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Santa Cruz Advanced Violin Instructors

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Mindy Music
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John W.
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My 11 year old daughter has been taking violin lessons with Mindy for about 3 months. She is enjoying her lessons and she is making excellent progress. Recently she played violin onstage with Mindy at a recital. I was very proud of her.

Randy Cono
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth A.
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Energetic and fun. He is very encouraging and fantastic for beginning adult learners as well (like me). I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn the violin!

Selim G.
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My main instrument is piano, however I have taken a year of violin lessons during my composition studies in Austria. I wanted to focus on my string instrument writing and also develop my violin playing skills (at the age of 33!). Dr. Elizabeth proved herself to be a great teacher, who didn't only make my lessons fun (believe me, it's not that easy when you are at a certain age), but also made made things very interesting to me by relating the techniques I learned to string instrument writing (which is an amazing experience for a composer!). Sometimes when I arrived early for my lessons, I observed Dr. Elizabeth with children and talked to some of the students' parents. They all speak highly of her and are very happy with their children's musical development. I am (also) a music teacher at UC Berkeley, and have seen all kinds of teachers throughout my career and I can confidently say that you can't go wrong with Dr. Elizabeth. I still continue my weekly lessons and am amazed how much I've developed as a violinist since we started working together. Thank you Dr. Elizabeth, see you next week!

Paul Price
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Murali K.
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My daughter has been taking piano and violin lessons from Paul. The piano lessons since age 9 for almost 2 years now, and the violin lessons for a few months now to augment the strings music instruction at her school. He was referred by a family in our neighborhood, and he was open to trial lessons before completely signing on. He goes into music appreciation and history along with his teaching. We have also enjoyed a few recitals of his students along the way - there are three of these each year in student homes, and the anticipation of an upcoming recital is good motivation for the student to practice. For one of these recitals, Paul wrote the sheet music for a popular song that my daughter chose, since there wasn't one readily available. So he goes out of his way to customize the teaching. My daughter has progressed well, and enjoys the experience. I definitely recommend Paul.

Evangelista Music Studio
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alex K.
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I began receiving lessons from Miss Kathleen when I was in the 4th grade. She has been my private tutor for the past 8 years, and we only recently stopped having lessons due to her move. She has played a very big role in becoming the musician I am today. With her help and instruction, I participate in my school's highest orchestra, in the Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestra, and in events such as District Orchestra. She has always inspired and encouraged me to pursue my music related aspirations and, because of that, I plan on studying music in college and pursue it as a career. I can't imagine what I would have done with out her. Over the years of lessons, she has become more than just a teacher. She is my close friend who I continue to go to for advice.

Malinda’s Music
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Zoie F.
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    My children took violin lessons from Malinda for about a year. They blossomed under her as their teacher. She is so patient with children and geared her teaching to their understanding and needs. One of their favorite things was going to a couple of senior assisted living homes to preform for the elderly at Christmas time. We would still be taking lessons from Malinda if we hadn’t moved. She’s the best!

    Carolyn Shannon
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Deirdre F.
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    Carolyn is an excellent teacher. Our 5 year old had been asking for a violin and lessons for a long time so we decided to give it a try for her and our 8 year-old. We found Carolyn on Thumbtack and she came to our house to meet the girls and give them an introductory lesson - for free! Our 5 year-old is flighty. Focus and practice are concepts she's not really on-board with. I expected that she'd be frustrating for any teacher to deal with. When we met Carolyn, we knew straight away that she would be a great fit. We planned for one month of lessons, and then we would assess the feasibility of continuing. By now, we've had two months and we're heading into our third. Carolyn is an excellent and patient teacher, understanding of little girls and their short attention span. She makes the lesson fun and interesting and tailors her approach to students. She is even teaching them pieces of the theme music from their favorite video game! She looks for ways to keep them engaged and motivated and she knows how to work with each of the girls as individuals who have very different personalities and temperaments. She explains everything well - both to the children and to the parents (I'm completely novice to the violin, and know almost nothing about learning to play an instrument). All-in, I can't recommend Carolyn highly enough.

    Heather G.
    Verified review

    Having not played for over a decade, I enjoyed picking up the violin again and having lessons with Claire. She made the lessons fun!

    Violin and Viola Lessons
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 15 years in business
    Rach H.
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    My 5yrs old daughter has been amazingly improved in violin for 6months! Thumbs up!

    • 18 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Salma A.
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    Alex is a great teacher, he really focuses on technique and puts a lot of effort into his teaching. Since I am a mature student he is also teaching me some music theory which I love. If you want to learn the violin I would strongly recommend him.

    About

    I perform a variety of styles of music on violin and 6-string electric violin with cello range, capable of performing cello repertoire. Genres include classical, pop and rock, folk, country and R&B. I teach violin and electric violin to students of all ages. I also create customized string arrangements.

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    Zoe Chen provides private violin lessons starting beginner's level. She can teach both in English and Mandarin Chinese.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    I am a classically trained violinist with 29 years of experience as a soloist and orchestra member and have taught for 18 years throughout my career. I specialize in starting young children with strong fundamentals while making music fun, but also have experience with a range of ages and experience levels.

    • 18 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
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    Flexibility on our lessons plan and schedules. We tailored the lessons to the needs of the students, not other way around. We allow flexibility in the scheduling without compromising the quality of service we have been providing for over 15 years.

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    I am a grade 7 ABRSM-qualified violinist. I have 11 years of experience playing the violin and am also trained in music theory. I am willing to travel to my student's house. I have reasonable pricing, and am willing to teach first-time students.

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    I offer private violin lessons to any age, any stage, youth to adult, beginning to advanced. I can teach you how to become the musician you have always desired to be.

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    I am offering private violin lesson to age 3 and up. I am a graduate of University of Michigan and Interlochen Arts Academy. I also have experience working at preschool.

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    I am teaching piano and violin individually, and I am teaching with passion. I love my work, and I have good results.

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    My students benefit from my methodical approach. I emphasize good technique and a strong foundation in the fundamental. Avoiding a formulaic lesson structure allows each student to learn at his/her own pace.

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