Alethia Espinal
San Diego, CA
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Alethia Espinal

Alethia E.

San Diego, CA
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Piano lessons are strictly for beginners or for students who have little to no training. The first few lessons are dedicated to learning the proper playing technique and practicing several exercises to increase the hand’s coordination, flexibility, and mobility. Once the proper technique has been established we move on to Suzuki method and a series of Etudes catered to the student’s learning needs.

About Alethia E.

Growing up I was raised in a home full of music. My father, a graduate of the Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Musica (National conservatory of Superior Music) played piano day and night and from there my love for music blossomed. My first experience with music was at the age of 8 when I began to take piano lessons from my father. I decided to switch to violin when I was 12. I was introduced to violin thanks to the Waldorf School of San Diego and have played in the orchestra throughout all of middle school. After 8th grade I was accepted into Young Artist Symphony and played with them until 2011. My education in orchestras continued with USD Chamber Orchestra, and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. I began to teach at the Waldorf School as an assistant orchestra teacher in 2011, and have since been teaching privately as well.

My goals when teaching is to teach the appropriate techniques in order to play violin successfully and to hopefully inspire love and appreciation for music. In my experience I have learned that every student has a different way of learning therefore it is important to adjust to every student's needs. Learning should be fun but it should also be disciplined, it is important to understand that there is a time for fun and a time to be serious when learning.

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Emmerson (Emme) N.
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Alethia is great. She is working with my 7 yr. old daughter as a beginner in violin. She teaches in a way that is fun, appropriate, and respectful. My daughter has already learned so much and looks forward to her lessons with Alethia each week.

Posted Feb 27, 2020
Lynne R.
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Alethia is very knowledgeable about technique and skilled at teaching.

Posted Dec 29, 2019
Mark N.
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Alethia is a very talented teacher and violinist. She is extremely professional, attentive and accommodating to her students needs/goals. As an older student with no musical background, she has made the violin less intimidating and more accessible by breaking it down and making it less complex and easier to understand. While, I've only been with her a few years, I'm very proud of the progress I've made with her. If you are interested in taking up the violin, I highly recommend her.

Posted Nov 16, 2019
Sherry
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Alethia is very patient, extremely encouraging and always checks to make sure that my children understand. She is very sensitive and caring. I couldn't ask more in a teacher!

Posted Nov 12, 2019
Monica
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My 11 year old daughter has been Alethia's student for the past 4 years. Alethia is always challenging my daughter to be better and encouraging her to practice more diligently. My daughter loves her and respects her dearly. Alethia is very patient and kind, she is very professional and loves what she does. Alethia's biggest gift is not just being a great Musician, her biggest gift....is teaching. I highly recommend her.

Posted Nov 12, 2019
Sophia
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My daughter really enjoyed her lesson and is looking forward to the next.

Posted Aug 2, 2019
Francesca
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I met Alethia several years ago when she came in for voice lessons with me. Right out the gate, I could see she was already very skilled and filled with talent. Intonation is a subject near and dear to the hearts of both singers and violinists. Alethia has a solid ear and pays acute attention to tuning. A skill that EVERY musician needs continually work with. She is patient and a diligent musician. I have been pleased to have the opportunity to work beside Alethia in several pro scenarios in town and am proud to say she studies with me to everyone around me. I appreciate her honest nature and sense of humor, she is a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!

Posted Jul 10, 2019
John
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Lessons with Alethia have been a fantastic experience. I played violin for a while when I was younger, but even though it's been a long time, she was able to get me back into it and loving playing again. Alethia is an incredibly talented instructor, perfectly able to identify and correct any trouble spots, keeping you improving and always playing better. I always leave lessons full of energy and excited about the progress made. She has always been super flexible and accommodating, and can help you get where you want and achieve your goals. I would highly recommend Alethia to anyone looking for lessons and look forward to continuing playing and learning from her.

Posted Jun 24, 2019
Greg
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Alethia is an excellent instructor. She taught our son Suzuki book 2 and they are now starting book 3. In my opinion she blends a perfect balance between actual playing, violin technique, and music theory. Lessons begin with both of them playing and then she has him play solo. Any issues he has are handled with positive encouragement and relatable exercises. Lessons also include a suitable amount of music theory so our son understands what he is playing and how music is written. Alethia's approach and attitude are fantastic; I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a violin instructor.

Posted May 28, 2019
Frank
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First lesson, Alethia set my violin up free of charge and extended the lesson so we could have a full hour after instrument setup.
Alethia is very professional. I have been thoroughly impressed with her knowledge of the instrument / theory. Alethia will surely be my violin teacher for a long time. I would strongly recommend her to anybody.

