Valerie teaches classical violin and Irish fiddle lessons as well as “facilitated Irish sessions” — a supportive group for beginning musicians on all instruments who want to learn to play in the many wonderful Irish sessions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Location is in the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula.
Valerie works with adult and teen students, from beginners to advanced-intermediate players. For musicians in the East San Francisco Bay Area, she recommends these fiddle teachers: Paul Chaffee in Berkeley and Darcy Noonan in Oakland.
For those musicians with a background in other musical styles, an important part of Valerie’s fiddle teaching is helping you with “sounding Irish”. Explore the rhythms, ornamentation, and nuanced phrasing of Irish music, and hear your Irish fiddling come to life!