Music with Toby - Musical Instruments & Teachers - Parkside, San Francisco, CA

Music with Toby   - Musical Instruments & Teachers - Parkside, San Francisco, CA
4/29/2016

My voice lessons with Toby have been some of the most enjoyable and valuable music lessons I've taken. I studied music in college and took numerous music lessons on various instruments and a few voice lessons. Toby is the only one who actively tries to put you at ease which, in turn, allows you to learn and sing better.Not only is she pleasant but she is also very knowledgeable. Despite having sung my whole life and currently singing in a competitive chorus, I have learned so much from Toby. I learned how to sing and even speak in a healthy way that doesn't fatigue my voice quickly. I can now sing with support and still sing freely. Her methodical way of teaching you new music removes all anxiety as it is very incremental. Would definitely recommend.

1/8/2016 Updated review

I'm 11 years old and I have loved taking violin lessons from Toby for the last 3 years. She gives lots of useful, but not criticizing advice, and I don't think I've ever seen her in a bad mood! She is just a happy and positive person. I look forward to violin lessons every week because she is a wonderful teacher. I think kids would definitely enjoy learning with Toby as much as I do!

1/8/2016 Previous review Toby is a phenomenal violin teacher whose passion for music and life is just contagious. My 11-year… Toby is a phenomenal violin teacher whose passion for music and life is just contagious. My 11-year old daughter has taken violin with Toby for the past 3 years and looks forward to each and every lesson where we are greeted with a hug and smile. Toby is extremely professional, warm, positive and encouraging, and makes use of every single minute of our 30 minutes together each Saturday. My daughter has made excellent, steady progress under Toby's tutelage and developed great practice habits. Toby goes the extra mile to create a connected community of musicians and their families, which is not an easy feat in a fast-paced community. She emails a newsletter and organizes two recitals each year, as well as "studio classes" that give students a chance to share what they are working on in a more relaxed, casual way. Holiday music, a "fiddle fest" at our local farmer's market, and art/summer day camps are other ways Toby helps keep her students happy and engaged. Toby is just one of those people I feel so lucky to have crossed paths with for my kids' growing up years. I could not recommend her more highly. Read more 3/22/2015

My 7-year old daughter has been taking violin lessons with Toby for about seven months, and it has been a wonderful journey for her.  Toby is such a positive, energetic, fun, and inspiring violin teacher.  Her teaching method is excellent.  Thanks to Toby's encouragement and patience, my daughter's violin skills have improved and her love and interest in playing the violin is high.  My daughter looks forward to Toby's lessons (as do I).   We feel very lucky and grateful to have Toby as our daughter's violin teacher, and I highly recommend her to anyone who is thinking about learning violin.  Toby also has a wonderful music summer camp.  Her camp is an excellent way for anyone to learn a little violin.  This is where our daughter first had violin exposure, and she has loved to play ever since.

4/8/2015

In addition to being a really patient and extremely capable teacher, Toby is just about one of the best people that you're ever going to meet in this life.  My son and daughter have taken violin lessons from Toby for close to 2 years and they absolutely love and adore her.  Her music skills are top notch and she is able to reach my children and her other students on a level that they can understand and relate to.  If you're looking for a drill sargeant to get your prodigy ready for Carnegie Hall there are other options out there.  If however you want your child to love violin and music in general then Toby is the way to go.  I can not say enough good things about her and how she has been such a positive influence on my children (and me too)!!

7/10/2014

Very satisfied and am excited to go back for more violin lessons.  Toby makes me feel comfortable and is really good at explaining proper techniques.  Thank you, Toby!c

1/28/2014

Our 9-year old has been taking violin lessons with Toby for about a year now, and I can't say enough good things about her!My daughter is counting the days until we see Toby next, and has not once complained about practicing, she is so very motivated. Toby makes everyone feel welcome right away, and through establishing a wonderful relationship with the children while teaching the big picture and the details, she manages to bring out the best in them. My daughter has made great progress, I love listening to her & going to Toby. Toby also does fantastic violin & arts summer camps, to put it in my daughter's words "EVEN better than the lessons, because I get to do more!"

