Anna Kim

Anna K.

Irvine, CA
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Anna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:
April 1992

I have over 20 years of experience in teaching viola and violin students of all ages and levels. And I have knowledge of Piano and Music Theory as well. I have been a member of MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) since 2005, and I currently serve as string chair as well as first vice president of South Coast Branch - MTAC. I am also a member of SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival), so I enter many talented students pursuing music into the CM (Certificate of Merit) test, violin or viola competitions and auditions every year.

Anna's Bio:

Anna K. performs extensively as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ms K. has served as a director of the Orange County Chamber Ensemble from 2003 to 2012, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea, Europe, Japan, and more recently in US. She has performed as a principal violist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Orange County Chamber Ensemble, and Southern California Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and California Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In September of 2002, Anna performed for the Concert called “Synergy” with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to being an active performer, Ms K. has established herself as an educator. Since 1992, she has been teaching students, and has served for 7 years as the string instructor of Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Besides her teaching career, she has served as chair of “Contemporary Flare Festival” from 2010 to 2012 and the SWV (Strings/Winds/Voice) Competition from 2012 to 2015 in South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Currently, she serves as string chair as well as vice president of South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Anna K. received her Master’s degree in music from University of Southern California (USC) . She has studied with Haeyoung Baik, Seongryong Choi, Chan-Ju Wee, Pamela Goldsmith, and Donald McInnes.

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1st Vice President
Aug 2016 - Present
South Coast Branch, MTAC

CM String Chair
Aug 2010 - Present
South Coast Branch, MTAC

Certificate of Merit (CM) Teacher - Violin and Viola
Aug 2005 - Present
Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC)

2nd Vice President
Aug 2013 - Jul 2016
South Coast Branch, MTAC

Viola Instructor
Sep 2014 - Jan 2015
Christian Youth Symphony of Irvine (CYSI)

Violin and Viola Teacher
Oct 2004 - Mar 2010
OrchePia School of Music and Arts, CA

Violin and Viola Teacher
Apr 2004 - Sep 2004
Dr. Kim Music Academy, CA

Viola Instructor
Apr 1992 - Jan 1999
Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women's University, Seoul Korea


Master of Music
Aug 2001 - Dec 2003
University of Southern California (USC)
Graduate Certificates Program in Viola Performance
Aug 2000 - May 2001
University of Southern California (USC)
Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance (Major), Piano Performance (Minor)
Mar 1991 - Dec 1994
Hanyang University, Seoul Korea


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers' Association of California
Aug 2005

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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Photos & Videos

Friendship Concert presented by USC Korean American Alumni Association on Oct. 19, 2013

USC Korean American Alumni Friendship Concert on Oct. 19, 2013

Photo by Anna K.

Soprano, Jungwon Choi and Viola, Anna Kim
Soprano, Jungwon Choi and Viola, Anna Kim
TANGO : Astor Piazzolla - USC Alumni Friendship Concert

11 Reviews

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Brigette P. Apr 25, 2017
Viola · In home

My daughter had a very good experience with Anna. She is a knowledgeable and skilled instructor. Highly recommend!

Tim Apr 17, 2017
Violin · In studio

As a brand new adult student, I had concerns that I could find an instructor who could work with my sometimes-busy schedule. Anna enthusiastically agreed to teach me though, and after almost a year of taking lessons with her I've seen great progress! Anna shares her wealth of knowledge in a friendly and encouraging manner, and has happily tailored my curriculum to fit my interests. I'd highly recommend her to any student, without hesitation!

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Patrick T. Oct 8, 2016
Viola · In home

very detailed and patient with student

Joshua Aug 19, 2016
Viola · In studio

Anna is a great teacher! My son really enjoys the lessons, and after just a few weeks said that he has already learned many useful things to improve his viola playing.

Shinyoung ju Apr 11, 2016
Viola · Online

Teacher Anna is very enthusiastic and always makes an effort to help out my son to achieve his goals. My 17 year old son has made a significant improvement in his viola playing since he started taking viola lessons with Anna. I am so glad to see such a big progress in a short period of time. We are very grateful to Anna for her help and efforts.

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Maribel Apr 9, 2016
Viola · In studio

Anna is a teacher who always motivates student throughout her classes to get interested in music and to practice violin more. She has been a wonderful and attentive teacher to my daughter. I highly recommend her!

Jason T. Apr 6, 2016
Violin · In studio

Ive been playing the violin for about 10+ years but never had a proper instructor before. Anna showed me proper technique and reinforced the basics to help me produce better tone and quality in my playing. After just one week I can confidently see and show major improvements in my playing!

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AnnaSophie K. Mar 29, 2016
Violin · In home


Haley H. Mar 9, 2016
Viola · In home

Friendly and very helpful!

Imelda Feb 12, 2016
Viola · In studio

Anna is an exceptional and outstanding teacher.

My 11-year old son and 16-year old daughter have been taking viola and violin lessons from her for several years. I have seen a tremendous improvement in both my children since they started taking lessons with her. She has complete in-depth knowledge of music that she strives to share with her students.

Her teaching style has been extremely helpful and effective. She adapts her teaching method to suit each individual in order to meet the needs of students and objectives to be achieved. So her lessons have been a tremendous help to develop my children's techniques, performance skills, musical knowledge, and confidence.

Also she is an inspiring and encouraging teacher who really cares about her students and has great enthusiasm for teaching. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation!!!

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Kimberly Feb 10, 2016
Violin · In studio

Awesome teacher!!! My son is 12years old and has taken lessons for 6months. She is a very patient, kind and has an amazing teaching style. My son has been a significant improvement and enjoys taking his class with Anna. I am thankful for the way challenges my son. *** Highly Recommend her***

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