Violin & Viola Lessons at Melody Academy of Music

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Our Approach

Violin & Viola Lessons for All Ages & Musical Styles

Study a string instrument with our expert teachers at Melody Academy of Music. Our teachers all hold university degrees in music, and structure private lessons around the student – working through repertoire from beginning to advanced levels.
Children can begin studying string instruments at the age of 4. Many of our students participate in other orchestral opportunities. Contact us to learn more about our strings program!

teacher helping the student hold the violin

Our Approach to Violin & Viola Lessons at Melody Academy of Music

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Violin & Viola Lessons Should Be Fun!

The only thing sweeter than the sound of a violin or viola is the experience students will have at Melody Academy of Music. We pair the sophistication of these classic string instruments with an unwavering commitment to fun. We want each of our students to LOVE their music lessons!
Our teaching staff expertly blend a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the violin. Whether you’re looking to pick up the instrument for the first time or want to earn the first chair in your orchestra, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Strong fundamentals are key to efficient, effortless playing and optimal sound. We teach students essential instrument care and set-up, tuning, healthy playing posture, bowing, and hand positioning. Our skilled instructors also take students through regular ear training exercises to foster the development of good pitch.
Additionally, we strive to ensure our students become literate musicians through lessons in scales, music theory, rhythm, and sight-reading. More advanced students will build a broader repertoire of technique, including vibrato, double-stop and chord playing; more advanced bow strokes such as spiccato, sautillé, and up-bow staccato; and other higher-level musicianship concepts such as phrase analysis and score studying skills.

We Care About Your Musical Interests

At Melody Academy of Music, we are delighted to work with students of all abilities seeking to enrich their lives through music. Our teachers take an individualized approach to each student – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a thorough and logical sequence of skill development and training, and one-on-one guidance throughout your musical journey.
Your experience at Melody Academy of Music will be uniquely yours. Come and learn from our talented instructors, many of whom can connect you with performance and competitive opportunities, should you wish to pursue your craft on a larger stage.

Our Violin & Viola Teachers:

Chesley Mok

Chesley Mok

Piano, Violin

Chesley Mok graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and received a Master of Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying Collaborative Piano with Timothy Bach. A diverse pianist, Chesley works with both vocalists and instrumentalists across a wide range of genres, including championing new music[…]

Erin Chen

Erin Chen

Violin, Piano

Erin started to learn music at the age of six. She learned the piano first and then learned the violin. When she was twelve, she studied in Middle School of Xinghai Conservatory of Music. During this time, she won many competitions and gave performance in many cities. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Shanghai Conservatory […]

I-Chen Su

I-Chen Su

Piano, Violin & Viola

I-Chen Su is a native of Taiwan, and has been teaching at Melody Academy of Music since 2014. She received her BA in Music from Tainan National University of the Arts, MM in Viola Performance from Mannes School of Music, and MFA in Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media from Academy of Art […]

Susan Wu

Susan Wu

Piano, Violin

Susan completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Taiwan with a Violin performance major and a Piano performance minor and earned her Master of Music degree from San Francisco State University. She has experience teaching both violin and piano lesson and developed organizational teaching methods to guide students with their practical goals. In her undergraduate […]

Yina Ma

Yina Ma

Violin, Piano, Theory

Yina Ma started violin lessons at 4 years old. Because her father is a violinist, she naturally started learning violin with him. Through the years, she came to discover that she wanted to devote her life to it. She has played with many different ensembles, including the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Shanghai […]

Jackie Gao

Jackie Gao

Violin & Viola

D.M.A. – University of North Texas M.M. – Arizona State University B.A. – China Conservatory (In Music Education) Diploma – Central Conservatory of Music School (In Violin Performance) Dr. Gao is a versatile violinist and educator who has performed and given lectures across Asia and the United States. Her performances have been featured on radio […]

Eilene Cho

Eilene Cho

Piano & Violin

Eilene started her music journey in 2006 playing the piano. Her teacher saw that she was a fast learner and encouraged her to take the opportunities that came her way.

Zerlina

Zerlina

Violin

Zerlina has been playing violin since 2009, and has studied with members of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

We Offer Simple Pricing to Fit Your Schedule & Budget

Weekly Lessons

30 min

$215

per month

Great for learning the basics and building foundations.

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Weekly Lessons

45 min

$310

per month

Great for the budding master.

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Weekly Lessons

60 min

$400

per month

Longer sessions, great for motivated musicians.

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“My older child has been with Melody Academy of Music over 6 years, and younger one started learning piano here two years ago. We have been very happy with our experiences here. Teachers are very professional and have passion in music. ”

— Jie Chen, Parent

What you can expect

Tell us about your musical goals.

Match with one of our expert instructors.

Play music! Parents get progress reports.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What’s a Good Age to Begin Violin or Viola Lessons?

Children can begin studying the violin or viola as young as ages 4 or 5, but we welcome students of all ages, including adults! Our students love learning the fundamentals, as well as incorporating their favorite songs into their lessons.

What Size Violin Do I Need?

Violins come in a variety of sizes. Our staff can help you choose which is best for you or your child.

Our Teachers

Our music teachers hold degrees and are experts who love to share their knowledge of music with others. They work closely with their students to develop an engaging lesson plan. Choosing to take violin lessons in Melody Academy of Music, you’ll discover our string instructors will teach all styles of music, from learning to play by ear to reading music.

So, What Are You Waiting For?

If you’re ready to jump into the world of violin, we are excited to match you with a teacher that can get you started on your musical journey. Nothing will enable you to progress more effectively than a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring violin professional.
Let us help you explore and build your abilities in a setting that is comfortable for you. You never know how far you can go until you take that first step, contact us today to get started!

What Makes Violin & Viola Lessons At Melody Academy of Music Unique?

Our instructors have a fun, collaborative style that will inspire you and or your child throughout the learning and decision-making process.
The ideal teacher/student relationship is one in which the student can realize their musical goals. Melody Academy of Music teachers are fully equipped to assist you in every aspect of your musical development. Our violin and viola instructors will teach all styles of music, from learning to play by ear to reading music.


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