Ilana Thomas

Fiddle, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

Lesson Fees
from $35.00 / 30 Minutes

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Free 15 minute trial lessons


I'm glad your curiosity about the violin has led you here-- here's a little about me...

After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, I’ve followed my violin all over the world. I’ve been lucky enough to play with Wynton Marsalis at Tanglewood, support artists like Luciano Pavarotti, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli in huge stadium shows, and even tour with popular bands like ODESZA. I also performed on Broadway, playing in shows from The Producers to Elton John’s Aida. I play all over the SF Bay Area with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, and new music groups but one of my special passions has always been teaching. While I've taught advanced students at UC Berkeley and SUNY Albany, I also enjoy introducing students to the instrument for the very first time. I started playing the violin at age 2, so I have an understanding of what it's like to approach a new skill at any age, whether as a young child or an adult. 

I have a very individualized approach to teaching. Whether you want to play the Brahms violin concerto, learn a Celtic fiddle tune, or figure out how to play a recent Travis Scott release on violin, I aim to meet you where you are. Every student brings to the table a unique set of skills, talents, and challenges, which is what makes teaching so rewarding. I want you to learn how to play the violin, but along the way, I want you to learn more about who you are and how you learn. 

Bachelors of Music, Oberlin Conservatory
Preparatory Program, SF Conservatory
Member, American Federation of Musicians Local 6 and Local 12

I use a combination of materials, including traditional methods like Suzuki and All for Strings, but also incorporating a wide range of materials depending on what inspires each student. Nothing is off limits, but I definitely have plenty of ideas of songs, repertoire and materials that keep students interested and motivated!

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