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Popular Violin Teachers Near Beverly Hills

Chloé P.

Los Angeles, CA
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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA
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Angela B.

Long Beach, CA
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Chloé P. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Songwriting, Violin

About Me

I am a Loyola Marymount University graduate with a B.A. in Music (Violin, Ethnomusicology) and Kodaly certified from NYU's Kodaly Institute. I am a firm believer in the therapeutic nature and healing power of music, and only teach it because of how it will change your life! I studied Alexander Technique with Karl Snyder and incorporate physical alignment into every lesson. I am a lover of all music, have performed various types of world and popular music, actively compose, and teach my students what they love, so as to always keep the create juice flowing! As student and teacher, we will keep the vitality for the instrument when the beginning stages of the instrument can be discouraging. The violin is an impressive instrument with a huge history and design that has not changed in 500 years! Be a part of that beautiful history!

*** Lesson Details ***
As my student, you will fall in love with music and with your instrument! It will create a whole new meaning to your life and you will learn so much about the world through music. Our lessons will begin with Alexander Technique - a system of "body-awareness," which is designed to promote well-being by ensuring minimum effort in maintaining postures and carrying out movements - in this case, holding a violin for a long time. My responsibility to my students is to ensure that no discomforting habits are created or prolonged through the playing of the instrument. Our lessons will follow the course of quality vs. quantity. My students learn to create a clean sound on the instrument before jumping into music. Practice is expected, but lessons will be fun and free-spirited to tailor the lesson to the child rather than the child to the lesson. I will play violin with students and when the student is ready, duets! I allow and promote lots of creativity on the student's part, and of course, singing!

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student should have his or her own instrument, bow, shoulder rest, and rosin. If he or she does not have a music stand, I can provide. I will make copies of sheet music for students, though it would be excellent for student to purchase his/her own music.

*** Specialties ***
I use a combination of different methods and styles to keep the vitality for the instrument and the music. Each student has his or her own reason for playing an instrument, so I try to bring out the confidence and purpose in their playing by assimilating to the student's musical interests. With beginners, I start with a combination of Suzuki, Essentials for Strings, and Strictly Strings, as well as my own book of Russian melodies and tunes, and melodies I have written. I studied classical music in college but also ethnomusicology, so I plan to incorporate a wide range of styles in lessons. Students need to constantly be excited and interested to keep the vitality. I have been fortunate enough to have studied Alexander Technique in college, so I am attentive to alignment and the physical pressures of the instrument. Those must be addressed from an early age, as they can hinder progress. I know this from experience.

Jill Z. Huntington Beach, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

I currently have a studio of 30 students and I hold optional recitals twice a year (sometimes more). The recitals feature students as soloists, in duets, or solo with piano accompaniment. I also like my students to practice playing together and performing for each other at our recitals or performance classes. In the Fall, January, and summer, I adjust the students' lesson schedules based on their schedule needs, so if I do not have a time slot open right now, it may be open end of August/beginning of September or end of December/beginning of January.

I like to find the type of music that creates passion and interest in my students, so that they want to practice on their own. Sometimes the students don't know what type of music they like, so I expose them to a variety of music until we find what they enjoy playing.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor's of Music in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach where I also studied conducting, music theory & history, and piano.

Some of my private violin and viola students have been accepted to All State Honor's Orchestra, All Southern Honor's Orchestra, and the Capo Valley Honor's Orchestra. One of my students is currently attending the Orange County High School of the Arts as a violin student. I helped the students prepare for the auditions and always willing to help students with their orchestra music. Many of them began at an intermediate level and were auditioning for these orchestras after 1-2 years of lessons with me.

I have been teaching the violin privately for over 13 years. I have taught the violins at Serrano Middle School and Woodbridge High School.

I job shadowed other private violin instructors when I was in high school. I also went to a 12 week teaching seminar called, "In Search of: A Guide to Violin Excellence" where teachers talked about how to teach students to practice and learn skills that will help them jump levels in technique.

I perform frequently with the Montage Symphony, Dana Point Symphony, and Symphony Irvine as Assistant Principal Violist.

I studied the violin privately for 19 years with violin teachers from the Juilliard School of Music and Ken Aiso, former teacher from the Royal Academy of Music in London. I also attended music camps like the Montecito Music Festival and Musishare's former Chamber Music Festival of 2004.

Performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band.

I was a concerto competition winner in 2004 and performed Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.

