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Violin teacher for both adult and child?
Hello - I am seeking a violin instructor who is good with both adults and children.
The adult is me, and the child is my 10-year-old daughter. We are both novices
looking to get some basic skills under our belts. I'd prefer someone who comes to
our house (Castro Valley) but will drive to surrounding areas (Oakland, Berkeley,
etc.) for a great teacher.
I know a teacher who is great with both adults and children. Her name is Andrea Oey
and is based in Oakland (I think she also travels to students' homes). Her teaching
method is Suzuki-based, and she's had a lot of experience working with all ages and
levels. She spent six years living in Singapore playing with the symphony there and
teaching in numerous schools, including the national university. Her forte is helping
students overcome technical difficulties by focusing on proper form and posture. She
is a very dedicated and caring teacher! You can contact her at email@example.com
Thea Farhadian has been with us for over 8 years. She is an excellent,
detail-oriented teacher with experience teaching classical, world music,
improvisation and composition for the violin. Although a composer and performer
in her own right, both locally and internationally, Thea is very focused on her
students. She is encouraging and supportive and works well with children (and
adults) of all ages. You can reach her at 917-749-9273 OR through her website:
Violin lessons for two young boys
I was thinking of starting my two young boys on violin and am interested in the Suzuki method at
Crowden - checked for reviews, but didn't see many or very recent ones, would love to hear from
anyone taking Suzuki violin at Crowden or elsewhere, and even from those who considered Suzuki
and decided to against it and why. One particular concern I have is for my older son - he is very
curious and eager to learn, but gets easily discouraged in the face of a difficult task or and
can be reluctant to try where he sees possibility of 'failure.' When we can help him work through
this insecurity, he enjoys and learns readily, so I'd really like to find a teacher who is not
only great at making music fun for young kids but can also be very savvy about how to draw out
this kind of personality. Thank you!
I highly recommend Kit Eakle who is a KodÃ¡ly Master Violin teacher in Point
Richmond. You may have to drive a little, but it will definitely be worth it. He
is an amazing teacher and connects with children in a great way. He is formerly an
elementary music teacher and now has a violin studio. Contact him at
I don't know about the Crowden Suzuki program, but I do know the Holy Names
University program is really amazing. I believe the parents learn and play along
in this program and it is set up to be very supportive and the program runs on
Saturdays. Some instructors teach in their home studios, so they may not all be
located in Oakland, if that is a concern. You can see the link here:
Practicing on any instrument means that you are doing something over and over that
you cannot do. That is why it is frustrating to many young children. It also
doesn't hurt to wait until they are ready for the idea of practicing. But parents
always know their children best, so you can make the best decision for your child.
Learning music reading and writing through the KodÃ¡ly method in group classes is
another way to develop confidence before picking up an instrument. Just a thought.
Good luck with your search and your decision. It's wonderful that you are finding
the right program for your children.
Violin Lessons for 5-year-old
My 5-year-old has expressed a real interest in taking violin lessons. Ideally, I am
looking for a teacher in the Rockridge area who has experience teaching young kids.
We will also need to rent a violin. So any recos for that would be appreciated as
Thanks in advance!
Mother of a budding musician
Lauren Avery is a violinist and teacher in Rockridge. She's fairly new to the bay area, but has
lots of experience working with very young children. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would highly recommend Christy Kyong. She teaches my 4 year old son and teaches the students
at the Bentley School String Section. She is a wonderful teacher! Her email is
email@example.com Good luck,
I highly recommend violin teacher Lila Sklar. She is truly amazing! My five year old daughter
started taking violin lessons with her over a year ago. I was so inspired, I started lessons
with her myself. She is so patient and makes learning really fun! She is a professional
violinist and has been playing herself since she was four. She works from the Suzuki method but
also weaves in other theory and practices. There are regular opportunities to see her perform
which is inspiring for young students. She does violin and tea monthly for the children to get
together and get to know eachother and have an opportunity to play for and with eachother. As
students progress, there are opportunities for them to play out as well. Lessons are in her home
in a relaxed environment. She is also a mom and really gets kids. It has been a wonderful
experience learning from Lila. She is a highly skilled, knowledgeable, and kind teacher for all
ages and experience levels. I can't recommend her enough. Happy playing!
Sarah Zaharako is a fantastic violin teacher for all ages. She has a son who is
almost 5, so she definitely gets that age range. My 4-year-old loves her -- she
makes violin lessons fun! She finds ways to make it playful, while also setting
expectations high. She's also really good at helping parents support their kids'
music, whether the parents have musical experience or not. She offers group
activities so kids of all levels get a chance to play together. Her website:
Ifshin's in El Cerrito, for renting.
Sarah Zaharako has a wonderful teaching studio conveniently based in Emeryville. She has been
teaching 20+ years, teaches many styles, but has an extremely solid foundation in technique and
musicality. She is amazing with kids and has a full studio with supportive families. The
students give a recital every semester as well as participate in regular concert classes, and
these are always fun events that keep the students motivated. Website and phone number below:
We are extremely happy with our daughter's violin teacher, Danielle Taylor. Danielle
teaches in an Elmwood studio, so it would be very convenient for those based in
Rockridge. Danielle is terrific in keeping our now 6 year old daughter motivated and
learning, and has been very willing to adapt the teaching schedule and approaches when we
encounter obstacles to learning (our girl is a combination of bull headed and over the
top enthusiastic, and sometimes she can be a real challenge!). She teaches a combination
of reading music / playing by ear. She doesn't work from the Suzuki books, so if you are
looking for a Suzuki instructor, this is not the place to go (which to my mind is a good
thing!). We love Danielle! Happy to answer any questions
Highly recommend Becky Rogot through the Holy Names Preparatory Music Dept: 436-1224.
She is so good with kids! We have had her for a teacher for 9 years and LOVE her!
Looking for Violin Teacher for 7yr in El Cerrito
Our 7 year old daughter has been taking violin lessons on and off for two years.
She says she wants to get serious about violin and wants private lessons which
she had last year and when she was 5.
My husband and I both work and she is in an afterschool program Monday-Friday in
We are looking for a violin teacher to come to her school to teach her. There
are rooms for this at her school.
For a violin teacher for youngsters, as well as more advanced players, I would
highly recommend Erika Miranda. Both of our kids have studied with her since
they were about 7 years old --- meaning that we know that she's very good with
the little kids (focusing a lot on ear training), and pulls out the best in the
older kids. Erika studied for a long time with Anne Crowden, so she's one of
the best chamber music coaches around. This is important, even for beginners,
because her recitals feature a lot of ensemble playing, as well as individual
performances. If you're interested in having your child become an all-around,
well-nurtured musician, give Erika a call: (510) 595-9378.
Music Classes with violin for 2 year old
My two-year-old daughter is showing a lot of interest in violin. I would like to take
music classes with her where the instructor plays the violin and maybe other
instruments while we have fun and dance. Does that exist in Berkeley?
