Travis Halachis

Travis H.

Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details



Travis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2011

I grew up in Los Angeles and went on to attend the University of Redlands .While at University, I played in the University Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to violin, I also studied jazz guitar, so classical music is definitely not the only musical style I am familiar with.

I am lucky enough to study with Tamsen Beseke, who is a member of the LA Opera and a prolific session musician. I have also studied with Jeanne Skrocki, who is currently the Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony.

My musical experience with violin is not confined to classical! I also have experience with other styles, including Irish folk music and bluegrass. While classical is my bread and butter, I can take a more rounded approach in terms of exposure to musical styles if desired.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching lessons emphasizes making a friendly connection with my student. In my experience the student will learn the most when he or she feels comfortable asking questions and communicating with the instructor. I want my student to have fun and feel like progress is being made!

For beginners, the very first thing we go over is proper posture and bow hold. From there, we will move on to musical examples and basic violin techniques. I also incorporate basic music theory concepts into my lessons as needed. I have a strong grasp of that topic, and can teach my students more about it as necessary.

The materials I use include Suzuki(my favorite), String Builder, Laoureux, among others. I learned from a variety of materials in my lessons, and I find that great results come from using the best parts of multiple sources of materials.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio: lessons are taught in the living room. The student is expected to provide his or her own violin. Music stands are available. Parking is on the street.

Local Park: the lessons are in the community recreation center in a separate rehearsal room.

Seating is available at both locations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all printed materials, but I ask that my students to have their own violin.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz

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Violin Instructor
Sep 2012 - Present
Saturday Conservatory of Music

I currently teach at the Saturday Conservatory of Music in Pasadena in addition to private lessons. I create lesson plans, participate in faculty meetings, and perform regularly!


BA Music/BA Managerial Studies
Sep 2007 - May 2011
University of Redlands


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Travis H.

At the Keiro Retirement home with the Japan America Chamber Ensemble.

At Saturday Conservatory of Music
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9 Reviews

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Kimberley B. Dec 15, 2016
Violin · In studio

Travis is a really great teacher. He explains everything in detail which helps a lot.
I am a beginner adult and am very happy taking lessons from Travis!

Justin Mar 22, 2016
Violin · In home

Travis is a cheerful, talented tutor who never fails to provide great, practical and simple to follow lessons which additionally are always fun to participate in. He's remarkably positive, and already I feel as though I have come on in leaps and bounds doing things with the violin that would have taken me an age to learn by myself. I hope that I continue learning with Travis for a long time to come.

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Christina E. Dec 6, 2015
Violin · In home

Travis is a wonderful, kind hearted, and patient person with an inspiring passion for music. I have been a colleague of his for years and I can honestly say that he is very good at addressing different learning types, and catering to the unique needs of each student. His positivity and high energy make a great learning environment. I would highly recommend Travis to anyone interested in learning more about music in general as well as playing the violin.

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Kimberlee Mahnken Oct 4, 2015
Violin · In studio

Travis is an excellent teacher. As an adult learning to play an instrument with absolutely no prior experience he was incredibly patient and instructive. I'm looking forward to learning more with him. He's also very friendly and I felt very comfortable.

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Ceagal S. Sep 10, 2015
Violin · In home

Travis has been my son's violin teacher for almost 2 years. My son new absolutely nothing about the instrument except that it spoke to his heart. Travis, who always has a big smile on his face, patiently brought my son from the first awkward finger positions to being able to stand in front of an audience at a party and confidently play three songs! Travis always comes on time. He is flexible and understanding when scheduling issues come up. And he is just an all around super nice guy. I would Highly recommend him!

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Shelley Sep 8, 2015
Violin · In home

My son loves his violin lessons with Travis! Travis is patient and encouraging, and lets my son go at his own pace. The result is that my son has chosen to keep up with his lessons despite being a busy middle school student with lots of other interests. He can sight read, and is completely unafraid to try to play a piece he's never seen before. He continues to find joy in music, in part because of Travis' teaching style.

I highly recommend Travis!

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Christa B. Sep 1, 2015
Violin · In home

Travis has been instructing my 11-year old daughter for 9 months. He's always patient, kind and prepared. He knows when to give her more challenging material or when to continue to work on a piece for a longer period of time. Would definitely recommend him for all age levels.

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lida B. May 1, 2014
Violin ·

violin instructor

Travis had been teaching my 10 years old for 4 months now.
he's very patient and nice. my daughter is learning a lot from him.

Ceagal S. Apr 6, 2014
Violin ·

The best music teacher!!

My 11-year-old son has been taking violin lessons with Travis for a couple months now and loves it! Travis always has a smile on his face, comes on time, and is professional. My son had zero experience with this instrument before; so it was important for me to find a teacher who is patient, and Travis definitely is. He has a good sense for when his students are ready for a little push or need some extra attention in some spots. I highly recommend him!

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