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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 lo
cal 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 entertainment company, and plays violin and sings in her two bands QUEL BORDEL! and The Plastic Revolution.

*** Lesson Details ***
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!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, music stand, tuner, metronome, flashcards, etudes and exercises, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach from more traditional methods (as opposed to Suzuki or the like), and use my personal experience to give my students a well-rounded learning experience. I have been in orchestras and small ensembles all my life and absolutely love classical music, but have also played Irish/Celtic music, hymns/religious pieces, and am in rock bands (pop/punk/alternative and gypsy/folk/kickstomp). I want each of my students to have a lot of different experiences to have that foundational knowledge and also to expose them to a variety of genres so that they can see what's out there and hone in on what they like best.
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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.
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Regina B.

Regina B.

San Diego, CA 92110
(1)
starting at
$38 / 30-min
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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 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 sing 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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Emma April 30, 2015
In studio
Verified Student
First day went very well.
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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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Betsy F.

Betsy F.

San Diego, CA 92117
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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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 playin
g 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 major national competitions.

I was a full time member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra between 1993-2010. I have performed in Germany, Austria and Cuba. Being an accomplished violinist has given me the opportunity to work with famous people such as Yoyo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra Jr, Doc Severinsen and Marvin Hamlisch to name a few.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Specialties ***
I work with my students by using Suzuki method, along with traditional fundamental methods. I will help them to develop music reading skills. Also I believe using scale books , etudes books to build solid techniques. In addition, I use wide selections of solo music ( from classical selections to popular music) to work on musicality. I encourage my student to communicate with me, all questions will be answered in detail. My goal is to train my students to perform with confidence.
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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.
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Sang S.

Sang S.

San Diego, CA 92122
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA

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.

About Mikhail

Mikhail Borisovsky is a professional music teacher by day, and a corporate gigging musician/composer and award-winning recording artist on the side. Some Musicians teach, but Mikhail puts teaching first, and just so happens to be an award-winning musician also.

Maestro Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction.

In 2014 he received an SDMA Music Award in multiple instruments.

He uses a multi-platform approach in teaching individual instruments to attain a wider musical scope. He is very warm and charming, adapting to individual personalities and bringing out th
e unique style of his students. No wonder so many have succeeded under his guidance.

So if you need a place to flourish musically, and where you won't be judged for your ever-changing musical choices then Mikhail is the guide for you.

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.

Here are some of the Albums Mikhail Recorded:

"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.

Here is a little about his History:

Mikhail was born in the Soviet Union, and came over with his family in 1989...

He was taught Violin by his Russian Gypsy Uncle.

As a teen, he was 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 UCSD music composition and performance degree, from mentors including Janos Negyesy (Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster), Chinary Ung (Grawemeyer Award winner), Aleck Karis (film piano), Andrew Infanti (piano), Steven Takasugi (composition), Jon Fonville (microtonal composition), Edwin Harkins (polyrhythm +world music performance), and Phil Larson (voice).

During his studies at the university, Mikhail was hired as a elementary, middle, and high school orchestra teacher and conductor of the Creative and Performing Arts Academy Orchestra. What could be a greater learning experience than being tossed into that world at 17 years old?

Excelling in that profession for the last 15 years he has taught at many schools and programs including the National City School District, CCPAA in El Cajon and Clairemont... Montessori school in La Jolla, Old Town Academy, and "Camp Wings" inspiring the underprivileged youth of Barrio Logan and National City.

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.

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

Some of Mikhail's compositions can also be found on soundcloud.

Mikhail has also composed the first half of the flimscore of a short film "Picture This" for an NBC commercial by Macintosh Films.
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Helene D. May 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is an incredible music teacher. Talk about patience - he has got it. Mikhail has a unique way of meeting his pupils where they are at. Sometimes I am heading into my lesson feeling like I'm not playing well enough and within minutes , I get from him that I'm doing just fine. Music lessons are more fun with Mikhail than I have had in previous attempts with others. Music lessons are fun and I am actually learning. Thanks Mikhail for being awesome.
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Amy H. May 8, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Yep, he's awesome! Mikhail is a well-rounded musician. His calm, patient demeanor as well as his unique teaching style makes learning very enjoyable.
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Ken W. April 27, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is definitely as awesome as his biography indicates.
He not only has experience with many different styles and genres of music but also understands their histories and origins.
Mikhail is exceptionally good at teaching challenging concepts in both music theory and violin technique that would otherwise be very difficult to learn. Since starting lessons with him I have noticed my ability to play the violin and to read music have both improved greatly.
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Mikhail B.

Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA 92116
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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 perfo
rmer, 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 Opera Neo, where she was principal second violin for their August 2013 performance of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. She has participated in music festivals around the world, such as Kastela Music Festival in Croatia as well as Bay View Music Festival in Michigan, where she performed as part of a string quartet in three concerts and as principle second violin in the opera production of Don Giovanni. Upon moving to San Diego, Madeline has played at venues such as Art Lab, Anthology Jazz Club, and the famous Sprekles Theatre. At Sprekles Theatre, she has performed with the San Diego City Ballet Orchestra in productions such as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Firebird, and The Nutcracker.

Aside from teaching and performing, Madeline provides string ensemble services for weddings and special occasions through her newly founded business as of 2014, Melodies by Madeline.
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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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Madeline S.

Madeline S.

San Diego, CA 92103
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starting at
$35 / 30-min

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