Tasha Miner

Tasha M.

Foothill Ranch, CA

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Tasha delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3 to 70 and special needs

Teaching since:
November 2002

Began playing violin at the age of 11, in 5th grade with my school orchestra.
Was quickly told to seek private instruction due to aptitude.
Played at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 2 summers.
Played at Interlochen Summer Camp for 2 summers, concertmaster in 2004.
Played in the Symphony, Chamber, and Contemporary String Ensembles in High School.
Concertmaster 2003-2004. Otherwise a section leader.
Often featured as a soloist.
Mentored the freshman Concert Orchestra in High School.
Began studying Music Theory in high school.
Also sang in choirs at church and school.
Completed coursework for Music Education degree simultaneously with the Music Performance degree.
Graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance in 2008, double majored in Music Education.
Graduated with my Master's Degree in Music Performance, having also studied viola, in 2010.

Mainari Music Studio - Violin & Viola private lessons. 2002-Present
Violin Coach & Assistant Conductor for the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) 2010-Present
TakeLessons.com teacher. 2015-Present
Musika teacher. 2010-2016
Assistant Orchestra Director to St. Margaret's Episcopal School. 2012-2013 school year
McCourt's School of Music in Waterford, MI. 2006-2010
Eastern Michigan University - Orchestra Graduate Assistant. 2008-2010
Schaeffer's House of Music in Howell, MI. 2007-2009
Director of Beginning and Intermediate Orchestras for Oakland Homeschool Music, Inc. (OHMI) in Waterford, MI. 2005-2006
Orchestra mentor in high school.

Saddleback Master Chorale
Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California
Orchestra of St. Margaret's
Eastern Michigan University's Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster 2007-2008.
Eastern Michigan University's Collegium Musicum (chamber music)
Various chamber groups for weddings and other gigs since high school
All division 1 ratings for Solo & Ensemble performances as a soloist from middle through high school
First student from my school district accepted to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF)
Studied violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabe Bolkosky
Studied viola with Prof. Eva Stern
Began playing violin in 5th grade, first generation of string players in my school district at that grade
Have studied Violin with Myra Drean, Martha Windscheif, Prof. Daniel Foster, and Gabriel Bolkosky; Viola with Prof. Eva Stern; and Music Theory with Dr. Marilyn Saker and Dr. Anthony Iannaccone.

Lessons with me...

I'm passionate about music and its many benefits, both academically, emotionally, and physically. I love to share my joy with my students in a fun, collaborative way that is professional and enjoyable. The pace is determined by the goals of the student, and materials are tailor-made to suit your preferences. Classical instruction is essential for proper technique, but branching out to Celtic fiddle or movie soundtracks is a definite option!

I recommend weekly lessons, and a minimum daily practice plan is required. Younger students should do 30-minute lessons, but around 10-years old, I require 45-60 minute lessons. Serious students preferred.

*** Lesson Details ***
Typical 30-minute lesson:
10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios
20 minutes - Solo Repertoire

Typical 45-minute lesson:
10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios
15 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music
20 minutes - Solo Repertoire

Typical 60-minute lesson:
10 minutes - Scales & Arpeggios
20 minutes - Etude, Music Theory, or Orchestra Music
30 minutes - Solo Repertoire

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, tuner, metronome, pencil

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my own instrument and accessories, as well as some extra music.

Students are expected to have their own music stand, tuner/metronome, instrument and accessories, and all lesson materials/music. Online students must be able to tune their own instrument, or have a parent present who can tune their instrument for them.

*** Specialties ***
Solo performance preparation
Chamber music performance preparation
College auditions
Orchestra auditions
Chamber music coaching
Recital performances
Note reading tutoring
Music theory tutoring

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Violin Coach / CYOSC Assistant Director
Aug 2010 - Present
Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California

I coach the violin sections of the beginner & advanced orchestras.
We meet Friday nights in Irvine, and hold regular concerts throughout the school year.

Private Teacher/Clinician
Nov 2002 - Present
Private Music Studio

I teach private lessons in my students' homes or mine, and have been requested to coach various ensembles. I also perform at special events like weddings and work banquets.

Assistant Orchestra Director
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano

Helped conduct the rehearsals and concerts for the middle and lower school orchestras (4th-8th grade).

Also taught students private lessons after school.

Private Teacher
Jun 2006 - Aug 2010
McCourt's Music of Waterford

I taught private lessons in the store's studio space. We teachers were private contractors who rented the room. Annual recitals, classical training.

Graduate Assistant
Aug 2008 - Apr 2010
Eastern Michigan University

Taught the overflow applied violin lesson students, as well as substitute taught the Beginning Violin Class for all music education undergraduate students occasionally.

Private Teacher
Jul 2006 - May 2007
Schaffer's House of Music in Brighton

I taught private lessons in the store's studio space as a private contractor who rented the room. Taught 8 students one day a week.

Orchestra Director
Feb 2005 - Apr 2007
Oakland Homeschool Music, Inc. (OHMI)

I conducted the beginning and intermediate level orchestras. We rehearsed every Monday, and held regular concerts throughout the school year.


Master of Music
Aug 2008 - Apr 2010
Eastern Michigan University
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2004 - Jun 2008
Eastern Michigan University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Graduate Assistant
Aug 2008
Eastern Michigan University
Dean's List
Jan 2005
Eastern Michigan University
Numerous Music Scholarships
Aug 2004
Eastern Michigan University
Presidential Scholarship
Aug 2004
Eastern Michigan University


Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program
Aug 2014

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.

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Tasha Miner, MM, BM

Tasha's violin, Camille:  a Flemish instrument made c.1880.

I was awarded this community recognition award 3 years running for 2015, 2016, and now 2017.


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Lafayette S. Aug 18, 2018
Violin · Online

Lafayette S. Jan 27, 2018
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Lafayette S. Jul 22, 2017
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Valecia R. May 23, 2017
Violin · Online

Tasha is a very good instructor! She has been very flexible with her schedule to accommodate us. My daughter enjoys learning with her.

Ramphal, New-York

Hamdy Mar 27, 2017
Violin · Online

Khoi P. Mar 27, 2017
Violin · Online


pinkey D. Feb 4, 2015
Violin · In home

Ms. Tasha's exceptional enthusiasm for music shines through in her playing and her unique teaching style. She teaches violin to my daughters and she is a great teacher who is very knowledgeable about the music world. Her lessons are engaging and helpful to move further; she communicates in a way that anyone can understand and does all she can to help them be successful. She teaches at a level that is appropriate for both my daughters and goes out of her way to help each one of them play and comprehend music better.

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Tram V. May 27, 2014
Violin · Online

Very impressed. It's a wonderful experience to have online lesson with Ms. Tasha.

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