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Mari Mizutani

Mari M.

Starting at $30
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Welcome to my music studio!

This will be a fun, incredible way to start or continue your music instruction. I have been a private violin and piano instructor since 1991. I took a break in 2005 while my kids were little. Now that they have grown up a bit, I am so excited to come back to this!

My teaching methods involve reading notes. I do not teach the Suzuki method. If that is what you are looking for, I can refer you to some wonderful local teachers. I will have 2 recitals a year and some workshops and clinics in between.

Thank you and I am looking forward to taking this musical journey with you!

Recitals and Performances: I will schedule 2 recitals a year and I highly encourage students to attend and participate in both.

Practice: A student's progress is 100% based on the practicing that takes place at home. I recommend having a scheduled time everyday that is dedicated to uninterrupted practice time. For 30 minute lessons, I recommend a 30 minute practice.

Books and Materials: On the first day, I will have books that you can buy from me. Please bring books to every lesson.
PIANO STUDENTS: It is crucial that you have a working piano at home. While I understand it's a huge commitment to buy/rent a piano, playing on a keyboard is not the same. The exception is if you have a full size keyboard (88 keys), with touch sensitivity.
VIOLIN/VIOLA STUDENTS: PLEASE consult me before you buy/rent a violin. There are several places that you can buy a violin 'package' for $99. For not much more, you can have a violin that is higher quality and will sound better. Remember, you only sound as good as your instrument! I know several reputable places that rent instruments that are of high quality.

Summer Schedule: I will try and be as accommodating as possible for the summer. If you know already which days you will be gone, let me know and we can work it into the calendar.

My approach to teaching lessons has always been with a gentle, calm demeanor. However, that said, I do want my students to excel and feel challenged. If at any time, you have concerns, please don't hesitate to talk to me about them. I want this to be a fun experience and the only way to ensure that is to make sure that the port of communication is always open. Thank you and let's get started!

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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 1991

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Anne Apr 4, 2019
Piano · In studio

I absolutely loved learning from Mari for my piano lessons! As an adult learner, I felt like my brain doesn't work as fast as it used to, so learning a new instrument was difficult, but Mari completely caters each lesson to my learning speed and maximized my abilities. She takes into accounts the areas and types of music I wanted to learn and helped me to achieve being able to play that type of music. I also loved and appreciated that she works around my busy work schedule and accommodating lessons when plans change throughout the week. I would highly recommend Mari as a music teacher to anyone interested in learning a new instrument at all ages!

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Paul S. Aug 29, 2014
Violin · In studio

Great violin teacher!!! My daughter can now do vibrato and play at a much higher level.


Lesson Details

Japanese

Levels Taught:
Beginner

Konnichiwa!!!! My name is Mari and I am a native Japanese speaker fluent in both English and Japanese. I grew up in the States but speak Japanese regularly with my parents and Japanese friends.
Are you going to japan and want to learn some key phrases? I can help!
Do you need someone to practice Japanese with? I can help!!
My lessons are in 30 minute increments.
Let’s start learning!!

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Experience

Violinist
Oct 2018 - Present

San Bernardino Symphony

Faculty - violin and viola
Aug 2017 - Present

Riverside City College

I am a college faculty member teaching violin and viola.

Owner
Jan 1999 - Present

Otherwise Strings

I am the owner and principal musician (violinist) of Otherwise Strings. We provide quality, professional live music to special events in the Southern California area.

Private Music Instructor
Sep 1991 - Present

Mari M.

I have over 20 years of private teaching experience. I bring professional level playing to my students.


Education

Master of Music
Aug 1996 - May 1998

University of New Mexiso

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Sep 1991 - Jun 1996

California Polytechnic University of San Luis Obispo


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Fluent / Native Proficiency


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