Posted May 24, 2019
J.A.
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Alethia is a phenomenal violin instructor. I have had the pleasure of working with her in a variety of professional music settings. I know that she is passionate about violin instruction as well as violin performance. Alethia is a violin instructor I have been proud to pass some of my own students to. Her dedication, passion and excitement for music truly lends itself into her commitment to her students in her studio.

Posted May 15, 2019
Rebecca G.
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Looking forward to more lessons!

Posted Jun 16, 2017
Student 3 & Student 4 G.
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The students really benefited from the instruction today. They are so excited to receive these lessons and go away excited for the next one.

Posted Apr 25, 2017
Student 1 & Student 2 G.
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Today's lessons went very well. Alethia is well suited for the students and customizes each lesson to the individual needs of each student while focusing on the literature at hand. The students were happy. I did not give a 5 star rating because I did not get feed back from each of the students. I really like her style and demeanor. Thank you.

Posted Apr 24, 2017
Tracy B.
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Really nice lesson. She knows her material and presents it in an engaging way. I have played before and saw instant improvement from minor adjustments she suggested with the first lesson. I look forward to continuing my progress with her.

Posted Mar 28, 2017
michelle
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she's amazing, she works with you and makes sure you are getting the best lesson you can. appreciate her.

Posted Sep 10, 2016
Sophia
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Best instructor ever. Very patient.

Posted Sep 2, 2016
Hannah C.
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Athlie has been a wonderful teacher for my 13 years old daughter she enjoying learn new thing Athlie.
She's very knowledgeable and is able to pass that knowledge on in clear language and examples.
We're glad we found her!

Posted Aug 29, 2016
Hannah C.
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Athlie has been a wonderful teacher for my 13 years old daughter she enjoying learn new thing Athlie.
She's very knowledgeable and is able to pass that knowledge on in clear language and examples.
We're glad we found her!

Posted Aug 29, 2016
Daigo K.
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Alethia was very nice and patient with our 4 year old son. Our son liked her very much from the first lesson.

Posted Jul 31, 2016
Daigo K.
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Alethia was very nice and patient with our 4 year old son. Our son liked her very much from the first lesson.

Posted Jul 30, 2016
Georgiana R.
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Very patient and encouraging.

Posted Jul 15, 2016
Aribelah
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I was extremely impressed by Alethia. The first thing my daughter said when we get back into the car after her first lesson: Mommy can we came back tomorrow? Alethia is very knowledgeable and extremely patient.

Posted May 9, 2016
Elba McCullough
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Our 6 year old daughter, Shayla, has had such a wonderful experience taking lessons from Miss Alethia. Miss Alethia is very patient and has a way of communicating with our daughter so that she grasps and understands the music and notes. Most importantly, our daughter looks forward to her lessons and voluntarily practices almost every day.

Posted Jan 26, 2016
Luna S.
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My daughter likes her a lot. Great instructor!

Posted Jan 13, 2016
andres A.
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It's my 4th lesson...and I am so happy with my progress ! I'm learning so much ! Today...I got a much better understanding of Flats and Sharps and quarter notes, 8th notes, 16th notes, dotted quarter, dotted 8th, and triplets. She drew a diagram that made it so much easier to understand ! For Homework...I'll be practicing a music piece with a metronome..first time !!! Learning to play the violin is is a lot of fun...!!! Alethia is a great Teacher !!!

Posted Sep 27, 2015
andres A.
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Alethia was just great ! I learned so much from her on my first lesson.!

Posted Sep 8, 2015
Ty Rick R.
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My son Christopher has been taking violin lessons with Alethia for 6 months. He has progressed dramatically in a very short time. I love her teaching techniques. She is positive, super patient, and communicates very effectively with my son. She is also very thorough at teaching proper finger positioning as well as bow techniques. My son has lost almost all of his bad habits. He is finally starting to enjoy playing his violin and now thinks it is fun.

Posted Jun 9, 2015

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Experience

Musician
Oct 2012 - Present

Sensational Strings

Hired for music services for weddings, events etc.

Performance Expert
Apr 2017 - Nov 2017

Grossmont Union High School District

Private coaching lessons for Violinists in Orchestra and Violin/Music Theory Class Teacher.

Violin Music Teacher
Feb 2015 - Nov 2017

Memorial Prep Middle School

After school music program for beginners, intermediate and advanced students focusing on violin studies.

Orchestra Teacher Assistant
Sep 2011 - May 2014

Waldorf School of San Diego

Concert Mistress for Handels Messiah
Oct 2012 - Dec 2012

USD chamber orchestra

San Diego Symphony Best and Brightest
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012

San Diego Symphony

Selected from youth orchestra to perform at Copley Hall with San Diego Symphony

Side by Side with San Diego Symphony
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011

San Diego Symphony

Selected from youth orchestra to perform at Copley Hall with San Diego Symphony

Education

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Sep 2012 - May 2016

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Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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