Ann Dunn. Violin Lessons

Santa Monica. Los Angeles Westside

Ann Dunn is a concert violinist. She has been teaching violin to all levels of students, both children and adults, for over twenty years. Classes include solo performance, duets, and preparing for playing in orchestra.

Technique and theory are taught from the beginning, and reading music as as soon as possible. Good technique is essential in learning to play. Before students can put feeling into their music, they have to be able to play in time and in tune. However, technique is learned not just through exercises but also through learning delightful and satisfying songs. This, after all, is why a person wants to play the violin.

$40 half hour. $55 three quarters hour. $80 one hour. Free introductory lesson. Call 310-689-6499 or email. Will come to your home in Santa Monica.

Approach to teaching violin
I am always gratified when a student makes violin his or her life’s work, however strongly feel there are many reasons to study a musical instrument besides being a professional. The most important reason is entering the magical realm of music. Playing an instrument is different from anything else you do. It is a completely new way of looking at the world. I have many busy adult students who take lessons just for one reason: it is a beautiful escape. Benefits of learning violin include discipline, focus. mental activity, dexterity, fine motor coordination, and a greater love for music.

Letter from a parent
My daughter, Miranda, has been taking violin lessons from Ann ever since she was in third grade. She is now about to enter eighth grade and is playing beautifully, thanks to Ann’s experienced hand. Ann is constantly challenging Miranda with ever-harder material, but also knows how to coach her through the inevitable bumps along the way. I would recommend Ann to any parent who wants their child to learn the violin, whether from the ground up or at an advanced level. — Paul Rochmes, Los Angeles, CA