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About Connie E.

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Lakewood, CA

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I'm passionate about music and have been over 19 years experience teaching the violin. I accept students from beginner to advanced levels and will help you achieve your goals whether you are wanting to learn the violin as a hobby, for school or pursue music as a career!

About Connie
I love teaching, and enjoy passing on that joy, knowledge, and experience to my students! I tailor lessons according to the student's goals, abilities, and preference in musical styles. Whether you're wanting to learn the violin to be a virtuoso or just as a personal hobby, I believe you should enjoy the learning process!

I am passionate about music and enjoy teaching aspiring students! I am active as a violin teacher, performer, chamber and studio recording musician in the greater Los Angeles area. I hold a Masters of Music Degree in Violin Performance from California State University, Long Beach and have been playing the violin since the age of four. I've enjoyed teaching private lessons for the past 18 years and have experience in teaching group and private lessons to students of all ages, coaching string orchestras and string ense
mbles. I have a broad education in music with knowledge of classical, modern, and world music, as well as advanced training in music theory which I incorporate in private lessons. I have also studied conducting, music analysis, music history, voice, and advanced piano.

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While I specialize in classical music, I help my students discover what genre of music they're passionate about learning, including classical, jazz, pop, and fiddle. Lessons include scales, technique, ear training, sight reading, music theory, solos, duets, music performance and the option to prepare for auditions and youth orchestras. I tailor the curriculum I use depending on the need of each individual student. Please contact me for up to date lesson availabilities!

***Repertoire***
Beginner to intermediate students use method books such as Essential Elements, Suzuki Method, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. For young students, I also use the Sassmannshaus Tradition, and the Violin Fun Book series. Intermediate to Advanced students learn technique using Carl Flesch scales, and studies from Shradiek, Sevcik, Mazas, and Kreutzer to name a few. Solo pieces including from composers such as Mozart, Franck, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Seitz, Bach, Handel, Beethoven and Vivaldi. I also encourage my students to explore other styles of music that interest them, such as pop, fiddling, Celtic, and movie music.
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Patricia September 29, 2016
· Violin · In home
Connie was great! Looking forward to continuing lessons.
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Thomas Attaway March 2, 2016
· Violin · Online
Wonderful violin teacher, the best I have ever had. Very patient, although I am an adult student, re-beginning to play. Showed me things that I have done wrong for years in one session.
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Patricia H. September 28, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Connie is a teacher who really concentrates on the positive. She is a teacher who gives positive feedback in every lesson. She knows the material inside and out. Connie has a lot of joy in her teaching. She is a joyful and lovely person. I find her an amazing teacher!
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Connie E.

Connie E.

Lakewood, CA 90713
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About Lucy L.

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About Lucy
Ms. Lucy began studying violin with her father at the age of three. She attended Kunming Art Institute in Yunnan, China for junior and senior high school and than studied with Professor WeiJian Zhao from Central Music Conservatory in Beijing. She holds both AA and AS degree from Pasadena City College. where she served as the assistant concert master for many semesters. She also studied violin with Prof. Jay Zhong, former violin Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Lucy is was a scholarship student at Bob Cole Conservatory of California State University, Long Beach. She studied with renowned violin pedagogue Linda Rose and served as concertmaster of the Bob Cole Conservatory orchestra, chamber orchestra and opera. Currently she's a student of Katia Popov, concertmaster of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She received her vi
olin performance BM degree in 2013.

Ms. Lucy has performed extensively throughout China, Hong Kong, and the United States and won many awards for her performances. At age six, she won 1st place at The Future Violinist Competition in Yunnan and continuously wining at different competitions around China. 1989 summer, Ms. Lucy held her solo recital at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and was a great success. Her most recent performances including: Solo violinist at 2005 New Universe Entertainment Academy; Performing with international tenor Oscar Zhang at UCI Barclay Theatre as guest solo violinist, with UCI symphony Orchestra, 2006. Guest Solo Violinist performing at Cerritos Performing Art Center in 2007. She also performed with different orchestras year round at different locations such as the Ford Amphitheatre and Orange county Performing Arts Center, she plays Jazz with Michael Mcdaniel Quartet.

