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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.
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.
I usually charge $50/hr when I drive to students. If the student is interested in lessons in my home, price can be negotiated.
I have worked with students of all ages. I currently teach music at the middle school level in Santa Ana.
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! :)
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.
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.