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Molly W. Encino, CA

I teach young children via the Suzuki method which emphasizes a step by step approach to learning the instrument and also includes a parent in learning along side the student. The parent becomes the teacher in the home environment and is a student during the lesson. For adults I offer fiddling or classical instruction and coaching.

About Molly

A lover of cats, kids, and music, I started taking Suzuki violin lessons at age six, finishing all ten books before the end of high school. I added guitar, guitar variants such as ukulele, cuatro, and tiple, and percussion during my Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at U.T. Austin and began teaching world music, piano, and theory at L.A. Trade Tech College in 2002. I performed for several years with the Cal Arts Balinese gamelan, Burat Wangi and moved to New York to perform with the local chamber pop ensemble Kotorino in 2008. It was there that I started teaching individual lessons on violin and guitar before moving back to my natal LA to take the Suzuki book 1 training with Liz Arbus. I have many years of experience performing in world and pop music ensembles and have a deep love for ...

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Virginia C. January 21, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
A fan of Molly

Our kids ( ages 4 and 7) have been taking guitar and violin lessons from Molly in our home in Woodland Hills. I can not express how wonderfully skilled and professional Molly is, always arriving on time and prepared. She engages our children at their level and understands the need to incorporate play with the younger kids. Most importantly, Molly has an extra-ordinary way of showing kids how to love music while teaching them the foundations of music. We enjoy working with Molly and would love to have her teach music to our family for many years to come.
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Ellen B. December 3, 2013
Violin
Wonderful musician and kind person

I've sung with Molly for a couple of years now, and she is a wonderful musician, a kind person, and a delight to work with. She knows how to keep things fun while also working to accomplish goals. She loves kids, loves teaching kids, and works hard to be sure that they love learning music. I can recommend her for teaching any instrument or music theory to anyone.
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Elena D. November 5, 2013
Songwriting
Great with kids, calm, focused and fun

I have been working with Molly for 8 years, in her first music project "B is for Baroness", and recently playing and writing songs with her for the music project "Peach & Knife". She is an amazing and talented violinist, singer and composer, and being a beautiful soul, she is a great teacher, particularly with kids. Calm, creative and passionate about learning from everyone, her students as well and the professionals she encounters on her path.
I highly recommend her. I believe her positive and fun attitude can really nurture beginner students as well as more experienced musicians.
Travis H. Los Angeles, CA

I teach all levels!

About Travis

I grew up in Los Angeles and went on to attend the University of Redlands .While at University, I played in the University Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to violin, I also studied jazz guitar, so classical music is definitely not the only musical style I am familiar with. I am lucky enough to study with Jeanne Skrocki, who is currently the Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony. My musical experience with violin is not confined to classical! I also have experience with other styles, including Irish folk music and bluegrass. While classical is my bread and butter, I can take a more rounded approach in terms of exposure to musical styles if desired. *** Lesson Details *** My approach to ...

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lida B. May 1, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
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Travis had been teaching my 10 years old for 4 months now.
he's very patient and nice. my daughter is learning a lot from him.
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Ceagal S. April 6, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
The best music teacher!!

My 11-year-old son has been taking violin lessons with Travis for a couple months now and loves it! Travis always has a smile on his face, comes on time, and is professional. My son had zero experience with this instrument before; so it was important for me to find a teacher who is patient, and Travis definitely is. He has a good sense for when his students are ready for a little push or need some extra attention in some spots. I highly recommend him!
Carmen S. Malibu, CA

About Carmen

Carmen has been teaching music for 10 years to children and adults, from age 4 to 50. She is able to teach many genres of music to all levels of musicianship, whether beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn Mozart or Coldplay, Aretha Franklin or Joni Mitchell . Her style of teaching utilizes the classical approach of theory and sight reading, but MOST IMPORTANTLY allows the student to explore the instrument freely while also achieving good musicianship. Having fun while honing the craft is the way to an enduring love of playing and is a principle she always uses in her lessons. Carmen has a special gift with very young children; she is able to keep children interested, engaged, inspired and challenged. She has a patience with children that is extraordinary because she ...

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RachelR1 September 8, 2011
Carmen is great!
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ChristineA November 2, 2010
Our daughter is loving every minute of her lessons! She cannot wait for the next meeting!
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DarrilynnL October 5, 2010
Piano Lessons with Carmen

Carmen was a fantastic instructor! When I need more lessons I will definitely return to her! She knows music and she caters to your needs and abilities. Thanks again Carmen :-)
Tigran N. Granada Hills, CA

About Tigran

Noted violinist and gifted educator. Studied with H. Harutyunyan and V. Khachatryan, students of the great violinist L. Kogan. Tigran N. has been teaching Violin and Viola to students of all ages for over 15 years. He received his Master's degree in Music Performance from The Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia and his Bachelor of Music from Babajanyan State Music College. In addition to teaching, he has performed and recorded with several orchestras, has composed and arranged several pieces including his own album. He is a highly educated individual who enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with students interested in learning. Teaching is my passion and I thoroughly love what I am doing. Every single child is special to me and every one receives special attention.

