Music With Skarli

Skarli Pena


Skarli Pena is a Venezuelan-born violinist who has been living in the Bay Area since 2011. She received her B.A. in Music Education with an emphasis in Youth Education in 2011 from U.P.E.L. Barquisimeto.


As the daughter of the conductor of Venezuela's Youth Orchestra in Yaracuy, she started playing violin herself at the age of five— and has never stopped. Through diligence, ambition and an unflinching dedication to her craft, she has amassed the necessary skill set to educate others, namely children, in the finer art of violin playing.


In Venezuela, Ms. Pena worked with the international organization El Sistema in Venezuela, reflected in children’s musical education for a number of years.


Here in the US, she attended the Suzuki Core Training Seminar in Sacramento where the foundation was set in place for her to fully realize her dream of teaching children as a profession here in the United States. She is passionate about music and childhood education and is excited to undertake this endeavor of teaching kids and performing in quartets here in the Bay Area. She looks forward to giving kids in the Bay Area the same appreciation for the violin, and for classical music, that her father gave her.


Fluent in both English and Spanish, she lives in Cole Valley in San Francisco, where she teaches violin lessons in English (or Spanish, if you like.!)

Carlos Pena


Founding member of the  Yaracuy Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, he began studying oboe with professors Eugene Nesterowky and Miguel Rutigliano in Yaracuy.


He completed his studies with Maestro Lido Guarnieri at the Conservatory of Music "Simon Bolivar" in Caracas Venezuela.


Graduate in Music Education at UPEL in Venezuela


Completed course of Baroque Music with Maestro Philippe Beaussant, choral with maestro Alberto Grau and studies of conducting with Maestro Mario Benzecry.


As an Oboist, Oboe d'amore and english horn player he participated with professors of Bachakademie Internationale Stuttgart in assembling the Christmas Oratorio Cantatas of J.S. Bach 1, 2 and 3 under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling


He has participated in courses and master classes with the Oboe Maestros such as Pedro Pablo Cochiararo, Pierre Pierlot, Diethelm Jonas, Andreas Witman, Guido Ghetti and Chamber music with the Philharmonic Quintet of Berlin.


He is Currently a member of the Lara Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, director and professor with the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela EL SISTEMA.

About The Suzuki Method:


The Suzuki Method is based on the principle that all children possess ability and that this ability can be developed and enhanced through a nurturing environment.


All children learn to speak their own language with relative ease and if the same natural learning process is applied in teaching other skills, these can be acquired as successfully. Suzuki referred to the process as the Mother Tongue Method and to the whole system of pedagogy as Talent Education.


Suzuki Association Of The Americas


The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children.


El Sistema in Venezuela


El Sistema is a tested model of how a music program can both create great musicians and dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of a nation's neediest kids..


Roland Feller Violin Makers


Great for violins and for repairs - the only place I have found that I like and trust in SF!  Fun and funky mom and pop shop in the heart of SF.


Helping Parents Practice: Ideas For Making It Easier By Edmund Sprunger: I highly recommend this book to all Suzuki parents!


Teaching From The Balance Point By Edward Kreitman: Another great resource for Suzuki parents.  This book gets into detail about violin techniques, and also provides a great overview to the Suzuki method.  Ed Kreitman lays all the important info out in an easy to read, approachable way.


Suzuki Violin School Volume 1 (Book And Cd): A must-have for all of my beginning violin students.


Violins: The Art Behind The Sound: A great webpage from the USC School of Engineering explaining why violins make sound!


First Etude Album For Violin: Great for beginner/intermediate violinists.


I Can Read Music: Volume 1 and I Can Read Music: Volume 2: These books help to build a foundation of practical music theory, musicianship, and sight-reading knowledge.


Betsy Kershner Photography: For all your photography needs.  Family portraits, recitals, Weddings, parties, headshots, portraits, performances



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