Strings Lessons

Strings Lessons

5.0 (5)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
22 years in business

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Honolulu, HI 96826
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5 Reviews

5.0

  • Kelly Higashi

    Theresa is truly a professional musician with amazing credentials. Shes very friendly, relaxed and upbeat at the same time. She plays various stringed instruments including the cello, violin, and electric & acoustic guitars, etc. I am a self-taught guitarist playing for over 12yrs. and finally learning notes & scales. I would recommend her to anyone, beginner or advanced, wanting to further their knowledge playing any stringed instruments. Top notch player & instructor!

  • Laurie

    We hit the jackpot-found Theresa, and had an incredible 2 years w/ where my kid studied with her and learned double-bass. I am not joking when I say it finding Theresa as our bass teacher was like finding a diamond in a haystack. She is an excellent, dedicated musician, patient and yet, challenging teacher. She was and is a role model for my kiddo.

  • Kelly Higashi

    I found Theresa on Lessons.com by sheer luck as I looked at several instructors on the island,.. and glad I did! At first I was apprehensive, because of her "extraordinary" background in music,(see her website) but she greeted me with enthusiasm and made me feel comfortable right away . We talked about my background as a guitar player & already gave me some thing's to work on. I believe I can achieve my goals working with her. I recommend anyway looking to further their knowledge,at any stage in their lives, beginners or pro's to see her.

  • John Velez

    She is the best teacher I have had. She helped me improve significantly in my tone and technique. She explains everything clearly and well. If you want someone who will seriously push you she is it. I was taught so much and would recommend her to anyone. The philosophy she lives by is also a great thing you learn from her. Part of it is to be yourself when performing do not try to be someone else. The music you are playing should have you in it. I live by this philosophy and it has helped me get far in my career as a cellist.


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The key is to listen to the student and what the student wants to accomplish. Keeping their end goal in mind a curriculum can be designed to accomodate their desire and goals in mind. Each student has a different approach and this needs to be paramount.


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

Theresa Strange holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Music (Performance) from Texas Woman's University. and graduated Magna Cum Laude, in 1997. Featured in the 1995-1997 editions of the National Dean's List, inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa, Gamma Beta Phi, and Mu Phi Epsilon organizations, serving as the Mu Chi Chapter President from 1998-99. She holds a valid certificate from the Texas Board for Educator Certification. While attending SMU she was a Meadows Scholar. In 2000, she was accepted into the prestigious Musica Schola Cantorum program in Paris. A multiple award winner and featured in Who's Who; she was trained classically while studying with Carlo Pezzimenti and Robert Guthrie. Extensive experience with MIDI implementation of modern rack gear and the use of effects, amplification and programming. 


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

30 minutes $30.00

60 minutes $50.00


How did you get started teaching?

In 1997 I was asked to substitute teach and from that day forward I fell in love with art of teaching.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with "need based" students, kinestetic, auditory, tactile, visual, as well as children (6 and above) through adults and seniors. In the 20+ years of teaching, I have had the opportunity to teach many different types of individuals.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Every moment a student that says they didn't know that and it makes sense, or "Oh wow, that's how that works!".


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

The instructor should strive to customize your curriculum based on the needs and deficiencies of the student. There are no standard lessons that can fit all students and levels. It's more work for the teacher but you will advance quicker with an instructor that understands how to apporach your learning style and material.


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

Being honest and understanding limitations is not a weakness. The teacher is there to help you achieve. Make sure the instructor has your goal in mind and not theirs.