Sacramento Strings - Violin and Viola Lessons
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Erik is a great teacher who is willing to teach lefty violin---which many won't. My daughter likes him a lot!Jun 1, 2016Verified
A+ instructor. I was having trouble finding a teacher that could show me anything new because I already had over 10 years of experience playing, so about half of them knew less than I did. I recently moved from a small town in the middle of nowhere so even though I have played for a long time, I didn't have great access to quality teachers. Anyways, erik was able to introduce me to challenging pieces, as well as fixing technique problems that came from years of bad habits. Very refreshing. I have also been trying to teach my 6 year old viola on my own time and when I mentioned this, erik actually gave me some really helpful advice on teaching him (and teaching myself to be patient).Mar 9, 2016
My experience with erik has been great, to say the least. When I called him to ask about beginner violin lessons for an adult student (that's me), I was terrified. A few teachers I contacted before even told me they don't teach beginning adults because they don't have the head-start that kids have and can't become professionals. But I didn't want to become a pro, I just wanted to learn the violin! So anyways, I called Erik and he was super helpful and reassuring, spending about 30 minutes on the phone with me answering all of my silly questions. In the first lesson, he let me use one of his rental violins and I learned way more than I thought I'd be able to on the first day. He carefully talked me through how to hold the bow and covered everything about technique I could possibly imagine. He said it was because I needed to do it right from day one to have smooth progress in the future. I've been super, super happy with him as an instructor so far. And learning the violin as an adult is NOT that scary!Feb 23, 2016
My 10 year old daughter had been taking violin lessons with another teacher for about 6 months before we thought to try another teacher. Nothing was wrong in particular, but I thought that maybe a different teacher would be worth a try. I liked that Erik's first lesson was free, so I tried him first. In the first 15 minutes of them working together, the difference was as plain as day. The first thing Erik did was disassemble her technique and rebuild it in an intuitive and logical fashion. He was able to explain it to her in a way that was not only easy to understand, but also humorous and lighthearted. Despite this, when my daughter would get distracted, Erik was able to quickly bring her back into a state of focus without being harsh or commanding. My daughter visibly enjoyed her lesson and I was happy to know that her technique would be led in the right direction from now on, without it feeling strict or boring. I wish we would have found Erik sooner!Feb 16, 2016
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My price, for a 30 minute lesson EVERY week ( including 5th days in a month), is a flat $130 per month. This averages out to $60/hour.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?An introductory lesson typically involves me analyzing every possible aspect of the student. This includes, but is definitely not limited to: why do you want to play? Do you have experience? What are your long term goals with the instrument? How much patience do you have for learning new concepts? What is the ratio of exercises vs songs that I can give you? How much will you be able to practice? Do you have an instrument already? Is the instrument set up to properly play as an optimum learning platform? What is your personality type? HOW do you learn? Some of these I ask directly, but most I simply learn by giving you challenges and seeing how you respond to them.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I played the instrument fairly seriously since I was 8 years old and had private lessons until the age of 18. I've played with a multitude of very serious musical groups and orchestras as well as professional gigs such as weddings, showcases, etc... I attended an intensive composition program at the Cleveland Institute of Music of which only 15 people in the world were accepted.