Maira Solis Violin Lessons

Maira Solis Violin Lessons

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My name is Maira Solis and I grew up in Boyle Heights. I was first introduced to music in Stevenson Middle School during the summer before seventh grade. I learned how to play the violin and participated in the Mariachi Ensemble there. I was able to take lessons in the Los Angeles Music and Art School through Stevenson and with the support of LAMUS. I continued playing mariachi throughout middle school and continued on to high school. During this time, I participated in the choir and chamber orchestra in LAMUS. After high school, I attended Occidental College where I continued my musical studies. I was involved in the chamber ensemble, choir, and orchestra. From high school and onward, I worked as a performing violinist, playing with various mariachi ensembles and orchestras. I also began teaching as a private violin instructor and also as an instructor for Beulah Payne Elementary School. I am currently teaching music for the Santa Ana Unified School District this year. Just last year, I joined Latin-Grammy nominated Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, who is also recognized as the first female mariachi ensemble in the nation. We have played for various concerts across the country. Just recently, we performed in Kansas City, Missouri for the National Council of La Raza's annual conference. We have also performed with Mexican singer Aida Cuevas in the Roosevelt Theatre in Chicago, IL. I have a passion for helping students advance in their violin studies and look forward to helping you reach your goals! :)

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Los Angeles, CA 90063
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When working with a new student, I usually ask about their prior experience playing. If they have prior experience, I ask about their past repetoire and the first lesson is dedicated to assess the student's level and needs. With students who are new to the violin, I make sure to work on bowing as that is the foundation to violin playing. From there I give assignments appropriate to the learning level of the student. 

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

I graduated from Occidental college where I studied music. I also currently teach violin, trumpet and vocals for the Santa Ana School District and teach a string ensemble at the Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMus Art). I also have a number of private students that I teach violin and vocals to. 

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

I usually charge $50/hr when I drive to students. If the student is interested in lessons in my home, price can be negotiated. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages. I currently teach music at the middle school level in Santa Ana. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In October, I traveled to the Middle East with the MESTO orchestra and accompanied Mohammed Assef in the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. It was amazing playing in the other side of the world! :)

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

When selecting a teacher, it is very important to make sure the teacher will take care of the needs of the student. Quality should preside over quantity. As a teacher, my goal is that my students learn how to play violin to the best of their ability in a way that makes learning fun.

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

Students should really ask themselves a number of questions before talking to a teacher about their needs.

1. What do I want to gain out of violin lessons?

2. Which repetoire am I interested in performing?

3. Am I a visual/auditory/read-write/kinesthetic learner?

4. How often can I commit to practice?

These sort of questions will help the teacher in assisting the learning of their students.