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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

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!!

About Regina

I was inspired to play the violin after seeing the local middle school orchestra perform when I was 8 years old. Since beginning group violin lessons the following school year, I have been consistently involved in developing my passion for and involvement in music in versatile ways -participating in many classical orchestras and ensembles, interning at 91X radio station during college,
and performing as a session musician and live string performer in the San Diego music scene.

In 2010, I graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Pre-Therapeutic Psychology from Point Loma Naza
rene University. In addition to teaching lessons, I play for weddings, parties, and other events, and can be found rocking out on stage in acoustic world punk band QUEL BORDEL!

I teach from more traditional methods and use my personal history to provide a well-rounded learning experience. I enjoy sharing the beauty and creativity of classical music, Irish/world music, hymns/religious pieces, as well as contemporary songs.

My approach to teaching is very holistic, helping to create for each of student a solid foundation of music theory, history, note-reading, and technique while also exposing them to a variety of pieces and genres so they can be better prepared to explore what most interests them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, music stand, tuner, metronome, flashcards, etudes and exercises, various sheet music, etc.
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Madison P. March 11, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Regina is AMAZING!!! My daughter is 15 and just loves her, and her teaching style! Can't wait for more lessons!! :)
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Savvy N. December 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 8 year old daughter is loving music, and music lessons with Regina.
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Troy December 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Regina teaches wonderfully. My eight year old new to music daughter loves her lessons with Regina. And, is eager to practice the lessons assigned each week. Regina is a positive influence in my daughter's life. And, that is what this father is always striving to provide her. Thank you, Regina
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Regina B.

Regina B.

San Diego, CA 92110
(5)
starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA

Collaboration is very important to Mikhail, he sees his students also as his collaborators working together to create amazing works of sound. He spends part of the live practice lesson professing the deep intricacies and traditions of instrumental techniques, which are important for the subjective elements of music such as reading, pitch, tone, and rhythm, techniques, playing your favorite song of choice etc. and the other part of the lesson guiding the student to Compose their own original works and Recording in the recording studio, sometimes even adding other artists, and uploading to youtube and connecting the students musical practice to the real world.

About Mikhail

Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction. With the help of modern technology for recording and teaching materials, he helps his students and friends achieve their goals in electronic composition and string instruments such as Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano. Using a broad range of styles, and techniques, he makes music simple and fun for all ages! He provides a beautiful space for an artist to flourish no matter which direction they choose to take!

In 2014 he received an SDMA Music Award for Best Americana Album on violin and cello and another nomination in a differe
nt style in the same year.

Collaboration is very important to Mikhail, he sees his students also as his collaborators working together to create amazing works of sound. He spends part of the live practice lesson professing the deep intricacies and traditions of instrumental techniques, which are important for the subjective elements of music such as reading, pitch, tone, rhythm techniques, and playing your favorite song of choice with the other part of the lesson guiding the student to perform, and/or compose and arrange original and covered works with techniques in Live Recording in his recording studio. Collaborations with other artists do occur, and uploading music to youtube and connecting the students' musical practice to the real world is commonplace in Mikhail's studio.

He has also taught such modern classical/ pop virtuosos and prodigies such as Annelle Gregory, Vasi Hunton, and more!

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 this; Stravinsky, Bartok, Gershwin, and Piazzolla flourished under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, and they did so by nurturing the inner 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 is directly related to the great jazz pianist, Leonid Chizhik, and his personal viol training is traced back to Beethoven through Fritz Kreisler who was one of his teachers' teachers' teachers.

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), John 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 director at the Creative and Performing Arts Academy Orchestra. What could be a greater learning experience than being tossed into the deep end 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 youtube by going to the channel titled by his name also know as TheMishaChannel!

Mikhail has also composed the first half of the flimscore of a short film "Picture This" for an NBC commercial by Macintosh Films.

Some of his former and current students are flourishing into great acclaim. For more info and videos please feel free to check out Mikhail's profile on Youtube.
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Kaska K. April 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 3.5 year old and I Love our lessons with Mikhail! He is very professional, great with kids and adults, intuitive, and just a wonderful human being to spend time with. I highly suggest him as an instructor.
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Levven K. April 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 3.5 year old and I Love our lessons with Mikhail! He is very professional, great with kids and adults, intuitive, and just a wonderful human being to spend time with. I highly suggest him as an instructor.
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Abby March 17, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
First of all, when we arrived to the location, we didn't know where to park, or which unit he was in. I tried to call and text him but without a response. Had to call the takelessons company to get the unit number he was in. He seemed knowledgeable and kind and willing to work with my daughter's needs but personality-wise is not a good fit for her. Will have to try someone else.
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Mikhail B.

Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA 92116
(20)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Mary O.

San Diego, CA

About Mary

One of my earliest memories is of listening to my older sister practice her violin. My mom used to have her play for me when I cried. It always worked to help me feel better, and music has the same effect on me to this day! I remember wishing I was old enough to play myself, and I was very excited when I started playing the piano when I was still in Kindergarten. Along with taking orchestra classes in school and attending fine arts camp over the summers, I took private lessons throughout high school. I have had the pleasure of playing with several orchestras and symphonies, including the
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra in San Diego. Although most of my training has been in classical music, I have expanded my horizons to include Blues, Rock, Celtic, and Country music. I have had a wide variety of experiences on stage and in the studio, and I have had fun sharing my knowledge with students of all ages!

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For the past year I have had the pleasure of teaching private violin and music lessons with Take Lessons and at the Chula Vista Academy of Music. While enjoying the benefits of being a musician and private music teacher, I have also spent the last twenty years working as an elementary school teacher. I currently have a Special Education credential, and most of my experience has been with teaching students, with special needs, in small groups or on an individual basis. My classroom experience has taught me to be patient and to persevere. I have been successful at helping many students overcome challenges to meet their potential.
My approach is positive in which I focus on student's strengths and give praise. The curriculum is simple and sequential so that students may build on prior skills. One of my greatest goals is that students feel successful every step of way! I believe my love of music is contagious.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom condo...big space in in dining room...keyboard, Yamaha...88 weighted keys

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to provide an instrument, music, and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained as a classical violinist, but I have experience with several types of music, including Blues, Rock 'n Roll, Irish, Country music.
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Michelle April 28, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Mary has been an excellent and patient teacher! As an Adult with no prior experience it is scary to think about learning something new but she makes it easy and I feel accomplished in just a few short weeks. I would highly recommend her.
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MindyL1 January 29, 2012
awesome!

She's so friendly! Went at my own pace. Looked forward to her lessons.
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Mary O.

San Diego, CA 92108
(2)
starting at
$25 / 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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Elba McCullough January 26, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Our 6 year old daughter, Shayla, has had such a wonderful experience taking lessons from Miss Alethia. Miss Alethia is very patient and has a way of communicating with our daughter so that she grasps and understands the music and notes. Most importantly, our daughter looks forward to her lessons and voluntarily practices almost every day.
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Luna S. January 13, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter likes her a lot. Great instructor!
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andres A. September 27, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
It's my 4th lesson...and I am so happy with my progress ! I'm learning so much ! Today...I got a much better understanding of Flats and Sharps and quarter notes, 8th notes, 16th notes, dotted quarter, dotted 8th, and triplets. She drew a diagram that made it so much easier to understand ! For Homework...I'll be practicing a music piece with a metronome..first time !!! Learning to play the violin is is a lot of fun...!!! Alethia is a great Teacher !!!
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Alethia E.

Alethia E.

San Diego, CA 92123
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Souaad N.

Spring Valley, CA

My main focus of study for violin lessons is classical music. The student will learn: proper technique, music theory, music history, to sight-read, tune the violin on his/her own, solos, collaborate with other musicians, how to conduct, and how to prepare for an audition. I take the lessons at the student's learning pace, and I challenge them to get past mental barriers.

About Souaad

Hello there, curious musician to be!

I am a competitive individual and I like to challenge and to be challenged. I started playing violin when I was 10 and have performed with several Honors Orchestras, mariachis, as well as some professional groups. My Junior and Senior year of high school I was honored to be Concertmaster.

I began my classical vocal training at San Diego State University in Spring of 2012. I was trained as a Soprano and an Alto because of my coachability, and versatility. Since then I have worked with several talented and dynamic directors throughout my training expe
rience. I have attended the annual San Diego Summer Choral Festival under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders, which consisted of an intensive choral training weekend followed by performances. I am also part of a growing professional choir in San Diego called Pro Arte Voices, which recently debuted its first CD in December '14 (!!). Lastly, I am a strong advocate for the arts in our community and am very proud to be a teacher. In the near future I have plans of developing a music program for underprivileged youth, which would incorporate choir, orchestra and band. I look forward to making music with you soon :)
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Sarah W. May 2, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
This was my 13-year-old niece's first singing lesson, but she responded very positively to her teacher and said she was "so nice!" My niece is a rather shy girl,and this was a very positive response from her.
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Gideon C. April 10, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
So far so good. One lesson down and a lot more to go. You can always tell if you want to continue doing or learning something from someone after the first time. I felt very comfortable, engaged and I can say I am ready for this journey and hopefully be able to recreate something beautiful.
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Bonnie T. February 24, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Good teacher
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Souaad N.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
(12)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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