Ms. Lucy began her teaching career at the age of 15 at her father’s violin school in Yunnan, China. The school currently has more than two hundred violin students and five violin teachers. Each year, Ms. Lucy travels back to China and give master classes and exchange valuable teaching experience with the students and teachers there. Summer 2006, Ms. Lucy and her students was invited by the International Youth and Children’s Art Festival, they stayed in China for ten days. Their performance got well accepted by the audience and was broadcasted on the local TV and newspapers. It was an unforgettable experience for all the students and their parents.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning violin will be fun and rewarding for my students.

My teaching method is from The Juilliard School of Music, lessons are specifically designed to fit individual students age, background, strength and personality. In my classes, not only students are taught how to play the violin, they are also taught ear training, sight-reading, music theory, and performance skills; Most important, students are also taught self-confidence, discipline, appreciation of the arts, and the pride that comes from a job well done.

Every year, my students have the opportunity to perform in different concert settings, participate in our annual summer concerts, take national music exams, and audition with many orchestras and music schools.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a quiet and comfy home music studio. The room includes a piano, violins, music stands, flat screen TV. Seating for parent/family member is also available.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching method is mainly following The Juilliard School of Music, and I also combine it with the Suzuki method, especially for younger students.
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Nalani G. May 6, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She is very nice and patient and wonderful to my granddaughter.
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Keith L. December 24, 2015
· Violin · In studio
I improved my violin playing a lot since I took lessons with Lucy last month. I know learning to play violin is hard but with a good teacher you will improve a lot more faster than you expected.
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Santana H. December 7, 2015
· Violin · In studio
I think we found a really good violin teacher after all ^^ .
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Lucy L.

Lucy L.

El Monte, CA 91732
(5)
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$35 / 30-min

About Carmen S.

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Malibu, CA
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Hi my name is Carmen. I have been teaching music for 10 years to all ages and levels. I make sure my students are able to play a song in the first lesson and customize the lesson to their own goals. I have experince playing in orchestras, trios, quartets, rock and alternative bands as well as teaching classical cello. I have knowledge of many different methods but tailor curriculm based on the students goals. My students have played in orchestras, symphonies, jazz trios and bands

About Carmen
Carmen has been teaching music for 10 years to children and adults, from age 4 to 50. She is able to teach many genres of music to all levels of musicianship, whether beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn Mozart or Coldplay, Aretha Franklin or Joni Mitchell . Her style of teaching utilizes the classical approach of theory and sight reading, but MOST IMPORTANTLY allows the student to explore the instrument freely while also achieving good musicianship. Having fun while honing the craft is the way to an enduring love of playing and is a principle she always uses in her lessons.

Carmen has a special gift with very young children; she is able to keep children interested, engaged, inspired and challenged. She has a patience with children that is extraordinary because she believes strongly in the ability of music to enrich child
ren's lives in all areas and seeks to cultivate that within the child.

Adults also find it easy to learn from Carmen's teaching approach. Her ability to approach a students challenges with a multitude of learning techniques has been useful in helping students succeed. She teaches skills and techniques for practicing that are useful for musicians through out their lifetime. Carmen also knows exactly what it takes to make a student a professional who is ready for studio session work, live band performances, live improvisations, auditions or creating their own music. She understands the desire and drive behind wanting to create with music and emphasizes certain key aspects that can make musicians proficient in any genre when practiced

Education

Carmen comes from a long family lineage of musicians and artists. Always being exposed to classical music and opera since birth, Carmen was in awe of the power of the human voice through opera. At 8 she began to study the art form and teach herself music. She started studying with teachers at age 11. After learning voice, piano and cello followed. While studying classical techniques, she also taught herself other genres of music which enabled her to play, record and perform with musicians of almost every genre by 19.

Carmen has been taught and trained by many professional working musicians of impressive musical carrer heights Her former opera/ vocal coach Shonie Lebie attended The Julliard School on a full scholarship before going on to The Metropolitan Opera House. Piano teacher Shoshana Ben Horin, a graduate of Prague Conservatory of Music and concert pianist, toured all of Europe before instructing Carmen in piano. Carmen has learned cello and other string instruments from professional working musicians here in Los Angeles.

Experience

Carmen is a current working session musician, songwriter and performer in Los Angeles. She has performed and recorded with musicians from The Gap Band, Guns n' Roses, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere, etc. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

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I customize EVERY lesson for EVERY student (Beginner or Advanced) whether playing in for fun, preparing for a show or wanting to become a professional musician, I can help you reach it.

