ELIXIR Music Studio

ELIXIR Music Studio

5.0 (3)
2 employees
25 years in business

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Professional caliber Violin and Piano instruction, by college professors who actively perform on the national/international stage.



Furthering our students goals in music and sharing with them our passion for the arts.

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Glendale, CA 91214
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3 Reviews


  • Jennifer Harkins

    My daughter has been taking violin lessons from Samvel Chilingarian for six years and we couldn't be more pleased! Sam emphasizes correct posture, hand position and solid fundamentals while encouraging her to enjoy making music. The studio hosts two studio recitals a year and the students participate in ASTA (American String Teachers Association) assessments each spring. As a former music teacher myself, I am impressed with Sam's patience and kindness to all his students. Lucy is a fantastic accompanist and is available to accompany the students at ASTA and the recitals. They are an impressive team and nurture students to do their best.

  • Arpi Tamzarian

    Our daughter began studying the viola with Sam 6 years ago. She responded so well to Sam’s engaging teaching style that she progressed quickly and four years later surprised all of us by auditioning for and getting accepted by LACHSA (The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts) as a violist. She was able to achieve this because Sam, in addition to being a talented musician, is a truly gifted pedagog. Not only is he able to mold his teaching style to what each individual student needs, but he also tirelessly researches and implements best teaching practices. As a former music teacher and as a parent, I’ve had opportunities to observe Sam’s teaching and have marvelled at his ability to get even the most timid students to sound confident and musically mature in a very short amount of time. One of the ways in which Sam is able to achieve this is by teaching his students to self-monitor and take responsibility for every sound and movement they produce. Sam gently and consistently insists that students account for their musical decisions and remain engaged with the music at all times. Any tendency towards robotic playing is rectified quickly when a student is asked to explain his/her approach to phrasing a particular passage and the proper mechanics of bringing the passage to life! Sam is the right teacher for you if you are prepared to work with a teacher who will challenge, motivate, and inspire you.

  • Ali Barar

    Sam is an inspiring music teacher. He treats his students with utmost respect and professionalism, instilling the same in them. His passion for music is contagious. His teaching connects art to science and guides students through mechanical and technical concepts while honing their innate musicality.


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

After assessing student's level and finding the areas which need improvement, I recommend a comprehensive method, which includes scales, etudes and solo selections. Every student has his or her strengths, which I try to capitalize on. My teaching style is to inspire my students to enjoy the process of music making through constant improvement.

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

My education includes almost all the major pedagogical schools (Russian, European and American.) I have a Bachelor and a Master Degrees from the States, after which I continued my studies in Europe, at The Vienna Conservatory. My vast pedagogical knowledge and over twenty years of teaching experience have given my students an edge on the competitive musical stage.

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

A 30 minute lesson fee is $45.

How did you get started teaching?

Started my professional teaching career in 1990, at the University Missouri Kansas City, Continuing Education Department. Since then, I have been on the faculties of the Linz Music School in Austria, and East Los Angeles College, Glendale Community College, Bethesda University in Los Angeles.

What types of students have you worked with?

My music studio is inclusive of teaching the very young beginning student, the intermediate student as well as the advanced college student.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My students regularly audition and enroll in local colleges and universities to further their studies: LACHSA, UCLA, CSUN. My students audition and participate in local school/youth orchestras: COLBURN, LAYO, VYMA, PYMO, GYSO. As a member of music associations: MTNA, MTAC, ASTA, CAPMT, my students actively participate in local festivals, competitions and have been winners of the ASTA Allstate and MTAC VOCE Allstate competitions.

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

Find a teacher who is knowledgeable, has great pedagogical passion for teaching, communicates instructions clearly, can demonstrate on the instrument and can inspire you through his/her own music making.

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

Students need to have clearly defined goals and then search for a teacher who has had the experience of helping students accomplish those goals. Look for a teacher who inspires by his or her own playing and passion for music, who is an active performer as well as an effective teacher/communicator.

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