Hi! Your toddler is actually just about the perfect age (or super close) for
*actual* violin, if she is showing interest- you just need to find the right
teacher (that is super important). Look for a Suzuki teacher or similar with
lots of experience with little ones (that's huge- ask the teacher how experienced
they are with specifically 2-5 year olds and keep moving if they haven't worked
with 2-3 year olds especially). If you find the right teacher, lessons are
actually just a lot of ''playing'' (learning) while working on age appropriate
skills. A typical lesson might include games, singing, and working with a violin
or ''fake'' violin, with your involvement. Otherwise, you can check out Orff
classes, which don't use violin but will support later violin/music learning.
They typically use xylophones, marimbas, etc. and can be super fun, as well! Hope
that helps. Feel free to email if you want any more help, information, or have
violin-related questions! I should be able to help or refer you to someone else
who can. caitlin
You and your daughter might enjoy Music Together which is a
parent/caregiver-child class for infants through preschoolers. Much of the class
is adults and children singing, playing instruments like egg shakers, rhythm
sticks, drums, dancing with scarves, etc. Different teachers play different
instruments in class and I know of a few who play violin including myself. I
usually only bring my violin to class once a session, but if I knew a child was
particularly interested in the violin could plan to do it more. I also play
guitar every class and several other teachers play guitar and other instruments.
Music Together is a research-based, developmentally-appropriate program and is
very informal and fun. I became a teacher after taking class with my own
children. For more info: eastbaymusictogether.com. A new session starts in
I encourage you to a try a class at Viola's Notes, a trial class is
complementary. My daughter and I are enjoying the Italian immersion class (found
through BPN). Though we are not Italian speakers, Viola makes us feel welcome and
we have so much fun learning songs in Italian and Italian dances. As a bonus
Viola incorporates her violin sometimes and even brought a child's version for
the kids to hold and strum. As an instructor Viola is engaging, inclusive and
fun! Her website with class info: www.violasnotes.com
Check out Viola's Notes. http://www.violasnotes.com/
Our 2.5 year old twins have been taking classes with Viola for a couple of months
and they adore her. She organizes each series of classes around the music of a
different region of the world. Every week, she brings different instruments,
including violin, for students to touch, explore, and hear. Viola plays several
instruments, but the violin is nearest to her heart. Her classes include a nice
balance of singing, movement, and exposure to instruments. She tells stories and
works with children to adapt to increasing amounts of structure.
Viola is joyful, patient, and all of us just love her.
Looking for an Affordable violin/viola teacher for 16yo
Does anyone know of an affordable violin/viola teacher or a college
student who is interested in teaching the violin/viola ? My daughter is 16
and is all of a sudden interested in the violin again. Most teachers want
$35-50/hr but that seems really expensive. She has had some experience in
middle school but stop playing once she entered high school. She would
like to take some lessons this summer. Thanks so much.
I wish our private music instructor charged $35-50! We pay $80 per hour. Also,
knowing many professional musicians, I doubt you'll get a high quality instructor
for any less than the amount you are being quoted. You might want to call an area
youth orchestra (Oakland Youth Orchestra or SF Symphony Youth Orchestra) to see if
there are any students interested in teaching. They would probably be more
A good teacher is worth the investment. Good luck! Hope it works out.
The prices you were quoted seem to be right in the range of what music teachers ask.
(For teachers for both my children, the cost was $60 per hour or $50 for 45
Aside from that, I can very highly recommend Kaila Flexer ((510) 532-1531). She
teaches all forms of string instruments and has been an amazing teacher for our
daughter Natasha. Natasha progressed very rapidly, enjoying herself (and rarely
Seeking Excellent Violin Teacher for 5 yr old
I am seeking a great violin teacher for my 5 year old daughter. Looking
for someone in the Berkeley area who is experienced, loves music & to
teach, is engaging and perhaps has some recitals for the children.
I highly recommend my seven-year-old's violin teacher, Michelle
552-8160; www.MVMusik.com). She teaches out of her home in the
Thousand Oaks area of Berkeley. She's great with kids, very
engaging without being patronizing or saccharine, and strikes a
good balance between offering constructive feedback and being
Parent of violin player
My 5 year old is taking lessons with Annemarie Sudermann who
teaches in Albany, near the Berkeley REI. She's been
excellent with my daughter... and with me, helping give
ideas for practice and guidance with a young child. She
strikes a great balance between requiring the fundamentals,
yet coming up with fun games when my daughter's young mind
wanders. She has many years of experience and does a
modified Suzuki approach. Besides weekly lessons, monthly or
bimonthly group lessons are a part of her teaching method to
help encourage group playing. Her students also do recitals.
Her number: 510-528-3202
I would like to recommend Sarah Jo Zaharako for violin lessons.
She has been teaching kids for 10+ years, and has a wonderful
teaching style stemming from Suzuki. There are group classes and
recitals, so the kids have goals to work toward and the parents
are involved as well. Also, she pulls in members of the music
community to accompany in recitals, so the kids have a lot of fun
with it and they get experience working on pieces with them. She
just recently moved to a great studio just off of Stanford in
Emeryville, which is convenient. Her number is 510-435-7525 and
I would recommend out teacher Sarah Zaharako at 510-435-
7525. She has taught both my girls from 3rd grade on into high
school. Right now her students are mostly in the 4-9 age range.
She is very patient with young kids and knows how to give them
positive encouragement. They respond very well to her.
I highly recommend Marina Podobedova, in Berkeley near
Sacramento & Dwight (510-548-4591). My son started violin
with her at age 8 and continued with her through Crowden,
youth orchestra, etc. She is extraordinarily patient, never
unkind, and stresses correct technique right from the
beginning. I also recommend her as a coach to help prepare
for auditions, etc. She has a genius for identifying and
finding solutions for technical problems and can improve
students' playing very quickly. She went to Moscow
Conservatory and played professionally in Soviet Union for
Someone posted ''Seeking Excellent Violin Teacher for 5 yr
old'' and I tried to respond but I may have been too late.
My son has been taking violin with Tarika Lewis since he was
5 and she is EXCELLENT. He wasn't excited at all about
taking violin but when she started playing Michael Jackson
on the violin, he was hooked.
He's 7 now and he really enjoys the violin. The other day
he was playing Low Rider by War. He also plays the
classics. She is an amazing musician and teacher and now
she will be offering violin through Berkeley Parks and Rec
on Wednesday evenings at FA Social Hall, (2800 Park St) and
they're free! Look for Strings of Soul Hip Hop Orchestra. It says
8-21 but I would definitely check with her because
I've seen her work with a variety of ages. Strings of Soul fan
Suzuki Violin for 4-5 year old boy?
Now that my son is 4.5, I'm thinking about getting geared up
to start him with violin lessons in the next 6 months or so.
I read the past posts about violin lessons, but I don't see
much about Suzuki violin specifically.
Is there a strong local Suzuki community? Feedback?
