Daniel Plane

Daniel P.

Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Levels taught:
Whether you want to play Bach, bluegrass, or learn jazz method I'll get you started on the right track with the right practice habits.

About Daniel P.

Daniel teaches and performs classical, jazz, gypsy swing, traditional irish music, old time fiddle, bluegrass and country, blues, and rock and roll. Instruments included but not limited to: cello, violin, guitar, and mandolin.

Daniel graduated in 2007 with a cello performance degree from the Longy School of Music after attending the Berklee School in Boston. His 10 years of teaching experience are enriched by his ability to approach and perform a wide variety of musical styles on numerous instruments. He performs regularly with the San Diego hot band Gypsy Groove, and can also be seen at wineries and the occasional contradance. His private studio has included all abilities and ages from 4-93, and he continues to teach from his home in Encinitas, CA.

His teachers include Terry King and Eugene Friesen. Daniel has toured nationally and performed with musical pioneers such as Darol Anger. His multi-talented background gives him a unique insight into teaching all stringed instruments.


Write a Review
14 Reviews
Tony T.
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher - friendly, patient, knowledgeable.

Posted Jan 23, 2021
Kenneth M.
Profile-location-online Online

Daniel does a nice job explaining the lesson.

Posted Nov 13, 2020
Kimberli H.
Profile-location-online Online

He is an amazing teacher! Very kind and I am advancing well. I highly recommend Daniel.

Posted Nov 13, 2020
Sam O.
Profile-location-online Online

We’re very happy with how the lessons are going!

Posted Sep 26, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Very detail oriented and my daughter is progressing in her lessons very well.

Posted Sep 18, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Kind, cool and energized. My daughter is rather shy and she was chatting and engaged at the first lesson. Looking forward to continuing.

Posted Sep 8, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

We signed up our 10-year-old son for online lessons with Daniel when in-person lessons became challenging during the pandemic. We were not sure how effective the lessons would be, but we were excited about finding a teacher with musical interests that aligned with our son's (rock and up-tempo bluegrass).

Five lessons in, we are thrilled about the choice we made. Daniel has a great rapport with our son and has worked to really "get" him. Daniel has the kind of focus on bowing techniques that we were never able to get from a local violin teacher. He is also in touch between lessons, sending materials to help our fiddler develop specific skills. And he models the kind of enthusiasm for music that we want for our son.

We'll know more at the one-year mark than at the five-lesson mark, but right now we are really pleased with Daniel and recommend him very highly.

Posted Aug 1, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Our first lesson together was so much fun! Daniel is easy to talk to, very knowledgeable, and seems ready to challenge me to grow musically. I’m looking forward to the lessons ahead!

Posted May 6, 2020
Dave S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I've been playing guitar on and off (mostly off) for the past 15 years. I came to Daniel to learn music theory, improve my rhythm, and learn the skills I need to confidently show up to a jam session with other musicians. In just a few lessons, I've significantly improved in each of those areas at Daniel's instruction. He REALLY knows his stuff and quickly hones in on your strengths/weaknesses and has great advice for how to improve on your weaknesses.

If you are looking for a guy that can teach you the basics of how to play an instrument, or someone that can take you from just learning songs online to being able to create your own songs and jam with other musicians, Daniel is your guy.

Posted Feb 18, 2020
Adam Z.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I started taking fiddle lessons with Daniel having basically zero experience with the instrument, and in just a handful of weeks, I can't believe how much I've learned! Daniel really excels at tailoring his teaching to my individual needs, interests, and pace of learning. Each week I leave feeling challenged and motivated, but never frustrated. I'm having a great time, and always look forward to my next lesson.

Posted Dec 16, 2019
Michelle B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Daniel is so patient and easy to work with ~ he makes learning the cello seem so easy and natural and has so many practical ways of explaining an instrument I have no prior knowledge of. I had never played a stringed instrument but always loved the cello, so I was a bit nervous to begin. His gentle nature and patience have made me even more enthusiastic to learn. I have been loving each lesson and look forward to the next each time I leave! I'm looking forward to next week already! :-)

Posted May 17, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Super friendly guy, learned a lot at my first lesson and looking forward to my next lesson with him.

Posted Jan 13, 2019
Robert K.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Daniel really knows his stuff. I learned a lot today!

Posted Sep 13, 2018
Jon Galloway G.
Profile-location-online Online

Posted Apr 25, 2020

Photos & Videos

5 Photos & Videos


Nov 2020 - Present


Instructor for multi-genre approaches to violin and cello

String Maestro
Jan 2003 - Present

Private Studio

Lessons for all ages and abilities from the professor of strings Cello Violin Guitar Mandolin

Violin Faculty
Sep 2019 - Sep 2020

Villa Musica of San Diego

Violin instructor at San Diego's excellent non-profit community music school

Cello Faculty
Mar 2019 - Mar 2019

Julian Family Fiddle Camp

Instructor for fiddle camp nestled in the mountains in San Diego county.

Cello Instructor
Sep 2016 - Jul 2017

Northampton Community Music Center

Community Music school in Northampton, Massachusetts


Undergraduate Cello Performance
Sep 2004 - May 2007

Longy School of Music


Bluegrass (The High Lonesome Sound)

Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Celtic (Irish

Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Classical (Baroque

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency

Let Our Student Counselors Help You

We can match you with the perfect teacher and take care of all your scheduling needs.
Reserve Your Spot
change subject
  • {{ subject.value }}
{{ (view.locations.length > 1) ? 'Select a ' : '' }} Lesson Location
Other lesson locations may be too far away. show all
Daniel's Availability
{{ time }}
{{ time }}
{{ time }}
Time Zone:
Daniel's {{ (view.location && view.location.isStudio) ? 'Studio' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isTravel) ? 'In-Home' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isOnline) ? 'Online' : '' }} Lesson Pricing
{{ rate.duration }} minutes
{{ rate.locale_rate }}
{{ view.loadingText }}
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

Recently Viewed