Lessons & Coaching

Private Lessons:

An essential element in the life of an artist is to teach and nurture others to grow.   Teaching can be expressed in many different formats, with private lessons being one of most realized.  Through mentoring, I enrich my own experience and continue to learn as well.  I am comfortable working with students of any age, with my youngest starting around age four and my youngest-at-heart approaching their golden years.

My approach stems from the understanding of each student as a unique individual.  I foster non-competitiveness yet encourage the highest level of musicianship and technical skill, always attempting to instill sensitivity and utmost respect for music and art.  Students learn that  sound body mechanics sets the stage for learning good technique, which helps prevent injury and allows for broader exploration of artistry in playing.  Taking this path to learn helps to develop awareness,  assimilate the instrument with the body in a natural way, and lead to a deeper connection with both the instrument and the music.

I offer lessons in violin and/or piano, with some students studying both instruments simultaneously.  Although the methods I use are independent for each instrument, I am able to tailor a unique experience for each student with no conflicting advice between the instruments.   I often accompany students on either instrument as well, supplying early and constant exposure to playing chamber music, crucial to developing a well-rounded music experience.

Depending on the distance, I can travel to your home or other location for the lessons.  Home-schooled children, collegiate students, the self-employed or those with flexible schedules may opt for lessons earlier in the day.  Aside from the purchasing/renting of the  instruments for which I can refer reputable businesses, I can take care of purchasing most materials and supplies, saving you time and guesswork.  The costs for the items can be reimbursed at the following lesson.

Sometimes only a few lessons are needed.  For instance, if you already play an instrument, have just a couple pieces to prepare for a special event or performance and would like some help, feel free to contact me and we can figure out the best plan of action to achieve your goal.

Chamber Music Coaching:

One of the most beloved genres for many musicians both professional and amateur is that of chamber music.  Chamber music refers to small ensembles most commonly ranging from two to four players, though some pieces involve as many as eight or more players.  In chamber music, each musician is both a soloist and a supporting player within the group.  This differs from orchestras, where there may be several players on the same part.

A couple types of chamber ensembles are the piano trio and the string quartet.  A piano trio is most often formed by one pianist, one violinist, and one cellist and the string quartet  is comprised of two violinists, one violist and one cellist.  I can coach your ensemble in preparation for a concert or just for your own enjoyment.  Studying chamber music is an excellent way to improve listening skills, communication competence and collaborative  techniques, plus develop a better sense of not only intonation but intuition as well!

Other Instruments:

I help colleagues and students on instruments other than violin and piano, such as viola and cello.  If you would like a different perspective, then a one-time lesson, short-term lessons, or even practice sessions for any instrument can be arranged.

Rates and Policy:

Private Lessons (per student):

  • 30 minutes:  $40
  • 45 minutes:  $60
  • 60 minutes:  $80
  • 75 minutes:  $95
  • 90 minutes:  $110

Chamber Music Coachings (per group):

  • 60 minutes:  $80
  • 90 minutes:  $110
  • 120 minutes: $140

Travel:

  • $10 -$30 within San Francisco.  Additional fees apply for areas outside San Francisco.

Please notify me as soon as possible if a cancellation or rescheduling is needed.  A cancellation request for any reason within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson time incurs the full lesson fee. A $25 fee applies to any returned checks in addition to any bank fees.