Pro Weber Violin Lessons
Pro Weber Violin Lessons

Pro Weber Violin Lessons

$120/session
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Introduction: Hello! Thank you for checking me out! I am SO excited to see that you are taking steps to create a hobby for yourself that can last a life time. 🎵🎵 I am not your ordinary violin teacher. Imagine learning violin in a manner the violin is comfortable and, regardless your ability (beginner or intermediate), you have skills inside your first year which no other teacher mentioned before. Skills that help you accelerate your learning after a period of time honing them in. That is what you get with me: My students enjoy an easier learning experience where I teach via body balance and find each students unique organic approach to violin. (since no two students have the same build, no two can play exactly the same). Because I teach in such an organic way that emphasizes body balance, I have had teachers send me their students to overcome obstacles or prepare for competitions. Plus, in my studio, beginners have a warmer tone in a far shorter period of time and NONE of my students have to experience the pain many students experience when playing the violin. You might be asking, “How is all that possible?” Because I am the ONLY teacher in California, (or anywhere that I have heard of) who has a specific step-by-step approach to teaching how to play the violin pain free and from a very organic muscle memory approach. It’s a specific approach to teaching I studied in depth while living in England. I was learning it for myself, but began applying it to my students with success every time. As a result of how I teach, I am an international teacher with several students who study with me via FaceTime from England, Australia, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. I have also coached actors for the big screen, including Patricia Arquette. Quick story: I sat on an airplane last spring and it turns out that I was sitting next to a violin enthusiast who was about 50. We began "talking shop" and he shared, "I have played the violin for THREE YEARS and I can't play with a straight bow. How do you do that?" I signed him up for ten lessons, and by the time he was done with the set, he was playing with a straight bow. We had to do it online since he lives in Boston and I live in Los Angeles. So when I say that I have a SYSTEM, a step by step system that gives you skills in an effortless manner, I mean it. All you have to do is show up, trust the process, have patience with yourself. My youngest student is 7. My oldest student is 92! I began playing the violin at the age of 2. Moral of that "age-range" story: No one is too young or too old to learn the violin. A brief bit about myself: I have played the violin since the age of 2, so am bringing to the table over 50 years of hard won experience in both performance and teaching. My dad had me performing by the age of 3, and I have been on stage since. Growing up, I traveled as a soloist internationally almost every summer, and spent summers immersed in music camps under some of the biggest names in the industry. Also growing up, my dad was friends with some of the major violinists in the field like Perlman and Stern. They would come over to our house when my dad would make their violin cases (Weber Violin Cases) and teach me a thing or two while they waited for their case. Perlman influenced my bow arm greatly when we sat in our family living room and he taught me his "figure eight" approach to a fluid sound. I use it all the time and teach it all the time to this day. Because of my extensive experience, my education as in Performing Arts at USC where I got a full scholarship, I am far from the average teacher who just throws music at you and says, “practice that” and pushes students through massive amounts of music in their first three years. My method (and passion) goes way beyond that. I first focus on the foundation of HOW TO play the violin before we even get to music. Not every violinist has a natural gift for teaching. I am fortunate enough to always be able to break it down for a student to really unlock what each student needs in order for them to understand and progress in a relaxed manner. I bring everything I have learned from teachers all over the world (plus take my stage experience) and give my all to each student, whether beginner or advance, young, middle aged or senior status. My current students age ranges from 7-92. I teach world wide so teach both locally and online. My stage and concert experience is extensive: Throughout my teens and 20’s, I spent the summers traveling as either concert master or soloist with orchestras across Europe. Eventually I settled down in Los Angeles where I now freelance and teach. I am currently Concert Master for Johnny Mathis when he is in Southern California, I performed regularly the Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet show in LA, and perform with many other celebrities. Every three years I travel to Japan for concerts. My current Orchestra’s include Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, other surrounding orchestras as well as studio work for motion pictures. You can google me for even more. On YouTube, search “Dynell Weber” and check out a video of me as a toddler showing off my new violin skills. lol. I was only 2 1/2 in that video. But boy did I want to show off. 😂 Prospective students like yourself can speak directly to any of my current students and ask them personally what it is like to study with me. Just ask me for the phone numbers for references. I do it this way because a conversation with my students is better than any written review. It’s personal, real, and human. Before meeting in person, I do require a FaceTime meetup just to get familiar. The consultation is not about signing you up or selling you on lessons. The online consultation is a relaxed way of finding out if we are even a good fit. I view it as an important step before both of us decide “yay” or “nay”. The secondary reason I do this is to make sure I am talking to who I am typing with. It makes it safer for both of us. Since I do teach out of my home, I screen who comes into it. If you want to throw my name into the hat of teachers you are interviewing, just shoot me a text at the phone number you will receive to set up the FREE online face to face appointment. Oh ya, one last thing: How To Pronounce My Name. People are usually embarrassed to ask, the get more embarrassed because they didn't guess right. So I am quite happy to save you the trouble: The "Y" in my name (Dynell) is pronounced like the "Y" in "Lynn". Or think of the word "dinner". It is pronounced like the "I" in "dinner. Then the emphasis is on the "Nell". When pronounced correctly, it almost sounds french. But it isn't. My parents made it up as a compromise name when my mom was in labor. The spelling comes from two different people they wanted me named after. I am a compromise baby, but have gone my whole life explaining that "Y". :-)!!!!
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Serves Los Angeles, CA

