My name is Ryan Cook. I'm 25 years old, and I've been studying the violin for over 17 years. My teaching method is old school Russian playing style. I teach mainly Classical music and other fun pieces and songs for kids, teens, and adults of all ages. I teach people with disabilities: people who are blind, deaf, and physically handicapped. I get a great sense of accomplishment and passion when I teach and make it a goal that however serious you want to take playing the violin to, to make it a fun and enjoyable learning experience.
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I begin with holding the violin and bow with simple exercises to help establish comfort in holding the violin. Then in the first lesson, we start playing on the string immediately playing long bow strokes to help give the student a feel for how the body moves while holding the violin.
I began taking lessons at age 8 in Vista, CA. I studied with another teacher while in Community College in Oceanside for 3 years. I've performed with my school orchestras from elementary to College. I also performed with the San Diego Civic Youth Symphony Orchestra(CYO) for 3 years, and as Concertmaster for 2. Through the CYO, I had the priviledge of performing concerts with the San Diego Symphony.
I charge $30 per hour plus travel(depending on how far I need to travel).
I started teaching when I was in Community College teaching a few students and a couple friends from the Community College. I was inspired by my teacher in Community College to start teaching.
I've worked with kids, teaching privately and in group lessons. I've also worked with a student who is blind, and will teach any person regardless of age who is willing to learn and wants to play.
I recently performed for a private party in a hotel suite in Downtown San Diego for a group of 6. I had a lot of fun entertaining the group and played a few favorites of the group such as Vivaldi Summer 3rd movement, and a few smaller pieces by Fritz Kreisler.
A teacher who charges a lot for a private lesson doesn't necessarily make a teacher 'good.' For me personally, one who invests the time in making sure a student understands what the teacher is trying to convey; and a teacher who is passionate about teaching is what a student/parent of a student should look for.