My brother was required by his Suzuki group to take violin
lessons for a few months before starting his daughters--both
so that the parents could understand what they were asking
of the children and so that they could work with them in
practice sessions at home. Is this universal or a quirk of
If not Suzuki, what is a better approach?
You pose a really good question! I am violin teacher myself, in SF,
and I teach an integrated Suzuki method, which means I take the best
of the Suzuki practice (family support and participation, ear
training, great repertoire), and add in developmentally appropriate
games and music-reading exercises. I grew up in Palo Alto with a
teacher who also used a ''mixed'' Suzuki methodology, and I learned a
lot and was inspired to become a professional musician myself. (I am
actually an opera singer as well as a violinist). Anyways, to bring
winded answer to a close... Mr. Suzuki had a lot of great ideas, and
I definitely respect his methodology, but I would be suspect of any
teacher who blindly follows his program without individualizing for
each student's learning style or age. TB
My daughter, now 12, has benefited tremendously from working
with Ondine Young.
Ondine is very good with beginning students and is an
accomplished violin/violist herself. She knows the local
string community well, and can answer the questions you're
asking about Suzuki/modified Suzuki/something else entirely.
She can help you find out what will work best for your
family, your son most of all.
I would highly recommend Carol Vitcha, she is in Richmond, not too far
from Home Depot. firstname.lastname@example.org 510-234-6855
She has an advanced degree in music education, and continues to update
herself on teaching methods,specializing in Suzuki. It is clearly a
passion for her. My son and I would feel so positive after the lessons
with her. She told us that in the past, she would ask the parents to
begin violin as well, but it doesn't seem to be realistic these days.
Violin lessons near N. Berkeley Library
I am looking for a violin teacher for my 11 year old daughter for two days a
week after camp during the summer. We would prefer something as close to N.
Berkeley Library as possible so she could walk to the lesson. She has been
taking at Oxford and will not be the next Midori Ito, but she enjoys it and
wishes to continue her lessons.
I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for but I highly recommend
Catherine Manning! She teaches fiddle (traditional bluegrass & folk) out of her
home in El Cerrito. She is a really great teacher,outstanding with kids and a
wonderful person. I'm sure your daughter will enjoy working with her. Her
husband Chad teaches adults and is an accomplished bluegrass musician. Cathy's
contact info is email@example.com and her phone # is 510-734-0910. anon
I've been a BPN reader for many years, but this is my first
time posting. I just wanted to be sure to put in a good
word for KC Stills, a violin teacher who works through
Crowden School's Suzuki program. She has been teaching my
son for 3 years and we've seen him progress from a reluctant
(and very goofy!) five-year-old to a poised, enthusiastic
student. She has great patience, excellent attention to form
and tone and a real love of teaching. We absolutely love
her and can't wait for our daughter to start lessons with
this fall. Susan
Violin Teacher for Former Violinist
I'm a former violinist (played for 20 years from the age of
5) and gave it up many years ago. I'd love to find a teacher
who can help me re-learn what I've forgotten and possibly
transition to the viola (I have both instruments).
Any recommendations welcome. Thanks.
Jim Shallenberger is a terrific violin and viola teacher who
has both adult and child students. My son studied violin
with him for two years and now I have been studying with him
for four, and also my son's close friend has been studying
with him for three or four years. Jim's in North Berkeley
and you can reach him at (510) 524-6996. jane
Music lessons for kids 4 and 9 in Albany?
I have two kids - 4 and 9 - who are very musically inclined.
The little one loves the drum set he got at Christmas and
the older one sings all the time and plays simple tunes on
our 10 year old Yamaha piano. I would like for them to get
some formal training from an experienced musician who also
knows how to work with kids, someone who can nourish their
enthusiasm for music. If you have some good experience with
such a person, please let me know. I would prefer someone
local in Albany, but if the teacher is really exceptional I
would consider even someone non local (say up to Oakland).
Our daughter has been taking violin lessons with Annemarie
Suderman for over 8 years. Annemarie has helped her to
blossom into a very talented musician with an amazing
musical ear. Annemarie works with the Sazuki method for the
most part, but also brings in other pieces as the children
mature in their music. Annemarie is a very gifted violinist
herself and she is wonderfully patient and attentive with
the children. She works will all ages of children. When they
are ready, the children also all play in a group lesson
about once a month together- a trio, quartet or quintet,
depending on who is at what level for playing. Sometimes a
cellist accompanies these groups for recitals. She also
works with an incredible pianist who accompanies the
students at recitals. The older students also have the
option of learning viola- she teaches both. The music is
beautiful and the children really blossom as musicians.
Annemarie also has a background in psychology and is
incredible about understanding each child as an individual
person and musician. She is a gem. Can't say enough about
her as a person and teacher. The students become very close
to her- she really cares about their music education.
Violin lessons in Oakland for 7 year old
I am looking for a violin teacher in Oakland who can make
music fun for a beginning student. My son has previously taken
piano lessons using the Suzuki method, but lost interest when
he was 5 1/2. Now he is asking to take violin.
Sarah Zaharako in Berkeley (510-435-7525 ,
sarahjozaharako.com) is a wonderful violin/viola teacher. She
has been teaching for 15 years and has a multifaceted approach
using music from around the world to make lessons fun and
interesting. Sarah has researched and put into practice many
wonderful tools for developing the musical mind. She uses the
Suzuki method, but supplements with pieces that make it fun
for the kids and their families. As a bonus, she teaches out
of a lovely home with a very nice family and a cool tail-less
cat named Yanga.
We love our violin teacher, Sarah Zaharako from Berkeley
510-435-7525. She is great with both of our kids and they
have wanted to continue with lessons even when they no
longer play at school. She is very patient and has a great
supportive teaching style. I heartily recommend her for
any kids who want to learn the violin.
I would like to recommend my daughter's violin teacher,
Kaila Flexer, who is an excellent musician and wonderful
with kids--she really has a knack to inspire them on the
fiddle. My daughter has been working with Kaila for about 3
years, since her 7th birthday. Kaila's repertoire is varied
and she seems well able to adapt to different learning
styles apart from the traditional violin exercises.
Nov 2009: Violin teacher for preschool-age kids?
I'm looking for a violin instructor who has experience with children
ages 3-5 who might be interested in leading weekly group lessons.
Location could be in a participating family's home or at a location
chosen by the instructor in the El Cerrito/Albany/Berkeley area.
Any recommendations? Crowden sounds wonderful but is a little out of
our price range.
Try Albany Music School, which opens in December 2009: they
have both private and group classes for kids 3+. I've known
the director for 4 years and she's outstanding: she's both
sweet/patient with kids and very prepared technically.
I would like to recommend Vicky Grossi at our studio,
Musically Minded in Rockridge. I am the director of this
non-profit and I hired Vicky because she is fantastic with
kids and adults. She has a unique way of presenting musical
concepts that feels like play for the kids. They are able to
learn all of the beginning material while enjoying
themselves. One of her young students recently passed
through the first two levels with ease and said that the
lessons felt like a play date. Families love Vicky! She also
teaches viola and electric bass. www.musicallyminded.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 510 428 4094.
