Chen Chu

Chen C.

Chino Hills, CA
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Lesson Details

Viola

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Viola is the glue that bind the violin and cello in any strings ensemble. Whether you are a beginner, violin transplant, or switch hitter. I will work with you to become a proud member of this close-knit group. An excellent choice of instrument for someone arriving late to the music game, or someone who wants to become a more versatile violinist.

For beginners, I prefer using the "Essential Elements for Strings" book, which offers students a head start to what many school will use in their classrooms. For intermediate students, the "Suzuki" books offers repertoire that has become a rite of passage for any string player. Advanced students can expect pieces that are tailor selected for them to show off their unique strengths and address their weakness.
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Chen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2002

Chen is a music teacher, violinist/violist, and conductor with over 15 years of experience. While attending New York University (NYU), he majored in music education and studied with Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet. As a firm believer that music changes lives, Chen thinks private lessons is the best way to establishing a solid foundation on which one can further pursue great music making, be it in a solo or group setting. Learning a musical instrument can definitely be a challenge, however, Chen has developed a knack for turns it into a fun experience that is rewarding for both teacher and student. As a teacher, he has conducted several youth orchestras in NYC and LA. A sought after chamber music coach, he also maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. As a performer, he has played at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall on many occasions with world renowned artists including Lukas Foss, Leon Botstein, Quincy Jones, Michael Kamen, Clark Terry, David Sanborn, Shawn Stockman, and Richard Drefuss. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife.

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Experience

Conductor
Jan 2018 - Present
Saturday Conservatory of Music

Violin/Viola Instructor
Jan 2018 - Present
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Conductor, Violin/Viola Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
Arcadia Music

Faculty, Chamber Music Instructor, Orchestra Conductor
Sep 2002 - Jun 2017
Bloomingdale School of Music

Violin Instructor, Chamber Music Instructor, Orchestra Strings Coach
Sep 2000 - Jun 2008
InterSchool Orchestras of New York


Education

Bachelor of Science in Music Education
Sep 1996 - May 2001
New York University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Professional Proficiency

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2 Reviews

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William Feb 23, 2019
Violin · In studio

Great teacher! Very patient and has great knowledge of music.

YANNIE Jul 11, 2018
Viola · In studio

Mr. Chen is very patient and professional.

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