Anna Kim

Anna K.

Irvine, CA

About Anna K.

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Anna teaches: Ages 5 to 75
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Teaching since: April 1992
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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 in Viola Performance

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

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Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers' Association of California

Aug 2005

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9 Reviews on Anna K.

Patrick T. Oct 8, 2016
Viola · In home
Verified Student
very detailed and patient with student
Joshua Aug 19, 2016
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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
Verified Student
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!
AnnaSophie K. Mar 29, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Haley H. Mar 9, 2016
Viola · In home
Verified Student
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!!!
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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