Israel Carrillo - Violin Lessons

Israel Carrillo - Violin Lessons

5.0 (1)
1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro


I'm Israel Carrillo, I've been giving violin and music lessons for 7 years. I've been fortunate to participate in many music festivals in the United States, Costa Rica, Panamá and México as a teacher. I work with students of all ages (it doesn't matter if they are 3 or 80), I strongly believe that music should be fun and enjoyable for everyone and as long as you want to learn, I will work with you.
I'm currently pursuing a master's degree in music performance at Cal State L.A.

I enjoy performing and teaching. Over the years I've been inspired and helped by great musicians, so I like giving back and trying to help people to achieve their musical goals.

Read more about this pro


Montebello, CA 90640
Email verified
Phone verified

1 Review


  • Jessi McNally

    He is a very nice, funny and talented guy. He had a lot of patience helping and preparing my daugther for her violin lessons at school. She improved a lot and got a lot of praise from her orchestra teacher.


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

I ask them if they have played or received violin lessons before.
If the answer is affirmative, then I like to listen to them play so I have an idea of their level and what to work on.
If they have never played before, then I just explain to them the basics, like how to hold the violin and the bow properly, how to produce a nice sound and stuff like that.

It is also important for me to know the goals of my student, so I know what to expect. For example, if you want to play for fun, then I'll make sure you learn but also have fun doing it. If you want to win a competition... then I will try to help you win the competition. But I need to know, so I can prepare accordingly.

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

I've been playing since I was 7. I studied in the Conservatorio de Castella in Costa Rica, I got a bachellor's degree in music performance at Valdosta State University and I'm currently trying to get a master's degree in music performance at Cal State L.A.
I've participated in a bunch of music festivals and I've played in various professional orchestras in Georgia, Florida and Costa Rica.

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

Depending on how far you live I charge $30 to $40 an hour.

How did you get started teaching?

I started giving private violin lessons when I was 16. Then when I was getting my B.M in performance at Valdosta State University, I worked in the South Georgia String Project, where I got a lot of experience working with a lot of different people.
Since then, my liking for teaching has increased every day.

What types of students have you worked with?

All types. I have taught 3 year old kids as well as 72 year old ladies. I could give more specific examples of the types of students I've had but I don't feel comfortable writting about their personal stories.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

It is not that recent, but on my last day working at the South Georgia String Project a kid gave me a comic he had drawn himself about the adventures of a violin player and his sidekick... I don't even know what to say about it, it was really cool.

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

Choose somebody who is willing to help you achieve your goals. I have had a bunch of different teachers myself, and although I did learn something from all of them, I know there were a couple that did not care about my growth as a musician nor as a human being. 
Also remember, a great musician is not necessarily a great teacher... luckily I'm both (sorry, I know that was very arrogant).

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

I mean... if you already have a violin and time to learn, then you should not be afraid of talking to your teachers about your needs and goals. Just be clear with what you want, and if you are unsure of what your goals with the violin are, that's ok too, with enough time you will figure that out. Nobody expects you to be a violin prodigy on your first lesson.