Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.
After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing multiple songs.
Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.
I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still i
n high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theater, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.
I currently play viola with the La Jolla Symphony, and have sung with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together. Most recently I was chosen to record a new song Glow for Disneyland's California Adventure World of Color Winter Dreams.
I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.
After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons. I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books. A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization. A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.
*** Specialties *** Vocal students are encouraged to pick songs from whatever genre sparks their interest. With violin and viola I use the suzuki method of training and follow the books and lessons, I use other books to supplement scales/technique.
Sadella M. August 6, 2016
In home Verified Student
Lessons have been great. She is organized, intuitive with the child taking lessons, and getting results. All this plus a beautiful spirit and voice.
Annmarie Seaman February 17, 2016
In home Verified Student
Betsy was AMAZING!! She helped me work on scales and my concerto, she made it so mug more fun and was very nice to be around.
PAMELA H. January 8, 2016
In home Verified Student
Betsy came to our house to teach my 5-year-old daughter singing lessons. Betsy's methods were useful and good. My daughter loved taking lessons with her. After a handful of lessons, Betsy began to reschedule our lessons. One time, she had rescheduled and showed up at our house at the original time...just as we were pulling into the driveway from an outing. Okay, fine. Then, she'd contact me and hour or two before our lesson, to see if we could reschedule. This is unprofessional and unacceptable! It became the norm with her, so we cancelled our lessons with Betsy. It isn't easy for our family of five to rearrange our schedule for her. Once or twice? Okay, but not all of the time! My daughter was greatly disappointed an defeated, and we haven't taken singing lessons since. I have yet to receive my money back from TakeLessons. Go figure.
I began playing the violin in 3rd grade in my school general music class and instantly fell in love with it. I begged my mom for private lessons and after a year, she finally caved in. By my freshman year in high school, I had decided that I wanted to major in violin performance in college and make a career out of being a classical violinist. I went on to earn my Bachelor of Music in violin performance from State University of New York at Purchase. During my freshman year, I began teaching private violin and viola lessons at the Westport Music Center in Connecticut. I quickly realized tha
t teaching is very fulfilling and that I loved sharing my passion and knowledge of the violin with others. While in undergrad, I also won my first job in a part time professional orchestra, the Ridgefield Symphony in Connecticut. After completing my Bachelor's degree, I went on to earn my Master of Music from Boston University, also in violin performance. During the two years I lived in Boston, I continued teaching privately and playing freelance gigs in the area. I then moved to Connecticut and ran my own private violin and viola studio for two years. Also, I played in the Greater Bridgeport and Waterbury Symphonies and worked in the Westport and Fairfield Public School systems teaching strings in the elementary/middle schools. Although I did enjoy doing this, I realized that teaching private lessons enables the one on one environment that leads to an amazing amount of progress and is preferable to my style of teaching. Before I moved to San Diego, I lived in Rhode Island for three years. I taught at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and St. George's School in Providence and Newport respectively.
*** Lesson Details *** I have several different method books I use while working with students. I think it is very important to use books that are age appropriate, so I spent a lot of time finding different books that would work for beginning younger and older students. Once students have enough basic knowledge, I supplement the method books with solos. Solos are always more fun for students to play and I find that this helps keep students interested and motivated. I also spend time during the lessons, not only teaching students how to play, but teaching them how to practice. Many students are never taught how to practice and then they are not sure what to do when they get home. Teaching students practicing tools is a very important aspect to me as a teacher. If a student knows how to practice effectively, they will be able to make substantially more progress than if they do not. With young students, I find it also helps to explain to parents how their child should be practicing so they can offer helpful pointers at home if the student gets off track. I openly encourage parents to ask me questions and even sit in on the lessons if they would like.
I believe that being an excellent music teacher is about more than being extremely proficient on your instrument. While this is one important aspect, it is equally important to approach each student according to their individual needs. I tailor my methods and materials for every lesson so each student can make the most progress possible. I also firmly believe music lessons should be fun and promote students to feel good about their accomplishments. Encouragement and a positive learning environment are the key components I utilize to make this happen. I also think it is important to balance teaching technique with making music. I work with students on how to properly play the instrument but also focus on listening to what the music should sound like. I find this helps students stay more interested and engaged with what they are learning.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide some sheet music students will need, especially when they first start. Students will need to provide their own instrument and music stand.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained, which is the genre I am most comfortable with. With my younger students, I often try to incorporate Disney songs and fiddle tunes to keep the lessons fun.
