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Popular Viola Teachers Near Lemon Grove

Gail N.

Lakeside, CA
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Sarah K.

San Diego, CA
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Erin C.

Poway, CA
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Gail N. Lakeside, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

I studied music from elementary school through high school, taking a break to have a family. After I volunteered to teach Kindergarten and first grade music at a school in Lakeside, I picked up my instruments and began to study again in earnest. Many hours of study, lessons and practice later, I am a better musician than I have ever been, and I've also gained a valuable perspective on teaching that I never could have had by simply being a musician.

I currently play with Notre Temps String Ensemble as Assistant Principal Viola, and I always seek out new opportunities to share music with others - it is after all a social activity.

My strengths lie in working with young children, helping them both understand music and love it. My goal for every student is to leave me having a strong understanding of theory, musicianship and desire to seek out more opportunities for growth. I work with each student to tailor a program specifically for their needs, from working through simple bowing mechanics issues to the psychology of performance. Each student has different challenges to overcome, and simply using a one-size fits all approach is not going to help them.

I pride myself in being flexible and available to to my students for questions, whenever they may need to ask them. I believe that you shouldn't have to wait for the next lesson to have the question answered that may just make the pieces start coming together a bit quicker for you.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson consists of checking student's progress, addressing any immediate issues and working on skill building.

OK, so those are the basics, but what happens is so much more than that! One student may have trouble hitting a C#, so we'll work on those. Another may have trouble relaxing, we might spend some time on breathing exercises to help with that. Still another might have a death grip on the neck of their instrument, so we'll do some exercises to help relax their hands.

My goal is to help students get well on their way to a lifetime love of learning and making music.

In 3-6 months, they should be:
* Reading music consistently at a level appropriate to their progress.
* Developing an understanding of rhythm and meter.
* Placing their fingers properly, and reliably for the most part.
* Developing correct posture and holding their instrument and bow in a relaxed manner that suits their body type and facilitates the freedom of movement required for great music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
music stand, music

*** Travel Equipment ***
Viola or violin, music stand, music.

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained, but I realize not everyone learns the same way, so a hardcore theory based approach is not always the right choice. We work together to develop a plan that will work and help foster a love of making music.

I specialize in working with kids of all ages. Don't we all have a little kid inside us just itching to get out and play?

Sarah K. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Basic Math, Elementary Math, English, Language, Math, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Pre Algebra, Reading, SAT, Viola, Violin

About Me

I believe in making difficult things fun. If you're a beginner, I will be honest with you--the first few weeks will require lots of practice. For piano, you'll have to adjust your hands in awkward positions; for violin, you'll have to make some unpleasant sounds before you make beautiful ones. So why not make the transition enjoyable?
Regardless of your level and progress, I will be there! I want you to learn songs and genres you want to learn, while doing it the right way (with good posture, technique, theory knowledge, etc.).
I currently work full-time as the music director of a nursing home/hospice. I've taught students as young as 3 yrs old, group lessons up to 7 students at the same time. With that said, you can never ask me a "stupid" question. There is no such thing as NO progress.

My Musical background:
I began playing the violin and piano when I was 4 years old. My mother was a piano teacher for over 30 years with contagious passion for music and her students, so with training in perfect pitch, sight-reading, and other musicianship skills, I began performing solo and in ensembles. I soon became an assistant teacher, beginning my own private lessons.
Since age 6, I've been a part of the church choir, school ensemble and later the school band, and orchestra. As I entered high school, I decided to become more active and take leadership in the ensembles. I became the Concert Mistress of the symphonic and string orchestra and held onto my first chair until graduation. I also participated in the San Jose Philharmonic Orchestra, as first violinist. I was a first violinist of the Korean American Music Supporters Association (KAMSA), performing a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. Since 1997, I have won countless awards from CWC Annual Music Competitions, California Music Education Association, KTVN Bay Area Annual Music Competitions, Prospect-Westmont String Orchestra voted Most Outstanding Instrumentalist, and passed all levels in both piano and violin in Certificate of Merit (CM) Tests.

I moved to San Diego to study Music Performance at University of California-San Diego. I became the Concert Mistress of the UCSD Chamber Orchestra and look forward to continuing my education for Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Therapy. In my music career, I've formed duets, trios, and quartets, to volunteer and perform at concerts, weddings, nursing homes, and other private events. I also am a part of an indie rock/bluegrass band, as well as a classic rock band, playing the fiddle and violin. In my free time, I compose and transpose for myself as well as for my students who would like to learn an easier version of a piece, different genres like pop songs, movie soundtracks, TV shows, favorite artists, etc.