I teach the Suzuki method and follow the technique used by Dorothy DeLay and Ivan Galamian (former Juilliard School of Music violin teachers).

I studied the piano privately for 4 years then studied piano courses in college to take the piano proficiency exam that was required for my music degree.

I am an active performer, always inviting my students to watch my concerts. I sometimes perform at the Crystal Cathedral and perform at the holiday program at the Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church. I invite students to see the annual Mahler Project where I play with the Montage Symphony a Mahler Symphony every year. I also invite students to watch musicals I perform in, Dana Point and Symphony Irvine concerts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Violin and Viola Method Books I use:

Suzuki Method books 1-10 for Violin and 1-8 for Viola. I use the book called "Notespeller" to help students learn to read music. I also use Craig Duncan's "First Lessons" books as an alternative to the Suzuki Method. For young children, I use the Sassmannshaus Tradition: Early Start on the Violin because it has pictures and lyrics to go with the songs. It introduces a new note, string, or technique gradually and has large notes for the students to read.

materials/accessories to buy when starting lessons: a Kun Shoulder Rest to fit your violin or viola size

violin and viola scales and etudes: Intermediate and Advanced violin and viola students study scales from Carl Flesch, exercises from Sevcik and Schradiek, and etude books like Kayser, Wolfahrt, Dont, Mazas, Schradiek, Kreutzer, Fioriollo, Gavines, and Rode. We also work on shifting with position books by Whistler.

Piano: I use the Bastien Piano books and Bastien's "Scales, Chords, and Arpeggio" books. I also teach using collection books with Disney music, pop songs, and classical music. I also like the Faber Piano Adventure books for different levels and adults. I also teach solo piano music from a book called "Kaleidoscope Solos" by John George for beginning adults and older children. I also use Burgmuller, Hanon Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises, and Bartok Mikrokosmos for piano studies.

In 3 months, my students usually can read notes on all 4 strings.

Some examples of violin and viola solo works: my intermediate and advanced students study:
Bach Partitas and Sonatas for Violin
Violin Concertos (Kabalevsky, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Bach, Vivaldi, Wieniawski)
Viola Concertos (C.S. Bach, Telemann, Stamitz, Hoffmeister)
Bach Cello Suites for Viola
Sonatas for Violin by Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Franck, and Vivaldi
Solo Pieces like Meditation from Thaiis, Concertinos by Reiding, Dvorak Sonatina, Student concertos by Seitz Concertos
LeClair Sonatas for 2 Violas
Bach and Vivaldi Concertos for 2 Violins

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light. (See my pictures to view the picture of my studio).

*Beginning to Advanced Violin and Viola.
*Beginning to Intermediate Piano.
*Beginning to College Course Level Music Theory Lessons
*Music Styles: I teach bluegrass/Irish/Scottish fliddle, popular music, and classical music.

Angela B. Long Beach, CA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

EDUCATION

My musical education began while sitting on my mother's lap as she taught piano lessons. I began studying cello with a member of the Kansas City Philharmonic at age 9, and at age ten, I followed in my mother's footsteps to play the flute. I played all three instruments, (piano, cello and flute) until high school when it was became clear to me that I wanted to be an orchestra teacher. With this dream in mind, I began playing the violin as well.
I graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor's in Music Education in 1989 and again in 1999 with a Master's degree.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

As a youngster, I was the youngest member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony and the Kansas City Cello Choir performing with these two groups for eight years. I was chosen from applicants nation wide, to perform in Carnegie Hall and travel Europe with "America's Youth in Concert" and I was a three time All-Stater.

