Monica Williams

Monica Williams

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22 years in business

About this pro

I love teaching, and helping students find their individual voices through music. Students learn how to improve tone, technique, rhythm, sight reading, and intonation while playing music that they really love.

students will get free group classes and options to participate in virtual recitals. They will receive recordings with duet parts to practice outside of lessons. In addition students get to participate in a certificate of achievement program at the end of the year.

Every lesson is individually tailored. Right now students get to choose between zoom, FaceTime, and Muzie live. The results have been great using online technology. Students are thriving on this platform.

I enjoy working with students of all levels and backgrounds. I have students ages five through 90 and have been teaching for 20 years. I get a rewarding experience every time a student comes excited to show me what they've learned. 

i'm also recording artist and performer. I live and breathe music! After graduating from Eastman school music, I came to the bay area and my teaching journey began. I couldn't be happier.

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San Francisco, CA 94116
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We start with the trial lesson, during that time we investigate the goals of the student and what music would be suitable. After that we arrange the lessons in terms of warm-up, A study or étude, A technical exercise, a piece of music, and a duet or a fun piece of contemporary music. And all the music we focus on clarity of tone and musical expression.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a bachelors of music and flute performance from Eastman school of music in Rochester New York. I'm also a recording artist, my last album reached the top 10 charts of the billboards.

i'm a member of the national flute Association, California music educators Association, Contra Costa music guild, and a Grammy voting member.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lessons are arranged as 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons. The rates are $45 for the 30 minute lesson, $60 for the 45 minute lesson, or $80 for the hour lesson. All lessons include monthly recitals (optional), Group classes, and a certificate of achievement program at the end of the year.

How did you get started teaching?

I actually started teaching when I was 14, just neighborhood kids. But I knew this is something I wanted to do as a career, and went and got the training for it. I like sharing music with the next generation.

What types of students have you worked with?

i've worked with students as young as five and as old as 95. I love starting beginners, and seeing the excitement of starting a new instrument. I also enjoy working with students that I've been playing for a couple years, it's rewarding to see students make and achieve the goals that we make in lessons.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I've been extremely proud to be the founding teacher of the Contra Costa music guild. We create events virtually. Students love participating in the recitals, and seem to enjoy the workshops.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would suggest students take a trial lesson, and ask lots of questions. What kind of music would we work on? What is one area you think I need to improve upon? Where are my strengths? How would you help me get to my goal? 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

First lessons can be a little nerve-racking. It's not a bad idea to have a couple of questions for the teacher. It's always helpful to understand what a student has worked on before. If you can compile some of your favorite older music, that will be very helpful!

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