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The Reasons I Love Violin

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.

If you are between the ages of 3-99 and interested in taking local violin lessons, I encourage you to view our teacher’s bios. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, our San Diego TakeLessons Violin Teachers will customize lessons to fit your needs.

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Regina B. San Diego, CA

About Regina

Regina became inspired to play the violin after seeing her local middle school orchestra perform when she was 8. Since starting the following school year, she has been consistently involved in developing her passion and involvement in music. She has been a part of many classical orchestras and small ensembles, performed as both a recording and live string musician in the San Diego rock scene, and interned at local station 91X. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Pre-Therapeutic Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2010. She teaches music at schools and a local community music center in San Diego, as well as violin, viola, and piano to students in her own private studio. Regina is also a member of the City Ballet Orchestra, has co-founded a live music ...

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Fernanda L. November 27, 2013
Viola
Verified Student
Charismatic teacher

My daughter is 6-years old and is taking viola lessons with Regina for some weeks now. My daughter finds the class interesting and she is enthusiastic with her progress. The instructor is charismatic, dynamic and didactic.
Betsy F. San Diego, CA

About Betsy

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 in 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 ...

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Regina B. May 22, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Betsy has been my daughters coach for about a year now, and she is wonderful. My daughter has learned so much in the past year, and now she's interested in singing, thanks to Betsy. Betsy has a wonderful spirit, she knows how to communicate on their level, and she makes them feel as though they can do anything. I also like her because she encourages kids to follow their dreams, and to do the right things, and we all know that it takes a village to raise a child. I would highly recommend Betsy!
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Ivana May 14, 2014
I have an audition tonight. I was very grateful that Betsy was able to help me with last minute suggestions. Betsy was available immediately which made the lesson possible. She is a wonderful voice teacher and helped me polish up my song. Thanks so much for making this format available. Linda
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Loan March 6, 2014
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Besty was very helpful and helped me with my technique which is pretty advanced. It's hard to find people who can teach people who have been playing for years lol...I can tell she has the understanding and the knowledge^^
Sang S. San Diego, CA

Beginner, intermediate and advanced.

About Sang

My name is Sang, I am a professional violinist for over 18 years. I have been playing with the San Diego Symphony, the Nova Chamber Orchestra. My private studio is in UTC, La Jolla. And I also teach for California Music Studio. I have given numerous recitals and philanthropic performances all over the San Diego areas. Please allow me to tell you a bit of my musical Career. In 1988 I received a full scholarship from Roosevelt University in Chicago to study music and violin. I currently hold a first violin position with the Chicago Grant Park Symphony in the summer season. I have been playing the violin since the age of 4. At the age of nine, I was accepted to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music. I performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in China and won most of the ...

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Coleen W. September 29, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
wonderful teacher

As an adult beginner, I was very nervous about beginning violin lessons. I've been taking lessons with Sang for about 15 months now and have loved every lesson. She is patient and has helped me progress farther than I thought I possible for me. Along with technique, she encourages me to learn and explore music beyond the etude books.
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MannyM July 17, 2012
Great violin teacher!!

Sang is very patient and encouraging. She's really good at explaining things and can see immediately where I need to improve (so I don't develop incorrect habits). I've learned so much in a relatively short amount of time. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a violin instructor!
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GarrettS November 11, 2011
Excellent Instructor

Sang is very patient and encouraging, and very understanding for those who are just beginning like myself. I would highly recommend her to others.
Mikhail B. San Diego, CA

1. Choose Instrument

VIOLIN CELLO PIANO ACCORDION GUITAR BASS COMPUTER VOICE MANDOLIN

2. Choose Type

Acoustic Electric Amplified Electronic Other

3. Choose Style

CLASSICAL | MODERN HITS | SPECIFIC SONG | JAZZ | LATIN

IRISH | GYPSY | OTHER FOLK | ROCK | ELECTRONIC | OTHER

4. Choose area of Focus

READ | IMPROVISE | CHORDS | LEADSHEET | BEGINNER'S NUMBERS

COMPOSE | BY EAR | TRAINING DRILLS

About Mikhail

As you read this please remember how awesome I am. Last year (2014) I Recorded violin and cello on an album which won a San Diego Music Award voted best "Americana Album" with a group called Midnight Pine. Albums Recorded: Played on a new album released March 2015 "Lion and the Lady" by Trent Hancock. Will probably win a San Diego music award this year. "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). Album with I-earth Music , a very active corporate world music band. My History: Born in the Soviet Union, came over in 1989... Was taught ...

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Brandi H. March 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor. Deals with a hyper 4 year old very well. Very patient and positive. After 1st lesson was very impressed with how well my child was doing. Mikhail makes it very easy to give a wonderful review
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Monte W. March 5, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
He's good people. Patient and helpful and not intimidating. Good times were had by all.
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Ronnie W. January 26, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
My children are both studying with Mikhail and they are so enthusiastic about their lessons with him (piano and cello.) They find his manner of instruction compelling and inspiring. Mikhail is so patient as he guides them through each lesson which always include technique, theory and an abundance of fun. He is a natural teacher with a talent for keeping children both engrossed and inspirited throughout each lesson. They leave each class feeling elated and looking forward to the following week's lesson. They are also motivated to practice throughout the week, excited to return with their progress. I would absolutely recommend Mikhail as an instructor for both children and adults, as I thoroughly enjoy the lessons, as well.
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 your 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 ...

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Karina E. March 26, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She is great!
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Karina E. February 27, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She is great!
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Andrew B. September 2, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful instructor. Teaches the low level basics through advanced compositions. My partner has progressed very well because of Sarah's instruction.
Madeline S. San Diego, CA

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.

About Madeline

Madeline S. is a violin performer and teacher currently working in San Diego County. With music teaching experience since 2009, Madeline enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. Madeline completed her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from San Diego State University, where she studied violin pedagogy techniques through her degree and the SDSU String Academy program. As adapted from her own experience, Madeline's teaching philosophy promotes a healthy posture, proper technique, ear training, music theory, and ultimately a fun and encouraging learning experience. As a performer, Madeline's recent performances include the premiere of the Mozart's Requiem Ballet with San Diego City Ballet as the principal second violin. In August of 2014, she will once again perform with

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Ellen W. August 11, 2014
Violin · In home
I am an experienced pianist and flutist, but I wanted to learn the violin for the sake of my soul! Ms. Madeline was able to craft a custom-designed lesson plan that perfectly matched my own needs and musical level. She is fun, laughs a lot, and the lesson flies by. I'm inspired to practice, and can't wait until our next lesson. I am especially impressed with her own level of musical ability, as I have seen her perform in numerous orchestra, ballet and opera performances. She is a gem!
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Sam H. July 18, 2014
Violin · In home
I played guitar in middle school and began to learn violin in 10th grade. Madeline helped me learn scales and studies, and encouraged me to practice by awarding me with special arrangements (my favorites being Lord of the Rings and the Legend of Zelda theme songs.) As a freshman in college now, I'm studying biology but still participating in a local community orchestra. Madeline made lessons fun, and helped me with my AP music theory homework too. Strongly recommended.
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Melonie B. June 30, 2014
Violin · In home
My daughter, 7 years old, started learning the violin about a year ago, and she absolutely loves her violin lessons with Ms. Madeline! Ms. Madeline is a patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable teacher. She even helped us buy our first violin! I strongly recommend her.

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