****now also offering online lessons at a discounted rate*** Hi, I’m Lucia. I just recently moved to Oakland from New York. I have been enjoying teaching violin and viola for the past 10 years and worked successfully with students of all ages and all levels- from complete beginners to music majors at the university level. My teaching philosophy: I like to make sure that my students have strong fundamental skills (reading music, healthy and efficient violin technique, good practice habits, basic theory- always depending on the level). I find that this gives us a strong basis to realize the musical and expressive aspects of the music. It also allows the student to learn music faster, more independently, and to perform with confidence! In the first lesson, I like to have a conversation with the student and parent, what their goals regarding violin/viola playing are, and tailor the lessons to the student's individual needs. In the first lesson, I will usually have the student bring materials that they have already been using. I like to hear them play a scale and a piece that they already know. This way I can assess what the student already knows and what they need to improve, so I can create a lesson plan for the student that best meets their needs. If you’re just starting violin lessons, don’t worry about bringing any music, just come as you are and bring your violin 🙂!
After two years with their last teacher, my daughters had plateaued and began to experience frustration. This began our search for a new instructor. After a trial lesson with Lucia Kobza, my eldest child commented that she had, “...learned more in one hour with Lucia than in the past 6 months.” It was an instantaneous and joyful transformation that brought new life into her musical ambitions. Without question, Lucia is not only a gifted violinist, but a truly exceptional educator. She has an incredible ability to motivate, affirm, and inspire students. Under Lucia’s instruction, both girls became passionate about rehearsing, achieved new levels of skill, and refined their technique. After less than a year with Lucia, while performing challenging selections, both girls received perfect scores at the NYSSMA music festival and All State performance. These achievements were a direct result of Lucia’s inspiration and her dedication to the individual needs of each student. Clearly, Lucia had a profound impact on their lives and they will miss her greatly. Any student who has an opportunity to study with Lucia Kobza should consider it both an honor and a privilege. We will miss her greatly and wish her well in all of her future endeavors.
After studying with Lucia for the past year, I am more confident and passionate about violin than ever before. Lucia is not only a talented and accomplished violinist, but a kind and motivating person. She taught me a great deal about being an effective orchestra and ensemble member, as well as developing my skills and making me a more accomplished violinist. Lucia made lessons engaging and productive and was always available for make-up lessons or additional instruction before an audition or festival. I am very grateful and fortunate for the time that I was able to study with her.