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Allison R.

San Diego, CA

About Allison

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.
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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!
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JulieH3 July 7, 2011
student

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.
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Allison R.

San Diego, CA 92128
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Sarah K.

San Diego, CA

Learn any piece you want! With instructor's perfect pitch, you're not limited to just books. Sarah will teach you posture, rhythm, reading, sound, performance, technique, etc.

About Sarah

I believe that learning to play an instrument doesn't have to be difficult. It should be enjoyable and fun! If your child is a beginner, we will take turns picking songs to ensure that they practice; I utilize stickers and goal-oriented tasks to have fun and encourage students to maintain their interest and also hold them accountable. If you're a beginner adult, I will require more self-discipline from you, but we will still pick songs and genres you want to play, with classical and recognizable folk songs on the side.
For beginner&intermediate students:
For piano, you'll have to adjust you
r hands in awkward positions; for violin/viola, you'll have to make some unpleasant sounds before you make beautiful ones. So why not make the transition enjoyable?

Regardless of your level and progress, I will be there! I want you to learn songs and genres you want to learn, while doing it the right way (with good posture, technique, theory knowledge, etc.).
I've taught students as young as 3 yrs old and as old as 82 yrs old, students with physical/mental disabilities, group lessons and many different teaching environments.

My Musical background:
I began playing the violin and piano when I was 4 years old. My mother was a piano teacher for over 30 years with contagious passion for music and her students, so with training in perfect pitch, sight-reading, and other musicianship skills, I began performing solo and in ensembles. I soon became an assistant teacher, beginning my own private lessons.
Since age 6, I've been a part of the church choir, school ensemble and later the school band, and orchestra. As I entered high school, I decided to become more active and take leadership in the ensembles. I became the Concert Mistress of the symphonic and string orchestra and held onto my first chair until graduation. I also participated in the San Jose Philharmonic Orchestra, as first violinist. I was a first violinist of the Korean American Music Supporters Association (KAMSA), performing a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. Since 1997, I have won countless awards from CWC Annual Music Competitions, California Music Education Association, KTVN Bay Area Annual Music Competitions, Prospect-Westmont String Orchestra voted Most Outstanding Instrumentalist, and passed all levels in both piano and violin in Certificate of Merit (CM) Tests.

I moved to San Diego to study Music Performance at University of California-San Diego. I became the Concert Mistress of the UCSD Chamber Orchestra and look forward to continuing my education for Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Therapy. In my music career, I've worked in senior communities as the music director, conducted orchestras and ensembles, formed and performed in duets, trios, and quartets, in public and private concerts, weddings, nursing homes, etc. I also am a part of an indie rock/bluegrass band (voice and fiddle) recording and performing, as well as a classic rock band (voice, keyboard, violin). In my free time, I compose and transpose for myself as well as for my students who would like to learn an easier version of a piece, different genres like pop songs, movie soundtracks, TV shows, favorite artists, etc.

*** Lesson Details ***
My main priority in every lesson is to make learning an instrument fun and comfortable. I have a plan mapped out for every lesson, for every student. Depending on the student's age, level and preference of genre, I pick out books suitable for each student, and also ask the student to bring in a piece or book they would like to work on. I find it important to make every lesson enjoyable, so it is crucial that the student enjoys the homework assigned when they leave the lesson. I usually begin the lesson with warm-ups, scales, music theory, then continue with reviewing past homework, focusing on posture, rhythm, technique, etc. Lastly, we will sightread and preview the next pieces to be assigned for homework. Pace is set mostly by the student and how much they practice, but I will always nudge the student to improve in musicianship and posture after every lesson, with patience and perseverance.[There will be an annual/semi-annual recital, optional but highly recommended for all students!]

