Jacqueline Pabst

Jacqueline P.

Van Nuys, CA
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About Jacqueline P.

Hello future students! I've been playing violin for 20 of my 26 years of age and teaching for 10 years. I believe that the most important part of learning the violin is having fun and building a passion for music.

In my lessons we will focus on proper violin technique, music theory and most importantly (and fun!) practical application. In practical application, the student chooses what he/she would like to work on, whether it be Mozart or The Chainsmokers or the Moana score, and we learn it together!

I also have a lot of experience in music production and engineering which means that my students can professionally record themselves in my home studio.

Finally, I am very proficient in music theory and am available for AP music tutoring. I can also teach beginner piano.

If this sounds like fun to you - let's get started! :)

Teaching method:

I have a three pronged approach to my teaching method: technique, music theory and practical application. However, I believe the most important part of any teaching plan is molding it to fit the student’s needs, so the following methods are entirely flexible.

For technique, we start with simple scales to work on bowing and intonation. When this becomes easy for the student, we move on to more complex key signatures and minor scales, eventually moving into 2 octaves and learning the left hand positions. For intermediate students who want to excel in classical music, we will work on etudes as well as scales.

I teach music theory as it applies to what the student is currently playing so as not to cause confusion. For example, if the student is learning to play a new piece with a more complex rhythm, we will go over time signatures, how many beats each note gets and so on. I always make flashcards for students so they can “practice” music theory when I’m not there, especially for students who are just learning to read music.

In practical application, the student can apply what they learn about technique and music theory to a fun song. I start with the Suzuki books because I like the way they’re structured in terms of technique, and because I love the repertoire. Suzuki books generally come with a CD containing piano accompaniment tracks, which I’ve found students love to play with. Finally, I let the student pick a song of their choice and we learn it together. If the student isn’t enjoying Suzuki, we focus more on the student’s song of choice.

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  • Speaks French, Spanish
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Violin from UCLA

Reviews (11)

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Maria Dec 1, 2019
Violin · In studio

My 11 year old daughter has studied with Jacqueline for 1.5 years and is really enjoying the process. Jacqueline is a kind and warm teacher which is very encouraging. My daughter wants to practice and improve in order to impress her sweet teacher. We are very happy with lessons with Jacqueline. She even teaches Disney music... not just the classics. She will look for whatever my daughter is interested in playing and then plays with her. I highly recommend her.

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Adam Nov 30, 2019
Violin · In studio

Me and J worked together for three years before I went to college and I’m glad she asked me for this review. J is really patient and fun to work with. I mostly wanted to learn movie music and she was cool with that. Good lessons, chill teacher.

Scarlett C. Sep 11, 2019
Violin · In studio

Very professional, and nice at the same time, my 12 year old was fascinated, she loved her first lesson and of course she’ll have more classes.

Amy Sep 8, 2019
Violin · In studio

Jacqueline is the best! She is one of the most patient and encouraging teachers I have ever come across. She always makes sure her students feel comfortable and work at their own pace, and I very much appreciate her upbeat personality and constant reassurance of progress! She makes learning a new instrument easy and fun! Highly recommend her!!!

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Mary Sep 7, 2019
Violin · In home

Amazing teacher! Got so much help from her over the years. She has been teaching me for three years now, and it has honestly been so helpful. She is always ahead of time, and reminds me about the lessons. She gives outstanding pieces of music for me to try and I really do enjoy every single one. I truly do learn so much from her and I am extremely happy that I can learn the violin from a professional like her!

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Khoi D. Jan 18, 2019
Violin · Online

Jessie Jun 13, 2018
Violin · In studio

I LOVE JACKIE! She is my favorite violin teacher to date - I’m currently in college so I don’t have a ton of time to practice but she’s totally understanding and caters to my needs. Go Jackie! You’re the best!

Arianna Jun 6, 2018
Violin · In studio

My daughter is very happy with her first violin lesson the teacher was very good and helpful

Alex Apr 9, 2018
Violin · In home

Thanks to Jacqueline, I have been able to pick up the violin again (after not playing for many years) and build back my technique reasonably quickly. She has an expansive library of musical exercises and songs that are perfect for making your practicing more efficient and your playing sound better. Over the last two years I’ve started to see her as less of a violin teacher and more of a violin guru. I high recommend her to any new/old violin student.

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Margaret Feb 13, 2018
Violin · In studio

My son wrote this in praise of Jacqueline: “I have been taking lessons with Miss Jacqueline for 5 months and she is a great teacher. I really enjoy when we play the violin together and practice duets. I also enjoy when she plays for me. Thank you Miss Jacqueline.”

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Alan Jan 18, 2018
Violin · In studio

I am writing this recommendation at the request of my daughter’s wonderful violin teacher, Ms. Pabst. Jacqueline is quite talented but it is her personality and character that sets her apart. My daughter is only six years old so Jacqueline’s patience and understanding goes a long way and they have developed a very sweet relationship. We hope we can continue taking lessons with Ms. Pabst for a long time. - Alan Farmer

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Session Violinist
Jan 2016 - Present

Andy Marsh

Session violinist for upcoming Warner Music Group writer and singer Andy Marsh.


Sep 2010 - Jun 2014


Sep 2002 - May 2006

Colburn Music Academy



Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency

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