Kristin Allen-Benes Studio

Kristin Allen-Benes Studio

Offers online services
Offers online services


I am knowledgable string pedagogue with years of experience with orchestral instruments. I am eager to share tips and tricks to help remedy common playing issues to help players feel more confident. I am easy going, but also focused on student growth.


Hired 2 times
1 employee
5 years in business
Serves Vista , CA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Zelle


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

Instrument interested in

Violin, Viola, I can recommend an instrument

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    Frequently asked questions

    After speaking with the student briefly I first focus beginners on how to properly set up their violin and how to hold it, from rest position into playing position. We then go on to explore playing different strings, shaping our left playing hand to create new notes, how to use our right hand, and reinforce good playing habits along the way. My goal for new students is to understand the foundation of how to operate their instrument before learning music. I recommend music books and repertoire based on student experience, but this comes after mastering the basics. From here, I guide lessons based on student goals, needs, and focus to maximize learning notated and rote music. 

    I am a classically trained violist and string instrument enthusiast, raised in the Chicagoland area. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelors degree in viola performance, and I obtained my California single subject music teaching credential from California State University, East Bay in 2021. I play and teach violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, ukulele, and piano, and have maintained a private studio based in the north county area of San Diego.

    My basic pricing system is as follows (as of February 2022):

    In-person & Online
    30 min - $50
    45 min - $65
    60 min - $80

    Merit scholarships and multiple student family discounts available. Please inquire for these adjusted rates.

    I taught sporatically throughout college and as an au pair living abroad, but I really began my teaching career when I moved to San Diego in 2017. I found myself joining in a few local orchestras to continue playing music, which led to being referred for performance and teaching job opportunities. I accepted an orchestra teacher position at a local elementary and middle school in 2018. From this school, I was able to take on a few private students to teach in the later part of my day. From there on, I worked as a music teacher in public schools, obtained my California teaching credential, actively performed across southern California, and steadily grew my private studio throughout the years. Within this last year I have transitioned to working solely as a private music teacher in the north county area of San Diego.

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