Jacqueline Pabst

Jacqueline P.

Van Nuys, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
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Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello future students! I've been playing violin for 20 of my 25 years of age and teaching for 8 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 am also proficient in music production/engineering which means that my students can professionally record themselves in my home studio.

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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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

Photos & Videos

This is a fun project I made for my friend's birthday - he loves the artist "The XX" so I re-wrote one of their songs for violin.
Collaboration with one of my best friends, Andy!
A fun little rendition of Vivaldi
Part 1 of my Mendelssohn!
Here I am playing at a rock show at The Teregram Ballroom in LA - check out the video on my instagram! www.instagram.com/pabstbluebaby :)

Playing live at the Roxy in Hollywood - what a fun show!


6 Reviews

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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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