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Zoë Merrill

Violin & Viola

About Zoë

Hi there! My name is Zoë and I’m a violin teacher at the San Ramon Academy of
Music.

I strive to meet the individual needs and goals of my students, through lessons
tailored to each and every one of them. I believe that one of the best parts of
learning to play the violin is that there is always more to discover on the road to
mastery, and there is not just one way to get there. Whether we’re working on
Mozart, or Metallica, I want lessons to be fun, and my students to grow, not just
as musicians, but as whole people. Playing music is a privilege, and I aim to
gently instill that gratitude within my students, passing on what I’ve learned from
all of my own teacher-mentors.

Before moving to the Bay, I was a violin fellow with MTT’s New World Symphony,
a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the first violinist in a piano
quintet with Lincoln Center Stage. I received my MM from the Eastman School of
Music, and BA from UCLA, with a minor in French. I’ve also gotten to perform
with some of the best musicians alive today, from Neil Young, to Yo-Yo Ma!

Outside of music, I like to hike, try new restaurants, explore the Bay Area, and
spend time with friends and family.

Book With Zoë

“I didn’t want my son to be turned off to piano because of all the practicing. Lots of work but not a ton of play. James brings enthusiasm and joy to the discipline. He picked up my son’s style and personality, and could flow according to my son’s uniqueness/playfulness.”

“My biggest concern is if my kids don’t enjoy and have no progress over a significant amount of lessons time. So far your role as a teacher has been very helpful in making my kids interested & focused on their lessons”

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