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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I have been playing the violin since age 10, and have fond memories of having a loving and patient teacher when first starting out. My goal is to make violin playing fun, exciting, and get you playing as quickly as I can.

My method is a combination of traditional violin technique (mainly Franco-Belgian and Russian schools of violin playing). Once the student has developed a good foundation, we then start experimenting with different styles of music such as Latin, Jazz, Bluegrass/Country, Film Music, and even Electronica/EDM/Hip-Hop.

Yep - all styles are possible on the violin!

I look forward to helping you on your musical journey as you embark on learning the beauty and intricacies of the violin!

Happy Practicing!

About Nicolas
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I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2 years. During this time, I was able to take lesso
ns from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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LESSON DETAILS
I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

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.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, 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 can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Elizabeth August 22, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Nick taught orchestra at my child's school and was across the board disliked. He was sarcastic, condescending, and unfriendly in manner. Communicating with him was very unpleasant. So much so that the administration had to step in. Two years of him was enough to sour my child on the violin.
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Merle M. January 28, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I felt so awkward as a beginning student at 51 y/o but Nicolas is great. I cant wait for my next lesson!
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Susan C. October 20, 2016
· Violin · In home
Nicolas is a great teacher; patient and methodical, which is what I needed as a beginner.
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Nicolas R.

Nicolas R.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Travis H.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I teach all levels!

About Travis
I grew up in Los Angeles and went on to attend the University of Redlands .While at University, I played in the University Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to violin, I also studied jazz guitar, so classical music is definitely not the only musical style I am familiar with.

I am lucky enough to study with Tamsen Beseke, who is a member of the LA Opera and a prolific session musician. I have also studied with Jeanne Skrocki, who is currently the Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony.

My musical experience with violin is not confined to classical! I also have experience with other styles, including Irish folk music and bluegrass. While classical is my bread and butter, I can take a more rounded approach in terms of exposure to musical styles if
desired.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching lessons emphasizes making a friendly connection with my student. In my experience the student will learn the most when he or she feels comfortable asking questions and communicating with the instructor. I want my student to have fun and feel like progress is being made!

For beginners, the very first thing we go over is proper posture and bow hold. From there, we will move on to musical examples and basic violin techniques. I also incorporate basic music theory concepts into my lessons as needed. I have a strong grasp of that topic, and can teach my students more about it as necessary.

The materials I use include Suzuki(my favorite), String Builder, Laoureux, among others. I learned from a variety of materials in my lessons, and I find that great results come from using the best parts of multiple sources of materials.

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The studio: lessons are taught in the living room. The student is expected to provide his or her own violin. Music stands are available. Parking is on the street.

Local Park: the lessons are in the community recreation center in a separate rehearsal room.

Seating is available at both locations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all printed materials, but I ask that my students to have their own violin.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz
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Kimberley B. December 15, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Travis is a really great teacher. He explains everything in detail which helps a lot.
I am a beginner adult and am very happy taking lessons from Travis!
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Justin March 22, 2016
· Violin · In home
Travis is a cheerful, talented tutor who never fails to provide great, practical and simple to follow lessons which additionally are always fun to participate in. He's remarkably positive, and already I feel as though I have come on in leaps and bounds doing things with the violin that would have taken me an age to learn by myself. I hope that I continue learning with Travis for a long time to come.
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Christina E. December 6, 2015
· Violin · In home
Travis is a wonderful, kind hearted, and patient person with an inspiring passion for music. I have been a colleague of his for years and I can honestly say that he is very good at addressing different learning types, and catering to the unique needs of each student. His positivity and high energy make a great learning environment. I would highly recommend Travis to anyone interested in learning more about music in general as well as playing the violin.
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Travis H.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Armen M.

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Hello. Welcome to my class. This is your time to shine and enjoy the music that we create together.

About Armen
Armen M. was born in Armenia, and began playing the violin at the age of seven. From thereon out, Armen received his B.A.and M.A. degrees from Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia and Artist diploma from Longy school of Music in Cambridge MA. With an impressive background, awards, and distinctions, Armen M. has always been a distinguished violinist, musician and concertmaster.

