Come explore the world of music with me!
All ages & levels
Suzuki-trained & conservatory educated
Classical, contemporary, fiddle, improvisation, songwriting
*I am fully vaccinated with booster, plus a HEPA-quality air filter in my Torrance studio.*
Trained in violin and piano from the age of 4, Emily began teaching in 2004. A second-generation Southern California native and the child of career educators, she chose music as both her passion and profession. She holds a BM from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Popular Music and is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Influenced through the combination of Suzuki instruction and fiddle music, Emily developed a unique approach to the violin that showcases her stylistic range and commitment to redefining 21st century, creative string playing.
Fluent on piano and pipe organ, Emily continued to take keyboard lessons while at USC. As a composer, arranger, and performer, Emily's music can be found on all streaming platforms.
Find Emily's personal website here.
I'm trained in the Suzuki method with the foundational understanding that "Every Child Can." This approach encourages that the teacher meet the child exactly where he/she is in effort to best serve the individual child. We work to develop consistent practice goals with an emphasis on attention to detail and personal expression, all done through the vehicle of one-on-one music lessons.
Studies have consistently shown correlation between music lessons and success in academic studies. (One example can be found here.) The skills we learn in music lessons translate to every area of a child’s life.
I love bringing supplemental repertoire in to lessons and will often teach a song by ear or ask the student to bring in a song that they love. Recent explorations in lessons have included: Hamilton, Moana, Taylor Swift, and many others.
In my teaching, I work to connect the body with the mind. We learn stretching and relaxation techniques from day-one, take “dance breaks”, and breathe together in almost every lesson. I consistently incorporate listening into my curriculum and will often send students home with assignments to help them become not only performers of music, but lifelong appreciators and supporters of the arts.
ABC’s of Violin Teacher Training (2009)
Every Child Can! Suzuki Course (2019)
Suzuki Book 1 - Violin (2021)
ASTA (American String Teachers Association)
The Association for Popular Music Education
"Music isn't about music. It's about life."
- Herbie Hancock
Lessons are taught in 30, 45, or 60 minute intervals
In-person lessons take place in Old Town Torrance. I have a small teaching studio equipped with air filter, wifi, and easy parking
Online lessons take place on Zoom
Each student has a dedicated Google drive with access to lesson notes, sheet music downloads, and practice videos specifically tailored to his/her needs
Monthly pre-payment is expected to encourage stability for both the teacher & student
Attendance at twice yearly recitals (usually the first week of December and June) is expected