Sept 2009: Violin Teacher for Adult
I am an adult looking for suggestions for a violin teacher. I see
in a previous post on the subject someone recommended Phyllis
Kamrin, but that was over a year ago and the email listed no longer
Any suggestions? Thanks!
I highly recommend Vicky Grossi at Musically Minded Studio. This unique studio has
five different teachers and offers weekly private lessons. Students who enroll may
also attend monthly group events which are fun and educational and give you access to
the other instructors and students. The combination of feedback from a private
instructor as well as access to student peers is a wonderful educational element.
Vicky is intelligent, fun, versatile and her students love her. Her mastery of many
different styles of music is unique and she is a real gem. I highly recommend her for
students of all ages. FYI, she also teaches viola and electric bass.
www.musicallyminded.com, 510 428 4094, email@example.com.
Lila Sklar is a terrific teacher and a truly lovely person. I know she teaches
adults, as well as kids age 8 and up. She teaches at her home on the Berkeley/Oakland
border near Sacramento St. Find her info at http://www.lilasviolin.com/ Ruth
Sarah Zaharako is a wonderful teacher , fluent in many styles. She can be reached at
: 510-435-7525 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
I thought most of Phyllis' students played viola, not violin, though I don't suppose
it matters. I've heard wonderful things about her. I'd also recommend Jim
fellow adult violinist
June 2009: violin teacher for 11-year-old
We're looking for recommendations for patient, warm and fun private
violin teachers for our 11-year old daughter who has been taking
violin lessons for almost 3 years. The preferred locations are
Berkeley, El Cerrito and Albany (or, better yet, our house in
Kensington!) Thank you!
Lina Bouze is a wonderful violin teacher. She has a rich musical background,
she is extremely patient and loves to teach kids. Lina also plays in the
Oakland Symphony. It is so much fun to see your teacher in the orchestra. I
took my daughter to a concert to see Lina play. She loved it! Lina's phone
number is (510)848-6641. She lives in Berkeley and teaches at her home. Feel
free to e-mail me or call at (510)710-4366 with any questions.
Dennie Mehocich is an excellent violin teacher. My daughter has been taking
cello lessons with her for the past two years and it has been a great
experience. She teaches throughout the school year at a nice studio in N.
Berkeley and has summer classes through the Albany Community Center. She is
also leader and violinist with the Marin String Ensemble and founder director
of the Albany String Academy. You can contact Dennie directly at (415)
456-6101. I highly recommend her!
Both my daughters (11 and 16) have been taking lessons from Sarah Zaharako
for several years. Her number is 510-435-7525 and she lives in Berkeley.
She is wonderful with kids and I have never heard her raise her voice to any
of them. She is patient and has quite a lot of expereince with many types of
music. She plays professionally and really knows how to get the best out of
the kids. Gary
Sarah Jo Zaharako is a great violin teacher in South Berkeley. She is
especially great with kids and has lots of experience. Everything from
classical to folk to jazz to free improvising. Her number is 510-435-7525.
May 2009: violin teacher for young girl
Hello! I am looking for a good violin teacher for my 7 years old girl. In Berkeley. I will be happy to hear your recommendations. Thanks!
There is a wonderful violin teacher in Rockridge at Musically Minded
Studio. Vicky Grossi has a great way with children. She is professional
and fun. The kids have great confidence because she makes it all seem
easy. Her directions are very clear and the kids have a great time. The
studio has monthly events and gives out prizes for practicing and
achieving skills levels. Call the studio and talk to the director about
Vicky. You can set up a free meeting to learn about the studio and meet
Vicky to see if it would be a good fit for you and your daughter.
www.musicallyminded.com, 510 428 4094, email@example.com
Lina Bouze is a wonderful teacher, and she gives lessons to young
children. I loved being at my daughter's lessons and listening to how
patiently and creatively Lina found ways to teach children. She also
plays in the Oakland Symphony Orchestra. Lina's phone number is
We have chosen the Suzuki method of violin for our daughter for many
reason. If you read the book called Nurtured By Love by Shinichi Suzuki
it will in the first chapter give you fantastic reasons to go this
route, mainly that your daughter will learn skills that will remain
with her for the rest of her life that will have practical applications
anywhere. We happen to have a great teacher in the Oakland area by the
name of Danielle Charbonneau (510)336-9787. Many parents start the
lessons very young (3-4 yrs) but it is not necessary in order to be
I highly recommend the classes and teachers at Crowden in Berkeley.
Their CCMC division has a bunch of good teachers, both Suzuki and
traditional. Check out their website and their summer possibilities.
Some of the teachers accept students privately as well.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Sarah Zaharako in Berkeley as a violin
and viola teacher for children and teen-agers. She has taught both
violin and viola to our daughter for several years. During that time
she has imparted not just physical technique and musical proficiency,
but also how to artistically interpret music, ways of overcoming
difficulties and obstacles, and how to perform together with other
musicians. Our family has been very happy with Sarah, and I'm sure you
will be too. Her telephone number is (510) 435-7525.
Sam Mansfield is an excellent violin teacher for young children. He is currently a
Music Major at UC Santa Cruz, but will be teaching in Berkeley this summer. He has
been a violin coach at Crowden Music School and at Cazadero. He can be reached at
April 2009: violin teacher in Berkeley for 7-year-old
Hello, I am looking for a violin teacher for young girl (7 years old) I am looking for someone that is friendly and works with kids, as well as affordable. Thank you!
Michelle Levy is an excellent violin teacher in Berkeley, and teaches both
children and adults. She also performs on medieval viel, viola, and violin in a
range of styles. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicky Grossi is a wonderful violin teacher in North Oakland in the Rockridge
area. She is teaching at Musically Minded Studio. She also teaches viola and
electric bass. She is a high energy person who is passionate and enthusiastic
about music. Her students adore her. She is a wonderful resource. I know it is
not in Berkeley but, she is so great that she is worth the drive!
www.musicallyminded.com, email@example.com, 510 428 4094
I don't know what style of music (classical, jazz, folk, etc.) you are thinking
of, if any in particular. I have worked with a very talented violinist, Lila
Sklar, who lives in Berkeley, does teach kids (I believe), and has a 5- or
6-yr-old of her own. She specialises in Balkan folk music, but can play just
about anthing. Feel free to email me and I'll e-introduce you to her.
The Crowden Music Center in Berkeley offers affordable private violin lessons for
all ages and levels of experience, including both traditional instruction and
Suzuki method. Our violin faculty, all warm, wonderful teachers who are also
active and distinguished performers, includes GC6ran Berg, Heghine Boloyan, Wendy
Clymer, Rem Djemilev, Doris Fukawa, Lisa Grodin, David Ryther, KC Still, Sara
Usher, and Ondine Young.