His history of performances with some of the greatest names and soundtracks for some of the most famous movies, Armen has truly shone with this talent. With international performances ranging from Boston to Buenos Aires, including countries like USA, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Germany, Russian Armenia, Armen has worked with different styles too, not only classical. Armen infuses his classical background with Jazz, Rock, Pop and New Age as well, making him
a unique and extremely well rounded musician. Currently Armen resides in Los Angeles, CA where he is active with various orchestras, including the LA Opera.

He also routinely performs for sound track recordings with the major motion picture companies. In addition, Armen has worked with many well-known artists including Ray Charles, Barry White, Yanni, Sarah Brightman, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli and many others. Here is a list of artists Armen M. has performed with: Yanni, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Frank Sinatra Jr., Andrea Bocelli, Olga Tañon, Jose-Jose, Lucero, Cristian Castro, Alanis Morissette and Marco Antonio Solis.

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*** Lesson Details ***
I am very strict and laid back at the same time. I pay a lot of attention to the technical detailes

.The curriculum is based on the level the student is presently. It reneges from simple scale books to Paganini caprices.

I encourage every student to have at list two recitals a year. Lessons are very intense and productive and i welcome you to my studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Music room w/ piano and seating for parents

2) Office room w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin and music

*** Specialties ***
European/Russian violin school
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Badri S. April 22, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I was Impressed beyond my expectations.
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Michael February 29, 2016
· Viola · In studio
Very good teaching style !
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Mane February 17, 2016
· Violin · In home
I had a very pleasant first lesson experience. Armen is undoubtedly a talented violinist and a very knowledgeable instructor. As soon as you meet him, you understand that you're in good hands. I'm definitely looking forward to my next lesson.
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Burbank, CA 91502
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About Marcus R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Will make your student a star in no time

About Marcus
Marcus is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Viola Performance at Thorton School of Music at University of Southern California, studying with Karen Dreyfus. Marcus successfully completed his undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School under full tuition scholarship, studying with Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom. Marcus plays on a contemporary viola made by Raymond Schryer, generously donated by the Virtu Foundation.

Marcus has secured principal viola positions of such orchestra as the Sewanee Symphony, Transylvania Symphony Orchestra at Brevard Music Center, Ensemble 212, and Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. Other major orchestra appearances include the ASTA National Honor Orchestra, Marshall Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Music Festival Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony, and Texarkana Symphony. Marcus made his deb
ut at the age of fifteen with the Marshall Symphony. He went on to win top prizes at the First Annual Texarkana Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Red River Radio Young Artist Competition, Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, as well as being a featured soloist at the Caddo Magnet High Concerto Concert. Marcus debuted at the age of sixteen with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. He has studied privately at various summer music camps with Cynthia Phelps (principal violist of the New York Philharmonic) Donald McInnes, Karen Dreyfus, and famous vioilnist/violist Pinchas Zukerman. He has worked with artists from the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Grammy winning Juilliard and Cleveland String Quartets. He has performed in masterclasses for the Manhattan String Quartet, Cynthia Phelps, Donald McInnes, Susan Debois, Harlem String Quartet, Patricia McCarty, and Joseph Silverstein. In November 2010, Marcus collaborated with the famed pianist Christopher O’Reilly for a taping of NPR’s ‘From The Top,’ with whom he was declared a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient. Other awards include 2nd Prize in the George Gershwin International Competition, a Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Heineken Performing Arts award, and full scholarship fellowship at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.

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My teaching philosophy is solely based upon music being a universal language. My goal is to guide and encourage growth of a student so that his or her talents may progress with proper technical and musical advancements. Each student is unique; therefore, the approach to the student should be unique as well. I take time to understand the student, assess the situation, and execute a personalized lesson plan that will develop their skills.
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Marcus R.

Marcus R.

Los Angeles, CA 90037
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$30 / 30-min

About Kristapor N.

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Anaheim, CA

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As an instrumentalist and composer, I have the privilege of an active and successful career in Music, performing across the country with world-class artists, as well as writing music for some of the most sought after international performers.

I believe Music is, most importantly, a tool for communication. As a teacher, I strive to show students how to use this tool on their path towards clearer, more confident self-expression, and in so doing, further myself along the same path.

About Kristapor
I believe Music is, most importantly, a tool for communication. As a teacher, my goal is to show students how to use this tool on their path towards clearer, more confident self-expression, and in so doing, further myself along the same path.