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full keyboard, instructor's violin and viola, mirrors, music stands, composition notebook and writing utensils.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Contemporary, Ensemble, Solo, Scales, Sight-reading, Suzuki, Homann, etc. Perfect pitch: I can also compose/transpose whatever you would like to learn just by singing or showing me the music on YouTube!
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Shihong W. July 26, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
It was not an easy task to find a great violin instructor for my boy who was entirely new to violin. After almost two years, I have to say we were incredibly lucky to have Sarah as his violin teacher. She is very pleasant, hardworking and detail-oriented, my boy absolutely LOVES his lectures and practice with Sarah! Sarah invested so much into my boy's learning, and well tailored his learning experience based on the progress made. My boy's violin skills have improved dramatically, I cannot believe he is now No. 4 violinest (out of ~ 40) in his middle school orchestra only after 1.5 years learning from Sarah, and the No.1-3 have been practicing for > 6 years! If you are looking for a truly outstanding violin instructor for your kids, I recommend Sarah without any reservation!!!
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Almira N. July 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is awesome for my 2 kids. They started about one and a half years ago and they have progressed through about 5 different song books already. She adapts to the strenght of each, and she keeps them focused with a variety of activities: individual piano song practicing, duets, paper tests, learning to recognize famous classical music parts. She totally connects with the kids, and succesfully pushes them with a firm and fun grip. Great teacher!
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Jeffrey Danks May 31, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is very professional and learning to play the violin with her is fun.
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Sarah K.

Sarah K.

San Diego, CA 92122
(17)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Erin C.

Poway, CA

I teach everything from beginner to advanced, basics to shifting, vibrato, theory, and technique. I teach classical, religious, fiddle, and pop. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, etc. I help students with their school orchestral music and audition pieces also.

About Erin

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.
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Brittnea S. May 19, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Easy to work with, friendly, patient ,and knowledgeable,
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Priscilla M. May 5, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Erin is a great teacher! She believes her students can rise to the occasion. She's very motivating and patient which has helped my daughter greatly.
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Kevin M. April 28, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Erin was a great teacher! She challenged me to be better every lesson, and her teaching style for someone who had never played an instrument before was great!
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Erin C.

Erin C.

Poway, CA 92064
(23)
starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Kevin K.

Del Mar, CA

Classical violin to improvisation technique

About Kevin

Kevin received his Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory. He has been playing the piano since the age of five and received awards in competitions, including a gold prize in Korea National-Level Sonatina Competition at the age of nine, and first place in Certificate of Merit Sonata Festival Competition in 2009. He has also appeared as a soloist, playing a piano concerto with a live orchestra in his youth. As a violinist, he has performed with Youth Engedi, a nine-member string ensemble, in various venues like John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. As a composer, one of his o
rchestral compositions "Soaring Over the Vast Expanse" was premiered in front of an audience of over nine-thousand by Boston Landmarks Orchestra at an outdoor concert at Hatch Shell, Boston. Kevin has a deep passion for teaching, volunteering as an English and math tutor at a local elementary school and teaching piano and violin privately since the beginning of his college years. Discovering his desire to be in a helping profession, Kevin is currently a post-baccalaureate pre-medical student, at San Diego State University, hoping to become a medical doctor. Kevin also volunteers to play the piano at a local hospital, once every week, for the guests who are waiting for their loved ones to finish surgery.

Even though I am fully capable of teaching piano at a high standards, I know that many of my students are not seeking to become the next greatest concert pianist of the century. Since I was little, I played the piano out of love. My most important mission as a teacher is to spread that love of piano and hope that the piano will always be an enjoyment in my students' lives.