Lessons are held at Crowden (1475 Rose Street at Sacramento, just two blocks from
North Berkeley BART) and scheduled at the convenience of the family and
instructor, and financial assistance is available. We also offer a number of
beginning instrumental classes and ensembles that might be appropriate for your
For more information, contact us at 510.559.2941 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us
online at www.crowden.org.
Crowden Music Center
For years both our kids have been seeing Sarah Zaharako, 510-435-7525, who lives
in Berkeley. She is a young woman who is very talented (plays in at least 2
local bands, and works very well with kids. She is very patient, and works in a
very positive way to get the students up to the next level. She is familiar with
a variety of types of music which makes if fun for the kids. She gets our highest
endorsement, our kids love her and look forward to her lessons each week.
After trying out a few violin teachers, our 6 year old son finally settled on a
wonderful one named Michelle Levy. She teaches violin and viola out of a studio
called Music Sources on Alameda Street in Berkeley, but also makes home visits if
you live near enough. She is skilled with children and an accomplished musician
whose enthusiasm for music is infectious. Xavier looks forward to his lessons
and is learning so much! I highly recommend her. She is new to the area (moved
here following her own violinist mentor) so I believe has some teaching
availability at the moment. Her cell is (339)927-5698 and email is
I would like to recommend Sarah Zaharako our violin teacher. She is excellent
with children. She does not put enormous amounts of pressure on her students but
keeps them moving steadily forward. She also has them learning how to improvise
from the very first lesson.
She is kind and patient, never punitive or impatient.
She has taught my 12-year-old daughter since she was eight.
She is located on California Street off Alcatraz and is currently taking
Please email me if you can't find her number.
We love my son's violin teacher, Lila Sklar. She is fun, patient,
and very musical. She plays in several professional groups. We love
the fact that after the student gets the classical basics, they can
play any style of music they enjoy That keeps the motivation much
higher. My son, now 15, has been studying with Lila since he was
eight, and now chooses to play a variety of fiddle tunes, and some
klezmer/eastern European style music. Lila teaches at her home in
Berkeley (near Sacramento and Alcatraz). She has a few openings.
She usually doesn't take kids younger than eight, but will consider
them if they are ''serious.'' You can read more about her, and find
her contact info at her web site:
Feel free to contact me if you want any more info.
Jan 2009: Violin Teacher for 5.5-year-old
My daughter has been asking for violin lessons since she was 2 or
3. I'm finally ready to consider letting her take lessons. I
looked at all of the recommendations and they are all either quite
dated or for Suzuki-method teachers. (I am not interested in the
Suzuki method because I'm not willing to make that much of a time
commitment to the lessons.) I don't play an instrument, so I have
no idea what makes a good music teacher or whether 5.5 is too young
to start taking violin lessons. She is a pretty serious little
girl with a long attention span. She tried many instruments at the
Crowden School instrument petting zoo, and is still determined to
take violin. Any recommendations out there?
Our daughter and friend started violin lessons at age 6, with Ondine
Young. She teaches at Crowden, and also from her home off the Arlington
in Richmond hills on Friday afternoons. She is very flexible and does
not do a strict Suzuki method (although we use a Suzuki book). We
really like her, and she has lots of fun ways of teaching. You can send
her an e-mail at email@example.com.
Is 5.5 too young for violin lessons? No, however, the younger the child
is, the more interaction that will be required by the parent. For
example, my son is 4.5 years old, and he's taking violin lessons
(modified Suzuki method). However, there's no way that I can read a book
during his lessons and just tell him to practice his violin. I need to
know what he's working on and help him practice it.
I learned violin when I was in fourth grade in my elementary school. My
parents didn't know what was going on, but I was old enough to practice
on my own.
Therefore, my advice is if you don't want too much involvement, then
wait till she's older and more self-sufficient. If you want to start her
now, then you'll probably have to figure out what she's doing and help
My son's teacher is Erin Benim. She's really good with kids. However she
uses a modified Suzuki method and at your daughter's age, I'm thinking
that it will require some time for you to work with her and her
Aug 2008: Violin Teacher for 3 year-old
Can anyone recommend a violin teacher for a 3 year old? Fay
Goran Berg teaches FABULOUS Suzuki violin lessons at the
Crowden School in Berkeley, where they take kids starting at
age 3. The environment is wonderful, with all the older kids
running around with their instruments and music coming out of
all the rooms, and the people are wonderful. I highly
Happy Suzuki Mama
I highly recommend Michele Voilleque who is a music educator
who works specifically with children. She is a licensed
Kindermusik educator and has played the violin all her life.
You can see Michele's webpage at
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 552-8160.
There is an excellent fiddle teacher for children in El Cerrito
-Catherine Manning. Some of her students are very young
children and she teaches traditional, bluegrass, folk, fiddle
tunes. She has a monthly kids jam where her students are
invited to a jam session at her house. My husband takes
mandolin lessons with her husband, Chad (a great fiddle player
and teacher who plays with David Grisman's Bluegrass band)and
has helped out at a few of the kids jams playing mandolin. He
tells me Catherine is terrific with the kids and as a group,
they play great and have a good time. Her contact info is:
May 2008: Violin Teacher Adult
I currently play the fiddle and I'm looking to also take some
violin lessons with a classical focus. Does anyone have any
recommendations for an violin teacher for adults?
Yes! I highly recommend my violin teacher, Jim Shallenberger. I've been
playing for only 7 or 8 years, and Jim's been my teacher for the past 3 or
so. He was with the SF Ballet Orchestra for over 20 years until he injured
his shoulder a couple of years ago. He still plays, and will play with you
in lessons (or accompany you on the piano), but he doesn't perform anymore.
Jim is a wonderfully supportive teacher and great at diagnosing playing
problems. He teaches at his home in North Berkeley: 524-6996 or
Eric Hansen specializes in teaching adults violin.
He is music director of Prometheus Symphony Orchestra in Oakland, on
the music faculty at Cal State East Bay, and has been teaching violin
privately for many many years. He works out of his home studio in El
Cerrito, and is a warm, musical, and supportive teacher.
April 2008: Crowden Suzuki Violin Class for 3 yo
I'm considering Crowden Music School's Suzuki Violin program for my 3
year old. I'd welcome feedback from parents who have recent
experience with Crowden Suzuki program or have recommendations for
other approaches to introducing an instrument to a musically
enthusiastic 3 year old. My toddler particularly likes drums and
guitars. Thank you.
As the Director of the Crowden Center for Music in the Community, I
encourage you to come and observe some Suzuki classes in action. That
will be the best way for you to determine if the program is a good
match for you and your family. We are also offering a free parent
seminar on Saturday, May 3 from 1:30-3:30pm (parents only). At that
time, you can meet the Program Director and learn more about the Suzuki
philosophy. The Suzuki method is specifically designed to encourage and
nurture young children in a musical environment of peers and families.
This places a larger demand on parents than many other pursuits, since
parents are required to attend the classes and support daily practice
at home. The rewards can be wonderful both musically and otherwise!
Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance in any way.
