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Michael F

Michael F

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I have been teaching both private and group lessons for five years, teaching a total of seven students in their homes. I have noticed a lot of violin students tend to be tense, and judgmental against themselves, so afraid of making a "mistake." So my first task is often to get them to relax, and love playing the violin. I search for ways to make it fun for them, and help them learn the music they want to play. I've discovered that once a studnet feels empowered to teach him or her self, they will automatically start practing more, helping us make really progress. Proper technique doesn't need to be presented as rigid, uncomfortable rules, but rather, as something that will help the student play more naturally and comfortablly, and help his or her body cooperate with natural creativity. 

Cory M

Cory M

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I have loved listening and playing music for as long as I can remember. I have had the good fortune to meet and study with some of the most famous musicians on the planet! I have always enjoyed learning in a one on one situation and that is how I like to teach. I have a pro studio fully equipped for teaching piano, guitar, bass, voice, violin, harmonica, songwriting and recording. I am interested in my student's goals and try to help them achieve those goals. I focus on pitch, tone and time in my lessons.

Nikkia C

Nikkia C

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I have been teaching for the past 11 years and have had a full studio of 20-25 students during that time. Over the past four summers I have also directed chamber music and fiddle music camps. I specialize in starting very young children on the violin, as young as age 2, although depending on the child starting between ages 3-6 is ideal. It is very important to me to tailer my teaching to each student and their developmental and musical level. I love introducing children to new musical concepts and coming alongside them on this often life-long musical journey. There is unique relationship that forms during private music lessons, one that can have a large impact on the student, and I take that responsibility very seriously. That said, I like to make learning to play the violin as fun and easy as possible without sacrificing fundamental technique. I have had great sucess with various practice stragegies and find my students are highly motivated by these. I encourage performing at a young age and often, along with participating in music festivals and, as they become older, youth orchestras and chamber groups. 

James S

James S

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I am passionate about helping students at any level improve their skills. I have Bachelors and Masters degrees in Violin Performance and have played all over the world. For 10 years I was concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic and have performed as soloist and concertmaster of the Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra touring throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. I moved to the Los Angeles area in 1996 and have been a member for over 20 years of the first violin section of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra with Placido Domingo as the Artistic Director. I have been featured during that time as an on stage soloist and leader of backstage banda groups. I am also associate concertmaster of the California Philharmonic. Now that I am retired from the public schools and soon from the opera orchestra I have more time to teach privately and am looking forward to using my expertise and a performer and teacher to take students to any level they would like to go.

Gregory O

Gregory O

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For beginning students, I start them off by introducing the instrument and the different parts of it and also get them started on basic music theory. As a percussionist, I make sure they start getting familiar with reading rhythms. Afterwards, I start them off on Elementary Drum Method by Roy Burns. Once the student gets better at the fundamentals, I introduce to them to some solo stuff either composed by me or other composers before getting them started on Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer by Garwood Whaley. If it is an older student who hasn't had lessons before but has experience playing in a school band and can read well, then I also possibly start them with Whaley. For other instruments, I try to find out what the student is interested in and help them out along the way to keep lessons fun, engaging, and exciting.

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