I can teach piano, chord piano, composition, music theory, and violin.
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Rachel P. July 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Next month will be my son's 4th month learning piano from Kevin. Right now, he's taking two lessons a week for 45 minutes each. One day he plays piano and the other day he learns theory. My son is only 8 years old and it's only been a couple months, but I can already see so much improvement! He really enjoys playing the piano! Kevin is also very easy to talk to. A lot of the other teachers nearby are much older and some of the well known ones are not too comfortable with English. We are definitely going to continue lessons for a long time!
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Sarah M. July 29, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I took classical piano lessons from somebody else before going to Kevin, and I can confirm that he is a great instructor. He was very helpful and approachable (maybe because he wasn't as old as my previous teacher). The only reason why I give him 4 stars instead of 5 is because he was almost too nice and didn't crack down on me enough for not practicing sometimes. I'm just the type of person who needs some more discipline, but that might just be me.
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Andy K. July 29, 2015
Accompaniment · In studio
Learned a lot in just a few months. Highly recommend
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Kevin K.

Kevin K.

Del Mar, CA 92014
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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George M.

San Diego, CA

Russian born American highly professional violin/piano teacher (San Diego).

About George

Russian born American highly professional violin/piano teacher (San Diego).
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George M. September 19, 2014
Piano · In studio
Moji L., Hong Kong 09/05/2014
George is truly a music professional with a heart for his students. Music is his passion. He writes, performs and teaches music with his heart and mind, gaining respect from peers, friends and students everywhere he goes, and enjoys his work. His music career spans globally, with major footprints in Boston, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Shanghai, San Diego and many other cities around the world. He is inclusive, caring, fun to be with and very well-trained musically.
My daughter, Crystal, was admitted to Walnut Hill Music School of Boston 1 year ago and has flair very well.. Crystal's significant progress in music was principally attributable to George's dedication in his teaching to her for more than 5 years in Shanghai. In Shanghai, new students queued up to have the opportunities to receiving violin and piano classes from George. We are so lucky to have known George and his family. George made every music class a wonderful experience to his students. His students, many became followers, love his teachings and philosophies of life ... they will be shared with the passion George has in music from the very first minute of meeting with him, his good sense of humour and be trained to enjoy music.
Many many of George students made their ways to top music conservatories across the world. Some simply learned to enjoy music more in life ... George is the Number 1 music teacher, a fine gentleman with a good heart, in my opinion.
We missed him dearly in Shanghai and wish him all the Very Best in the US !!
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George M. September 19, 2014
Violin · In studio
Ms. H., Shanghai 08/25/2014
George is one of the world's top violinists and teachers. His students have won world-class, international competitions and been accepted with scholarships to prestigious schools such as Menuhin. My daughter (now aged 15) was fortunate to be accepted as Mr. George's student for almost 3 years in Shanghai. Her progress was rapid and remarkable, to the level where she is now invited to be a part-time member of a professional orchestra and the conservatory in Shanghai. All attributed to George. If you have the talent and alacrity to apply yourself, George will mold you into a top violinist. If he accepts you, consider this a true honor and reflection of your potential.
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George M. September 19, 2014
Violin · In studio
Miranda, Cambridge, UK on 07/06/2014
Our entire family is delighted to highly recommend Mr. George as both a violin and piano teacher. He is simply one of the most talented violin (and piano) teachers in the world. He is a highly gifted and accomplished performer who has a special ability to explain the intricacies of playing so his students understand. He uses highly effective, colorful language in his teaching and he works tirelessly and patiently to guide each student through their studies. As is rare today, he not only provides students with flawless technical skills, most importantly he nurtures their musicality.
He has inspired many students to pursue careers in music and each has reached their goals of getting into great programs. George sets high expectations for all of his students and they all take pride in being a part of a special studio under the guidance of a uniquely talented teacher. His studio feels like a family and all students support one another.
After studying with George for over four years in Shanghai, our older daughter was accepted into The Yehudi Menuhin School, where she currently studies, The Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy (offered a place immediately following her audition with a full scholarship) and The Royal College. Our younger daughter was accepted into The Royal Academy of Music Primary Academy, and she was also offered places as the Music Scholar at 7 senior schools in the UK this year. We credit these successes to the strong foundation gained under George's tutelage in Shanghai for so many years.
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George M.

San Diego, CA 92129
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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