Viola's Notes - Sing, Play and Dance!
Private Instrument Lessons

Viola teaches private violin and beginning piano lessons, specializing in teaching young children. Viola's goal is that to get children to love music, to become confident on their instrument while being able to express themselves through a variety of musical genres and improvisation. Viola offers classes in South Berkeley and can also come to your house depending on location. Private lessons go from 30 to 60 minutes a week depending on level and include two performance opportunities a year.

If you are looking for other private instrumental instruction check out these amazing teachers!!

Eleonora Pellegrini was born in Florence (Italy), where at the age of nine began studying the harp. Eleonora went on to earn a Bachelors in harp from the Conservatory of music in Florence and a Masters in harp from the Conservatory of music in Parma. From 2011 to 2017 she performed with the Orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music of Manchester during the Cantiere Internazionale d’arte of Montepulciano. For the past seven years Eleonora has been teaching classical and celtic harp to children and adults.
In 2015 Eleonora completed her training to become a certified Music learning theory teacher. This approach focuses on the belief that music is like a language and therefore in order to become fluent children should be immersed in it early on.
For more information on harp lessons and group music classes for young children please contact Eleonora at or 510-725-5601


Emily Palen is a professional violinist, pianist, composer, singer and front woman of Oakland’s hard rock band KnightressM1.  
Emily was born in Midland, MI to cellist Lois and poet John Palen.  She began to study classical violin at the age of 4 and piano at 5.  She studied in her formative years with her mother, a serious musician in her own right and an experienced string teacher in the modalities of Suzuki, Traditional, Eurythmics and who studied with John Kendall.  She then went on to study violin with Lyman Bodman, Michael Avsharian, himself a student of Ivan Galamian and Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan School of Music.  She studied piano with Dottie Canfield and Patricia Willwerth at Central Michigan University.  Emily moved to San Francisco and studied Creative Writing with a focus in poetry at San Francisco State University.  Emily worked for many years as a freelance violinist, sound healer, studio musician and music teacher.  Emily released her first solo violin improv album “Glass ~ Live at Grace Cathedral” in 2012 and her second improv album “Creation” a year later.  Emily began writing for KnightressM1 in 2012 and has since been cultivating the band.  She recorded the debut album at the Foo Fighter home studio ~ Studio 606 with co-producer and 606 chief engineer John Lousteau.  
Her teaching style is based on her primary knowledge of both Suzuki and Traditional teaching,, improvisation, rock and individual composition.  She focuses on connecting with each student in a way that can bring their individual voice to their playing as well as honoring their unique learning style. 


Rebecca is an acclaimed flutist, singer and composer with a twenty year professional career marked by diversity and improvisation.  She studied Jazz with David Baker at the acclaimed Indiana University School of Music then traveled extensively to immerse herself in the cultures of Flamenco, Tango and Brazilian Music. Rebecca teaches flute to children and adults specializing in Classical, Brazilian, Jazz and Flamenco.

Rebecca teaches in North Oakland. Might be available for house calls. For more info and to schedule a class please contact Rebecca at 805-453-0428 or visit


Originally from the San Diego area, Steve Feierabend now lives in Berkeley California where he is active in the Bay Area's jazz and Latin music scenes both as a leader and sideman. Steve holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. Steve's performance credits include gig, concert, festival and recording appearances with Mel Torme, Charles McPherson, Brian Lynch, Ron Eschete, Mike Wofford, Hal Crook, Pete Christlieb, Bill Cunliff, Holly Hoffman, Rob Schneiderman, Peter Sprague, Randy Porter and many others. Steve has released five CD's featuring his original compositions. Steve has over 30 years of experience teaching saxophone and woodwind lessons to students of all ages and levels. Steve teaches in South Berkeley.

For more info check and to schedule a class please contact Steve at

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