- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
Hi prospective students! I am excited to guide you through the difficult yet immensely rewarding art of playing the violin. There are few things in the world as satisfying as making music, so my goal is to give you the tools to express yourself through the violin!
This squeaky slab of wood and animal guts may seem intimidating at first (in fact, I continue to be intimidated by it everyday), but together we can learn to conquer it, to make it an extension of your body and musical soul. All the problems and difficulties that arise from the violin can be broken down into very simple solutions- my job is to help you solve these problems and improve in a fun and efficient way!
In time, the sounds coming from your violin will evolve from screeching and squeaking to lush, singing, beautiful tones.
P.S. There are many important aspects that go into making great musicians. Not only do I teach the pure technique of playing violin, I also delve into music theory and music history when suitable. I offer advice on practice motivation, conquering stage fright, practicing efficiently and making the most of every minute, memorization, etc.
Abigail Tsai is currently studying violin at the Eastman School of Music in NY. She has served as concertmaster of both the Eastman Philharmonia and Eastman School Symphony Orchestras, and has soloed with orchestras such as the San Fernando Valley Symphony, the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, and the Ventura College Symphony. In the past she has served as concertmaster of the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. Abigail was also a winner of the VOCE instrumental ensemble and VOCE string competitions, Antelope Valley Bach competition, Young Musicians Foundation Scholarship Competition, and Southwestern Youth Music Festival competitions.
Abigail is very passionate about reaching new audiences through innovative approaches and mediums; she believes classical music is for anyone and everyone.