Listed below: San Francisco Bay Area string instrument teachers offering private lessons in a variety of styles.
Please contact the teachers directly for information on studio location, rates and policies.
If you are a string teacher and would like to be included, please email Emily
with your website or email, teaching location and what ages/ styles you teach.
(photo by Sophia Wilson)
Violin teachers organized by location then last name
Caitlin Keen/ Alameda Violin
Location: West End of Alameda
Ages: 3 and up
Levels: Beginning to advanced violin and viola lessons
Description:Emphasis is on a fun, well rounded, supportive, and high quality music education for those students who study solely for enrichment purposes,
to those who seek to pursue professional careers.
Though all our students may not choose to become professional musicians, we believe that they all will lead more
enriched lives because of their musical experience!
- Emily Packard
Location: Alameda School of Music.
Also available some evenings at Ifshin Violins
Ages: 6-adult, all levels welcome.
Styles: Classical, Suzuki, beginning fiddle.
Contact by email
Albany - Will come to your house for your convenience
Lafayette - studio at the Lafayette Cello Academy
Ages: 4 - 10
Style: Suzuki and Traditional
Bio: I have been teaching for over 25 years and specialize in beginners-intermediate. I give children a strong foundation with a little fun mixed in and a great appreciation of music.
- KC Still
Location: Albany and Crowden School of Music
Styles: Traditional and Suzuki
- Nils Bultmann
Location: Berkeley Area
Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Styles: Violin and Viola private lessons
Bio: Nils offers a creative approach to music making and string playing with an emphasis on technique,
relaxation, and enjoyment. He is a composer and professional violist with a background in performance as well as a PHD from UC Berkeley in Music Composition. Nils has much experience teaching middle and high school students and also adults who wish
to try string playing or who have played before and wish to get back into the instrument. Contact by email: Nils Bultmann
- Ilana Matfis
Location: Berkeley home studio
Ages: 5- 18
Style: Classical violin and viola
Contact by email: Ilana Matfis
- Kasandra Klassy
Location:Castro Valley and Danville/San Ramon
Bio: I have been teaching for over 35 years, and spent time with Dr. Suzuki in Japan. My program includes private lessons, plus additional group lessons, and 4 concerts per year. The concerts each have a different theme: Solo, graduation, fiddle and Christmas. Please see my website to learn more.
Contact by email: Kassandra Klassy
- Eric Chin
Ages: Middle School age to Adult
contact by email Eric Chin
All ages and levels
Styles: classical, modified Suzuki
Location: El Cerrito/will travel
phone: (530) 559-1688
email: Nancy Ewing
- Alexis Harris
All ages and levels
Will travel/ Lessons at Ifshin Violins in El Cerrito
See bio at Pleasanton Music
Contact by email Alexis Harris
- Clodagh Martin
Ages: 5 - Adult
Styles: Classical, Suzuki, Fiddle, Improvisation, Theory Tutoring
Location: Rockridge, home studio
Please see website for bio and more details.
Contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julie Michael
Location: Rockridge Ages: All ages, from 3 to adult.
Styles: Teaching style is patient and sensitive to individual learning styles,
with an emphasis on ear training skills.
- Elbert Tsai
Location: Studio in Rockridge, on the border of Oakland and Berkeley.
Ages/ Styles: I specialize in violin students ages 10-18 for whom violin is a serious endeavor.
Younger children and adults are also welcome to contact me.
Please visit my website for a complete bio, my teaching philosophy, and audio/video samples of my performances.
Ages: All levels, ages and styles. Highly sought after teacher with warm and eclectic approach.
Styles: Special interest in traditional fiddle music including jazz, Irish, American old-time and Irish.
Bio: Bobbi is the founder and long-time director of the much loved and respected "Fiddlekids". Fiddlekids is now a program of Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. She currently instructs at Fiddlekids camp and teaches out of her San Francisco studio.
Contact by email Bobbinik@gmail.com
Cello teachers organized by location then last name
- Marcie Brown/ Alameda Cello Academy
Styles: Suzuki, improvisation,
Classical, jazz, world music, fiddling
Ages: cello, piano and violin students of all ages
Email Marcie Brown
Ages: All ages and levels, adults welcome
Location: North Berkeley home studio
Bio: I believe in tailoring cello lessons to each student’s individual musical interests. While classical music is my main focus, there are many kinds of music that I enjoy and work with students to develop – including Jazz, Rock, World music and improvisation.
- Nina Flyer
Location: Oakland/Montclair Village.
Ages: I teach from 8 years old to 80.
"I would like students who are serious about the cello and want to work hard to achieve great goals. Please visit either my personal or trio website to see my bio and examples of my playing."