While attending Drake University, I played in the Drake University Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony, and I was the winner of the Young Artist Competition awarding me the honor as featured soloist with the Drake Symphony Orchestra.
In 1993 I began playing with the Encore String Trio. This trio plays on a regular basis for weddings and receptions.
I currently play cello in the Encore String Trio, and viola in the Long Beach Community Orchestra.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience includes nearly 30 years of private teaching. I've had the pleasure of teaching all areas of music; elementary general music, band, choir and orchestra. During my 20 years of teaching orchestra in the public schools, I implemented many innovative opportunities for my students such as children's concert which drew more than 700 people in attendance, strolling strings, cello choir and a viola choir, all of which proved to be very motivational for the students. My goal of teaching is to make music fun for all.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe music should be fun. I provide you with several playing opportunities throughout the year, ranging from solo to group playing. I provide large group playing opportunities at Christmas and at the recitals. Every group playing opportunity is accompanied with food and games for all. This studio is FUN!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are studying for recitals, competitions, a music career or just for fun, you can expect equal attention to technique and musicianship in your lessons.
Lessons will be tailored to each students needs which may include flash cards, supplemental materials, ear training, sight reading, technical studies, scales, and solo work.
You are never to old to learn to play an instrument. Over half of my students are adult beginners. Because of this, I provide group playing opportunities and I organize a solo ensemble contest for my students. This gives opportunities to the adult beginners that they missed out on as a child. You will have a lesson by yourself, monthly mini recitals in my studio, and you will have the opportunity to play orchestra music as a group all right here in my studio. You are guaranteed to learn how to play your instrument, have fun and gain great friendships here in this studio. I'm looking forward to introducing you to our studio family.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teachers studio is in a large room with multiple windows for natural light. The room includes instruments and stands in the middle of the room.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Suzuki method books. I am a classical player and I teach classical music.

Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA
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James T.

Van Nuys, CA
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Kan W.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Tigran N. Granada Hills, CA

Subjects Taught

Fiddle, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

Noted violinist and gifted educator. Studied with H. Harutyunyan and V. Khachatryan, students of the great violinist L. Kogan. Tigran N. has been teaching Violin and Viola to students of all ages for over 15 years. He received his Master's degree in Music Performance from The Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia and his Bachelor of Music from Babajanyan State Music College. In addition to teaching, he has performed and recorded with several orchestras, has composed and arranged several pieces including his own album. He is a highly educated individual who enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with students interested in learning.

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I strongly believe that, if every child would be provided with an ideal environment, would gain extraordinary ability. There are no exceptions. No one can tell how able man is by the nature. What is known is the ability that is spoiled or developed. It cannot be denied that most children speak their native languages beautifully by learning about 3000-4000 words by age 5 or 6. Nothing can clearer demonstrate of the original power of the human mind. Through the years of studying and teaching music I realized that this is the most important concept for developing each kid's talent, to increase his or her ability to the maximum. Therefore I am combining the great methods of teaching violin. The Suzuki method and the Russian school method. Suzuki method helps at the earliest stage of playing an instrument and I am using later Russian school method for more advanced period of studying.

Teaching is my passion and I thoroughly love what I am doing.
Every single child is special to me and every one receives special attention.
My students also play semiannual recital, witch helps them to gain confidence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: Music room w/ piano, guitar, violin, stands, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand if required

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Russian traditional and Suzuki methods.

James T. Van Nuys, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and most recently, the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.

I have played in trios, quartets, as a soloist, and many orchestral ensembles playing major concertos, symphonies, and musicals. Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as a musician to enter the United States.

Since then I have lead the LADSO viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.

Kan W. Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Subjects Taught

Chinese, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

“The concertmaster, Kan, handled her difficult solos with disarming ease.” -Mark Swed
Music Critic
October 23, 2008 LA Times

Acclaimed by the LA Times as a soloist Kan has been a concertmaster in various orchestras, as Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and MJD International Symphony Orchestra, she has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians, including Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav L. Rostropovich, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, and Josep Carreras among others. Kan earned Bachelor’s Degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China, where she studied with Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. Currently, she is the concertmaster of Azusa Pacific University Orchestra, and a student of Artist Certificate Programme under Professor Charles Stegeman on full scholarship.

She received her bachelor's degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. To further pursue her music career, Kan came to study in the United States on full scholarship at Azusa Pacific University, where she received the Artist Certificate Program Diploma in 2010. Meanwhile, she served as concertmaster for the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra. Kan studied under professor Charles Stegeman, and recently obtained her Music Performance masters.

*** Lesson Details ***
First, I need to talk to my students about their goals. Not only for the adult, teacher also need to know what kids want to know about music. They are interested in it sometimes, they just don't know. Second, I will let them know, interests is just the first step. If you want to learn, you have to pay! Pay your patient, and your endeavor. I will teach in some specific ways to motive students to approach the goals. for example: listen, singing, playing, reading is the process to make the students catch the goal faster without lost their interests! So involve more activities in the lessons is very important! Also, serious technique practice is necessary. As I mentioned before, not only interests, if you want to learn , you have to pay. Once you catch your goal, you will feel happy that the teacher has been pushed you for some boring finger exercise.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I don't have piano at home, but I can go to students' home to teach. For violin students, they should have their whole instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki style, classical, contemporary, modern music

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