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By Keiko C. - Los Angeles Violin Teacher
So you’re ready to take violin lessons in Los Angeles. How do you know which teacher to pick? Do you choose by location and convenience? Or by experience, merit, positive reviews or someone who is good with kids? Although the proximity, availability, price and gender of your instructor are all important factors to consider in your decision process, I think the personality of your instructor will be the most influential component.
As music instructors, we run our business with our personalities. In the same way you can choose to be fed with a mouth-watering plate of food in a friendly hole-in-the-wall or a formal upscale dining room, teaching styles will vary from a playful and nurturing environment to a more disciplined and mature setting. Before starting your violin lessons with a local instructor, consider what type of experience you hope to have and what type of teacher is best suited to your personality. Learning an instrument takes teamwork so it’s crucial that you understand your instructor’s methods of communication, and feel comfortable with their personality. The more enjoyable the lesson, the more worthwhile the musical experience.
I have been playing violin for over 17 years, and have been teaching violin lessons in L.A. to students of all ages and levels for over 12 years. My style is fairly relaxed, and I expect effort over perfection and some silliness over seriousness. I've found that this approach fits anyone who is learning to play the violin because they enjoy it, and I won't stick to any one genre because I think it keeps things interesting to mix it up. I have extensive experience in classical performance, rock/pop, tango, jazz, blues and Irish violin - all of which I can draw upon to tailor my students' lessons. Learning the music you like is the most satisfying experience.
I can work on repertoire as well as development of pitch, time and tone. I also have professional recording gear.
I'm passionate about music and have 17 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!
I picked up the fiddle a few years ago. It's much smaller than the bass, but utilizes many of the same principals in performance. I play with my youth orchestra - Santa Monica Youth Orchestra - every week and help the section sound more cohesive.
Once you start shifting a whole bunch, we'll get you off to a more experienced fiddle player.
I teach all levels!
My very first official music instruction was the violin. I began violin in third grade and loved my music teacher (we're still friends!). I played violin in elementary school through 8th grade and switched to cello in high school, although I tried my best to keep in touch with it as I grew. In college I observed violin master classes in both performance and Alexander Technique, and I after I graduated, I started practicing and taking lessons again, using what I learned from my friends and faculty at the conservatory. I can teach up to Suzuki level 4.
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