Honor Lacin

Honor L.

Oakland, CA
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Honor delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2006

I am a recent graduate of Mills College in Oakland with an MFA in Music Performance and Literature, with a specialization in Improvisation.
I have taught beginner violin lessons to students of all ages, including preschoolers! I like to make learning fun and rewarding for kids and adults alike. I do my best to bring my passion for the subject into the lesson in order to pass it on!
I am a 24 year old woman and have experience teaching (on and off) since 2006. I look forward to learning with you!


Private Violin Teacher
Jan 2015 - Present

After school teacher
Dec 2014 - Jun 2015
Adventure Time

Research Assistant
Jul 2014 - Apr 2015
Mills College

Teacher's Assistant
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
Mills College

Sunday School Teacher/Aide
Aug 2006 - May 2010
Sha'arei Israel Synagogue


MFA in Music Performance and Literature
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Mills College
BA in Anthropology with a minor in Religious Studies
Aug 2011 - Dec 2014
Mills College
High School Diploma
Aug 2006 - May 2010
Sanderson High School

15 Reviews

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Zachary Jan 11, 2018
Violin · In home

My son truly enjoyed his 1st lesson with honor and was excited to do his violin homework!

Renne B. Sep 27, 2017
Violin · In home

First lesson went great. Honor breaks things down simply, she shows great patience and gives clear direction very well.

Jack H. Aug 2, 2016
Violin · In home

Last year my son expressed a strong desire to join his school's orchestra as a violinist that sparked our search for a violin teacher for him. We are so glad to have found Honor. She is a talented musician, and is engaging and patient when teaching my son. For a violin newbie, my wife and I were really happy to see my son setting a big challenge for himself and wanted to support his musical endeavor. For the past 9 months, he has steadily getting better with his violin playing techniques. As with any instruments, practice is key to getting better. Honor left my son clear instructions on what he needed to practice between lessons and let us know of her lesson plans. Now it's a pleasure to listen to him practice; no more cringing like in the early days. :) We are confident he has a very good chance of joining his school's orchestra in the coming year.

Honor is always punctual to the lessons. When there was any unexpected delay, she always texted us and kept us informed. She has been really accommodating to my son's school and after-school schedules. We highly recommend Honor to any parents seeking music lessons for their sons/daughters.

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Marilee N. Jul 29, 2016
Violin · In home

Honor is awesome. Out of the blue, my 8 year old son asked for violin lessons. I have never been very musical so I wasn't sure where to start. I looked at a few programs in my area but it nothing seemed like the right fit for us. I wanted someone who could nurture my son's new found love of the violin but not overwhelm him. I was getting a bit discouraged when I found Honor's profile on TakeLessons; she was the exact person I was looking for. In fact, I signed myself up for lessons too - you are never to old to learn something new. Our lessons have been great. My son is so much more comfortable having them at home. They are fun and challenging. My son is so excited I never have to remind him to practice - we love practicing together. We look forward to seeing Honor every week.

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Kim K. Jul 28, 2016
Violin · In home

My 8 year old daughter asked us for violin lessons over a year ago. I found a teacher at a local music school who was lovely but whose personality didn't mesh well with my daughter's. After poking around online to find another teacher, I came across TakeLessons and Honor. I cannot be more thrilled to have her as my daughter's teacher. She is calm, patient, professional, and kind to all of us (including our dogs!). My daughter has blossomed under her teaching style, and discovered new types of music and ways of using musical instruments. Honor doesn't just teach notes and strings and songs, but imparts her love of music and musicality to her students. It's been a fantastic transformation in our daughter. I am so grateful that I found Honor when I did and was able to continue encouraging our daughter's love of the violin.

One of the things I really appreciate about Honor is how communicative she is, and how willing she is to answer questions. She's very clear with her families about her schedule, while providing as much flexibility as she can to ensure everyone's needs are addressed.

Honor is fabulous! Our younger daughter is anxiously awaiting her chance to be old enough to also get her lessons with Honor, and I will happily sign her up when the times comes.

