Alonzo Studio Of Music

Alonzo Studio Of Music

5.0 (5)
6 hires on
1 employee
24 years in business

About this pro

Private violin and viola instrustruction with over 25 years experience. I received my training at Champman University with a BS with an emphasis in instrumental performance. I have performed in major venues across the US as a freelance musician, and an 8 year veteran of the AFM in Southern California and have performed on Major Motion Picture soundtracks, symphonies, recording studios and string ensembles. I am member of the American String Teachers Association, Phoenix Musician Teachers Association, the National Music Teachers Association and contracted for a string quartet for over 20 years. I offer one-on-one lessons at my in-home studio as well as Zoom lessons, or a combination of both.

Students learn the art of playing the violin using proper technique while enjoying themselves. Former students have gone in to perform with major symphonies in the US as well as Europe. They have toured with recording artists Adele, John Legend, Elton John, etc, and can currently be seen performing with the Vitamin String Quartet, on the Grammy's, Oscars and the the Country Music Awards.

I offer many styles of musical playing and tailor each lesson to the students goals, combining conservatory and Suzuki methods, as well music theory and a solid basis in proper technique.

I look forward to hearing from you! Cathy

There's a saying, "If you love what you, you never work a day in your life!" And I live that saying!

I have always loved working with my students and seeing the progress they make each and every week! I have developed close bonds working closely with each student and I love to see the joy and smiles each week, as they become outstanding musicians!

Looking forward to working with you!

And please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!

Cathy Alonzo

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Surprise, AZ 85379
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5 Reviews


  • Annika Vinekar

    I had the privilege of studying with Mrs. Alonzo during my first few years playing violin, and it was truly the most enjoyable experience. Mrs. Alonzo has an incredibly personal style of teaching and a distinct warm and jovial personality that subtracts the anxiety from private lessons. She not only taught me technique, but instilled an intrinsic passion for my instrument which I still carry today. I forever cherish these lessons!

  • Kiana Yi

    Really nice and friendly, she knows what she is doing and teaches extremely well.

  • Grace Kinomoto

    Our daughter gained confidence playing in her school orchestra because of her lessons with Ms Alonso. We were under her guidance from 3rd grade into high school years with helpful advices and friendly support. We are so thankful our paths crossed to give our daughter the best music education.

  • Kristin Staniszewski

    Great demeanor with my son and very personalbe. Learning much!

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

I teach using a combination of Traditional Conservatory and Suzuki Methods and supplement additional materials as well as hold recitals, and help prepare students for any auditions for youth orchestras, college etc. 

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

25+ years instruction as private teacher, BS in Music  with an Emphasis in Instrumental Performance from Chapman University. 19 year veteran String Specialist with Saddleback Valley and Capistrano Unified School Districts in Southern California. Former Adjust faculty/instructor at Saddleback College in Misson Viejo. Prior instructor for the Santa Ana Strings Program through the Pacific Symphony. Extensive performance experience in symphonies, string ensembles, studio recording, movie soundtrack, and alternative genres.

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

$50 per hour lesson charged on a monthly basis. Lesson policies available upon request. 30 and 45 minutes lesson also available.

How did you get started teaching?

I love teaching and this is my passion! I am so grateful to spend lesson time with my students and love to watch them grow, no matter the age. 6 years old to 106, I am happy to help you grow your love for music!

What types of students have you worked with?

A very wide variety from ages 4-83! I accept beginning through advanced students as well as special needs students. I believe every student should have the opportunity to grow their love for the violin!

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

Schedule a free trial lesson with teachers to make sure your personalities and expectations are the same, and that you are comfortable with your teacher. You should always leave with a smile on your face!

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

Ask how much you should practice, what your goals are, what is required of you. Lesson policies and whether the instructor will help prepare for auditions, scholarships, and chair placement testing.

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