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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 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.

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Joe L.

Bellflower, CA

Learn how to play beautifully with proper technique, scale exercises, and by sight-reading fun music!

About Joe

I am currently the piano and guitar teacher at Oakwood Academy in Long Beach, and the music director for the Youth Cultural Arts Foundation in Bellflower. I have a BA in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. I've been teaching for 16 years in classroom and one-on-one settings. Other schools where I have taught are: Calvary Chapel Downey Schools, Dexter Music Academy, and ABC Unified School District. I've been complimented on my ability to teach in a way that makes my students learn very quickly. I was trained in the classical and pop/rock genres. I've toured with choirs throughout Ch
ina, and the United States (including Carnegie Hall), and I have also toured with rock bands in Spain, Mexico, Central America, Peru, and throughout the U.S.A.

I've worked with various vocal coaches including Maxayn Lewis (Who has worked with Celine Dion and Britney Spears), and I am currently the lead singer (also playing guitar & piano) in the alternative rock band "Stripe Coats". In August of 2009, this band released a 5-song EP and after a month we landed a record deal with label Tate Music Group. In August 3rd of 2010, Stripe Coats released their 11-song album under the band name Kaden. This album features artists such as guitarist Michael Thompson (played for Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera), and drummer John Robinson (played for Quincy Jones, Elton John). The album also contains three songs that were recorded and produced by Producer Wyn Davis (producer of No Doubt, Sublime). Wyn Davis said, "Stripe Coats is one of the most promising new bands to come through Total Access [Studios] in a long time.  After doing records and watching young bands enter and exit the studio for over 30 years, it is STILL very exciting to work with a band that brings so much love, passion, and skill to what they do."

Stripe Coats™' songs are on rotation on Live 365 Internet Radio, and TMG Internet Radio. Our songs have also been featured on Alcoa Tennessee'™s Love 89.1 Radio and on hundreds of other radio stations, such as Refuge, CSN, and WCTL.

*** Lesson Details ***
I divide my class into 4 parts: 1. Scales/Chords/Arpeggios/Warm-ups 2. Sight-Reading 3. Theory 4. Improvisation. Depending on the instrument of your choice, and also what your specific goals are, each of these parts are customized. You will learn quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught on stage. A weighted 88 keyboard is used. Free parking on street and lot.

*** Specialties ***
My emphasis was voice (Tenor) at Vanguard University. I am classically trained and trained in Rock/Pop. I've done many professional recordings and performances throughout my career.
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Kessie J. August 14, 2014
Piano · In studio
We Love Mr. Joe!!!

Joe is very patient with my daughter. He truly wants her to learn and understand what she is learning and most of all to enjoy music. He goes at her pace while still encouraging her to set goals for herself. He will not move forward until she has mastered what she has learned.

Mr. Joe's passion for music reflects in his teaching!!
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James L. December 21, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Awesome musician and teacher!

Joe is a passionate music teacher who loves to laugh with his students (not at them), who has a dedication to music and his students that no one can deny. Whatever you're there for I know Joe will get you there.
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SUREYA G. April 3, 2013
Guitar
Music teacher that motivates his students.

My daughter has taken group and individual music lessons with Jose for three years. He is a teacher that meets students at their instructional level and motivates them to give their best effort in their learning. He also encourages my daughter with singing; he gives her vocal lessons in addition to guitar and piano. Jose also offers my daughter a safe learning environment. As a parent of a teenager, I greatly appreciate his patience with my daughter.
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Joe L.

Joe L.

Bellflower, CA 90706
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessica B.

Los Angeles, CA

Experienced violin teacher of 2 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of theory, ear training, sight-reading, and rhythm skills. I specialize in classical and pop. I am Suzuki-certified and use those books, supplemented with scales, arpeggios, and sight-reading. I can work with students of all ages!

About Jessica

Hi there! I'm a violinist and violin teacher with 20 years of performing experience and 2 years of teaching experience. I am Suzuki-certified and my teaching method is a mix of Suzuki, theory, and sight-reading. I emphasize rhythm, scales and ear training in my teaching, along with reading. Each of these can help a student learn how to sight-read quickly and to improvise if they want to play in a band.

I am experienced in classical and pop music. If your student wants to learn how to play their favorite pop song, I can teach that! If your student wants to become the next Hilary Hahn, I can
start them off. If your student wants to start playing with a band, I can teach them how to improvise! If your student wants to audition for orchestra or a new seat, I can help work on repertoire!

The first lesson will consist of a discussion of the student's goals, along with establishing the student's beginning skills. We can also discuss the purchase or rental and maintenance of instruments.
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Jessica B.

Jessica B.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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.

An active performer and session musician in Los Angeles, Marta has most recently been found playing with Peking Duck at Coachella, on the Nokia Theater LA Live stage to sold out crowds, and in various recording studios around town recording album music and film soundtracks.
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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.
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Marta H.

Marta H.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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 t
o 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 include proper left hand positioning, proper bow grip, and good posture. Selected repertoire includes pieces from the early Suzuki levels, as well as exercises and etudes from Schradieck, Hrimaly, and Kreutzer. Students will also learn tunes from the traditional old-time and bluegrass canon, to improve musicality and introduce basic improvisation techniques.
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Nicolette Y.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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 Gordo
n, 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 poetry in new works, and she combines dance and music in original compositions.

She is an active chamber musician, and a founding member of the Bricolage Quartet, formerly the Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet. In 2011, she received an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Norfolk New Music Workshop through Yale University. She has premiered new works with the JACK Quartet, American Modern Ensemble, and the International Contemporary Ensemble at New Music on the Point through a generous grant from the Williamson Foundation. She has also attended the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, where she had the opportunity to play groundbreaking music next to innovative works of art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

***Lesson Details***
Adrianne is a passionate teacher, fluent in English and Spanish, who loves to teach all ages in a wide variety of musical styles. In addition to classical music, she incorporates fiddling, movement, improvisation, and composition into her lessons. She recognizes her students' individual aspirations and her goal as a teacher is to give her students the ability to enhance their lives through music.
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Mark L. June 17, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Adrianne was delightful and accomplished a lot in the first lesson with a blind student. Highly recommended.
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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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Adrianne P.

Adrianne P.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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