Kate H. February 8, 2013 Verified Student
This teacher is outstanding.
I would think that Allison would be good with any age and capability, but my daughter is 7 and just beginning. Allison is a perfect teacher. She makes good use of every minute, yet is fun and pleasant. She constantly gives positive reinforcement. My daughter really likes her and so do I!
JulieH3 July 7, 2011
Allison is very patient and perceptive when teaching. She is great at observing and correcting my mistakes. She gives great advice on how to make my playing better. Most of all, she is a nice and competent teacher. I plan to continue my lessons with her in the future.
Can't beat the selection of music, Mikhail's level of experience, reviews, personality, and value!!!
WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM LESSONS WITH MIKHAIL?
1. Those seeking Orchestral Training with Reading and Playing Skills.
2. If you wanna to rock out and play a song of your choice. Any Song.
3. You are a parent and need music lessons for you and/or your child.
4. Those who wish to exercise their mind, and possibly prevent disease.
5. Those who wanna play music to impress their friends and be cool.
6. Those who wanna buffer their chops and play some gigs for $$$.
7. Learning how to play music as a gift for your spouse or loved one.
8. Giving lessons as a fun gift for your el
ders or spouse.
9. For helping to align the body, mind, and spirit as a form of yoga.
10. Those seeking to spread a positive message in musical ways.
WHY CHOOSE MIKHAIL?
He helps his students and friends achieve their Violin, Piano, Viola, Cello, etc. goals in a broad variety of styles, genres, pieces, directions, audiences. He has done so for many years at vaious institutions, and individual instruction catering to a great variety of happy customers. He is qualified to do so based on his level of expertise determined by his collegiate academic degrees in addition to real world experience verified by his experience, concerts, gigs, audio/video recordings, and music awards.
You also can't beat the value. Mikhail teaches lessons valued at more than double of what they're priced at here, doing so to reach out to more people, in his hopes of spreading music.
SO DOES HE ONLY PLAY CLASSICAL?
Although he has the training in traditional classical, he has crossed over and taught many other styles such as latin, jazz, rock, pop, fiddle, gypsy (his original style), Irish, Folk, Hip-Hop, and many many more with great success. Mikhail allows the student to pick the direction, and specific tunes they wish to learn. If its an unknown style usually it can be ear-balled and explained. Something he is able to do from a wide range of playing experience.
Mikhail won an SDMA Music Award in "Best Americana Album" for his strings recording contributions to the album "Buried" by Midnight Pine in 2014.
Mikhail carries some of the musical knowledge of Ludwig V. Beethoven who was a teacher of a teacher of Fritz Kreisler the great violinist/composer, who was a teacher of a teacher of one of Mikhail's teachers.
If you are looking for a place to flourish musically, where you won't be judged for your ever-changing musical decisions then Mikhail is the guide for you. Mikhail may bring up a story which goes like so; Stravinsky, Bartok, Gershwin, and Piazzolla flourished under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, and they did so by nurturing the inner musical self, and making it bloom into its own unique and original artist. Music is a very personal journey, and no two musicians are ever the same.
Mikhail also specializes in Electric VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, PIANO, & FIDDLE.
Some famous examples of his students include Annelle Gregory in the style of classical. Vasi Hunton in the styles of Rock, Pop, Jazz, along with many others.
WHAT KIND OF PLAYING EXPERIENCE?
Albums Mikhail has played on to take note of:
Last year (2014) Mikhail Recorded violin and cello on an album which won a San Diego Music Award voted best "Americana Album" with a group called Midnight Pine.
"Lion and the Lady" with Trent Hancock released March 2015
"Buried" with Midnight Pine winning best Americana album of 2014 in the SDMA music awards (Violin +Cello)
"Past Forward" with Blaise Christopher Guld also nominated for SDMA award (Violin+Cello)
2 Live Albums from the AUM Dome with Krista Richards (Electric Violin).
Online digital recordings with i-earth music, a corporate world music band.
