Leah
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    Viola & Violin Lessons, 20 years experience teaching all ages/levels

    With viola performance and teacher certification degrees from The University of Washington, I have worked in public and private schools in the US, India, and Sweden for 20 years, creating community and empowering people with music.
    I have taught music lessons at all levels, but I am especially talented at helping beginner or intermediate students to master their skills of holding the instrument in such a way as to play without pain and therefore get a more beautiful sound out of the instrument. I have taught ages 5-adult and at one time had a private lessons studio in the US of 50 students per year.

    While I was living in the Seattle area, my orchestra programs were recognized as among the top in Washington state. I was invited to judge solo and ensemble competitions in the area and be a guest teacher with other prominent orchestras. I had many students win regional competitions and perform in Washington All-State Orchestra and All-Northwest orchestras. I sing, write and arrange music that has been performed for school events, culture festivals, regional church conference, and the 2013 USA national church conference for Community of Christ.

    My article on reconciliation through mediation was published in The Herald Magazine in 2006 and I have been featured on multiple podcasts as a fertility coach who uses music in a therapeutic way.

    I moved from the US to Sweden in 2015, and live with my Swedish husband and we now have a 3-year-old son. We enjoy sharing our love of jazz and classical music and dancing lindy hop and balboa.

    Extra information

    If you are taking lessons in person, I will provide my exact address when you book a time with me. I am about a 5-minute walk from the Farsta Strand station.

    Location

    At teacher's location: Farsta strand, Stockholm, Sweden
    Online via webcam

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    General info

    Skills:

    Age:

    Children (7-12 years old)
    Teenagers (13-17 years old)
    Adults (18-64 years old)
    Seniors (65+ years old)

    Student level:

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced

    Duration:

    60 minutes

    The class is taught in:

    English

    About Me

    I am someone who doesn't talk about building student confidence, I help students gain confidence through doing things in a step by step method where one skill builds on the next. And in the process, they keep getting better and better at playing. This creates confidence in their playing.

    I love to work with beginners and I also have the playing skills to teach even the most advanced students. I will meet students where they are and take them to the next level. I will always greet students warmly regardless of if they have had a chance to practice this week or not, I work from a place of inspiration, not intimidation.

    So, whether you are wanting to play classical music or jazz or anything in between. I can help you get there! I prefer students to be age 7 or older for the way I like to teach violin and viola. And I welcome adults at all skill levels.

    Education

    I have a Bachelors Degree in Viola Performance from the University of Washington, Seattle US
    I also hold a K-12 Washington State Teacher Certification for Instrumental and Choral Music

    Experience / Qualifications

    Business Owner, Jan. 1992 to July 2015 (And now in Sweden since 2018)
    Epic Arts – Bainbridge Island & Silverdale, WA USA
    Taught private lessons, group classes for viola, violin, cello, bass, piano, swing dance; ages 6-75
    Marketed business through flyers, teaching demonstrations, networking events
    Provided three student recitals per year
    Increased number of students taking private lessons from 4 to 50 per year
    Focused instruction on basic skills of performance; bow, instrument hold, posture
    Adapted teaching style to many types of students, including those with learning disabilities
    Guest Clinician for retreats, workshops, school ensembles, competitions

    General Music Teacher, Aug. 2015 to June 2018
    Internationella Engelska Skolan -Liljeholmen, Sweden
    Provide music instruction for grades 4-6, focused on playing piano & guitar
    Lead students in singing, preparing for choir performances
    Accompany students for performances
    Mentor students and encourage them to succeed
    Started a swing dance club for students

    Orchestra Teacher, Aug. 2013 to May 2014
    Kodaikanal International School – Tamil Nadu, India
    Collaborated with other teachers to create innovative programs, joint concerts
    Performed for faculty recitals, church services, school events
    Taught private lessons on violin, viola, cello, bass to all orchestra students, grades 5-12
    Toured with high school music groups
    Started swing dance club for staff
    Successfully prepare students for ABRSM music exams, school recitals, concerts

    Orchestra & Choir Teacher, Sept. 1998 to June 2012
    Central Kitsap School District – Silverdale, WA USA
    Organized music files, kept records of students, maintained constant communication with parents
    Prepared, coached, took students to state music competitions
    Created, conducted music retreats for students emphasizing teamwork, higher levels of performance
    Taught, performed many styles, including classical, fiddling, jazz, the music of many cultures
    Started district high school orchestra program; received highest ratings at large group contest each year
    Expanded junior high orchestra to multiple classes
    Increased enrollment in elementary music programs
    I am certified as a music educator and fertility coach. Creativity coaching is a process of combining life coaching with music practices to help empower your voice, free up your creativity, and give birth to your next project. Whether you are trying to conceive a child, need to work through grief from a loss, or are starting a new business in the creative field, contact me and let's see if we would be a good fit to work together. I love helping clients to create songs to help unleash their creative energy. I also work to help with relieving anxiety in a natural way so that you can better pursue all the things you are passionate about.
    I have taught music lessons at all levels, but I am especially talented at helping beginner or intermediate students to master their skills of holding the instrument in such a way as to play without pain and therefore get a more beautiful sound out of the instrument. I have taught ages 5-adult and at one time had a private lessons studio in the US of 50 students per year. With viola performance and teacher certification degrees from The University of Washington, I have worked in public and private schools in the US, India, and Sweden for 20 years, creating community and empowering people with music. While I was living in the Seattle area, my orchestra programs were recognized as among the top in Washington state. I was invited to judge solo and ensemble competitions in the area and be a guest teacher with other prominent orchestras. I had many students win regional competitions and perform in Washington All-State Orchestra and All-Northwest orchestras. I sing, write and arrange music that has been performed for school events, culture festivals, regional church conference, and the 2013 USA national church conference for Community of Christ. My article on reconciliation through mediation was published in The Herald Magazine in 2006 and I have been featured on multiple podcasts as a fertility coach who uses music in a therapeutic way. I moved from the US to Sweden in 2015, and live with my Swedish husband and we now have a 3-year-old son. We enjoy sharing our love of jazz and classical music and dancing lindy hop and balboa.

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