*** Lesson Details ***
My main priority in every lesson is to make learning an instrument fun and comfortable. I have a plan mapped out for every lesson, for every student. Depending on the student's age, level and preference of genre, I pick out books suitable for each student, and also ask the student to bring in a piece or book they would like to work on. I find it important to make every lesson enjoyable, so it is crucial that the student enjoys the homework assigned when they leave the lesson. I usually begin the lesson with warm-ups, scales, music theory, then continue with reviewing past homework, focusing on posture, rhythm, technique, etc. Lastly, we will sightread and preview the next pieces to be assigned for homework. Pace is set mostly by the student and how much they practice, but I will always nudge the student to improve in musicianship and posture after every lesson, with patience and perseverance.[There will be an annual/semi-annual recital, optional but highly recommended for all students!]

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full keyboard, instructor's violin and viola, mirrors, music stands, composition notebook and writing utensils.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Contemporary, Ensemble, Solo, Scales, Sight-reading, Suzuki, Homann, etc. Perfect pitch: I can also compose/transpose whatever you would like to learn just by singing or showing me the music on YouTube!

Erin C. Poway, CA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Fiddle, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churches and weddings, and love teaching.

I began teaching beginner to advanced Violin and Viola in April of 2001 in NC. I moved to California in the fall of 2008. Since moving to California I have extended my teaching to beginner Piano and Cello also. I have taught students ages 3 to 87 how to play and enjoy music on a personal level. My experience includes leading sectionals for middle school orchestra, organizing and instructing small ensembles, and organizing student recitals. Student recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase the students' growth and abilities, and to provide an opportunity to give back to family and friends whose sacrifices and support enable the students to succeed.

I teach because I love music and I believe God has given me a gift. Playing and teaching help me to use my talent for His glory. I love working with people and I love how music enables people of all ages to open up and express themselves in a positive way, no matter what life throws their way. I believe music teaches discipline, builds self esteem; helps set and achieve goals; and positively affects and enhances other curricular endeavors.

My teaching philosophy is to always have fun while learning, to set attainable goals for the student, to learn through encouragement and discipline, and to help students come to love music on a personal level. I focus on the character of each student and their goals and desires to see that the student and/or parents are satisfied. Teaching is a privilege for me that I do not take for granted.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer half hour, forty-five minute, sixty minute lessons, or longer on a weekly basis, but I do Not offer bi-weekly lessons. My lessons begin with the fundamentals of music. I believe a firm foundation in rhythm and reading is important because a student may switch musical instruments one day and the basics are universal and necessary. I have a deep love and appreciation for music which I hope to instill in my students as well. I am strict in the sense that I like students to polish their pieces before moving on. I like to keep them focused on playing well, not just playing.

A typical lesson will begin with scales to warm up, a review of the previous week's material, and a new assignment. Students will memorize pieces, be proficient in scales and rhythms, and all the while laughing and having a great time. I am known with my students for my creative analogies and flexibility to try new things in order to adapt to the students strengths and weaknesses. My students look forward to coming to their lesson, and that is very rewarding as a teacher.

I primarily use the Suzuki method for Violin and Viola, because it offers progressive steps to mastering technique, style, and musicality. My curriculum includes the use of Winning Rhythms, Wohlfahrt studies, All for Strings Theory, Essentials for Strings, and many more beginner and advanced studies; including shifting and double stops.

I love music and I love working with people; teaching is just icing on the cake. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and discover your talents and I hope we can learn together. I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand and Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their instrument, and necessary accessories ie: rosin, shoulder rest, strings, books, and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I teach Music on Violin, Viola, and Piano, as well as beginner cello. I am very creative in my teaching methods, though I use the Suzuki Method primarily for string instruments. I believe learning should be fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.

Julia W.

San Diego, CA
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Richard C.

Fallbrook, CA
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Marta B.