This is our 4 year old son's first year of Suzuki violin at Crowden and
we love it. (He was three when he started.) It is a very positive
approach, giving tons of encouragement and support. Everything about
Suzuki makes sense. It's non-competitive, individual growth is
celebrated, children are expected to progress at their own rates and
yet each child is made to feel part of a group of musicians.
Additionally, skills are built slowly providing a very solid foundation
before moving on. For example, the first few classes focus on how to
hold a bow. Then children learn how to use the bow on the strings
enough so that they can participate in performances and get the sense
of what it's like to make music. When they feel successful with these
skills, only then are they introduced to the left hand. Watching our
young four year old learn to play and feel successful has been a joy
for our entire family. While I am not familiar with any other method,
I can't imagine a better
approach. We have particularly enjoyed the attention given to his
experiences and the support he has been given when he's felt frustrated
and/or nervous. Coupled with this, we feel fortunate to be part of a
program that gives equal support to the parents. Please feel free to
email me with specific questions.
We LOVE Crowden's Suzuki program. Our son is almost 4 1/2 and he began
earlier this year. He started violin when he was about 3 1/2 with Ondine
Young (she's wonderful and also happens to be a teacher at Crowden). Ondine
recommended Crowden's Suzuki program and our son has really enjoyed it. In
fact, my husband says that he values the classes for its parenting tips - he
has learned to be more patient and more encouraging with our son by attending
the classes with him. It is time intensive in that there are 2 classes per
week but you (your child) reap the rewards by learning to love music and how
to play. you can email me directly for more information.
looking for a playful and fun violin teacher for a 4 year old - who has
asked to play the violin. (she did not get this from her parents - dad
plays the allman bros on his guitar) looking for someone who is warm and
child centered. suzuki method is a must. (i have looked into, and do not
feel the crowden center is appropriate for us at this time)
Danielle Charboneau (510)336-9787 is near the Caldecott Tunnel in Oakland. She is very
experienced with small children, and makes the early stages of learning
violin fun. Be warned, though, that although the Suzuki method is
effective, it can be a real commitment.
I did not see your original post, but I have to take every
opportunity to recommend our violin teacher!
Briana Waters has been my daughter's violin teacher for almost
2 years. My daughter started taking lessons with her when she
was 3. She LOVES Briana. Briana is very low pressure &
patient w/ the kids.
BTW- Briana uses the Suzuki method. She does lessons @ her
home near Mills.
Her contact info
Virginia, mama to a violin (sort of) virtuoso!
I am looking for a fun viola teacher for my 11 year old son. In
the Berkeley, El Cerrito area. Any ideas?
The Crowden Center for Music in the Community offers private
instruction on the viola, as well as string ensembles and
instruction on other instruments. We are located at 1475 Rose
Street (corner of Sacramento) in Berkeley. Please contact us at
510-559-2941 or email@example.com for more information. We'd be
happy to send you our brochure and/or tell you more about our
programs and teachers
I am looking for a violin and/or mandolin teacher for my 2 1/2
year old. My husband plays violin and mandolin with him and he
loves it. Any one know of a teacher who is loving, patient, good
with this age group and teaches kids this young. He is able to
sit through music lessons for hours at time and loves music.
Someone close or in Alameda would be perfect.
The Crowden Center for Music in the Community is starting a new
Suzuki Violin program for children ages 3-7. The program will
be directed by Goran Berg, the founder and director of the
highly acclaimed Suzuki Strings Academy in Livermore. Mr. Berg
is a dynamic and experienced music educator who is wonderful
with young children. Please give me a call if your child will
be three soon!
Associate Director, Crowden Center for Music in the Community
My 13 year old son would like to try a couple of violin lessons
to see how he likes it. Recommendations for a PATIENT violin
teacher appreciated. We are in El Cerrito.
My son is taking lessons with Ondine Young, at her home near El
Cerrito. She has a very calm personality, making me think she
would be quite patient. She clearly has a lot of teaching
Here's the posting from BPN announcements a couple of months ago:
ARLINGTON ARTS MUSIC STUDIO ($TBA sliding scale)
submitted by: Ondine Young (ondinetyoung AT aol.com)
(Appropriate for all ages)
The Arlington Arts Music studio has more openings for the
fall/winter season. Ondine Young, William Skeen, and others teach
individual and group lessons for all levels of strings (violin,
viola, cello), beginning piano and recorder. Sliding scale fees
available, TBA. Locations in Berkeley and Richmond off of the
Arlington. We believe in using a variety of teaching methods to
suit the individual and group needs, from aurally-based Suzuki to
visually-based Orff-Kodaly; teaching both ''by ear'' and
incorporating elementary reading skills. The health of the body
and enjoyment of the music making process lead the way.
Ondine and William are free-lance musicians who also teach at
CCMC/The Crowden School of Music in Berkeley, lead the CCMC
Saturday Children's choir, and produce collaborative concerts at
St. David of Wales Church.
For more information on teachers, please visit
www.lamonicaensemble.com or www.thecrowdenschool.org (Ondine
Young, William Skeen, and others TBA). Please contact
ondinetyoung AT aol.com or call (510) 233-9403 for a trial lesson.
I'm looking for a violin teacher who can teach a group lesson
to my son (5 years old) and I. We both have never played
before so we'd need to rent violins also. I thought if we took
the lesson together it would encourage both of us to practice
as well as enjoy the experience together. Looking for a
teacher in El Cerrito, Albany or Richmond.
The Crowden Center for Music in the Community has violin
lessons for both children and adults. There are also chamber
music groups for kids and chamber music concerts on Sundays
throughout the year that are geared toward families with
children. It's a great place to learn about music.
I am looking for a Suzuki violin teacher in Walnut Creek area. My
child is not 3 years old yet and still needs some time. But I
would like to attend the children concerts or open classes with
him. Any info is very appreciated.
The city of Walnut Creek has a wonderful arts education program:
I can personally recommend one of their instructors, Rem
Djemilev, who is great with kids, teaches private lessons and
conducts several youth orchestras around the Bay Area. I'm
sure there are other good teachers in this program, too. I
don't know whether they would take a child as young as three
years old, but it's worth a try.
I'm interested in hearing experiences with violin teachers Ann Marie
Suderman and Ondine Young, particularly in working with young
children. I only saw one post in the archives on Ms. Suderman.
Anne-Marie Suderman has been my daughter's violin teacher for
two years. Anne-Marie has always been patient,
humorous, caring, and encouraging. She even bakes delicious
coffee cakes at the childen's monthly Saturday group lessons!
We tried sample lessons with three other teachers before we
chose Anne-Marie (for whom we had to wait 6 months to find an
opening). Each of the other three was bizarre in some way - we
were beginning to despair about the ''artistic temperament.'' We
immediately clicked with Anne-Marie's mixture of caring, warmth,
Anne-Marie has taught several of our friends' children for
many years. The children range from six years old to high school
age, and some are very talented, some less so, but they all have
become accomplished musicians and the parents think highly of
her. Her concerts always emphasize support for each musician.
