Lessons on Viola or Violin
Suzuki Style - Short Terim - Studio Policies - What You Need
UPDATE March 15, 2020: Due to the need to slow down the spread of COVID-19, all music instruction for all students is being conducted online, with no in-person meetings, starting March 16th, 2020.
Curriculum & Philosophy: My specialty is teaching long-term Suzuki-style lessons and Creative Ability Development (improvisation) lessons for child-parent teams working together, in cooperation with either the Pasadena Suzuki Music Program or the after-school Suzuki Academy at St. Margaret's Episcopal School (in San Juan Capistrano).
I do also take adult students and short-term students (see Short Term Lessons), and I also offer online lessons for those who have no local teachers available.
I teach Suzuki Early Childhood Education (music and movement) classes in cooperation with the Pasadena Suzuki Music Program.
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My teaching style: I have high musical standards, so taking viola, violin, CAD or theory lessons from me will challenge your mind, heart, and body to practice, persevere, grow and express yourself in new ways - but I am also patient and gentle, tailoring my instruction to each student's needs.
My viola & violin lessons prioritize healthy posture, beautiful tone quality, creativity, perfect intonation, practice skills, & making meaningful music.
Location/Online Platform: I teach weekly, live online lessons via platforms like Zoom, Facetime, Skype, etc.
When internet or data connections aren't stable or fast enough for a live video lesson, a blend of phone consultations (audio-only) and recorded video exchanges can effectively take the place of a live lesson. Video exchanges can be streamed, downloaded, exchanged via apps like Seesaw, Whatsapp, Glide, or even mailed through the post office on a flash drive or iPod.
When it is safe to return to in-person lessons, I will be offering lessons in Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, San Juan Capistrano, & online. A blend of online & in-person lessons will be an option for those who cannot attend in-person every week.
Please contact me or see my Calendar for details.
Cost: Tuition per individual lesson ranges between $38 (beginners) and $80 (advancing students), depending on the students' level, lesson length, and the location of lessons. Private lesson tuition reserves you a spot in my schedule and is pre-paid annually (by the school year) or pre-paid by the semester.
Tuition for group classes averages about $270 per semester (price varies according to level), with 14-15 classes in a semester.
School-year discount: Reserve 25 or more private lesson timeslots in a single school year (Sept-May), and receive a 10% discount when you pre-pay in one installment!
Group class discount: enroll in both group & private lessons, and receive an additional 4% off private lesson tuition.
Other costs of taking music lessons include instrument purchase or rental, instrument maintenance, and various tools, sheet music and audio recordings (see What You Need).
Financial Aid: If music instruction is meaningful and important to your family, but is also a significant financial hardship, please let me know! As a student, I was the recipient of work-study discounts as well as merit-based scholarships, and I'm happy to pay it forward to the next generation of students whenever possible.
I can help connect you with resources, discounts, and financial aid that will allow you to take lessons. If you need to make tuition payments in installments instead of annually or biannually, or if you'd like to propose an exchange of services instead of money, I'd be happy to discuss options with you.
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