By Erin C. - San Diego Violin Teacher
As an instructor teaching violin lessons in San Diego, CA with over 10 years teaching experience, I want to express my love for the violin. Violin has been a part of my life since I was about 5 or 6 years old. During the summer of my senior year of high school I took my violin on a mission trip to Honduras, Central America. The music changed lives and in turn changed mine and the way I look at music. It was then I knew I wanted to continue with violin and use my talent to help others through teaching and ministry.
I often ask my students why they chose to take violin lessons over any other instrument. Some respond “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” others say “I want to play beautiful melodies,” and for the young ones it’s usually “I want to play the fast, hard parts.” What parents and students alike don’t always count on is how long it will take to achieve those goals. I ask my beginner students and their parents to try it for three months before deciding anything. Violin is an amazing instrument but you must be willing to learn correct posture, coordination, rhythm, note reading, and different styles and techniques of bowing to achieve the truly beautiful sounds of the violin. Now I’m not saying it’s too hard, but like any instrument, academic, or other extracurricular activity “Practice makes perfect.”
Students, set goals and determine in your minds not to give up and to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals. Parents, I encourage you to take an interest in your student’s music education, it will help them learn. Be a vital part of achieving their goal. Being involved is as simple as showing up to lessons, taking notes, asking questions that enable you to help them practice at home.
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I am an outgoing, positive teacher who has a passion for music and for sharing this passion with students in a fun and relatable way. I don't approach every student the same way - as unique individuals, I learn about the student's goals and personality, and will create customized lessons based on the information and relationship we form. Knowledge of the instrument, music theory, and basic fundamentals are building blocks of any lesson, but the sky is the limit!!
I have had the opportunity to instruct students of all ages and abilities. My skills as a soloist, and orchestra member allow me to teach a wide variety of repertoires. I work with my students by using the Suzuki method and European traditional fundamental method together. Also I believe by using scale books and etudes books to help building solid techniques. In addition, I use wide selection of violin solo music to work on development in musicality.
During the lesson, I play along with my students , which is very helpful for their ear training. Communication is important between the student and the teacher. I encourage my students to ask questions , and I will answer them in details.
My goal is to help my students to enjoy playing the violin and perform the music with confidence.
Maestro Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction. Winning the latest SDMA Music Awards, he uses a multi-instrumental approach to learning individual instruments to attain a wider musical scope. He is very warm and charming, adapting to individual personalities and bringing out the unique style of his students. No wonder so many have succeeded under his guidance.
As a teacher, I aim to keep lessons fun and motivating. As musician, I emphasize technique, intonation, and beautiful tone production!
I begin new violin students by first by introducing proper posture and instrument care. From here, I introduce songs by ear using the Mimi Zweig pedagogy method - a system that encompass a simultaneous teaching of finger dexterity, technique, rhythm, music theory, ear training, and composition. As appropriate for the student's level and always with encouragement, repertoire difficulty is increased.
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