For piano I can teach you the classical method, Suzuki or methods toward the genre you enjoy playing. You'll learn Ear Training, Rhythm, Theory/ Chords, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Repertoire and a little songwriting.

For strings I focus mostly using the Suzuki Method/ Classical Repertoire or Hal Leonard curriculum. If you seek to learn rock, jazz or blues I have customized learning technique depending on your level. You'll learn bowing techniques, Ear training, Sigh Reading for multiple Clefs, Orchestration, and of course theory and repertoire

For singing I customize the lesson toward Genre Performance preference of the student to maximize your time and productivity. Covering Breath/Phrasing, Projection, Tone Improvement, Diction, Microphone technique, Sight Reading, Proper vocal warm-ups/ Maintenance and Repertoire

*** Specialties ***
Opera, pop, rock, r&b, blue, jazz, alternative rock, string instrument improvisation, free form, variations of short hand lead sheets (how to play along with a band at gig nights), piano chord structures & progressions, singing with band accompaniment, children's music
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Chris H. October 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Carmen is great! We appreciate her patience and her wealth of knowledge. She sat with us for the lesson and took the time to go over our game plan and lesson plans for upcoming lessons as well!
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Geneva S. October 22, 2015
· Violin · In home
Carmen has a gentle approach. She is sweet and patient. Her teaching technique is thorough and detailed. The lessons are well structured and age appropriate for my 7 years old daughter. Carmen motivates and inspires,and Geneva enjoys her violin lessons!
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Sarah K. May 12, 2015
· Violin · In home
Carmen is amazing teaching my 5 year old! She was patient and taught in a fun easy way. She make me think that I could even play Violin! Highly recommend her!
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Carmen S.

Carmen S.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
(7)
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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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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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Armen M.

Armen M.

Burbank, CA 91502
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$40 / 30-min

About Lily F.

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Walnut, CA
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An accredited Suzuki violin teacher.
I've been teaching violin for 7 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to learn basic violin-playing posture, including correct bow-hold. I use Suzuki series books to teach my students, and add up some other etudes if needed. I love working with students of all ages and any levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Lily
With a Masters in Music Performance from The Ohio State University, and an accredited Suzuki violin teacher from training program at The School for Strings, NYC. I have 6 years private teaching experience and 1 year group class teaching experience at Jefferson Academy at The Ohio State University. I am able to work with different ages of students with patience and passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki violin books for beginners. In this series, I would like students to follow the order of each piece to build up their violin skill. I emphasize building a strong foundation of a good body posture including bow-hold. For more advanced student, we can use Suzuki book 4 or above and other similar level repertoire to build up their musicality and the knowledge of each composer.

I've been teaching piano for 3 years. Within the first
few lessons, you'll be able to learn basic piano-playing posture and the basic knowledge on piano. As time goes on, you'll be able to reach to intermediate level. I typically use Faber piano book series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Violin and music stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my violin with me, students should have their own instruments (violin/piano) and a music stand (for violin students).

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical violin and piano.
Beginning to Intermediate Piano Lesson for All Ages.
Beginning to Advanced Violin Lesson for All Ages.
An accredited Suzuki Violin Teacher.
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Sydney June 23, 2016
· Violin · In home
My daughter shared that she liked Lily and Lily knew her stuff! Very satisfied with the first lesson.
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Eti Gunawan August 20, 2015
· Violin · In home
Lily is a great instructor. She knows how to communicate with students and how to hold them accountable so they can have self discipline. Her teaching method also effective as she showing students how to get better step by step.
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Vivien August 5, 2015
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Lily has been teaching violin to my 10 years old son for the past 10 months. We find her to be kind, patient, positive, and understanding. She is not overly strict nor critical, which fits well with my son's personality. She is mind-mannered so we do not feel pressure or discouraged when you are just learning and making mistakes. We are pleased with the progress my son has made in the past 10 months.
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Lily F.

Lily F.

Walnut, CA 91789
(6)
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$65 / 60-min
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Irvine, CA

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I want to provide students with the opportunity to do and achieve anything they desire with music and become well-rounded musicians. My goal is to enable students to make music independently and become self-sufficient learners. As a result, students can enjoy music for their own playing and/or choose to become professional musicians.

