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Popular Viola Teachers Near Los Alamitos

Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA
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Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA
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James T.

Van Nuys, CA
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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.

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
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Nicolette Y.

Los Angeles, CA
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Mira W.

Los Angeles, CA
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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

Nicolette Y. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Fiddle, Music Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

About Me

Nicolette has a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology, and a background in both classical violin and bluegrass fiddling. She has taught privately, in camps and schools for over five years, with students of all ages and levels. Nicolette also writes and arranges her own music both for her band, Alto, and other ensembles. In her lessons she encourages ear training, sight reading, and improvisation, to help her students become the most well-rounded musicians they can be! Whether you need basic violin training, help with songwriting, or want to learn to fiddle, Nicolette has the experience and methods to help.

*** Lesson Details ***
In lessons you or your child will learn basic classical violin technique side by side with American folk styles including bluegrass fiddling. Important lessons include proper left hand positioning, proper bow grip, and good posture. Selected repertoire includes pieces from the early Suzuki levels, as well as exercises and etudes from Schradieck, Hrimaly, and Kreutzer. Students will also learn tunes from the traditional old-time and bluegrass canon, to improve musicality and introduce basic improvisation techniques.

Mira W. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

English, History, Language, Reading, Viola, Violin

About Me

After twenty years of violin and viola performance under the tutelage of instructors from the LA Opera, the Juilliard School, the Cincinnati Conservatory and other renown international establishments, I've come to see that string education is in itself a real art.

I began tutoring (and now teaching) in 2005, teaching my first music students in 2008. I see that success in an instrument lies in tapping into students' passions for motivation and incorporating mindfulness practice for improved concentration. I not only work to help students' musical abilities grow - I utilize this practice as a holistic system for improving discipline, creative capacity and self-esteem.

Though I graduated cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service rather than a music conservatory, I lead a professional chamber music group in the DC area and developed a strong familiarity with the temperaments of successful musicians and tricks to grow quickly. As an instructor in language and ethics in Los Angeles, I have worked with many different age groups and have a natural talent for motivating students' best work.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons begin with a mindfulness activity and discussion, checking in with the student's attitudes towards practicing and their preferences in study. I utilize the Suzuki books, combined with educational techniques developed by the great violinists of the past like Yehudi Menuhin and William Primrose. We spend a short period dedicating to listening and improving theory, and then move forward into repertoire with the input of the student.

*** Specialties ***
Beginners (Up to 1 year of study)
Intermediate (1-4 years study)
Advanced (4+ years of study)

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