What We Offer…
• Private piano, violin, viola, cello, and voice lessons
• Advanced Violinist Studies & Masterclasses (AVSM)
• MC Boys’ Choir & Little Fiddlers Group Violin Classes (age & level appropriate)
• Chamber Music Seminar and Orchestral Workshop
• Music Theory/Appreciation classes
• Student recitals, studio classes, and year round concerts
• Sheet music and musical accessories
• Sales and rentals of fine stringed instruments
About Music Corner…
We can simplify it down to few factors. What distinguishes a good music establishment from the rest? Instructor’s experience, quality of teaching, facility, and what other aspects of music are being offered. What it really comes down to though is passion in the arts. If you can catch on to that, then age nor background matters.
Johannes Brahms said, “Passion is not natural to mankind; it is always an exception, an excrescence.” Music Corner is dedicated to people who live for the arts and its passion. It is for the people who can spare a moment of their lives to come to a little corner, to cultivate and discipline the way they perceive and hear beauty.
Music Corner operates with a belief that all children are musical. It is but a myth to think some are born with more musical talent than others. It is exposure to good music and training that they themselves learn to appreciate this art form, and develop admiration for it which can last a life time.
Last but not least, Music Corner is dedicated to a man whom I am honored to have called my teacher, Ruggiero Ricci. Born in San Francisco, a student of Louis Persinger, we know him as the giant of the great violin school era, but to each of his students, he was a compassionate, honest, and a humble man, who had simply mastered the truth of the violin playing.
The shop is dedicated to his legacy. An artist and a pedagogue who taught each of us humility and what real dedication, perseverance, and work is. In return, he gave each of us the world. Most importantly, he taught us the very best aspect of being an artist is to act and live out our humanity. So here is to our Yoda, Maestro, may he rest in peace…
To pursue the higher arts is a noble attempt to know the “secrets” of the arts, which puts you in touch with the Divinity far beyond that of mere entertainment. Let curiosity, dedication, and perseverance be the food for the thinkers, dreamers, and doers.
About the teacher…
Stephanie received her Masters of Music in performance from Yale University, School of Music. After her Master’s program, she was accepted into the performance studio of the legendary violinist, Ruggiero Ricci, at Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She received her Bachelors of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester.
She made her debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida at age fifteen, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. She was featured as the soloist with the Philharmonic in eleven concerts that year in Miami and Tampa, Florida.
She has attended and performed in numerous festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Mozart Academy Foundation in Warsaw, Poland, Dartington Music Festival in England, Kitzbuhel Festival, and SommerAkademie Mozarteum in Austria. She has performed in numerous master classes working with such pedagogues as Josef Silverstein, Josef Gingold, and Denes Zigmondy.
Stephanie has taught in numerous schools back east and west as a music teacher. She has been teaching music for twenty plus years. She taught music in public, private, parochial, inner city, boarding, and in international schools. She was on the faculty at the Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts, the Westover School and the Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, the Felician College in New Jersey, and the Leysin American School in Switzerland to name a few. Her past students have placed admissions to top music schools in the nation.
She is an internationally acclaimed performer and an avid chamber musician. She concertizes regularly in the Bay Area. Stephanie enjoys teaching and spending time with her students. She oversees each and every one of her student’s progress. Finding her own music studio has been a life long dream of hers. She chose the quiet and peaceful town of Danville to teach and build her studio, work with talents of all ages, and collaborate with many talented artists of the Bay Area.
Throughout the year, Music Corner offers various concerts and events engaging all areas of art. During the selected evenings, the studio turns into a little stage for musicians, playwrights, poets, and artists of all genre. Music Corner Chamber Music Series feature solo and chamber works performed by local and international musicians utilizing different venues in and around Danville.
Welcome to the Corner! Let’s make some music!