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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.
No two students are ever alike. I've learned that using only one method may not benefit all students. Therefore, I use a variety of methods, some of which include Hanon, the Bastien Series, Suzuki technique for Piano and Violin, and countless others depending on what the student wishes to achieve. I have found that my most successful (and satisfied) students are the ones that express to me their specific musical goals, and then I am able to find a combination of methods to help them practice, rehearse, and refine their style of interest.
Lessons are uniquely tailored to the students' goals, be it to become functional with an instrument or to dominate at an audition. We will go through warm-ups that will place emphasis on technique, explore various methods so that the student may decide which one gets them the best result, and then work through the repertoire not only for proficiency, but also for interpretation, precise yet passionate phrasing, and of course, to ...
I'm passionate about music and have 18 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 teach all levels of violin. For the lower levels, I use the repertoire from the Suzuki books, but I don't use the actual method. I teach with a more traditional approach. After the student improves in skill, I move them into the traditional scale and etude books along with repertoire that pertains to the level of playing. My number one requirement for my students is scales and etudes. This is the basis of how to play your instrument well. I try to instill good habits in my students and proper technique to present a clean and full sound. I have my students analyze what it is they are playing instead of just playing the notes. With that, I encourage them to LISTEN to the music they are playing. A musician needs to hear the many complexities and pull the emotion out to the listener and to themselves.
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