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Wendy B. Fischer Jul 26, 2016
Violin · In home

Honor is a great violin teacher but needs to learn how to mature as an adult and a professional if she wishes to continue teaching violin lessons. Just because there's some upheaval in a family's life doesn't mean it's the teacher's call to drop a talented student that looks forward to the teacher's visits. It's the parents and the teacher's together. Parents should have a clear understanding why the child is being dropped so they don't make the same mistakes with the next teacher. It's one thing to have 3 strikes and you are out; it's another to drop a child at the last minute without a clear reason thereof, particularly if the child really likes the teacher, is good at playing, and looks forward to the teacher's visits.

If a teacher is dropping a student, then let the parents know exactly why. Don't leave the parents and the child without closure, particularly the chid. Get a plan in place so the parents and student are left looking at the last moment to find another teacher that fits the child's personality and style of playing. Honor is fairly flexible with scheduling and will come to your home, or teach classes at Mills College.

The one thing I did find with Honor was she was inconsistent with her scheduling, often canceling at the last moment due to classes and performances for her graduate degree. I respect that. Graduate school should come first at this point in her life, but it got to be too much several weeks in a row. Her scheduling is flexible which is great, but she will charge you if you cancel a lesson that is less than 24 hours. The parents cannot do the same.

If she is teaching violin lessons, that is her profession. She needs to learn how to balance personal life with work life better, communicate clearly with parents and students, and set personal boundaries with parents and students.

I appreciate the year with Honor. She is a great violin teacher, and has a good repertoire with the kids.She is good for beginner and mid level children and adult students. My daughter and I both learned a lot, and I'm sad with her decision to part ways. I respect her decision, but am completely unsure why she dropped us. I'm guessing it was us the parent and not the child.

Lesson learned, keep a brick wall between the teacher and the family. Don't let people in, particularly in times when consistency and compassion are needed. And really Honor, all it takes is for a 45 year old thyroid patient getting her thyroid out to finally cry at her doctor 'My endocrine system is talking to me, make it stop' and for him to give her one pill, a beta blocker, which sets that all aside. Unfortunately I'm still ticked off at the doctor for finally telling me I'm in the thyroid hallucination phase and not telling me far earlier, like 16 weeks ago. But he's not on takelessons.com and I still need him. As much of an idiot as he is, he's a great doctor. It did cost us the relationship with the violin teacher, however.


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Kim Mar 22, 2016
Violin · In home

Our 8 year-old daughter played violin with another teacher for about a year before we switched her to Honor. Since the change, our daughter has been much more engaged and excited about the violin and about music. It's so fun that Honor teaches holistically about the violin and encourages exploration and silliness with our daughter. Honor has been a huge benefit to expanding her understanding and appreciation of music.

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Kassiopeia Mar 4, 2016
Violin · In home

Kassi's first lesson was great! Honor is cheerful and pleasant. Looking forward to more lessons.

Simone F. Oct 26, 2015
Violin · In home

Great lesson! Very nice and calm teacher! Very knowledgeable!

Harumi T. Oct 14, 2015
Violin · In home

She instructed my 8 year old daughter logically with simple vocabulary. She took memo for my daughter so that she will not forget what to do till next lesson.

Madelyn Sep 14, 2015
Violin · In home

My daughter had her first lesson tonight! She really enjoyed Honor whose musical enthusiasm is apparent and contagious! She is also kind, smart, organized, and knows how to engage a child!
She was able to take something that requires a great deal of learning and teaching and make it exciting without being overwhelming!
I highly recommend her!

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Wendy B. Fischer Jul 28, 2015
Violin · In home

My daughter was reticent to take violin lessons but really likes Honor and learning how to play the violin from Honor. Honor makes it fun and engaging. While I can't convince my daughter certain things are 'cool' in music, all it takes is one word from Honor and my daughter is on it.

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Seth W. Jun 7, 2015
Hebrew · In home

Great, engaging and interesting Hebrew lesson and a caring, competent instructor. Definitely 5 star experience - highly recommended!

tricia R. Feb 20, 2015
Violin · In home

Lessons with Honor are wonderful. After just one lesson, my daughter was able to play significantly better and she continues to improve. Thanks Honor!

Aly E. Feb 8, 2015
Hebrew · In home

Honor is really great to work with and challenges me yet makes the classes fun! She is patient but continues to give me work that is rewarding and I feel like I'm slowly starting to get it...hebrew is hard but if it weren't for her great attitude and patient demeanor I would be lost. I'm going to get more classes!

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