10/18/2013

My 10 year old has been taking lessons with Toby for about 6 months now. She absolutely adores Toby. Toby is always so patient and encouraging to my daughter. She makes the lessons so much fun and easy to do. All her corrections are made so nicely but she really pushes my daughter to try her best. If your child wants to lean violin, I would highly recommend Music With Toby. She is absolutely awesome!

A wonderful lesson with Toby A wonderful lesson with Toby 10/21/2014

Toby is amazing. She made me feel welcome from our first conversation. She obviously loves what she does. When I didn't care for a piece of music, she went out of her way to hear me and to come up with music that I got excited about. Her positive attitude creates a space that is safe for me to risk trying new things. I strongly recommend Toby.

11/18/2013

My daughter was getting frustrated with her former violin teacher and the pressure to be '"PERFECT " after learning only 2 months.  She was ready to quit and then I realized she needed to change teachers. That is where Toby comes in. I searched online for a violin teacher in my area , that has a lot of experience with children , and read all the wonderful reviews online about Toby.  I gave Toby a call and she spent a long time chatting with me about her background and teaching style. My daughter has been taking lessons from Toby for almost 2 moths now.  We are very pleased , Toby is wonderful with children and a fun teacher!! We are very lucky to have found Toby!!

6/19/2014

Toby is absolutely wonderful! My baby and I attended her Lil Ladybugs music class. She is so sweet and welcoming. The class is fun for both the babies and adults. Some of the songs from class are still stuck in my head a few months later! We will definitely sign up again!

3/26/2014

I have always envied my friends who have beautiful singing voices and wanted to get voice lessons to improve my singing and learn to use my voice with the proper technique. But this was something that I didn't have the courage to do for fear that the lessons would become one of those things I hate to go to because I'd feel extremely pressured by the teacher to become a professional or to be perfect. My goal was just to have a prettier voice, not to be a professional opera singer. My work schedule for the next four months would be more flexible so I decided that this would be my opportunity to get in a few lessons to learn the fundamentals. I decided to look up on Yelp to see if there were any private voice teachers in the area and found many that were either too expensive or were intended for those who aspired to be professional singers and make it big. The only one I found that seemed to have the option to 'learn for fun' was Music with Toby. After visiting Toby's website, I was convinced that it was worth a try to contact her and find out about pricing and if she could meet my need. I was very impressed that she responded within 24 hours (even though it was a weekend) and her email was very organized (which I love!) and filled with clear detailed information.Another issue I had was that I am moving after my 4 months of work ends so I can only do a short term of lessons. Most music schools or teachers prefer to take 'serious' and 'committed' music students for long-term lessons (or at least that was my concept) but Toby was well prepared to offer me a variety of prepaid lesson options (at a discount too!) for my short term availability. They were reasonably priced and she also offered a free trial lesson to see if we're a good match before I make a decision. I did not feel pressured in any way at all.I really enjoyed all my lessons with Toby! She has great personality with a lot of positive energy. She gives very good descriptions and very visual explanations on how to control my voice and root of breath. She is very flexible and adapts very well to all different types of people and different music styles. She also makes you feel very comfortable and at home and makes sure that you inform her whenever anything is uncomfortable. She makes me laugh so much with all her jokes too! Extremely hospitable! :) Oh, she also tries her best to accommodate your schedule and sets up a time that works for both you and her.Another reason why I really wanted to work with Toby was because she has a very credible background in violin and voice. I checked out her videos on YouTube too and she is super talented and I can tell she really knows what she's doing and understands the techniques thoroughly.Overall, if I didn't have to move soon, I would continue to take voice lessons with Toby. I received a lot of help from her and I definitely recommend that anyone interested in improving in violin or voice should at least try out a trial lesson with her! :)

7/27/2013

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I found myself with extra time on my hands. What better way to whittle away the hours, I thought, than with a little self-improvement? Lucky for me, a close friend recommended Toby's voice lessons. To say they did not disappoint does this lesson a disservice. I took voice lessons for a semester in college, so had some experience tuning my pipes, but Toby really elevated my thinking about how to sing. And made it fun. All in an hour!Are you looking for an impossibly talented teacher who will provide improbable oodles of fun? That is a rhetorical question. Of course you are. Seek no further.

