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Zakarias Grafilo
Professor in the Music department
at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
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Overall Quality
2.0
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.0
Clarity
2.1
Easiness
3.7
Helpfulness
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Easiness
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11 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
05/10/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MUSCh Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I don't understand these people. Zak is awesome; amazing violinist and coach.

06/20/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
MUSCH Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Watch out. This guy gets vendettas against certain students and is infamous as a backstabber. If you can avoid the ASQ and their joke of a chamber music program, then do so. It's not worth having to deal with this slimey character.

01/29/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
MUSCham Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Does not spend any time at all working on rhythm or intonation.

01/29/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
MUSCham Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Not very good at working on precision and intonation. Does nothing to help students learn how to rehearse as a group on their own.

12/13/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
ChamMusi Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Zak let a student come to rehearsals as she pleased; he never confronted her about ditching and showing up unprepared with a major attitude. This made for a poor chamber experience. I could never recommend SFSU for the chamber program.

08/03/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ChamMus Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I suppose Zak is kind of a hit or miss guy. Honestly I was almost shocked to read these negative reviews. He's very laid back, and only takes you as seriously as you take your studies. He's a living textbook on the violin and chamber music, so you'll learn a ton from him and the ASQ. Excellent teacher for serious students, and a fun guy to be with.

02/13/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
MUSCham Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

A horrible coach who never follows through on what he says. Very passive-aggressive and indirect, so it is hard to believe anything he says.

03/20/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
MUS353 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Zak is the main reason I am leaving SF State for another music school.

03/11/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ChamMus Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very competent chamber music teacher, and a fabulous violinist. He gives a lot of good, to the point advice, makes good use of time and works fast. Demanding and very educational, you can learn a lot with this teacher.

08/31/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
MUS353 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Don't know what this guy is doing as a teacher...doesn't care about his violin students at all and often badmouths them to each other.

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