Ifshin Violins

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 Emily Packard


  • Gina D'Adamo
    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.
    Contact gdmusic58@gmail.com

  • KC Still
    Location: Albany and Crowden School of Music
    Ages: 4-adult
    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

Castro Valley:

  • Kasandra Klassy
    Location:Castro Valley and Danville/San Ramon
    Styles: Suzuki
    Ages: 4+
    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

El Cerrito:

  • Eric Chin
    Ages: Middle School age to Adult
    Style: Classical
    Will travel
    contact by email Eric Chin

  • Nancy Ewing
    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
    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: clodaghmartin94@gmail.com

  • 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. 

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


  • Shain Carrasco
    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
    www.ninaflyer.com  Location: Oakland/Montclair Village.
    Ages: I teach from 8 years old to 80.
    Style: Classical
    "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."