I think you need to have fairly long conversations with any
potential teacher and have at least one sample lesson before you
sign on with anyone!
Best of luck finding the right person. I feel very fortunate
to have found Anne-Marie!
I did look in the archives but I didn't see what I wanted
specifically: a Suzuki violin teacher for a six year old. Any
Danielle Charbonneau is an excellent teacher for young children.
She is teaching three of ours (5, 8, and 12 years old). She is
young, friendly, and lively, and quick to understand a child's
personality and tailor her instruction accordingly. She lives
just off Highway 13 (Broadway Terrace exit). I'm not sure
whether she wants to take on any more students, but if the
location can work for you, it's worth a call: (510)336-9787
I would like to second the recomendation for Danielle Charboneau. My
8 year old has been taking lessons with her for the past year. Danielle
is an excellent teacher. My daughter loves her, and looks forward to the
lessons and concerts. Even though she still doesn't like to practice, her
playing has shown great improvement over the past year! Danielle's
phone number again is: (510)336-9787
I live in Antioch. I am looking for an experienced violin
teacher for my daughter, preferably a Suzuki teacher. Do you
know any violin teacher who lives in downtown Oakland area or in
Contra Costa County (anywhere closer to Antioch)?
Try calling Julie Athayde (925.254.8661). She is a wonderful
violin teacher; if she doesn't have openings she may be able to
recommend someone else closer to your area. Another good
teacher is Sharon Wood (925.825.9248).
We are very happy with Danielle Charbonneau, who lives in
Montclair, near Lake Temescal. We have three children, ages 5,
8, and 11, taking lessons from her, and I would be happy to talk
to you about our experience, with her and with other teachers.
I am looking for a violin instructor for a musically inclined 35
year old who hasn't played the violin in 25 years.
I am a violin teacher in Berkeley and I teach adults as well as
children. Feel free to give me a call and talk about what you're
looking for, schedules, fees, etc.
548-3738 home/work phon
I highly recommend Jim Shallenberger. His specialty is teaching
violin to adults. I started lessons with him about 6 months ago,
never having played the violin before. He is patient and
encouraging. His number is 524-6996.
I am a violin and viola teacher with a large adult student
population. I offer individual lessons as well as a chamber
music class for adults who are at either a beginning or
intermediate level. I love doing this and am always so
impressed that adults can find the strength and fortitude to
flourish on the path toward musical expression! My studio is in
Phyllis Kamrin, almaduo at attbi.com
Online violin instruction:
Does anyone have experience with the Holy Names
Suzuki program for children that they could share with me? Any
specific teachers there that that you recommend? Or, do you
have a violin teacher for your child that you love? I live in
Redwood Heights in Oakland and am looking for something fairly
close to my house. This will be my son's first music
instruction. He has expressed interest in playing the violin
consistently for the past 2 years.
I highly recommend Danielle Charboneau, who lives near you (just
off 13/Broadway Terrace) and just moved here from Chicago. She
inherited many of Robin Reid's students (including three of my
children, ages 5 to 11), when Robin stopped teaching last year.
I have heard mixed reviews of the Holy Names program, but have no
personal experience with it.
Good luck. Eirik
Violin Teacher for Toddler
I am hoping that someone might be able to recommend a violin teacher in the
Berkeley area who specializes or at least has experience in working with
toddlers; specifically, a 2.5 year old. A Suzuki teacher would be ideal, but
I would consider other methods. I have been working with my child myself,
but feel we could both benefit from some exposure to a specialist, as I am
reaching the limits of my expertise. I have been told that there are people
who focus their work on children this young, but they all seem to live a
considerable distance away.
Try the Preparatory Department at Holy Names College, they have a large
Suzuki Violin, Piano, etc. department there and could probably either help
you there or recommend a teacher. But the advantage of the larger program
(especially for violin) is being a part of the group classes and recitals,
it's a real community.
The Preparatory Music Department at Holy Names College has a large Suzuki program, and
I know some of the teachers take very young students.
Annemarie Suderman in Albany is a kind, gentle and caring Suzuki violin teacher.
She spends a fair amount of time accomplishing the proper position of the
instrument, which I think is great so kids don't hurt themselves playing
incorrectly, and incorporates melodies and songs appropriate to the child's
I would like to reccommend an excellent violin teacher: Zachery Carrettin,
594-4000, ext. 207. He is located in North Oakland, and teaches both jazz
and classical violin.
We have Donna Lerew, a master violin teacher, for our
daughter for the past 9 years, and we're very happy
about her professional, gentle, and encouraging ways.
Donna Lerew: 510-524-5203. She is on Hopkins Street.
Good luck, Yoko
My daughter has taken lessons from Carla Picchi
for the past two years. Carla is a very talented teacher who plays more
than one instrument and my daughter has improved tremendously under her
tutelage and has really begun to enjoy music. I highly recommend her. Her
prices are little expensive $50/hr but I think she is worth it. She lives
off Broadway Terrace, close to Rockridge. Stella
My daughter (9 years old) has been taking Suzuki method lessons from
Wendy Reid for three years. She's a wonderful teacher with high
standards. She's teaches out of her house in Berkeley. Wendy is
affiliated with the Preparatory Music department at Holy Names
College. Call Holy Names at 436-1000 regarding their program and
other teachers in the Berkeley area. I'm not sure if they offer group
Violin teachers: Edith Szendrey and Eugene Chukhlov, 510-758-7870. They are
excellent musicians, are interested in teaching, and recently moved to El
Sobrante. From South Berkeley it is about a 15 to 20 minute drive to their
Someone asked about a violin teacher --
Our 8 year old takes violin lessons with Edith Szendrey, 215-7810. She's
been taking lessons for about a year, and it seems to be going well. I
know Edith has students younger than our daughter, too. Edith lives in
Mira Vista, a neighborhood in Richmond on the El Cerrito border.
Fiddle lessons for 12 year old
Fiddle teacher wanted for 12 year old to learn, ''from
scratch''. She had 2-3 years of piano but wants to learn to
fiddle. In Berkeley area.
Lila Sklar taught my daughter fiddle for many years until
she went away for college.
Lila did insist on classical positioning and scales but also
taught her a wide variety of folk music styles from Irish
fiddle tunes to the Middle East. My daughter always came
home from her lessons excited and inspired. At one point
Lila even introduced my daughter to some electronics and
improvisation when my daughter spoke with her about joining
a band. My daughter still remembers her lessons with Lila
fondly and is now playing in a band at her college on the
East coast! When she first started with Lila, she was
coming from another teacher and was burned out on the
classical Suzuki track. Lila rekindled her love for music
and now she has a skill that will serve her for the rest of
Lila teaches out of her home in South Berkeley her # is
mom of a happy fiddler!
The Fifth String darlin!
right there on Ashby and adeline. Its a world of fun!
