About Ms. Francis
I grew up in the East Bay in the small town of Lafayette, where my parents still live today. When I was four years old I started the violin with the Suzuki method. Each Friday I had a violin lesson and violin group class in Berkeley. I remember these Fridays because I was picked up early from school to go to violin class!
Growing up in the Bay Area I participated in local youth orchestras, Berkeley Youth Orchestra, Oakland Youth Orchestra, San Francisco Youth Orchestra and my school band and orchestra. When I was 16 I switched from violin to viola, and saw the light! I attended University of Michigan and received a degree in string pedagogy and viola performance. Shortly after returning to the Bay Area from Ann Arbor I completed my masters of music in viola performance at San Francisco State University.
It was natural that I become a teacher because both of my parents are music teachers. I love teaching, music, and working with young people, this makes being a music teacher more of a hobby than a job on most days.
I have taught grades k-12 strings throughout the Bay Area and this is my 3rd year teaching in Los Gatos. Nothing is more rewarding that watching and helping students go from not knowing how to play an instrument to being able to play a piece like Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky.
I am also active in local and national music associations. Currently I am they CMEA (California Music Educators Association) Bay Section Orchestra Representative, Past President of CODA (California Orchestra Directors Association), and the Western Division Orchestra Council Representative for NAfME (National Association for Music Educators).
Every now and then I do need a break from teaching and music I like to go shopping and spend time with my husband Nathan and (super cute) son Thomas.