As an instrumentalist and composer, I have the privilege of an active and successful career in Music, performing across the country as well as internationally with world-class artists, and writing music for some of the most sought after performers in the country.
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Chelsy August 10, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Kristapor is a wonderful teacher. He not only taught my son violin, but also inspired him to be a better violinist. He spent hours with my son to come up with a high standard audition tape for applying a summer music camp. My son got accepted & had a great time learning music at the camp. Thank you, Kristapor!!!!
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Anne April 6, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I took violin lessons from Kris for nearly two years, until moving out of LA. He is an extremely talented musician and teacher. During these lessons, my violin technique and musical expression both considerably improved. Kris is very patient, and able to teach multiple methods to successfully master various violin techniques (such as vibrato). Through implementing improvisation into the lessons, Kris can also bring out the student's musical creativity and confidence, which not only helps aspiring composers, but guides violin students in adding expression to the music they're currently learning. He encourages students to challenge themselves, but effectively teaches all of the techniques necessary to accomplish their musical goals.

He is also a brilliant composer, and is an excellent composition teacher as well! Although my lessons were mostly focused on violin, he provided much useful advice for improving my compositions for orchestra and symphonic band as well.

I highly recommend Kris as an instructor for music students of any proficiency level!
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Kristapor N.

Anaheim, CA 92807
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About Tamboura B.

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Burbank, CA

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My methods as a teacher begin primarily with emphasis on fundamentals, i.e Bow hand position, violin position. I emphasize the need to practice on a consistent basis. As in any walk of life, there will be little to no improvement unless you do so. I also believe in treating each student differently, however, as there are some who simply want to have fun and learn something new. I like to set goals and time markers so as to make sure students are progressing in a healthy manner.

About Tamboura
I was born and raised in New York City. All my life I have been passionate about the arts and music is certainly one of my greatest passions. I started studying classical violin at the age of 6 at the Third Street Music school in New York. (studied under the Suzuki method). Along my travels as a student I have also attended music camps such as Kinhaven and Interlochen and was also a member of the New York Youth Symphony during my senior year in high school. Currently I make a living as a musician. I perform gigs around town as a soloist playing various genres - classical to pop.
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Christopher December 17, 2016
· Violin · In home
I'm a beginning violin player. I had never taken a music lessons before. But instructor Tamboura, made it fun and was very patient with teach me. He was also very understanding when ever I had to cancel a lesson and was open to teach at the perfect time.
I'm planning to continue taking lessons with him, when ever I have free time.
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Tamboura B.

Burbank, CA 91504
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About Walter M.

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Hi there, if you're looking for a new hobby or you are just really interested in music, I'm the guy you are looking for. I can teach any age, no matter how young or old, if you have the passion or interest I can help you reach your goal. I provide material for each lesson and I customize each lesson to address your needs as a newly born musician! And if you pass the beginner level I can help you push on to a new frontier. Also, I tend to teach extra material like ear training, sight reading, music theory and etc. I can assure you that anything I teach you, you won't forget. Don't hesitate and contact me right away.

About Walter
I would love to teach you and help you accomplish your goals! I play instruments ranging from violin, piano, and others! I enjoy teaching and I make sure that my student leaves their lesson with confidence in what they learned. I like to make any lesson interactive and productive. I like to have a good time while teaching so I might come out with one or two jokes during the lesson.
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Jefferson August 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
My experience with this teacher is that he is fun and helps me a lot. He helps on working how to sight read and play different types of music. He also helps any type of music your having trouble with whether it's an orchestra music or other music you want to learn. He also is a fun teacher to play with and to talk.
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Liz August 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
A great teacher , has a lot of patience and also can make the class fun, I learned so fast with him , I always looking forward to my violin class.
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Walter M.

Walter M.

Los Angeles, CA 90002
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About Zack R.

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I teach music the way it was taught to me, and I had in my opinion some of the best teachers in the world.

I like to start every student with a unique approach to their individual playing style. I work closely with the student from the first minute of the first lesson, first simply getting to know the student's comfort level with material, playing style, and proficiency level. From there I go into specific topics that need improvement - for some students, this might be basic techniques, and for others may be advanced concepts. I like to walk the line between nurturing and tough love - I think that the best teacher is the experience of stepping outside of your comfort zone, with someone there to point you in the right direction to walk.