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41 years in business

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Paul B.
Feb 18, 2014
I am an adult student, and Dynell has been my teacher for the past 9 years. When I first began with her, I had a tremor in my bow arm from stage fright. Fortunately for me, Dynell had studied in England for several months specifically on the topic of how to play the violin pain-free and without stage fright. She teaches violin in a manner which resolved my issues of bow arm tremors and stage fright. I now enjoy being a part of my church community whenever their are musical functions. She is professional, pleasant, a strict teacher, and has contributed greatly to my appreciation of music.
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Currently my introductory rate is $65 per lesson for a block of 8 lessons your first eight weeks. After the first eight weeks, it is a month-to-month contract. I do ask that, out of common courtesy, that when a person knows they want to discontinue lessons, they let me know one month in advance. This gives me time to plan. Payment is based on tuition: Meaning all lessons for the month must be paid for on the first of each month. I accept Zelle or cash to begin with. After you have been with me for three months, I accept check. Tuition Increases: After one year of being with me, my rate goes up to $75 per one hour lesson. The $65 is a introductory rate. And after that, once that first rate increase has happened, I usually don't raise my rates for about 5-8 years. For instance, I held my rate at $65 only because of Covid, and then letting everyone settle into life after society opened back up. But for my qualifications and experience, one year after students have been with me, I do need to bring it up to the low end of where my other concert violinists colleagues are. Especially since I only take on a hand full of students so that I can maintain my high level of performance during the year as a concert violinist. This is not what I do 40 hours a week. I never take on more than 10 students at a time. Because I keep my students close and my circle so small, it is probably why it is not too often that I have openings. With George being in his 90's and taking two lessons a week currently, I anticipate that I have two openings coming up since he is going into an assisted living home - so am planning for that event. When George goes into the Assisted Living home, to fill his slot, I will either take on one other student who is coming twice a week, or two other students who are attending once a week. But I won't start the new student in at George's rate, $75. I will start them in at $65 just like I stated. If you have gotten this far in researching me, I hope you can tell by now that I am personable and try to think of both myself and my students. Absence policy: I will help you make up two lessons per six months. After that, there are no refunds. This is to encourage attendance. It honestly becomes too much for me if students are spreading my schedule out with reschedules. I finally had to stop doing that for my own sanity if I am to be able to also be a concert violinist and making it to gigs on time. Thanks for understanding that.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    We start off with one trial lesson. That lesson is $65. This lesson happens only after we have met on FaceTime and you are curious to see what I am like as a teacher even more than what you learned on FaceTime. If you think, after our first lesson, that we are a good fit, then we graduate from there into my Policy and Procedure (which by that point we will have discussed and you will already be familiar).

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

    I continue to get coaching on violin from time to time in order to keep myself motivated, I attend summer seminars on teaching. One of my coaches has been Abram Shtern in hollywood. He was the premier teacher in Russia back when the Iron Curtain existed. He taught some of the best violinists in the world. As a way to self improve, I studied with him and made a CD for my own personal fun. It was a sad day when he passed away. The world lost one of the true greats. It is important to have mentors and projects to work on that are separate from my concert schedule and teaching. It keeps me forward thinking, forward moving, and always growing musically and in my spirit.

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