Joy In Music

Joy In Music

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About this pro

I am a string specialist. That means I teach and play violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele and piano. I have been studying music since the age of 9 years. I began learning to play the flute through the public school music program. I continued playing in school bands and in 1968 I wanted to learn to play the guitar, like the Beatles! In high school I taught myself to play classical guitar by playing through some music books with guitar fingerings. When I was 16 years old I became interested in learning to play the piano and began with chords on the left hand and simple melodies with the right one. My senior year in high school I played in a jazz trio, piano (Mike Vargas), drums (Dan Boxer) and myself on flute and guitar. We all agreed that we needed a double bass to sound like a real jazz trio. I talked to my high school orchestra teacher and told him I would play in the school orchestra if I could borrow a double bass to take home. The string names are identical to the four lower strings on the guitar, so the fingerings and string relationships were easy to learn. Also in my senior year, I was preparing for my college entrance auditions on flute, guitar, piano and double bass. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado with a B.A. in Music Education double major in Double Bass and Classical Guitar. I now teach private lessons for all the string instruments in my residence in Phoenix, Arizona, "Valley of the Sun". I believe that any student will practice more if he or she likes the music they are playing. Periodically I will ask a student to give me a name of a piece of music that they would like to learn how to play. I notate it for them, often simplifying the rhythm and chords in Finale NotePad and give it to them free of charge. I teach students how to play music on their given instrument. Not just how to play the instrument but working on technique, finger dexterity, expert note reading ability and total musicianship. I also teach students how to play a piece of music that will move the audience emotionally.

I enjoy teaching people how to enrich their lives by learning to play a string instrument.  The sound is so satisfying and a feeling of accomplishment by working at playing a string instrument is incomparable.  It is not easy, but the feeling of joy is well worth the effort.

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Phoenix, AZ 85014
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4 Reviews


  • Nadia Rizvi

    To whom it may concern, It is my pleasure to recommend Victor Quintana. I have known Victor for almost a year and can attest to his strength of character, integrity, responsibility and compassion for others. As a student of Victor’s I can say he values my time and is very punctual. He always thinks ahead of our lesson and has new ideas of improvement. I know that he is very committee to his job. He is thoughtful, kind and reliable and I believe he would be an asset to your organization. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Nadia

  • Laurie B

    Victor is professional, patient, friendly, and good at what he does. He has been able to teach my son to play the guitar. I am so grateful to him and recommend him to others.

  • Suzy C.

    In my opinion, having been and Educator in the Isaac School District for over thirty years, Mr. Quintana exhibits excellent teaching techniques and strategies to enable the learner to be successful. He is professional, prepared, courteous, and prompt. For the past 6 years, Mr. Quintana has been my cello instructor. The environment that he creates as an educator provides an excellent foundation for continuing learning. Mr. Quintana's knowledge of string instruments and piano are superb.

  • Suzy C.

    I am writing this letter to recommend Victor Quintana. I am a practicing physician who decided to take up the cello and have been taking cello lessons from him for about 2 years. He is an excellent teacher and loves music. He relates well to all age groups. I have witnessed his interactions with younger students and have brought my granddaughters to lessons with me. He included them in my lesson and even played duets with them. Victor goes above and beyond to help me including composing new arrangements of difficult songs so that I can play them. His home is full of musical instruments and teaching tools (most of which he developed himself). He


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I teach them how to hold the instrument for proper sound production. I ask them what type of music they would most like to learn and what are their near term goals. I tell my ideology on reading music and the benefits.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a B.A. in Music Education with a double major in Double Bass and Classical Guitar from the University of Northern Colorado.  I have played in numerous symphony orchestras both professional and amateur.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $30 for 30 minutes.  Make-up lessons are available at no extra charge.

How did you get started teaching?

I feel I have a secret of enjoying life by playing music.  I want to share my knowledge and talent with other people so that they too can know this secret.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught students from age 6 to 60.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The desire to learn to play a musical instrument comes from within the student.  I can show by example but the motivation has to come from the student.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Do I have any musical talent as a student? Talent is nice but unnecessary.  Motivation and commitment is necessary.