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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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Betsy F.

San Diego, CA

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.

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 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.
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Sadella M. August 6, 2016
Singing · 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.
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Annmarie Seaman February 17, 2016
Viola · 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.
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PAMELA H. January 8, 2016
Singing · 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.
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Betsy F.

Betsy F.

San Diego, CA 92121
(19)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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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

Mikhail helps his students and friends achieve their musical goals within a broad scope of styles, instruments, and genres. He has done so for many years for thousands of individuals through highly established commercial institutions and via private instruction. He is qualified to do so based on his level of expertise determined by his academic degree, and his real world experience verified by his membership with music groups, concerts, gigs, audio/video recordings, and music awards such as his 2014 Best Americana album award at the SDMA music awards in violin and cello.

Furthermore, althou
gh he has the training in traditional classical, he has crossed over to many other styles such as latin, jazz, rock, pop, fiddle, gypsy, Irish, Folk, 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. He may also suggest to go through at least 7 of the Suzuki method books for his beginning students. However, he does realize that reading orchestral music and formal classical training is not for everybody and does offer several different alternative approaches.

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 in various other styles even fiddle.

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 was concertmaster of the St.Bartholomew orchestra for several years around 2007.

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 Film

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

Mikhail currently travels to his students at the comfort of their home.
He is also offering lessons possibly from a professional music store facility in Poway as well.

Please, also note the common courtesy for cancellations is at least 1 week's notice.

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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.
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Maria July 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, fun!
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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.

La Mesa, CA 91942
(25)
starting at
$36 / 30-min
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Nader T.

San Diego, CA

In my one hour of comprehensive teaching, students learn extensively the techniques of the violin, including tone production, vibrato, musicality and pieces of music which are chosen from standard violin literature or Suzuki books. The whole idea is to get students to look at the whole learning process as a fun activity, and very soon they acquire the ability to produce beautiful sounds, correct intonation and strong vibrato. In addition to the above, I conduct some some ear-training exercises to improve intonation as well.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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
(5)
starting at
$55 / 60-min
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Marta B.

San Diego, CA

Any level violin students, starting age 5 and on. Methods: Royal Conservatory, Traditional, Suzuki, non-classical

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.
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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.
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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
(2)
starting at
$36 / 30-min
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Alethia E.

San Diego, CA

I use many methods of teaching including Suzuki, Kodaly and traditional teaching in order to accommodate each student's learning needs. I am very flexible and more than happy to discuss teaching methods and/or special needs with parents and students.

About Alethia

Growing up I was raised in a home full of music. My father, a graduate of the Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Musica (National conservatory of Superior Music) played piano day and night and from there my love for music blossomed. My first experience with music was at the age of 8 when I began to take piano lessons from my father. I decided to switch to violin when I was 12. I was introduced to violin thanks to the Waldorf School of San Diego and have played in the orchestra throughout all of middle school. After 8th grade I was accepted into Young Artist Symphony and played with them until
2011. My education in orchestras continued with USD Chamber Orchestra, and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. I began to teach at the Waldorf School as an assistant orchestra teacher in 2011, and have since been teaching privately as well.

My goals when teaching is to teach the appropriate techniques in order to play violin successfully and to hopefully inspire love and appreciation for music. In my experience I have learned that every student has a different way of learning therefore it is important to adjust to every student's needs. Learning should be fun but it should also be disciplined, it is important to understand that there is a time for fun and a time to be serious when learning.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me!
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michelle September 10, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
she's amazing, she works with you and makes sure you are getting the best lesson you can. appreciate her.
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Sophia September 2, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Best instructor ever. Very patient.
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Hannah C. August 29, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Athlie has been a wonderful teacher for my 13 years old daughter she enjoying learn new thing Athlie.
She's very knowledgeable and is able to pass that knowledge on in clear language and examples.
We're glad we found her!
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Alethia E.

Alethia E.

San Diego, CA 92123
(13)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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