Some of the groups Mikhail has worked with include:
Sene Africa (world music) (Violin) I-earth Music (corporate world music) (multi-instrumental) Trent Hancock (Americana)(violin and cello) Midnight Pine (Americana)(violin and cello) Cafe Moliendo (Cumbia/Salsa/Latin Jazz)(piano, violin, accordion) The Downs Family (Irish Rock)(Irish Accordion) Busno (Romanian Gypsy band)(Romanian Gypsy violin) Trio Gadjo (French Gypsy Jazz)(Violin) Orchestra Mustachio (Electro Gypsy)(Electric Violin) Zirk Ubu circus (the circus)(multi-instrumental) EDM(Dubstep violin) at Downtown Mardi Gras Lou Fanucci (Italian/Tango)(Violin) UCSD (modern classical) (violin) As well as many other local and global living and passed legends of jazz
Mikhail opened for the Eagles with his corporate band, "I-earth" during a private corporate event in Los Angeles, and many other Corporate events such as the grand opening of the Downtown San Diego Hilton Hotel with the Hilton Family. IBM 3000 people at the Natural History Museum. NAMM show executive party at the San Diego Zoo, and many more...
As a professional gigging musician in the world of performing and recording he has also done many hired gun gigs in the styles of Latin, Latin Jazz, Classical, Jazz, Gypsy, Electronic, Rock, Americana, and Pop. Been on KUSI numerous times, and has won the latest 2014 SDMA music awards.
He was taught Violin at first by his Russian Gypsy Uncle, then went on to several other highly qualified mentors throughout his life.
Mikhail is directly family-related to the great jazz pianist, Leonid Chizhik, and other artists such as Alina Dronova and his uncle who directs the Munich Radio Symphony. These are some of the examples of his deeply rooted and priceless qualifications beyond any degree which one can ever hope to achieve. In addition, he has strong ties with the New York City Ballet where his cousin is a dancer and one of the last Russians on the squad born in the same year as George Balanchine's passing. Mikhail has worked on a ballet for the NYC ballet.
As a teen, he became the Concertmaster violinist in his Sophomore year at Poway high school's 150 piece philharmonic orchestra conducted by the legendary Gary Horimoto playing many symphonies such as Beethoven, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky winning first place by unanimous decision in numerous festivals including a grand festival of over 100 high schools held in San Francisco.
Mikhail later joined the La Jolla Symphony chorus as a vocalist.
Mikhail holds a degree in music composition and performance from UCSD (University of California San Diego) Studying under such mentors including Janos Negyesy (Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster), Chinary Ung (Grawemeyer Award winner), Aleck Karis (film piano), Andrew Infanti (piano), Steven Takasugi (composition), John Fonville (microtonal composition), Edwin Harkins (polyrhythm +world music performance), and Phil Larson (voice).
Mikhail has also composed the first half of the flimscore of a short film "Picture This" for an NBC commercial by Macintosh Films.
OK, BUT WHAT KIND OF "TEACHING" EXPERIENCE?
Mikhail has been teaching Individual and Group Lessons since the age of 18 at various Institutions such as:
Individual Instruction 15 years CCPAA or CAPA Academy for 5 years Old Town Academy for 3 years Montessori Schools for 2 years UCSD for 1 year National City School District Camp "Wings" for 1 year
HOW MUCH ARE LESSONS?
$36 for a half-hour slot $50 for 45 minutes $63 for an hour slot
15-minute lessons are available for low income qualifications.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE LESSONS?
Throughout the process, a page will popup with Mikhail's available times. However, once direct contact is made, you guys may discuss a different time that works better. Please, also note the common courtesy for cancellations is at least 1 week's notice.
Diego C. September 28, 2016
He knows the instrument inside & out & assesses the student's need without him mentioning it. There is no time wasted here as he focuses in on what is needed.
The student will be very pleased & the money will not be wasted! But the student
does need to practice.
Maria July 29, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Diane June 18, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Misha was very understanding and encouraging. I am a woman in my early 70s and haven't read music or played an instrument in over fifty years but I came away being convinced I can do this! I can't imagine a better teacher.
I teach scales, technique, shifting, vibrato, tonal exercises, solo pieces, and theory. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, etc., in Classical, Religious, Fiddle, Pop. I help students with their school orchestral music and audition pieces also.
My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churches and weddings, and love teaching.
