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The Reasons I Love Violin

By Erin C. - San Diego Violin Teacher

As an instructor teaching violin lessons in San Diego, CA with over 10 years teaching experience, I want to express my love for the violin. Violin has been a part of my life since I was about 5 or 6 years old. During the summer of my senior year of high school I took my violin on a mission trip to Honduras, Central America. The music changed lives and in turn changed mine and the way I look at music. It was then I knew I wanted to continue with violin and use my talent to help others through teaching and ministry.

I often ask my students why they chose to take violin lessons over any other instrument. Some respond “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” others say “I want to play beautiful melodies,” and for the young ones it’s usually “I want to play the fast, hard parts.” What parents and students alike don’t always count on is how long it will take to achieve those goals. I ask my beginner students and their parents to try it for three months before deciding anything. Violin is an amazing instrument but you must be willing to learn correct posture, coordination, rhythm, note reading, and different styles and techniques of bowing to achieve the truly beautiful sounds of the violin. Now I’m not saying it’s too hard, but like any instrument, academic, or other extracurricular activity “Practice makes perfect.”

Students, set goals and determine in your minds not to give up and to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals. Parents, I encourage you to take an interest in your student’s music education, it will help them learn. Be a vital part of achieving their goal. Being involved is as simple as showing up to lessons, taking notes, asking questions that enable you to help them practice at home.

If you are between the ages of 3-99 and interested in taking local violin lessons, I encourage you to view our teacher’s bios. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, our San Diego TakeLessons Violin Teachers will customize lessons to fit your needs.

About Betsy F.

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Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.

After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing multiple songs.

About Betsy
Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.

I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still i
n high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theater, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.

I currently play viola with the La Jolla Symphony, and have sung with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together. Most recently I was chosen to record a new song Glow for Disneyland's California Adventure World of Color Winter Dreams.

I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children.

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Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.

After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs.

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I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons. I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books. A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization. A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal students are encouraged to pick songs from whatever genre sparks their interest. With violin and viola I use the suzuki method of training and follow the books and lessons, I use other books to supplement scales/technique.
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Sadella M. August 6, 2016
· Singing · In home
Lessons have been great. She is organized, intuitive with the child taking lessons, and getting results. All this plus a beautiful spirit and voice.
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Annmarie Seaman February 17, 2016
· Viola · In home
Betsy was AMAZING!! She helped me work on scales and my concerto, she made it so mug more fun and was very nice to be around.
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PAMELA H. January 8, 2016
· Singing · In home
Betsy came to our house to teach my 5-year-old daughter singing lessons. Betsy's methods were useful and good. My daughter loved taking lessons with her. After a handful of lessons, Betsy began to reschedule our lessons. One time, she had rescheduled and showed up at our house at the original time...just as we were pulling into the driveway from an outing. Okay, fine. Then, she'd contact me and hour or two before our lesson, to see if we could reschedule. This is unprofessional and unacceptable! It became the norm with her, so we cancelled our lessons with Betsy. It isn't easy for our family of five to rearrange our schedule for her. Once or twice? Okay, but not all of the time! My daughter was greatly disappointed an defeated, and we haven't taken singing lessons since. I have yet to receive my money back from TakeLessons. Go figure.
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Betsy F.

Betsy F.

San Diego, CA 92121
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About Sang S.

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I have had the opportunity to instruct students of all ages and abilities. My skills as a soloist, and orchestra member allow me to teach a wide variety of repertoires. I work with my students by using the Suzuki method and European traditional fundamental method together. Also I believe by using scale books and etudes books to help building solid techniques. In addition, I use wide selection of violin solo music to work on development in musicality.

During the lesson, I play along with my students , which is very helpful for their ear training. Communication is important between the student and the teacher. I encourage my students to ask questions , and I will answer them in details.

My goal is to help my students to enjoy playing the violin and perform the music with confidence.

About Sang
My name is Sang, I am a professional violinist for over 20 years. I have been playing with the San Diego Symphony, the Classics 4 kids concert series, the California Chamber Orchestra. My private music studio is in UTC area. And I also teach for California Music Studio. I have given numerous recitals and philanthropic performances all over the San Diego areas. Please allow me to tell you a bit of my musical Career.

