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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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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