Jacqueline Pabst
Van Nuys, CA
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Jacqueline Pabst

Jacqueline P.

Van Nuys, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Be a violin virtuoso!

About Jacqueline P.

As of 4/28 I will be fully vaccinated and am accepting in person students two weeks after that.

Hello future students! I've been playing violin for 23 of my 29 years of age and teaching for 13 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.

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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17 Reviews
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Jacqueline has been such a big help in so many little ways! I had a big problem with fingering and moving along the strings, but she showed me some simple techniques that have made playing enjoyable instead of all frustrating like it used to be. Definitely love and recommend her!

Posted Sep 26, 2021
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Jacqueline is fantastic. If you’re in the fence, just say yes.

Posted Aug 18, 2021
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Jacqueline is an amazing teacher and musician. Not only is she a master player but a gifted teacher. The two talents don't always go hand in hand. She quickly had me playing songs while also instilling the important basics of learning a good bow hand, fingering and ear training. Jae -- that's the name she goes by -- is a one of a kind find!

Posted Jul 1, 2021
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Jacqueline has been very patient and kind - best violin teacher ever!

Posted Jun 2, 2021
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This review is long overdue! Jacqueline has been so patient and kind with me in my violin journey. I truly appreciate her passion for the violin and for teaching. My bow hand has never looked better!

Posted Apr 12, 2021
Adam S.
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I started taking lessons with Jacqueline after having bought a violin and done some practicing on my own for a few months. She was quickly able to formulate lesson plans for me based on my background and experience. She has also been very good about correcting my technique and pushing me to challenge myself, and is always helpful in answering my many questions. Overall she is a very knowledgeable, professional, down-to-earth and friendly instructor.

Posted Apr 4, 2020
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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.

Posted Dec 1, 2019
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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.

Posted Nov 30, 2019
Scarlett C.
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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.

Posted Sep 11, 2019
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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!!!

Posted Sep 8, 2019
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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!

Posted Sep 7, 2019
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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!

Posted Jun 13, 2018
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My daughter is very happy with her first violin lesson the teacher was very good and helpful

Posted Jun 6, 2018
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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.

Posted Apr 9, 2018
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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.”

Posted Feb 13, 2018
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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

Posted Jan 18, 2018
Khoi D.
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Posted Jan 18, 2019

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Session Violinist
Jan 2016 - Present

Multiple Companies

I do session work for jazz and blues tracks, movie score tracks and pop tracks. Sometimes there is sheet music but most of the time I improvise and create my own part.


Music Therapy
Sep 2021 - Present

California State University of Northridge Music School

Sep 2010 - Jun 2014


Sep 2002 - May 2006

Colburn Music Academy



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