About Anna
I have over 20 years of experience in teaching viola and violin students of all ages and levels. And I have knowledge of Piano and Music Theory as well. I have been a member of MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) since 2005, and I currently serve as string chair as well as first vice president of South Coast Branch - MTAC. I am also a member of SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival), so I enter many talented students pursuing music into the CM (Certificate of Merit) test, violin or viola competitions and auditions every year.

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Anna K. performs extensively as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ms K. has served as a director of the Orange County Chamber Ensemble from 2003 to 2012, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea, Europe, Japan, and more recently in US. She has pe
rformed as a principal violist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Orange County Chamber Ensemble, and Southern California Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and California Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In September of 2002, Anna performed for the Concert called “Synergy” with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to being an active performer, Ms K. has established herself as an educator. Since 1992, she has been teaching students, and has served for 7 years as the string instructor of Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Besides her teaching career, she has served as chair of “Contemporary Flare Festival” from 2010 to 2012 and the SWV (Strings/Winds/Voice) Competition from 2012 to 2015 in South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Currently, she serves as string chair as well as vice president of South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Anna K. received her Master’s degree in music from University of Southern California (USC) . She has studied with Haeyoung Baik, Seongryong Choi, Chan-Ju Wee, Pamela Goldsmith, and Donald McInnes.
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Brigette P. April 25, 2017
· Viola · In home
My daughter had a very good experience with Anna. She is a knowledgeable and skilled instructor. Highly recommend!
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Tim April 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
As a brand new adult student, I had concerns that I could find an instructor who could work with my sometimes-busy schedule. Anna enthusiastically agreed to teach me though, and after almost a year of taking lessons with her I've seen great progress! Anna shares her wealth of knowledge in a friendly and encouraging manner, and has happily tailored my curriculum to fit my interests. I'd highly recommend her to any student, without hesitation!
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Bola Malek October 28, 2016
· Violin ·
Anna is very patient and caring. She takes the time to correct the small mistakes that I pick up over the week before moving on to new material. Looking forward to continue learning from her.
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Anna K.

Irvine, CA 92602
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$40 / 30-min

About Taylor C.

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Hello! My name is Taylor and I'm so thrilled that you're interested in the violin! The violin is the most popular of the classical stringed instruments, therefore it is seen and heard in multiple different areas, such as orchestras, movies, video games, and even music you hear on the radio. Although it is very competitive in the world of violin, it is still an instrument that anyone can enjoy, no matter what you decide to do with it. In our lessons, I will make sure that your abilities and interest in the violin are nurtured and increased through our incorporation of technical, musical, and theoretical aspects. We will build your foundations and help you achieve whatever it is you want to do, whether it be getting into an outside orchestra or just improving your abilities. As we build your technique, we will also learn music that will further challenge your new abilities, but that is also something you want to learn. Whether it be classical, contemporary, or something from the radio, ...

About Taylor
Hello! My name is Taylor and I'm so glad that you're interested in music! Here's a little bit about myself. I am currently enrolled at CSULB as a junior and I am double majoring in viola performance and music education. I have been playing violin for nine years, and I have been playing viola for four years, both with private instruction. Along with violin and viola, I also play cello, French horn, marching percussion, mallet percussion, piano, and guitar. Along with enrolling in and passing seven AP classes in high school, I was part of the marching band and winter drumline along with an outside orchestra that allowed for me to perform solos across the US and Europe. I have performed music at Disneyland, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Segerstrom, the 2012 Olympic Games in London, multiple churches and cas
tles in England, France and Germany, such as the Bristol Cathedral, Mont St. Michel, the Chambord Castle, and St Nikolai Church. Music is my passion and gives me an outlet for expression no matter how I'm feeling. Aside from music, school is very important to me, and I am proud to say that my GPA is a 3.93. I also enjoy video games such as Kingdom Hearts and Overwatch, I love learning new languages and studying science, and I love taking care of my three rabbits!
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Taylor C.

Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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$30 / 30-min

About Shaunay C.

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Tustin, CA
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Hello, welcome to my class! I have more than 10 years of experience with teaching the violin, and specialize in the beginner/intermediate violin student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, technique, and more. Now's your time to shine and enjoy the music that we create together, so let's get started!

About Shaunay
Shaunay is a seasoned violinist that is passionate about the field of music education and performance. She has always loved the violin, and classical music in general, and seeks to share her passion with everyone around her. Having received her education in Music and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, she became increasingly aware of the beneficial importance that music performance education had on so many lives. Her passion and love for this type of education, and the knowledge that it is lacking in the current education system, led her to continue with teaching to help improve the current climate of music education.

