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Choosing a Violin Instructor in L.A.

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 loc
al 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.
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Cory M. Hawthorne, CA

I can work on repertoire as well as development of pitch, time and tone. I also have professional recording gear.

About Cory

So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals. I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, including Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others. I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to your lesson. ...

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Ana A. February 20, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing teacher! Cory is a wonderful teacher. My daughter has learned so much from him. He's been teaching her violin for a while and she has learned a lot from him. He has patience with kids and also makes it fun and encouraging.
Thank you Cory! I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.
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Cory M. April 3, 2013
Music Theory
Cory is an awesome teacher!

I've studied with Cory for 4 years now, and I just want everyone to know what a great teacher Cory is. I've not only developed immensely in my musical skill, but I've also noticed when I'm working with other musicians that my studies have really set me apart from my peers. Cory has an awesome recording studio with all the professional stuff you'd come to expect in a major studio, Protools HD, Logic 9, a great Mic Pre & Compressor, along with an awesome tube Mic for recording great vocals. I've known Cory for 14 years now, and he's a lot of fun to work with and learn from. I've also been to many of his gigs, and I can assure you he's an awesome performer. Glenn
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anita L. April 3, 2013
Guitar
Cory taught my daughter to play guitar when no one else could!

Cory M is a multi-talented sweetheart of a man.
He’s been a great guitar teacher for my daughter, who has gained knowledge of sight reading and classical guitar while learning to play the folk/indie/classic rock she most enjoys. It’s to Cory’s credit that she’s stuck with these lessons through all the other activities she’s taken up and abandoned.
Cory is also a highly skilled performer and recording artist. I’ve enjoyed listening and dancing to his band playing old favorites and original compositions. He creates CDs of his music and records other artists in an impressive-looking home recording studio – and on top of all this, he’s a great cook and a kind-hearted, generous neighbor. We’re fortunate to have him as a member of our community.
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Connie E. Lakewood, CA

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!

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 have fun with the learning process! I am passionate about music and love teaching aspiring students! I am active as a violin teacher, chamber musician, performer, and violinist of the Pacific Coast Quartet. I hold a Masters of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the Cole Conservatory of Music and have been playing the violin since the age of four. I have been teaching private lessons for 17 years and have experience in teaching group and private lessons to students of all ages, coaching ...

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Sylvia R. February 19, 2015
Violin · In studio
I have been taking violin lessons with Connie for almost 2 years now and i would highly recommend her! She has really helped me correct a lot of my bad habits from years of just playing on my own. Connie is professional, very patient and passionate about music and teaching. I take lessons with her privately (not with Take Lessons) and am thankful to have her as my teacher!
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Shelby H. September 23, 2014
Violin · In studio
My daughter Lauren has been taking violin lessons with Connie for the past 3 years. We are so impressed how Connie has helped Lauren develop such a love for the violin! Connie is very knowledgeable, encouraging and also pays attention to detail. We love having her as our violin teacher and so glad we found her on TakeLessons!
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Rachel W. September 22, 2014
Violin · In studio
I'm so thankful we found Connie as our violin teacher! We love her style of teaching and my son really looks forward to his weekly lessons with her. Connie is very encouraging, patient, and her passion for music and teaching really shines through. We would highly recommend her for anyone wanting violin lessons at any age or playing level!
Marta H. Los Angeles, CA

Marta is an instructor interested in finding the best teaching/learning experience for each individual student. She works to develop skills of musicality, discipline, focus, and communication that will allow them to thrive not only as proficient musician but as mature and thoughtful person in other aspects of their life.

Marta subscribes to the Suzuki method philosophy, and has undergone several teacher training sessions focused on this method of teaching.

About Marta

Marta Sofia H. is an active performer and teacher of viola and violin in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Madison, WI, Marta left her hometown early to finish high school at the acclaimed Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied both violin and viola. Graduating with a focus on viola, she moved to Chicago to receive a B.M. from DePaul University, studying under Rami Solomonow (Lyric Opera) and various Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians. An avid teacher as well as a performer, Marta has enhanced her pedagogy training by taking Suzuki Method coursework at the American Suzuki Institute, DePaul Community Music Division and with teachers at the Colburn School.