San Diego, CA
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Julia W. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Viola, Violin

About Me

With over 15 years of a performing arts background, I have been through the thick and thin of this business. My formal education began when I was seven years old, with the Carlsbad Strings Education Association. I continued to play violin in college at Humboldt State University. I then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Studies. Besides classical music training, I have performed in many musical theatre shows and classes. I also perform and gig regularly in a local alternative rock band. Violin, bass, guitar, singing, acting and writing have always been my passions. Now it is time to inspire other hardworking individuals into pursuing their dreams too!

My music lessons usually consist of instrument knowledge, techniques, music theory, ear training and a little bit of music history as well. Each lesson will have a mix of different topics and exercises that pertain to what the student would like to learn. The topics listed above will intertwine with each other naturally, making each lesson more valuable.

Other lessons, such as acting, will be more customizable for the student. Depending on what the student would like to learn or improve on, will determine what kind of specific topic the lesson will focus on.

What ever route you decide on taking, remember that there is no wrong way. If you lose interest in a certain instrument or art, the skills you learned from practicing and playing will help you in any another performing art you choose. With that in mind, let's get learning!

*** Lesson Details ***
Music:
5-10 min. for review, warm-up
10 min. for exercise, technique, etc.
10+min. for teaching individual pieces, history, music theory, etc.

Other:
5-10 min. for review, warm-up
10 min. for exercise, technique, etc.
10+min. for monologue, song writing, recording, history, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have most of the required equipment at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an extra guitar or bass (amplifier included) for lessons, as well as books and possible other materials (stand, tuner, music). Students should provide their own violins, violas, and staff paper for theory. They should also have access to a computer, as I like to record my lessons and send them the recordings for their solo practices.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music for violin and viola. For theatre, I excel in Broadway singing, staging, acting, and I can teach methods in public speaking as well. Bass guitar, electric guitar, and performing in the genre of rock music is another specialty of mine. I also have experience in songwriting and arranging songs using music theory and ear training.

Richard C. Fallbrook, CA

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

I have studied the violin since I was six and have played for several decades in professional symphony orchestras, opera companies, and musicals. I've also attended many chamber music workshops and have played as a soloist at restaurants, weddings, and retirement communities. I began teaching violin in 1977.

It's hard to play the violin in tune, and ten years ago I began to compose studies for my students that help them proactively to learn to play in tune. I call this approach The Pitchfixer Method, and it's based on principles of motor memory. I've used this approach with dozens of students with great results; it forms the core of the curriculum for the first several years.

My current students include young children, teenagers, young adults, and mature adult beginners.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching is based on helping students become aware of their motor movements, particularly in their arms, wrists, hands, and fingers.

This rigorous training in violin technique is accompanied by precise instructions on how the student should move around on the violin. This helps to assure that the student learns right from the start how to play in tune. Within several weeks of starting out, students are able to play short pieces for their families and friends.

I also have a great sense of humor and am a very good communicator. In addition to the three volumes of solo studies I have composed, I assign duets to students, including 24 of my own compositions. Duets allow students to play alongside me and discover how to match their harmonies and rhythms with mine.

As students advance, I also assign them bowing and double-stop exercises. My method teaches students to read music gradually, introducing a few notes at a time.

For all of the studies that I have written (which form the core of the curriculum), I provide students with access to Mp3 files on the Internet so that they can listen to the pieces. This allows them to learn the pieces by ear, to complement their music reading skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, I provide a quiet place in which we can work, free from distractions. There are chairs and music stands, a piano, and a vast library of violin music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
A music stand and music. I expect my students to have their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I have developed studies based on principles of motor memory to help students learn to play in tune. I am primarily a classical violinist but also play and teach popular tunes and improvisation.

Marta B. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I have been teaching privately and in group classes for 18 years, both traditional and Suzuki methods. I have 25 years of performance experience in classical music. I'm also very active in the non-classical scene I've performed with celebrities like Rihanna, Steve Wonder, Trisha Yearwood and local artists, from modern flamenco to jazz, pop, rock. I'm a recording artist and specialize in improvisation and creative collaborations.

The philosophy is to guide students' musical and educational growth through well rounded
and personally tailored instruction that emphasizes practicing strategies in technical facility, musicality, history, theory and music appreciation. My students enjoy discovering and strengthening their talents through my encouragement-oriented and patient guidance. I accept students of any level, starting from age 5 to adults. My students have won auditions to youth orchestras and colleges and some are now professional musician themselves. Whether you are learning for pleasure or for life goals, my studio is open to all.

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