VIOLIN LESSONS IN PASADENA, CA

THERE ARE THREE LEVELS

Beginner Level

Our beginner violin lessons are designed for students with little to no violin experience and who want to learn the basics of music theory and violin skills.

Intermediate Level

Intermediate violin lessons are offered to those students who have already been practicing the violin for several years and want to improve their skills.

Advanced Level

Our advanced violin lessons are for highly skilled violinist wishing to refine their technique or who plan to audition for music schools and competitions.

AREAS OF STUDY

The Suzuki method is an internationally known music curriculum & teaching philosophy dating from the mid-20th century, created by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki (1898–1998). The method aims to create an environment for learning music which parallels the linguistic environment of acquiring a native language. Suzuki believed that this environment would also help to foster good moral character.
Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music.

“The term is used in three main ways in music, though all three are interrelated. The first is what is otherwise called ‘rudiments’, currently taught as the elements of notation, of key signatures, of time signatures, of rhythmic notation, and so on. Theory in this sense is treated as the necessary preliminary to the study of harmony, counterpoint, and form. The second is the study of writings about music from ancient times onwards. […] The third is an area of current musicological study that seeks to define processes and general principles in music — a sphere of research that can be distinguished from analysis in that it takes as its starting-point not the individual work or performance but the fundamental materials from which it is built.”

Sight-reading, also called a prima vista (Italian meaning “at first sight”), is the reading and performing of a piece of music or song in music notation that the performer has not seen before. Sight-singing is used to describe a singer who is sight-reading. Both activities require the musician to play or sing the notated rhythms and pitches. Many believe that sight-singing is the more challenging of the two, because the musicians do not have any keys, frets or valves (on keyboard instruments, guitars, and valved brass instruments, respectively) to help them obtain the correct pitches. However, difficulty is related both to the instrument and the difficulty of the piece itself. For instance, sight-reading on a polyphonic instrument, such as the classical guitar, can be more challenging due to the fact that the guitarist has to read polyrhythms and polyphonic passages that can often be played in different positions using different frets.
In music, solfège or solfeggio also called sol-fa, solfa, solfeo, among many names, is a music education method used to teach pitch and sight singing of Western music. Solfège is a form of solmization, and though the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, the systems used in other music cultures such as swara, durar mufaṣṣalāt and Jianpu are discussed in their respective articles.

Syllables are assigned to the notes of the scale and enable the musician to audiate, or mentally hear, the pitches of a piece of music which he or she is seeing for the first time and then to sing them aloud. Through the Renaissance various interlocking 4, 5 and 6-note systems were employed to cover the octave. The tonic sol-fa method popularized the seven syllables commonly used in English-speaking countries: do (or doh in tonic sol-fa), re, mi, fa, so(l), la, and ti

There are two current schools of applying solfège: 1) fixed do, where the syllables are always tied to specific pitches (e.g. “do” is always “C-natural”) and 2) movable do, where the syllables are assigned to scale degrees (“do” is always the first degree of the major scale).

Musicianship is a broad concept that covers a complex range of musical abilities. For the purposes of this syllabus, it is loosely defined as the ability to ‘think in sound’. This occurs when a musician is able to produce music which they perceive internally and in the imagination, whether through playing by ear, singing, reading from notation, or through improvisation.

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TESTIMONIALS

Violin Lessons Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 9 reviews
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My two (2) kids go to this school for Piano Lessons. It’s a great school with teachers who care and they even got (ONE) of my kids to actually play correctly and she now likes playing the piano. They are strict but have real concern for the students and offer a great environment to excel. I would recommend Donna Lee and her Music School anytime. A+++++++

Awesome!

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My son has been taking piano with Miss Donna since he was 7 and my daughter just started. I absolutely love her. She is fantastic with kids and really inspires them to play. She also has a recital that gives the kids a chance to play in front of an audience. She also encourages participation in the Certificate of Merit program. I am so glad we found her and Lee Music School.

2 Years And Going!

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Hollywood Arts Academy created a very welcome environment to learn music. My kids really enjoy it. My son has been learning piano here for more than 2 years and daughter is very exciting too. Highly recommended!!!

Great Academy!

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I highly recommend Donna and Hollywood Arts Academy! Our experience was good. My kids love the lessons. As a parents, I have found trust in the teachers there.

recommend them for kids

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My son, Cole, has been taking piano lessons with Miss Donna for about 4 months. We couldn't be happier with the results. Donna is an extremely patient teacher. Cole feels very comfortable when he is with her. Her teaching style has made my son more confident as she encourages him to play in front of audiences. Most importantly, Donna has taught my son how to read music. Cole was unable to read music before, he could only play by memorizing. This was a huge wake up call for us! Now with Miss Donna, Cole is learning theory, technique, and is able to read his music. Cole will also apply for CM this year. Hollywood Arts Academy is a good place for us to be! I recommend them for kids as well as adults. We are planning to have our daughter start vocal lessons soon.

thoughtful and very patient

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Since I was very young I had always wanted to follow my dream of playing the violin. It was not until I had begun to be in my 60s that I was able to begin to challenge my bucket list with this endeavor. By simple luck I was able to connect with the Academy and I have been extremely pleased in both the management and the instructors. They are thoughtful and very patient and go out of their way to guide me.

Glad to be working with them

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We are happy to find Hollywood Arts Academy. They offer great service, easy to work with. Recently I had to cancel few lessons due to my schedule problem. Even though, every school has this policy of being consistent with the lessons to keep the spot, but Miss Donna was nice enough to let me get things right and allow me enough time. The best part about this school is that they still offer the lowest rate in this city but with great service. My son started taking piano lessons with them 2 months ago. Working great so far. My son can play a few songs now. We are planning to get a grand piano for him next year.

Experienced Teachers

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I am a student of this academy and I have been learning flute as well as music theory at this school for 3 years. The teachers are very experienced professionals, and I learned many things from them. I successfully got a 95 on ABRSM music theory level 5 with a single try, and that is all thanks to the teachers at the Hollywood Arts Academy. I also recommended two of my friends to this school, and they both loved this school as much as I did.

Warm and Supportive

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I highly recommend Ms Donna and her staff. My son (age 9) has been taking piano lessons for 2 years and doing great! She is very warm and supportive. Her positive attitude and affirming attitude encourages my son. He enjoys lessons and will regularly practice on his own. Ms Donna is also VERY accommodating of our schedule and allows for changes and makeups without hassle. This flexibility is very important to us as my son does many other activities. The children all do a yearly concert at Christmas, something I looked for in a piano school.
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