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Basma B. December 22, 2014
Violin
Marta is an exceptional instructor, and we are so lucky to have found her! My now 10 year old has been her student for a year and a half and has truly blossomed as a violin player. Marta is not only talented, but kind, patient, and accommodating. She is 100% engaged and dedicated to her students and clearly takes great care in developing their love of music. We could not have asked for a better instructor!
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Shanti K. December 2, 2014
Violin · In studio
Marta is a professional in every sense of the word. First of all, she is punctual, which in my book is everything. Once the lesson starts with my 11 yr. old son she is incredibly focused and passionate about making sure he is really taking in what she is teaching. If she senses that he might not be getting something, she patiently starts over and goes over every step along the way. From posture to tonality she is giving my son a strong base from which he will be able to build on. He absolutely adores her and so do I!
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KayeB February 11, 2012
Instruction

Marta, was great with my daughter. She is friendly and inspiring.
Megan M. Encino, CA

I teach the Suzuki method, but I also like to incorporate different styles of violin music as well, including fiddling and Celtic. I also teach music theory and how to read music. After the first lesson, I'll come up with a customized lesson plan to keep you or your child engaged and inspired to keep playing!

About Megan

I am originally from North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have been involved in music, theatre and dance since the age of 3. I also have worked with various professional children's theatre companies and run my own touring theatre company. I have been a Zumba instructor since 2011 and I have been a swimming instructor/lifeguard since 2003. *** Lesson Details *** I believe that learning anything new should be a fun experience. If it's not fun then you're more likely to get frustrated and quit. My teaching philosophy is that I want to know what inspires you and create lessons that will keep you or your children interested and having fun. I offer 30 and 45 minute lessons. During the first lesson we will figure out a personalized lesson ...

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Penelope N. December 8, 2014
Zumba · In home
I had Megan as a Zumba instructor and she was great. Very fun, loved her choices of music and dances. Got in great shape!
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Jon F. January 9, 2014
Piano
Great teacher to learn!

Megan is great to learn with. I play other instruments but I wanted to start learning the piano and how to read music. She was very patient and really enforced the importance of getting into the habit of practicing, even if it's just 15 minutes a day! I highly recommend her for piano beginner adults and children.
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Jane M. December 29, 2013
Violin
Patient, communicative and fun!

I played the violin years ago and decided to pick it back up again. Megan was very patient and was very communicative with how to help me. She also came up with very fun ways to keep me practicing. She worked very well with me as an adult but I've also seen her teach very young children and her patience and creative teaching shines with the young ones as well! If you're looking for a personable, fun teacher that inspires, Megan is the teacher for you.
Nicolette Y. Los Angeles, CA

Study classical violin technique and repertoire using the Suzuki method at the beginning level, and scale and étude books such as Schradiek and Wolfhart at the intermediate/advanced levels.

About Nicolette

Nicolette has a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology, and a background in both classical violin and bluegrass fiddling. She has taught privately, in camps and schools for over five years, with students of all ages and levels. Nicolette also writes and arranges her own music both for her band, Alto, and other ensembles. In her lessons she encourages ear training, sight reading, and improvisation, to help her students become the most well-rounded musicians they can be! Whether you need basic violin training, help with songwriting, or want to learn to fiddle, Nicolette has the experience and methods to help. *** Lesson Details *** In lessons you or your child will learn basic classical violin technique side by side with American folk styles including bluegrass fiddling. Important lessons ...

Adrianne P. Los Angeles, CA

All ages welcome!
Repertoire and exercises are tailored to students' age, ability, and expectations.

About Adrianne

Adrianne P. received her Bachelors of Music from the Boston Conservatory and recently graduated from the University of Michigan with Masters of Music degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music. Her primary teachers include Andrew Jennings of the Concord String Quartet, Yehonatan Berick of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and Sharan Leventhal of the Gramercy Trio. As a musician who strives to promote the music of living composers, Adrianne has premiered many works and has had the privilege to work closely with composers including Stephen Rush, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Yehudi Wyner, Kathryn Alexander, Martin Bresnick, Chester Biscardi, and David Lang. Her love of new works has sparked her enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration. Composers have used her ...

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Antoinette W. September 21, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
AMAZING instructor, motivator and human being!!!! She remains confident in your capabilities even when you don't, she is understanding and kind and comes up with techniques to assist your individual handicaps. Adrianne is also open-minded and will teach you whatever songs you want to learn! Thank You Adrianne!!! You are so talented!
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Laura M. August 26, 2014
Violin · In studio
I have taken private lessons with multiple instructors throughout my life. Adrianne has by far been the best instructor I ever had. She was very patient and had very creative and effective approaches to explaining difficult techniques.
She helped me improve a lot in a short period of time and pointed out many mistakes and bad habits that none of my other teachers had ever noticed.
She is great!
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Darion T. August 10, 2014
Violin · In studio
I started taken violin lessons with Adrianne as a refresher and a supplement to my chamber ensemble class. Having not really taken one-on-one lessons in a long time, there were a few bad habits that I formed that Adrianne was easily able to notice and give helpful advice. She was always a patient and very attentive listener. Almost immediately I could tell there was a difference in my sound production and bowing techniques from her practice tips. Definitely worth investing in her lessons!

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