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. Before starting your violin lessons with a local instructor, consider what type of experience you hope to have and what type of teacher is best suited to your personality. Learning an instrument takes teamwork so it’s crucial that you understand your instructor’s methods of communication, and feel comfortable with their personality. The more enjoyable the lesson, the more worthwhile the musical experience.
I have been playing violin for over 17 years, and have been teaching violin lessons in L.A. to students of all ages and levels for over 12 years. My style is fairly relaxed, and I expect effort over perfection and some silliness over seriousness. I've found that this approach fits anyone who is learning to play the violin because they enjoy it, and I won't stick to any one genre because I think it keeps things interesting to mix it up. I have extensive experience in classical performance, rock/pop, tango, jazz, blues and Irish violin - all of which I can draw upon to tailor my students' lessons. Learning the music you like is the most satisfying experience.