In 1988 I received a full scholarship from Roosevelt University in Chicago to study music and violin. I currently hold a first violin position with the Chicago Grant Park Sympho
ny in the summer season. I have been playing the violin since the age of 4. At the age of nine, I was accepted to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music. I performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in China and won most of the major national competitions.

I was a full time member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra between 1993-2010. I have performed in Germany, Austria and Cuba. Being an accomplished violinist has given me the opportunity to work with famous people such as Yoyo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra Jr, Doc Severinsen and Marvin Hamlisch to name a few.

*** Specialties ***
I work with my students by using Suzuki method, along with traditional fundamental methods. I will help them to develop music reading skills. Also I believe using scale books , etudes books to build solid techniques. In addition, I use wide selections of solo music ( from classical selections to popular music) to work on musicality. I encourage my student to communicate with me, all questions will be answered in detail. My goal is to train my students to perform with confidence!
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Lydia May 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Sang is very professional and really patient .
She has been teaching my 8-year-old son for over 1 month, and we are very pleased with the experience.
She knows how to relate well with kids, she take the time to explains my son everything step by step, my son love the lesson, thanks to her education and professional demeanor. we highly recommend her!
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Milana H. January 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Excellent teacher, very patient yet instructive, our 6-year old daughter is developing a love for the violin and Sang brings a very kind and professional approach, we highly recommend her!
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Anna W. September 19, 2016
· Violin · In home
As an adult beginner, I never thought I was able to play violin. I went to Sang just giving a try. After a few lessons, it is amazing that I can, not only hold my violin nicely but also move the bow to play music! Not to say Sang is such a patient and encouraging teacher, her excellent music technique and experience enable her taking you to the right way to learn. she knows exactly how to help me overcome the difficulties and build a solid foundation which may benefit the long term learning. I am very glad to find Sang and highly recommend her as a violin teacher!
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Sang S.

San Diego, CA 92122
(7)
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$35 / 30-min

About Marta B.

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I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I help my students with their individual goals, whether learning for fun or for career. I teach any level violin students, starting age 5 and on. Variety of Methods and Styles: Royal Conservatory, Traditional, Suzuki, classical, jazz, pop, rock, improvisation

About Marta
I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I recently returned from living and performing in Japan for a year, ready to resume teaching again. I've been teaching privately and in group classes for over 20 years, both traditional and Suzuki methods. I have over 25 years of performance experience in classical music. I'm also very active in the non-classical scene I've performed with celebrities like Rihanna, Steve Wonder, Trisha Yearwood and local artists, from modern flamenco to jazz, pop, rock. I'm a recording artist and speciali
ze in improvisation and creative collaborations.

The philosophy is to guide students' musical and educational growth through well rounded and personally tailored instruction that emphasizes practicing strategies in technical facility, musicality, history, theory and music appreciation. My students enjoy discovering and strengthening their talents through my encouragement-oriented and patient guidance. I accept students of any level, starting from age 5 to adults. My students have won auditions to youth orchestras and colleges and some are now professional musician themselves. Whether you are learning for pleasure or for life goals, my studio is open to all.
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Cassidy May 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Marta is a talented musician who translates her skills into a managable learning program. As an adult beginner, I appreciate her flexibility, patience, kindness, and easy-to-understand instruction. I have a great time in her lessons!
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Laura L. January 26, 2017
· Cello · In home
I've been taking lessons with Marta for a few months now, as an adult, and am really enjoying it. Marta is clearly an incredibly talented and engaging musician who is able to translate her experience for folks, like me, who might be new to an instrument or music in general. She is skilled in music theory and technique and really focuses on ensuring her students have the foundational skills necessary to build on as they progress. I'd highly recommend her - she makes the hard work of learning a new instrument (or expanding your existing practice) incredibly fun and rewarding.
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Anne van Casteren June 16, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Marta is a great Cello teacher! She is very flexible, patient, kind, and great at adjusting the lessons to whatever kind of music you want learn to play. She made my experience as an adult beginner a great one. Btw, did I mention she knows a lot about multiple(!) instruments.
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Marta B.

Marta B.

San Diego, CA 92107
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$44 / 30-min

About Alethia E.

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I use many methods of teaching including Suzuki, Kodaly and traditional teaching in order to accommodate each student's learning needs. I am very flexible and more than happy to discuss teaching methods and/or special needs with parents and students.

