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Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA

Can't beat the selection of music, Mikhail's level of experience, reviews, personality, and value!!!

About 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.


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.



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.


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.


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


$36 for a half-hour slot
$50 for 45 minutes
$63 for an hour slot

15-minute lessons are available for low income qualifications.


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
Violin · In studio
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
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, fun!
Diane June 18, 2016
Fiddle · 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.
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Mikhail B.

Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA 92116
starting at
$32 / 15-min

Erin C.

Poway, CA

I teach beginner cello primarily using the Suzuki books, but supplement with other materials when needed. My students work on scales and rhythm constantly to improve their tone and musicality as well as technique. I teach classical, religious, fiddle, and more. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, and I work with students on their school orchestral and audition pieces.

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.


Michaela P. July 28, 2016
Violin · 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
Violin · 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
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Had a great first lesson and looking forward to more.
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Erin C.

Erin C.

Poway, CA 92064
starting at
$38 / 30-min

Nader T.

San Diego, CA

I teach cello from beginning to lower stage of intermediate level. I make it fun and enjoyable to learn songs and play them with high level of expression, musicality and strong vibrato. In order to achieve those goals, I work with you patiently to play scales, arpeggios, etudes and songs from different sources, among them Suzuki books.

About Nader

I am a violinist and composer. I have trained more than 400 students in more than twenty five years of teaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson includes scales, arpeggios, etudes and a new piece of music. I emphasize on correct intonation, accurate rhythm and strong vibrato for better expression and thorough musicality.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio at my home is a spacey room that is properly ventilated and well lit, possessing enough chairs available for both my students and possible guests. There are two music stands and an electric Suzuki piano, which can be used for accom
paniment in our lessons, especially in preparation for upcoming concerts.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a 2012 Toyota Corolla car, with a trunk that has ample space to house and carry my instruments and music stands as they are needed.

*** Specialties ***
Patience and communicating in an effective way and encouraging students to practice without regarding such a task as a chore.


E. Hafezi May 6, 2016
Cello · In home
Nader is well experience and professional cello teacher.
I'm recommending Nader if you guys looking for cello teacher.
Erin H. August 26, 2014
Violin · In studio
Mr. Nader is a wonderful teacher who truly cares about his students. He is kind, patient, and funny. When I first started taking lessons from Mr. Nader, I didn't know how to read the notes, let alone play the violin. But through his patience and encouragement I have drastically improved and have come to really enjoy playing the violin. Mr. Nader is very well educated and knowledgeable about a variety of different kinds of music and the history of music. I am very fortunate to have found such a wonderful instructor.
Cory B. August 18, 2014
Cello · In studio
Nader has taught cello to my 10 year old son, Caleb for the last 2 years. During in this time, Caleb has made amazing progress. Nader challenges Caleb in a way that builds excitement for music and confidence to excel at his instrument. I can imagine that music lessons and practice can become a chore, but Nader's patience, positive attitude, enthusiasm, and method of teaching keeps Caleb engaged and excited to play the cello. Caleb has truly benefited from the way that Nader engages him each and every time they meet. Nader is a very good listener so that Caleb always feels heard. His questions and concerns are addressed. I give Nader my highest recommendation not only because Caleb has made such good progress, but also because Nader has made the cello very rewarding and enjoyable for Caleb.
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Nader T.

Nader T.

San Diego, CA 92121
starting at
$55 / 60-min

Sarah L.

San Diego, CA

Lessons and practice plans are tailored to meet the age, personality and interests of the student.

About Sarah

Students usually work on:

1) 1-3 points of specific technical focus
2) scales with variations
3) exercises to develop dexterity and bow control
4) current pieces
5) review pieces
6) something just for fun

*Scheduling recommendations and motivational tools support consistent practicing.
*Clear guidelines and a variety of ways to practice provide both structure and interest for daily working.
*New concepts reflect the unique learning journey of the individual.
*Carefully selected pieces reflect the student's interests and temperament.
*Stories and images help to uncover layers of
"meaning" behind the music.
*The student plays duets with teacher and/or chamber music whenever possible.


Meg R. January 25, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is infinitely nice, patient and encouraging. Recommend!
Tim January 1, 2016
Cello · In studio
Sarah is a skilled cellist, a caring person, and an excellent teacher.

I am an advanced adult student who is returning to cello after playing for 6+ years as a child. Sarah has proven highly qualified to teach advanced technique. It is also very apparent that her patient and positive manner is very suitable for children and beginners as well.

She selects songs that are fun to play, showcase my strengths, and help to improve my weaknesses. Each lesson she focuses on just a couple key points, which has helped to keep me productive without becoming overwhelmed. I have learned a lot and had fun along the way!
Hiram S. December 12, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor, personalized service, very nice teacher. My 10-year-old daughter is having a blast with her!
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Diego, CA 92122
starting at
$15 / 15-min

Marta B.

San Diego, CA

Beginner level Cello students. Traditional or Suzuki methods

About Marta

I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I recently returned from living and performing in Japan for a year, ready to resume teaching again. I've been teaching privately and in group classes for over 20 years, both traditional and Suzuki methods. I have over 25 years of performance experience in classical music. I'm also very active in the non-classical scene I've performed with celebrities like Rihanna, Steve Wonder, Trisha Yearwood and local artists, from modern flamenco to jazz, pop, rock. I'm a recording artist and speciali
ze in improvisation and creative collaborations.

The philosophy is to guide students' musical and educational growth through well rounded and personally tailored instruction that emphasizes practicing strategies in technical facility, musicality, history, theory and music appreciation. My students enjoy discovering and strengthening their talents through my encouragement-oriented and patient guidance. I accept students of any level, starting from age 5 to adults. My students have won auditions to youth orchestras and colleges and some are now professional musician themselves. Whether you are learning for pleasure or for life goals, my studio is open to all.


Anne van Casteren June 16, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Marta is a great Cello teacher! She is very flexible, patient, kind, and great at adjusting the lessons to whatever kind of music you want learn to play. She made my experience as an adult beginner a great one. Btw, did I mention she knows a lot about multiple(!) instruments.
Zlata S. August 15, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marta is great! Really flexible and really helpful! Love it!
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Marta B.

Marta B.

San Diego, CA 92107
starting at
$36 / 30-min

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