I began teaching beginner to advanced Violin and Viola in April of 2001 in NC. I moved to California in the fall of 2008. Since moving to California I have extended my teaching to beginner Piano and Cello also. I have taught students ages 3 to 87 how to play
and enjoy music on a personal level. My experience includes leading sectionals for middle school orchestra, organizing and instructing small ensembles, and organizing student recitals. Student recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase the students' growth and abilities, and to provide an opportunity to give back to family and friends whose sacrifices and support enable the students to succeed.
I teach because I love music and I believe God has given me a gift. Playing and teaching help me to use my talent for His glory. I love working with people and I love how music enables people of all ages to open up and express themselves in a positive way, no matter what life throws their way. I believe music teaches discipline, builds self esteem; helps set and achieve goals; and positively affects and enhances other curricular endeavors.
My teaching philosophy is to always have fun while learning, to set attainable goals for the student, to learn through encouragement and discipline, and to help students come to love music on a personal level. I focus on the character of each student and their goals and desires to see that the student and/or parents are satisfied. Teaching is a privilege for me that I do not take for granted.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer half hour, forty-five minute, sixty minute lessons, or longer on a weekly basis, but I do Not offer bi-weekly lessons. My lessons begin with the fundamentals of music. I believe a firm foundation in rhythm and reading is important because a student may switch musical instruments one day and the basics are universal and necessary. I have a deep love and appreciation for music which I hope to instill in my students as well. I am strict in the sense that I like students to polish their pieces before moving on. I like to keep them focused on playing well, not just playing.
A typical lesson will begin with scales to warm up, a review of the previous week's material, and a new assignment. Students will memorize pieces, be proficient in scales and rhythms, and all the while laughing and having a great time. I am known with my students for my creative analogies and flexibility to try new things in order to adapt to the students strengths and weaknesses. My students look forward to coming to their lesson, and that is very rewarding as a teacher.
I primarily use the Suzuki method for Violin and Viola, because it offers progressive steps to mastering technique, style, and musicality. My curriculum includes the use of Winning Rhythms, Wohlfahrt studies, All for Strings Theory, Essentials for Strings, and many more beginner and advanced studies; including shifting and double stops.
I love music and I love working with people; teaching is just icing on the cake. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and discover your talents and I hope we can learn together. I look forward to meeting you!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Stand and Keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have their instrument, and necessary accessories ie: rosin, shoulder rest, strings, books, and music stand.
*** Specialties *** I teach Music on Violin, Viola, and Piano, as well as beginner cello. I am very creative in my teaching methods, though I use the Suzuki Method primarily for string instruments. I believe learning should be fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.
Michaela P. July 28, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Erin has been helping my daughter to really make a beautiful sound, fixing her bad habits from a previous teacher, and teaching her how to tune and care for her violin on her own.
Bronson H. March 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
So patient with my 3 year old son. The curriculum was well suited for a 3 year old boy!!
Faith G. March 7, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Had a great first lesson and looking forward to more.
My teaching purpose is to instill a music appreciation while showing the technical aspects, reaching for a deeper way of transposing the even the most distinct feelings into music. To share my musical and educational experience with others, to exceed all others expectations, as well as mine, to fulfill my dreams, and create stronger principles, while reaching personal growth.
I started studying violin at age 7 and felt in love with the instrument ever since. I have been playing and teaching for the past 20 years and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with music enthusiasts of any ages and levels. If you’re thinking about taking violin lessons or just want to improve your playing, be prepared to find benefits in several surprising ways beyond just gaining the ability to play beautiful music on a new instrument.
Sasha B. June 29, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Adrian has very nice approach, listening, trying also understand character, personality of student. His corrections for playing were straight to the point. Very nice, productive and pleasant.
Juan April 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I had a wonderful first lesson! I'm 32 years old and was tough to think I could start learning the violin, however, Adrian makes it very easy to pick up on what he is trying to explain. Very knowledgeable and highly recommended!
Minseon P. March 29, 2016
In studio Verified Student
He's been my son's private teacher over an year. He is very pleasant and patient. My 15-year old boy is really enjoying learning from him. My son is in Suzuki book 5 and joining in Great Miami Youth Symphony. Adrian helps him for preparing an audition or concert music as well as correcting skills. I am very satisfied with his teaching style and would like him to teach my son as long as he can.