strings
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Agnes L.
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Julie Mae is a good violin teacher. I've learned a lot from her. She's very good in teaching her students the right techniques in achieving good intonation and learning how to play the music the right way.

Wendy Reid Violin Lessons
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I am a composer and violinist who has 30 years of teaching experience. I teach at Mills College and Holy Names University PMD, as well as in my private studio. My current students are all ages (5 years old to 75) and all levels. You would have the opportunity to play and perform in chamber groups, as well as in private lessons.

La Playa Music School
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Alyse C.
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Alex is one in a million! He teaches music through a structural perspective rather than by the more traditional method of learn a note here, learn a note there (I haven't played the piano since I was a child, but I still cringe at the memory of the tedious and monotonous scales, finger exercises and simplified classical pieces I used to have to play). Alex's lessons are anything but tedious, and, even though I am essentially a beginner (having forgotten everything I learned as a child), I feel like I am well on my way to having a deeper understanding of what I am playing because I have a developing understanding how it works. I feel like I am learning the language of music through total immersion rather than by the textbook method of learning how to read the notes. I now listen to and hear music differently, and there is much I am learning on my own. I am especially pleased with the way Alex tailors my lessons around what I want to do rather than what he thinks I should do. As a result, I am learning to play jazz piano rather the stuff I was forced to play as a child (unless I want to, of course, in which case he would teach me that). And the best part (as if it could get better)? Alex is so enthusiastic about what he does that it is contagious and makes working with him a sheer joy. There is not much I look forward to and enjoy more than my lessons with Alex. Needless to say, I highly recommend Alex Balmaceda for anyone who is interested in learning more about music than simply reading and playing the notes.

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I am teaching piano and violin individually, and I am teaching with passion. I love my work, and I have good results.

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I am a violinist to go. My services include: - wedding and church performance gigs - violin teacher at Inspire Music Center - teach violin privately at students' homes - performed with multicultural Latin world music band Pangea - performed with The Next Level Video Game music band - performed with Stockton Symphony as a section violin substitute - performed with Marin Symphony in family concerts

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I teach violin to all ages, for both beginner and intermediate. I have a B.A in music from UC Berkeley. I have performed with the California Symphony, Fremont Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Opera Orchestra and Berkeley Symphony, and I was a member of the Vallejo Symphony for 17 years. I have returned recently to the Bay Area from Kentucky where I taught violin at the Music and Arts Center of Cultural Learning.

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I perform a variety of styles of music on violin and 6-string electric violin with cello range, capable of performing cello repertoire. Genres include classical, pop and rock, folk, country and R&B. I teach violin and electric violin to students of all ages. I also create customized string arrangements.

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Here is a little about my teaching: There are two approaches we can take to your lessons: hobbyist or more serious. If you are looking to learn a musical instrument as a hobby, we will focus on basic technique and note reading while building some beginning repertoire. For those wishing to pursue music more seriously, I believe in a strong foundation of technique, music theory, and ear training as well as building a repertoire that will serve you well for future auditions. I also believe it is important to learn to practice efficiently and be unafraid to explore your musical ideas. If you aren't quite sure where you want your musical journey will take you, we will work together to figure out what works best for you. I am currently a San Francisco based professional violist with a background in both violin and viola performance. I graduated from the Juilliard Pre College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and my primary musical activity right now is being the violist in the San Francisco based Friction Quartet. Though I personally started violin lessons at a young age, I strongly believe that any age can be the right age to learn a musical instrument. I am available to teach at my house in the Sunset, come to your apartment or workplace, or we can meet at a music studio near you. In addition, maintaining a flexible schedule is important to me as I understand that your schedule may change week to week. Lessons are offered semiweekly, weekly, or every other week. How often we schedule lessons is up to you. I offer the following pricing: * 30 minutes - $35 * 45 minutes - $50 * 60 minutes - $60 Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

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I have been a violinist for over 20 years. I have studied at Alma College (MI) and graduated with a professional violin degree and an education of music degree. I have been teaching since 1999 and love it!

  • New on Thumbtack
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What makes me stand out: I teach not only technique, but I aim to inspire the student based on musicality and the artistry that makes music meaningful. I hold myself to a high standard to keep music engaging and to ensure that the student learns something meaningful each lesson. All skill levels accepted! Location of lessons is typically Morrison Hall in UC Berkeley Campus (but let me know if you prefer otherwise.) Bio: -I am a winner of the UC Berkeley symphony orchestra's Concerto Competition, and I have performed as a soloist multiple times. -I am co-founder of Intermission Orchestra at Berkeley. -Past teachers include Dan Flanagan and Xiao Wang (laureate of Queen Elizabeth Competition and faculty from Manhatten School of Music.) Teaching Style: -Highly empathetic, warm, patient, encouraging -Emphasis on technique fundamentals and posture -Aims to make music a meaningful and fun experience -Adjusts based to needs of students

  • 6 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I work hard and am a versatile musician.

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I help students learn to develop their own improv style on the violin. In addition to learning techniques, I focus on helping you learn to research music influences that will be of use to you.

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