Hi, we love Catherine manning. She teaches kids and her husband, chad, teaches
adults. He also plays with the David Grisman band and Laurie Lewis. They teach at the
tannery buildings on gilman street. She's pretty busy but might as well check in with
her and see if there's a slot!
Catherine manning: 415-596-5961, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chadmanning.com
I can highly recommend Catherine Manning, who offers fiddle
lessons to children from her studio in Berkeley. My
daughter has been taking lessons from her for about a year
and Catherine is a wonderful teacher: Kind, patient,
positive, and encouraging. She also offers regular jams
with kids playing together. Part of the enjoyment of
learning from her is that she accompanies the children with
guitar or another instrument so that even simple tunes sound
good. She can be reached at: email@example.com.
Fiddle Teacher for kids in North Oakland?
can anyone recommend a good fiddle teacher for kids near north oakland?
mom of 7 year old
Kaila Flexer lives in Oakland and accepts students of all levels and works
with both children and adults. She works with people interested in
exploring folk and fiddle styles, jazz and improvisation. Google her or
write to Kaila@kailaflexer.com
Rosie Steffy teaches my son fiddle in North Oakland. She is fantastic with
kids. My son is 5. He can already play some nice sounding notes, and is
learning basic rhythm. She teaches in a folk style, strictly by ear. Her
number is 510-547-4824.
Fiddle Teacher for adults
I am looking for a fiddle teacher for a beginning adult. Thanks!
I highly recommend Kaila Flexer. She's amazing as a musician and a
teacher for any age. http://www.kailaflexer.com
I highly recommend Lila Sklar in Berkeley
www.lilasviolin.com. When I first started taking lessons
with her I was in my early 50's and had not played since I
was a child. She was patient and inspiring and encouraged
me to play what I liked to listen to! She is very thorough
about things like position but she has a very free flowing
attitude about style. (One of her specialties is Balkan and
middle Eastern music.) She helped me with reading and
ear-training and now I play in a chamber music group as well
as a Turkish Folk Music band! I would still be with Lila if
I had not moved to the East Coast.
I see a great violin/fiddle teacher (Lila Sklar) in Berkeley. I picked
up the instrument at 34 years old with ZERO experience and am happy
with the progress I've made over the past two years with her. Lila,
who's been playing since she was 5, is patient and has respect for us
adults trying to learn such a challenging instrument. In addition to
technique and reading music, she puts emphasis on relaxed and proper
body mechanics (so that we won't tire out as players and can enjoy our
music for a long long time!) Check out her web site:
Re: Violin teacher for preschool-age kids?
There is an excellent fiddle teacher for children in El Cerrito
-Catherine Manning. Some of her students are very young
children and she teaches traditional, bluegrass, folk, fiddle
tunes. She has a monthly kids jam where her students are
invited to a jam session at her house. My husband takes
mandolin lessons with her husband, Chad (a great fiddle player
and teacher who plays with David Grisman's Bluegrass band)and
has helped out at a few of the kids jams playing mandolin. He
tells me Catherine is terrific with the kids and as a group,
they play great and have a good time. Her contact info is:
March 2009: Fiddle Lessons for 10 year old
My son wants to learn fiddle. I looked on the archives and saw lots of
violin teachers, but no fiddle teachers. Anyone know of a fun, affordable
fiddle teacher in the Oakland area? My son reads music well and has
studied piano for 3 years. I'd like him to try a couple of lessons before
deciding whether to switch instruments.
I know just the person for your son! Amy Hofer is fabulous--fun,
patient, good sense of humor, an excellent teacher, and terrific
fiddler. Contact her at:
510) 213 0702
She lives in Oakland, too!
--an Amy Hofer fan
Kaila Flexer is an amazing fiddle teacher, performer, and composer. My
10-yr-old daughter has been taking lessons from Kaila for 4 years, and
she loves it. Kaila is fun, inventive, and creative. She and my
daughter laugh A LOT during the lessons, and my daughter is inspired
both to play songs she already knows and to stretch with new material.
Highly recommended! You can check out her website at
www.kailaflexer.com for more info, and to hear the music she plays and
performs with her band, Teslim, You can contact her directly at
Irene Sezar is a wonderful teacher who does fiddle as well as other
styles. She's in Berkeley.510-418-1965
Sarah (another violin teacher)
Contact Kaila Flexer through her website, Kailaflexer.com
She is great and fun, a mom herself, an accomplished musician and
experienced teacher. And I'm sure she would be happpy to teach your
son to fiddle!!
Former Fiddler Myself
I would like to highly recommend my daughter's fiddle teacher, Catherine
Manning. She is so wonderful with our daughter and with all the kids she
teaches. As well as the lessons she also has monthly fiddle jams for
her students where they all get together and play. Really fun! You can
email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2008: fiddle teacher for myself and my son
I am looking for recommendations for a fiddle teacher for myself (a
beginner) and my son (who has taken a year of violin lessons). Preferably
someone closer to the Pinole area.
I just joined so I don't know what your original post said but if you
are looking for some great fiddle teachers I highly recommend Chad
and Catherine Manning. My daughter and I have been taking lessons
from them for several years now, Chad is spectacular with adult
beginners, he also performs with the David Grisman Bluegrass
Experience and Catherine is wonderful with kids. They are located in
El Cerrito, Chad's website: www.chadmanning.com, their email:
I haven't played the violin since I was a kid and now I'd like to
start over but play fiddle instead of going the classical route.
Can anyone suggest a teacher. Thanks.
I highly recommend Chad Manning, he specializes in teaching
adults (beginners, intermediate or advanced) - teaching all
kinds of fiddle styles: bluegrass, jazz, swing, improvisation
His website: http://www.chadmanning.com
Have fun fiddling!!!
I take fiddle lessons from Robin Flower. She is the best! I
didn't know a thing about violins or fiddles and because of her I
am able to play many many tunes and even participate in her Once
a Month String Band - we are performing this Saturday. She
teaches in Oakland. You can contact her at 510-482-9479. Check
out her website at www.flowerandmclaren.com
In past summers, somebody offered ''Fiddlesticks'' a half
day violin class on what else, but fiddling. I think this
person was located in Richmond. Is this program still
happening? We are looking for a fun strings experience
for a 12-year old with 4 plus years of violin, that is
local (Berk/Alb, EC,Richmond, N.Oakland), that would last
1-2 weeks. I searched for Fiddlesticks on the web site and
came up with no hits. Does anyone have previous
experience or a name/phone number to contact them by?
Thanks for the help! (Cazadero won't work for us this
Question was: Is Fiddlesticks still around?
Answer: YES! I am the director of FIDDLEKIDS and I
assume this is what you are looking for. FIDDLEKIDS is a
one-week intensive day-camp providing instruction in
traditional fiddle styles with accompanying art and dance.
One year minimum on the violin is required prior to camp
and the camp is for kids ages 7-13. Further information
can be found at: www.fiddlekids.com or email me at
bobbinik at attbi.com
Bobbi Shearn Nikles
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