Neal Donner Violin Lessons

Neal Donner Violin Lessons

5.0(1 review)


Born in 1942, Neal Donner began his violin studies in 1950 with William Schroeder in Washington, DC. His education includes a Ph.D. in East Asian Philosophy and Religion (University of British Columbia, Canada, 1976).

His young son’s Suzuki violin studies inspired him to embark on a career as a violin teacher. Turning avocation into vocation, he studied Suzuki pedagogy with Elizabeth Mills, Alice Joy Lewis, Margery Aber, Jackie Corina, Almita Vamos, John Kendall, James Maurer, Barbara Barber, Idell Low, and in Matsumoto, with Shinichi Suzuki. In 1982 he began to teach Suzuki violin professionally and now teaches students at beginning and intermediate levels, through book 10.

In 1988, following three years on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Music Association of California, Los Angeles Branch (SMAC-LA), he became president of the Board and was re-elected the following year. Between 2003 and 2010 he again served as director, president, and then treasurer.

I love my students!


Hired 3 times
42 years in business
Serves Los Angeles , CA


Do you own a violin?

Student who has an instrument, Student who is planning to purchase an instrument and would like advice

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Student can read music, Student cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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Zach E.

Neal has been super! Having never played an instrument before, Neal has been very encouraging and I look forward to my lesson each week with great enthusiasm. I have grown fond of playing the violin in the short time since I started and Neal has helped me avoid developing bad habits and bring music into my life. I would highly recommend him without reservation, he is the best!
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October 06, 2018
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Frequently asked questions

Let them show me what they can do, if they are adults.

With a total beginner, adult or child, I show how to hold the instrument, and how to play some simple rhythms without using any left-hand fingers.

Violin study since age eight, training in all units of Suzuki method (levels one through ten), thirty+ years teaching,

30- and 45-minute lessons, monthly tuition payable at the first lesson of the month; introductory meeting is gratis.

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Mostly kids, but also about 10% adults at ll levels.

I performed with a student at a local block party.

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