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Popular Violin Teachers Near Playa del Rey

Jennifer G.

Los Angeles, CA
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Mary D.

Trabuco Canyon, CA
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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA
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Jennifer G. Los Angeles, CA

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About Me

Jennifer G. is a Professional Violinist. Jennifer grew up playing the violin and studying in the DC area since she was in 4th grade. She owns a blue Barcus Berry electric and/or classical violin with amplified speakers. She has played in numerous Orchestras, a few weddings, recitals and has taught private violin lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. She enjoys playing classical as well as notable rock-n-roll songs on her violin. Jennifer also has played in bands, commercials, films and she directed Anton Yelchin in 'Broken Horses' on how to play the violin for his role

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I tend to be a fun, encouraging, relaxed, but firm teacher who pushes my students to practice and do the best they can. ƒƒ‚ƒƒ‚‚‚ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚ The violin tends to be a very frustrating, tricky instrument for some students at first so I tend to be more laid back during the lesson as well as encouraging and giving positive feedback initially in the beginning. ƒƒ‚ƒƒ‚‚‚ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚ There is a lot to learn in the beginning to get the proper technique and habit down correctly. ƒƒ‚ƒƒ‚‚‚ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚ I use the Suzuki book methods as well as other excellent beginning books and teaching tools. I have a lot of different song books and musical pieces as well. I usually warm up with basic scales depending on where the student is at. And learn notes, tuning, rhythms, parts of violin, how to read music, how to properly care for the violin. Tightening the bow for playing and loosing the bow for storage, etc. And the proper way to hold the instrument. And proper bowing techniques. ƒƒ‚ƒƒ‚‚‚ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚ I have a metronome, tuner, own shoulder rest that's the best kind I recommend the Everest adjustable one, good rosin (round kind is better than square kind), music stand (a good sturdy, adjustable kind), lighting, pencils, cloth, etc. that the students should have as well rented, borrowed or owned. And the correct violin size is key for the student's arm length and age. 4/4 size is the 11 yrs. - adult size. 7/8 size Small Teen/adult, 3/4 size 9-12 yrs. 1/2 size 7-9 years, 1/4 5-7 yrs, 1/8 size 4-6 yrs. & 1/16 size 3-5 yrs. are standard, varying sizes depending on age, growth and arms length. ƒƒ‚ƒƒ‚‚‚ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚ I sometimes play along with my students and demonstrate the correct technique. ƒƒ‚ƒƒ‚‚‚ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚ After 3-6 months, you should be able to play a basic scales, varying notes, slurs, rhythms and easy recognizable songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, lights, pencils, speaker box, recording instruments, metronome, tuner, personal violin again w/ the essentials all students should either buy, borrow or rent like good rosin (the round chalk kind is better than the square type) for the bow hair (scraped with bow tip to make chalky) cloth to wipe the instrument clean, extra strings in case they pop (which is once in a blue moon) tuners and metronome (they have pas for these now too). Finally, a great shoulder rest is key for good equipment and playing. I prefer and highly recommend the adjustable Everest brand collapsible shoulder rest for violins. Adjustable to fit any 4/4, 3/4, or 1/2-size violin. 4/4 is an adult violin. Lastly, I also use an bowing teaching tool called a bow right, tape for fingering when necessary and sometimes bow, frog grips for little ones.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have music books, portable music stand, metronome, violin, the Everest adjustable shoulder rest, good rosin, & tuner. And varying teaching tools mentioned above.

However, I expect students to eventually rent, borrow, purchase their own violin, music stand and music supplies as mentioned above. I can assist in this. And be reimbursed for some supplies like the music books, fingering tape, proper rosin (round is better than square), extra strings, and bow grips.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki methods and classical mainly but I am open to teaching other genres while using all my teaching tools, materials and giving out stickers to the little ones. And having mini recitals for parent(s), friends and family.

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.

Angela B.

Long Beach, CA
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Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA
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James T.

Van Nuys, CA
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Angela B. Long Beach, CA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me


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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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