Experienced violin & viola instructor with openings for new students. Patient and encouraging educator.

Violin & Viola

I enthusiastically teach all levels and ages, from the beginning musical explorer to the aspiring professional. My passion is to share music-making with my community.

The tone of my lessons is low-key and light-hearted, with an underlying goal of discipline and highest achievement. My priority is to identify the root of the student’s joy in music, then use that starting point to expand their own initiative to reach higher levels. Young children (and children at heart) are given a variety of enjoyable exercises to illustrate concepts and principals. I add layers of musical training as we see fit - technique and repertoire, rhythm and conducting, piano instruction, theory, historical recordings, chamber music, technology and performance. Piano accompaniment is available at every lesson.

Recitals are held 2-3 times a year. 

My home studio is in Albany, near El Cerrito Plaza and walkable to BART.

I am a professional classical musician, with decades of local and national performing and recording experience in chamber music, contemporary music, solo and symphony orchestra.

A music teacher is a personal connection. I am happy to schedule a complimentary meeting to discuss your goals and see if we would be an excellent working match.

Best, Rick Shinozaki

Region Served: 
East Bay
Preschool, Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Rick Shinozaki
RickShinozaki [at] sbcglobal.net