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Popular Violin Teachers Near Los Angeles

Mary D.

Trabuco Canyon, CA
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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA
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Miranda C.

Long Beach, CA
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Mary D. Trabuco Canyon, CA

Subjects Taught

Piano, Singing, Violin

About Me

My name is Mary and I have been teaching voice, piano, and violin for more than 20 years. I have an undergraduate degree in music, a masters degree in special education, and a doctoral degree in education. I teach lessons at my private studio in Dove Canyon. I offer lessons in piano, voice and violin. I am a professional musical director and have directed over 50 shows. I am also a music therapist and I have special skills in teaching instruments to children with special needs. I love working with kids!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach "Music for Little Mozarts" for preschoolers, and Alfred's and other methods as well as classical repertoire for more advanced students. I teach Suzuki violin classes to children ages 5 and up. I teach musical theater and jazz voice. Every 3 months I host a student recital. Students may choose to play a solo, duet, or be in a small group number with other students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand piano, studio piano, 1/4 violin for young children

*** Specialties ***
Music, Piano, Voice, Violin
I specialize in musical theater, pop and classical voice lessons.

For piano I specialize in working with young children- Music for Little Mozarts (ages 4-6), Prep Course (ages 5-7) and Older beginners (ages 8 and up). I also teach intermediate to early advanced level classical piano.

Violin- I teach Suzuki Method (beginners through Book 7) to students age 5 and up. I also teach intermediate and early advanced classical styles.

Jill Z. Huntington Beach, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

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.

I have a studio of 25-30 students and I hold optional recitals twice a year (sometimes more). I help students learn how to perform for others and bow for the audience. I have been teaching for over 13 years with some students making All-State Honor's Orchestra, All Southern Honor's Orchestra, and playing in college orchestras.

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.

I've had violin students attend the Orange County High School of the Arts. 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 taught the violins and violas 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 Julliard School of Music and Ken Aiso, teacher at 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 Julliard 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 fiddle, popular music, and classical music.

Miranda C. Long Beach, CA

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About Me

I am a classical violinist and art educator who loves to share the gift of music with anyone who has a desire to learn! I am a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in Art History, but I have received formal classical violin training since the age of six. I acquired my classical violin instruction from Richard Adkins, Alan Carter, and Jesse Gross, whom are each honorable musicians and masters of the violin! As well as participating in numerous solo recitals, I have played in every school orchestra since 2nd grade. My most recent participation has been in the Long Beach Community Orchestras (Chamber and Symphony) and Orchestra Northern Arizona. While I am a native of Long Beach, CA, I lived in Arizona from 2010 to 2011, where I taught violin at the Flagstaff School of Music. I have been a private violin instructor for the past seven years, while also assisting music classes in elementary and middle schools. My well-rounded musical training and experience makes me an excellent teacher for children and adults, beginning to intermediate. Whether you are just picking up the violin for the first time, you would like to strengthen your technique, or you need help with your orchestra music for school, I will help you achieve and surpass your musical goals!

*** Lesson Details ***
The violin may be the most beautiful instrument in the world, but learning it can be quite difficult! I am here to help make the learning process more enjoyable! My teaching style is fairly laid back. In order to learn the violin and have it resonate, you must be comfortable and relaxed. Building relationships with each student and making connections is ideal.

Why do you want to play the violin? Whenever I meet a student for the first time, I like to know about his or her motives and goals associated with learning the violin. This helps us create a learning path that is favored by both of us! Before each lesson, I like to go over an objective for the day/week so we can see our goals more clearly.

Standard lesson: scales, warm-up exercises, technique exercises, rhythm exercises, solo piece and/or working on orchestra music. Music theory is incorporated throughout.
*While I am a classical violinist and teach a classical regimen, I am inspired by many other types of music from world to electronic. If you are inspired to learn a song from a different genre, I can help you write the sheet music and make it happen!

Beginning violinist: Hearing the violin being played (live/cd/video), learning the parts of the violin and its accessories such as rosin and a chin rest, spending time getting comfortable with holding the violin and bow properly, introduction to open notes (E, A, D, G), introduction to violin and bow holding technique.
*With young beginning violinists, I like to incorporate games that make learning the parts of the violin and notes more fun! Games also help the information stick with children better!

Standard beginning curriculum:
-Muller Rusch, String Method for Class or Individual Study, Book 1
-A Practical Method for Violin by Nicolas Laoureux, Part 1
-String Builder by Samuel Applebaum, Book 1 & 2
-First Etude Album for Violin by Harvey S. Whistler
-Suzuki Violin School Vol. 1 & 2

Standard intermediate curriculum:
-Hrimaly, Scale-Studies for the Violin
-Wohlfahrt, Foundation Studies for the Violin, Book II
-Wohlfahrt, Sixty Studies for the Violin, Book i
-Mazas, Seventy-Five Melodious and Progressive Studies for Violin, Book I

After 3 months, you will be able to identify the parts of the violin as well as the sound of an open G, D, A, and E note. You will be able to properly hold the violin (a work in progress) and you will be able to read simple notes on sheet music. Depending on the pace of your progress, you may be able to play a beginning song from the 1st Suzuki book!

Learning the violin is always a work in progress and there is always room for improvement! Never give up because being able to play the violin is honorable and it may open many doors for you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 violins, 2 music stands, violin accessories (rosin, tuner, metronome), music curriculum, recorder, and cd player.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I violin, 1 music stand, music curriculum, and violin accessories (rosin, tuner, metronome).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in violin technique.

Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA
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James T.

Van Nuys, CA
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Megan M.

Encino, 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.

Megan M. Encino, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Piano, Swimming, Violin, Zumba

About Me

I am originally from North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have been involved in music, theatre and dance since the age of 3. When I'm not teaching violin, I work with different children's theatre companies performing in elementary schools. I also write children's music and have my own one-woman educational show called "The Ballad of Green Girl.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning anything new should be a fun experience. If it's not fun then you're more likely to get frustrated and quit. My teaching philosophy is that I want to know what inspires you and create lessons that will keep you or your children interested and having fun. I offer 30 and 45 minute lessons. During the first lesson we will figure out a personalized lesson and go from there.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For violin students I expect them to have a proper size violin, shoulder rest and bow.
For beginner piano students you should have at least a 61 key keyboard, but an 88 key keyboard piano is preferred.

*** Specialties ***
I'm very personable, very communicative and I work well with all ages.

Choosing a Violin Instructor in L.A.

By Keiko C. - Los Angeles Violin Teacher

So you’re ready to take violin lessons in Los Angeles. How do you know which teacher to pick? Do you choose by location and convenience? Or by experience, merit, positive reviews or someone who is good with kids? Although the proximity, availability, price and gender of your instructor are all important factors to consider in your decision process, I think the personality of your instructor will be the most influential component.

As music instructors, we run our business with our personalities. In the same way you can choose to be fed with a mouth-watering plate of food in a friendly hole-in-the-wall or a formal upscale dining room, teaching styles will vary from a playful and nurturing environment to a more disciplined and mature setting. ...

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