About Zack
Hi everyone! My name is Zack and I'm a guitar and violin instructor hailing from Chicago, IL, and currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. I’ve been playing violin since age 9 and guitar since age 10, gaining experience ever since playing live and in the studio, in bands and as a freelance artist. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and now play in a metal band and pursue a freelance career. As a young student, I spent many years as a member of Midwest Young Artists, performing and studying classical music with Dr. Allen Dennis and jazz guitar with the renowned Frank Portelese, playing venues such as the Harris Theater in Chicago. I toured Greece and Peru playing violin, and studied classical performance with Vadim Mazo of Illinois Wesleyan University in Prague at Ameropa ’06. I was
a violin student of Gail Lilja-Kirkeeng from a young age, and was taught guitar by Rex Carroll of christian heavy metal band, Whitecross, and later when on to study rock and metal guitar with Joe Stump and Jon Finn at Berklee College of Music. I have opened for acts such as Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie, and even accompanied Dream Theater onstage as the principal second violinist for their live DVD release, Breaking the Fourth Wall. My musical background is mostly based in classical music on violin, and rock music on guitar, although I consider myself very well versed in many different styles. Topics I generally like to begin new students with are scales and modes and how to apply them, basic posture and correct pick/bow technique and left hand placement, and the note names as they apply to the instrument and basic sight reading. I firmly believe that every student is unique with different styles, voices, and goals and that any lesson plan should reflect that. Whatever you want to learn, I’m here to help!
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Zack R.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Phoebe S.

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I'm a classically trained Suzuki violin/viola teacher and although I teach classical technique, sight reading, orchestra coaching etc, I also specialize in pop/rock violin, bluegrass, country and folk music, as well as musical improv! I also play and teach mandolin, ukulele and voice, and I love to customize music lessons to fit the individual interests of each student. If you're interested in a multi-faceted approach to music and strings instruction in particular, I'm your gal! I also teach music theory and songwriting.

About Phoebe
Hello! I'm a violinist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, former actress, current rockstar and lover of teaching! My background is in classical violin and voice; I'm a third-generation Suzuki violin teacher. I have played with symphony orchestras, toured the US and Canada as a folk-rock musician, sung off-Broadway, played with various bands at iconic venues in New York and Los Angeles, taught musical theater performance, rock band camp, and private violin, voice, ukulele, mandolin, music theory, musical improv, songwriting and performance technique! I love to bring all of my versatility as a musician and performer to the table when I teach, and I love to tailor my approach to suit each student's individual interests. Whether you want to learn symphonies, write songs, or just generally rock out, let's make music together!
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North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Grace R.

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I cater to the individual's needs while instilling the basics of violin. Every student learns in a different way, and I make sure to teach in the method that is most effective for that student. Because I perform so often, I know the necessary skills to teach violin practically and efficiently.

About Grace
Grace Rodgers, originally from Detroit, is a Los Angeles based violinist who enjoys a varied musical career spanning from classical to pop. Grace often works with current artists, and has been a part many studio recordings and live productions (Kesha, Lea Michele, BØRNS, Megadeth, Gallant, Sabrina Carpenter, and others.)

Grace earned her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Violin Performance from Wayne State University under Dr. Laura Roelofs, where she was also an instructor for String Project @Wayne, a four year teaching internship with the youth of Detroit.

As an avid performer, Ms. Rodgers knows the necessary skills to make a great violinist. While she caters to the individual student's needs, Grace instills the basics in an engaging and useful manner. Ms. Rodgers specializes in finding out how a student best learns, and th
en utilizing the necessary tools to take that student to the next level in their performing skills.
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Girthael August 16, 2017
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Grace was a very professional teacher and really took my playing to the next level. She was very patient with me and I look forward to continuing lessons with her!
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Natalie August 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter studied with Miss Grace for 3 years while she was in Detroit. Her expertise in violin performance was such an inspiration to my daughter and she learned so much. Grace was timely and prepared to all lessons, friendly in her approach, and my daughter's musical growth was enormous over those important formative years. We miss her very much!
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Grace R.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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