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Anna F. February 14, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
I really have loved taking lessons with Tigran N. I just began this year with him after completing a masters in music from a private college. I have learned so much already. I leave each lesson wanting to work harder and the best part is that he gives me great tips on exactly HOW to practice so I can get the most out of my practice time. It's been a great experience and I am so thankful for the way he challenges me and gives helpful criticism so that I can become a better violinist.
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Elise R. January 22, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Our son is taking violin lessons from Tigran. We absolutely love him. Tigran comes to our home every week and we have complete trust in him. He is extremely kind and patient and has an amazing teaching style. Our son has only had about 7 months of lessons and each month he has tremendous growth. He is 18 years old and has never had a violin lesson until now. He practices without us having to tell him and he looks forward each week to his lessons with Tigran----That speaks volumes about Tigran as a teacher. We highly recommend him as a teacher and a friend.
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Maddie R. September 7, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My 11 yr old son has been playing violin for a while with the same teacher, and we decided to change teachers to learn other techniques and to pique his interest. We have been with Tigran for almost two months now and there has been a significant
improvement with my son's playing. He seem to acquire back his enthusiasm and passion for playing. He plays with our community Youth Orchestra on the 1st violin
and sits on the 4th chair before starting with Tigran, now he was advanced to the 2nd chair. We are grateful to Tigran for his patience and time. He is very accommodating with his schedule and goes out of his way in teaching my son, on top of it all he is very professional. We would highly recommend him as a great violin teacher.
James T. Van Nuys, CA

I started playing Violin at age five which lead me to study a bachelor of performing arts at WAAPA, Australia.

From there my music has taken me all around the world, playing in Orchestras in Australia, Europe and now America. The US government granted me an extraordinary ability visa in music, recognizing me as one of the best performers from my home country which allows me to teach and perform music in America.

I love passing on my knowledge to new students to help them grow as musicians, nothing is more satisfying to see someone learn how to play an instrument and watch them really enjoy the process.

About James

I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and most recently, the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18. I have played in trios, quartets, as a soloist, and many orchestral ensembles playing major concertos, ...

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Stephanie B. March 15, 2015
Violin · Online
I've always wanted to play the Violin, but finding the time was always an issue for me. Everyone I know who plays an instrument always comments on the hours of practice they have put in. The way James teaches is just incredible! Everything is broken down into easily understandable techniques and it has taken a lot less time that I ever imagined to be able to play the songs I love! After just a few lessons I was even able to play songs that my friends recognise, and everyone's really impressed with my new skills. I'd highly recommend having lessons with James, his patience and understanding are unsurpassed and his approach is just perfect. You'll enjoy every minute!
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Amy V. March 10, 2015
Piano · In home
James has been teaching me piano for some time now. I've gone from a complete beginner to finally being able to play my favorite songs. I really never thought it was possible! He makes the lessons fun but at the same time informative so I always
know what to practice and I'm never left confused!
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Elijah G. March 9, 2015
Violin · Online
As an older student, I was stuck on the notion that my ability to play piano was just a dream that more than likely couldn't come to fruition. To my surprise, I was proven wrong quite quickly. Not only was I able learn the proper posture quickly, but James, being ever so patient, led me through a step process that made it clear to me what I needed to do in order play.

Upon recalling my prior instructors in youth, I don't think I remember having such a kind and adept teacher to instruct me. I really do believe that in less capable hands I would not have accomplished nearly what I have so far. Because of James, I am actually learning how to play the violin; something up until him, I thought was never going to happen. I couldn't be more pleased.
Lee L. Encino, CA

I am a dedicated teacher and international performer. I have almost ten years of experience teaching students of all levels and over fifteen years of performing around the world in major symphonies (TSO, NYSOS, etc.), music festivals (Banff, Tanglewood, etc), and studios (Sony, RCA, Aftermath, etc.).

About Lee

Lee enjoys a multi-faceted career performing acoustic and electric violin in a variety of genres. She has performed alongside Michael Bublé, Earth, Wind & Fire, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, The Canadian Tenors, Aida Garifullina, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. An active studio musician, she has collaborated with producers and artists at Aftermath Entertainment, Columbia Records, and RCA Records.

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MIchael E. March 24, 2015
Violin · In home
I had been taking lessons with another instructor on violin and found Luisa through one of her youtube videos. Because the other instructor wasn't really working out and I was having trouble understanding, I contacted her for lessons and it has worked out great. She has a lot of patience which has really helped with my self-consciousness. I would recommend her to students of all levels.
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Steven K. March 3, 2015
Violin · In home
Ms. Lee is an excellent violin teacher! She taught my son for almost two years in Toronto. When she first came to our home, she went right to work asking about my son’s interests, background, and goals. He was at an intermediate level at the time. She was very articulate and meticulous about form and technique. Today, my son leads the 2nd violin section of his youth orchestra. He loves playing because of her and asks about her all the time.
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Mary J. February 27, 2015
Violin · In home
You will not find a more dedicated violin teacher. My daughter Catherine (in high school at the time) studied with Ms. Lee for only a year and a half but improved dramatically. She received the highest marks possible at the annual Solo & Ensemble Festival. We miss you! – Mary & Cat

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