You deserve tailored, high-quality lessons that fit your unique musical goals. Whether you’d like to learn Bach or epic violin rock solos I am here to help! My teaching style is warm and patient, with a focus on encouraging my student’s creativity. I believe that good violin and viola lessons can build strong skills without being boring. As a teacher I will share powerful fundamentals of classical string technique and enable you to explore different genres, improvise, and write your own music—you don’t have to settle for one or the other. For my younger students, my 7+ years of teaching experience help me create lessons that are highly interactive with lots of movement and games for exploring creativity and developing musicality. With my adult students I believe in building great technique while supportively addressing any negative self-talk that might be impeding progress. My qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Berklee College of Music where I studied classical, fiddle, jazz ,and songwriting, and extensive experience as a live performer. I’ve also worked with several well-known teaching companies over the years and integrated the approaches that work best from each of them into how I approach lessons. I can’t wait to meet you and be a part of your journey with learning strings!
I love helping students learn the songs that make them tick and seeing the excitement and progress that builds when they are in a challenging but supported lesson environement!
I started a little over a year ago taking lessons with Lily as a complete beginner with no music reading skills and little musicality. Today I can sight read and have progressed faster than my peers due to her excellent teaching style and knowledge. She taught me the fundamental techniques so mostly I produce a beautiful sound so I love to practice, and she guides me w/etudes and exercises geared towards growing specific skills. She also makes it fun, finding pieces to work on outside of Suzuki too that I love. She is kind, positive and encouraging, even when I get frustrated or reach a plateau. She helps me to isolate the issue, work through it and get better. She knows when to broach musical theory so I understand a piece better. I’ve had a blast when we’ve recorded videos of pieces we’ve played together for holidays. Friends and family, even other violinists are surprised by how much I’ve learned in just a year. She inspires me to want to play better and stretch my capabilities. It’s all Lily. If you want to get better faster (don’t we all?) then I highly recommend her!
I like to get in touch before the first lesson to discuss the student's goals and interests and smooth out any logistical concerns! If the student is a beginner in the 1st lesson we'll usually go over the fundamentals of how to hold the bow/violin, learn a short but fun song, and play a couple games. With more advanced students I use the first lesson as a time to take stock of their skills with playing and theory, and make customized recommendations from there!
Education: Bachelor's - double degree in Music Performance (on violin) and Songwriting from Berklee College of Music.
Past teaching experience:
-Elementary After School String Program Assistant
-Assistant Instrumental Music Teacher at Kentucky Governer's School of the Arts
-Songwriting and tune-writing and composition teacher at Louisville Folk School
-Violin, Viola and Piano Instructor at Guitar Center, Knauer Pianos Music School, and Red Pelican Music
Lesson rates depend on whether lesson is online, in-person at my studio, or in the clients home. I run local discounts for Noho, Burbank, Studio City, Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys areas on in-home lessons.
I volunteered to help teach strings to beginning 7-10 year old students in my local community orchestra program while I was in high school and loved it! The rest is history
All ages and stages! I have regularly work with young students as young as 4 and as old as 70+. I have extensive experience working with beginning students and also coach advanced/pre-professional clients.
A regular event I'm fond of in my studio is seeing students look back on the progress they've made after their first year of playing and being excited to see how much they've progressed!
Make sure your teacher is approaching your needs and interests as an individual whether than just applying one blanket approach in one genre to all their students!
-What kind of music do you like? Are you more interested in learning certain genres or styles?
-Is there anything I should know about that you need to learn optimally? For example: do you like a more gentle fun approach or do you like things to be very structured and regimented?
-Do you have an instrument or do you need help getting one?
-Do you have the time to commit to regular lessons and practicing your instrument?