6/23/2014

My son just finished up violin summer camp with Toby, and he cannot stop talking about it!  Toby is incredibly warm, open, engaging and skilled at what she does with the children.  Always positive, encouraging and setting high expectations,  Toby really has a special way with kids.  My son gained so much enthusiasm for playing the violin,  as well as confidence in playing in front of a group and as part of an ensemble. I would recommend her to anyone, and we will most certainly be back with her again for next summer's camp!

6/26/2012

Toby is an AMAZING violin teacher.  My 10 yr old was frustrated with her violin class at school and wanted to quit.  Before allowing her to quit I thought we should try a private lesson.  My online search led me to Music with Toby.  Going into the first trial lesson my daughter was open, but apprehensive.  My daughter wouldn't stop playing for 45 minutes after Toby left!  We've continued lessons and I'm always impressed with how supportive, clear and fun Toby is with my hard-to-focus child.  I highly recommend Music with Toby.

7/18/2013

I adore Toby. I decided to pick up the violin as an adult, which can be challenging. Ive improved so much with Toby. She is incredibly patient and creative with her teaching style. It's apparent that she cares about keeping lessons engaging--she knows how to craft lessons in a way that leaves me feeling fulfilled, while still hitting the fundamentals that I need to learn. She's also FUN! Quick laugh, super kind, and so so supportive of my desire to learn.

11/4/2013

Toby is an incredible teacher, especially with kids. She managed to make even the first few lessons on learning posture for violin fun for my six year old. We just started with a new teacher because of logistics reasons, but I can now truly appreciate how great Toby was for laying down the foundation, which is so important for beginning violin. She also gets a lot of credit for getting my daughter excited about learning and practicing. If Toby's schedule allows, we would definitely try to go back for monthly lessons with her!

2/26/2014 Updated review

My 7 year old son takes violin lessons with Toby for almost 2 years..  Toby is truly amazing.  She has "tricks' to help a wiggly 7 year old boy focus (and every once in a while she has him to do some jumping jacks!)  She "gets" kids and makes the lessons age appropriate, and  fun while advancing the kids' skills.  She models for the kids how the violin should sound - and how to position their body.   My son (and I) look forward to the lesson, because Toby is so fun - and so incredibly warm.  Really  - if she has room in her studio for you - look no further.

11/15/2012 Previous review My son takes violin lessons with Toby.  Toby is truly amazing.  She "gets" kids and makes the… My son takes violin lessons with Toby.  Toby is truly amazing.  She "gets" kids and makes the lessons age appropriate, and  fun while advancing the kids' skills.  She models for the kids how the violin should sound - and how to position their body.   My son (and I) look forward to the lesson, because Toby is so fun - and so incredibly warm.  Really  - if she has room in her studio for you - look no further. Read more 10/17/2012

Toby is simply amazing with children. As a protective mother, I can say honestly say there is no one else I would trust more with my child. I actually learn a lot through her watching her interact with my daughter.  As an experience and conscientious music teacher, she engages effortlessly with my 2-year old daughter. I love seeing how my daughter's imagination being ignited through playing music, art and play. I recommend her without reservation. If I could give her 6 stars I would!

2/20/2014

I have a 6.5 year old who has been taking lessons from her for 6 months.  If you are searching for a great violin teacher for your child, I highly recommend Toby.  She is wonderful with  kids, thoughtful in her approach, engaging as a teacher and encouraging to the youngest of minds when they are learning something new.  I can't say enough good things about our experiences with her!

6/23/2012

My 4 year old daughter had a trial violin lesson with Miss Toby Branz.  Miss Toby was very patient and enthusiastic.  She knew just how to talk to little kids.  In addition to teaching my daughter the correct position and the parts of the violin, she also taught my daughter and me about good manners.  I just love Toby.  Unfortunately, my daughter is not ready to have formal lessons yet.  But I would definitely call her when my daughter is ready, and I highly recommend Miss Toby for anyone interested in learning the violin.

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