About Alethia
Growing up I was raised in a home full of music. My father, a graduate of the Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Musica (National conservatory of Superior Music) played piano day and night and from there my love for music blossomed. My first experience with music was at the age of 8 when I began to take piano lessons from my father. I decided to switch to violin when I was 12. I was introduced to violin thanks to the Waldorf School of San Diego and have played in the orchestra throughout all of middle school. After 8th grade I was accepted into Young Artist Symphony and played with them until
2011. My education in orchestras continued with USD Chamber Orchestra, and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. I began to teach at the Waldorf School as an assistant orchestra teacher in 2011, and have since been teaching privately as well.

My goals when teaching is to teach the appropriate techniques in order to play violin successfully and to hopefully inspire love and appreciation for music. In my experience I have learned that every student has a different way of learning therefore it is important to adjust to every student's needs. Learning should be fun but it should also be disciplined, it is important to understand that there is a time for fun and a time to be serious when learning.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me!
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Student 3 & Student 4 G. April 25, 2017
· Violin · In home
The students really benefited from the instruction today. They are so excited to receive these lessons and go away excited for the next one.
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Student 1 & Student 2 G. April 24, 2017
· Violin · In home
Today's lessons went very well. Alethia is well suited for the students and customizes each lesson to the individual needs of each student while focusing on the literature at hand. The students were happy. I did not give a 5 star rating because I did not get feed back from each of the students. I really like her style and demeanor. Thank you.
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Tracy B. March 28, 2017
· Violin · In home
Really nice lesson. She knows her material and presents it in an engaging way. I have played before and saw instant improvement from minor adjustments she suggested with the first lesson. I look forward to continuing my progress with her.
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Alethia E.

Alethia E.

San Diego, CA 92103
(16)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Souaad N.

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**NOTE: I WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR LESSONS IN El PASO, TX THE SECOND WEEK OF AUGUST. MESSAGE ME FOR MORE INFO AND TO RESERVE YOUR SLOT!**

My main focus of study for violin lessons is classical music. The student will learn: proper technique, music theory, music history, to sight-read, tune the violin on his/her own, solos, collaborate with other musicians, how to conduct, and how to prepare for an audition. I take the lessons at the student's learning pace, and I challenge them to get past mental barriers.

About Souaad
***I will be available to teach lessons in El Paso, Texas starting the second week in August 2017. Message me for more information, and to reserve your slot!***
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Hello there, curious musician to be!

I am a competitive individual and I like to challenge and to be challenged. I started playing violin when I was 10 and have performed with several Honors Orchestras, mariachis, as well as some professional groups. My Junior and Senior year of high school I was honored to be Concertmaster.

I began my classical vocal training at San Diego State University in Spring of 2012. I was
trained as a Soprano and an Alto because of my coachability, and versatility. Since then I have worked with several talented and dynamic directors throughout my training experience. I have attended the annual San Diego Summer Choral Festival, as well as the Conducting Workshop under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders, which consisted of an intensive choral training weekend followed by performances. I am also part of a growing professional choir in San Diego called Pro Arte Voices, which debuted its first CD in December '14 (!!). Lastly, I am a strong advocate for the arts in our community and am very proud to be a teacher. Most recently, I have started developing a choir program for the youth at a local church. In the near future I have plans of developing a music program for underprivileged youth, which would incorporate choir, and orchestra. I continue to work on myself so that I can always give my best to my students, and teach them something new. I look forward to making music with you, or your little one soon :)
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Lillian B. April 5, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Amazing instructor! My daughter absolutely loved her and really opened up to her. I'm excited to see how she blossoms as a singer under her instruction!
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Cynthia February 13, 2017
· Violin · In home
Souaad is very patient and dedicated to helping you reach the next level of understanding or technique, whatever your next step might be.
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Cynthia S. December 5, 2016
· Singing · In home
I am so pleased with Souaad!

I originally met with Souaad for audition preparation for my daughter for children's theater. Not only did she help my daughter prepare for the audition (she earned the part she wanted btw) but she was such a great teacher that we have opted to continue.

She has a great blend of classical theory with pop singing and is very adaptable to what my daughter is interested in. I also like that she is comfortable giving important feedback and constructive criticism to help her improve.

We recently attended our first recital and met a lot of other very happy students (both adult and child) who have been studying with Souaad. She is very professional, personable and talented. Highly recommended!
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Souaad N.

Souaad N.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
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