Hilary Lewis

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An active member of the San Francisco musical community, Lewis performs locally with a variety of groups including San Francisco Academy Orchestra, Russian Chamber Orchestra, Classical Revolution, and Five Line Strings Quartet. Teaching engagements include masterclasses with the Academy Orchestra outreach quartet and at Myriad Music School in San Mateo.

Lewis has studied with notable teachers including Jonathan Vinocour, principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, Don Ehrlich from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Caroline Coade from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Melissa Gerber Knecht from the Toledo Symphony, and Scott Woolweaver from Eastern Michigan University. She has performed in masterclasses with the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Hot Club of San Francisco, and Yizhak Schotten.

Studio Philosophy

Every student can succeed when their intention is clear – students work with me to lay out detailed plans to move towards a specific musical goal. Our teacher-student team is flexible and creative in problem solving. We take on challenges and accept responsibility for forward progress.

Given this framework, I am committed to the following:

- Seeing students grow in ability and knowledge to their own satisfaction
- Encouraging students to set goals that will stretch their potential
- Helping a student pursue music in a well-rounded manner including classical violin/viola technique, extended violin styles (jazz, pop, fiddle, rock, etc..), music theory, composition, and listening skills
- Bringing a positive outlook to each lesson and providing constructive framework to achieve goals
- Providing an environment for students to have positive performance experience and collaborative music making – semi-annual recitals, group classes, and master classes with guest teachers

Expectations for Students

- We will set musical goals together
- We will arrive on-time and prepared with all materials for our lesson appointment
- We will try our best
- We will approach challenges with creativity and enthusiasm

37.7813454, -122.497668

San Francisco, CA (94121)

Full Name:
Hilary Lewis
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Institutional Affiliation:

Teaches at Exploring Music in San Francisco and Myriad Music Academy in San Mateo.

Music Styles:
Classical, Fiddle, Gypsy Jazz, Rock
Instrument/Voice Types Taught:
Violin and Viola
Age Ranges:
Middle School
High School
4 years old and up

Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies, San Francisco Academy Orchestra 2014.
Bachelor of Arts in Viola Performance, Hillsdale College, cum laude 2010.

Years Teaching:
Lesson Rate:
$35/half hour, $60/hour
Teaching Method:

Suzuki and Kodaly Methods

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