String Sessions (Violin & Viola)

String Sessions (Violin & Viola)

5.0 (5)
4 hires on
1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro

I am classically-trained and hold a Bachelor of Music (from McGill University). I have extensive teaching experience and am an avid performer.

My music-learning philosophy aims to make music as accessible and fun! A holistic music-education embraces all genres and styles of learning; I find that our musical practices are most fulfilling when they are applicable to our daily lives in some way. I hope to help others find these connections, enrich their lives, and reach their goals. :) 

I love working with others and getting to know their musical voice. It is incredibly rewarding to witness students having fun and expanding their knowledge. I love to work with people who enjoy playing music! 

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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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5 Reviews


  • Karen McMinamen

    Caitlin’s lesson plans are very organized. I don’t have time to practice very long, so she has shown me ways to make my practice really count). My technique and intonation have improved and I feel more confident playing with well-rounded viola sound. Thanks for helping me become a better violist! Would definitely recommend :)

  • Yasmin

    Very good teacher (exceeded my expectations for online classes). My technique has noticeably improved as my parents (who are musicians) have pointed out :) I feel so much more confident playing viola now and I Love her caring yet motivating teaching style <3 would definitely recommend!

  • Bob Matlin

    I've been working with Caitlin for a couple of months now and can highly recommend her. When we started I had just finished writing and recording six songs. She's been very good about helping me improve the details of the recordings, particularly timing problems in my playing :-), as well as giving me direction on making the songs communicate more to the listener. Since I don't play violin or viola, I can't comment on that portion of her background but as far as musical knowledge and her ability to assist students is concerned, I'd say both are excellent.

  • Kirsten Wesselow

    Very knowledgeable about theory, patient, and encouraging. Caitlin is lovely to work with.

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

1) understand the students' relationship with music / musical history, establish goals

2) set a template for reaching those goals; communicate schedule, structure

3) design a lesson plan tailored to students unique interests and abilities 

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

Bachelor of Music - McGill University Schulich School of Music

Freelance Violist - Performing Artist (7 years)

Private Teacher and Mentor (5 years), Ear-Training Tutor (2 years)

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

$35/hour, sliding-scale (based on financial need)

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginner Violinists, Intermediate Violists, Singer/Songwriters