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I have been a musician since I can remember. My parents and brother are all musicians, and between the four of us we play violin, clarinet, piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, banjo, trombone and even ukelele. I have participated in marching band playing clarinet and mallets including xylophone. I also enjoy singing and have participated in choirs and other ensembles. My goal as a music teacher has been to provide music to as many people as possible. One of the greatest joys in my life is to see the music "light" turn on in my student's eyes when they start understanding and enjoying what music has to offer.
I started learning the violin with a private tutor when I was 12 years old and then subsequently continued my instruction at the Tehran Conservatory of Music's nightly program. I ultimately completed my undergraduate studies in music at the University of Tehran with a Bachelor's degree in musicology, while I was simultaneously pursuing advanced studies in the violin with the goal of becoming a virtuoso. During this period I also started to work with media as the producer of classical music programs for radio and television. When I began my Master's degree in composition at the University of New Mexico, I concurrently worked as a private tutor for violin, music theory, and composition. I ultimately proceeded with my doctoral work in composition, first at UCLA, where I won two composition competitions in two consecutive years, and then completed at Claremont Graduate University, where I was awarded a DMA degree in composition. My life during all these years has been devoted to music as a instructor of the violin, composition, and music theory while also composing music for myself.
My name is Annie Hoffman and I was born with an indescribable passion for music that I long to share with others who have a strong desire to learn! I have been playing violin for 14 years performing in the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra from 2000-2009 and then continuing onto Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra, various chamber string ensembles, as well as playing in the Azusa Pacific University Choir and Orchestra Ensemble. In college I also studied piano, voice, and dabbled in organ and guitar.
I have loved music since the beginning. Growing up in a musical family allowed me to learn various music skills even before starting an instrument. Throughout junior high and high school I auditioned for and joined the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra in Orange County, California as well as various annual honor orchestras throughout the sate of California. In 2003, I became concert mistress of Vanguard University's Concert Orchestra for 5 years and performed solo and ensemble works as the first violinist during that time, as well as touring China and South Korea to perform as principle violinist with Vanguard University. Since then, I have had the opportunity to play with various orchestras including the Orange County Symphony.
I began playing violin, taking private lessons, at the age of four years and trained under the Suzuki method. At age five, I began participating in the National Federation of Music Clubs and received Superior ratings for thirteen consecutive years; in the year 2008, I received the President’s Festival Cup under the National Federation of Music. I also began performing with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra (CKYO) at age seven and participated in three European tours with CKYO, serving as their concert master for the Spain and Portugal tour in 2008. Moreover I was CKYO’s concerto competition winner and soloist in the years of 2003 and 2008. I began college at the University of Kentucky, receiving a full scholarship for music. I had many great opportunities with the UK Symphonic Orchestra including performances at the Kennedy Center in DC, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and alongside world renowned violinists Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, and Itzhak Perlman. I transferred to the University of San Diego to further my studies in music as well as psychology. As a student at USD, I had the fortune to perform as a soloist alongside the Greater San Diego Music Coterie.
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Children can start violin as early as age 4. Though there is a standard size for violins, they also come in smaller sizes that best fit their frame. As the students grow, they can move up in size and rental can facilitate the frequent change in instrument size. Being one of the smallest members of the string family, the violin lends itself well to younger students. Any teacher or music store professional can help you choose the correct size. During violin lessons, children will begin to learn how to handle the instrument correctly, read music, and develop their overall skills as a musician.
As you start violin lessons, there are a couple different options you can choose as a way to obtain an instrument. Some students can choose to purchase rather than rent, which would be most useful for advanced players. Renting can be done on a monthly basis and will provide you will almost everything you need for your lessons, as far as the instrument is concerned. It is best for young students to rent, as they will need to start with a smaller instrument, and work up in size as they grow.
Musika works with all ages and skill levels to help students reach their highest potential! Whether you are an adult beginner or an advanced player, our teachers will work with you to enhance your skills and musical comprehension. With customized lesson plans adult students find lessons with Musika to be both successful and rewarding.
When you choose in home lessons, you are choosing the most convenient way to add music to your life. By having the instructor come to your home you are saving time, money, and energy! Not only is this a convenient option for busy schedules, but it allows you to learn your instrument in the familiar, comfortable space of your own home.
All students are different. That means all lessons will be different. Each teacher tailors their lesson plans around a student's specific needs and goals, while teaching them the most important aspects of their instrument. Students will learn how to read music and develop their own unique style all while practicing proper technique. No two lessons will be the same as everyone's progression is timed differently. If the student has a particular style or method they are looking to learn, Musika will match you with a teacher that will be able to accommodate those needs.
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
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