Shaunay began playing the violin at the age of seven. She studied Music and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California where her love of music grew even further. She has bee
n concertmaster of various orchestras and has also been involved in many performances at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall. She has received many awards and recognitions throughout her musical career. Shaunay currently resides in Palmdale, CA and is active in the New Valley Symphony Orchestra, Les Etoiles Quartet, and the Forbidden Saints.
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Carmen July 28, 2017
· Violin · Online
I've known Shaunay for over 15 years, and she is one of the best instructors I've come across. She is an excellent instructor of the violin. Very patient, loving, caring, and knowledgeable. She has several years of experience, and I recommend Shaunay whole-heartedly and hold no reservations whatsoever. I I'm am looking forward to the near future in playing outstanding beautiful music like Shaunay one day!
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Manny July 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Best of luck to your new place in Tustin!!! I know you will do wonders and teach lot of people achieve and surpass their dreams like you did with me. I really wish I could one of them.
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Manny July 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was one of my most wonderful experiences to precense Shaunay play the violin and to teach me everything. From the beginning of how to hold such beautiful instrument as the violin and the wand. I'm not going to lie it made me a bit nervous at the beginning, but Shaunay made every moment very easy and enjoyable. I wish I was able to experience more of that beautiful magic she brings with such ease, but unfortunately looks like she is moving far away from me to share what she is so good at with more people. I definitely recommend Shaunay to beginners or someone with experience. Best of luck!!!
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Shaunay C.

Tustin, CA 92782
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$59 / 30-min

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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$25 / 30-min

About Zack R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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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.

Zack R.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$34 / 30-min

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5 Ways To Make Money Playing Violin

5 Ways To Make Money Playing Violin

When you think about making money using your skills as a violin player, violin teacher jobs might be the first thing that comes to mind. But there are so many more options! Here are some ideas from Brooklyn, NY teacher Julie P...   The ability to play the violin is a very marketable skill. If you're looking for violin teacher jobs, working at a school or teaching private lessons is a great way to earn money. But if you'd prefer to just play and perform, there are a number of opportuni … Read More

5 Ways To Make Money Playing Violin
When you think about making money using your skills as a violin player, violin teacher jobs might be the first thing that comes to mind. But there are so many more options! Here are some ideas from Brooklyn, NY teacher Julie P...   The ability to play the violin is a very marketable skill. If you're looking for violin teacher jobs, working at a school or teaching private lessons is a great way to earn money. But if you'd prefer to just play and perform, there are a number of opportuni
How to Find the "Sweet Spot" On Your Violin
The violin can be a difficult instrument to master. Intonation is often challenging; unlike the guitar, there are no frets to guide the fingers, and even if all the notes are correct and in tune you're still left with the issue of tone. The purest and perfectly in-tune notes can still sound bad if they're played with poor tone. However, there are many methods and tricks to help your violin bowing, which can instantly improve your tone. 5 Points to Consider for Violin Bowing 1. Pre
What's the Total Cost of Learning to Play the Violin?
Do you want to learn violin, but you're not sure if you can afford it? Below, violin teacher Carol Beth L. shares the total cost of learning to play the violin... Is "learn violin" on your to-do list for this year? Learning to play any instrument is an investment. Some students or parents may not realize, however, exactly how much investment must be made in order to reach their goals. The cost of learning the violin can be broken down into a few major categories, which include both monetar
Beginner Basics: How to Read Violin Sheet Music
The most valuable skill you can develop as a musician is learning to read music. While it’s possible to learn to play “by ear,” reading music opens up the world to you as an artist! There are many different ways to write music. Guitarists often read off of charts outlining the chord progressions for the song. Drummers have a rhythm chart showing them what to play. As a violinist, however, you'll most likely be reading off of violin sheet music. Standard sheet music is filled with directions fo
Gamification in Education: It’s Time Education Leveled Up [Infographic]
Explore the exciting world of education through gamification. See how and why it works on kids and adults for improved retention, knowledge, and more in this guest post from our friends at JoyTunes... How many students have been scolded by parents to put their video game away and get their homework done? It’s been a common household quarrel for decades, but kids across the globe are finally celebrating the new data that supports gamification as a means of advanced education and learning.

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