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Violin and Suzuki Method
Skill Levels
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Lesson Duration
30 minutes
Age Groups
All Ages

Rachael Shimano

Experienced Suzuki Violin Teacher ***Please message for available times and dates***
Teaching Philosophy

I was raised with the Suzuki method, and his philosophy influences all of my teaching. I believe that anything can be accomplished with focused repetition and a positive attitude from both teacher and student.

My students will usually finish Suzuki Book 1 in their first two years, and continue at a pace of 1book a year after that.

Students starting younger than 5yrs old tend to take 6 months - 1 year more to finish Suzuki Book 1.

I require a parent to be part of all lessons and practice for younger students. I also try to incorporate some game-like exercises to keep children interested throughout the lesson :)

I love teaching children, but I am also very interested in teaching older students.

It is never too late and rarely too early to learn the violin!

*** I have a special discount rate for siblings. Please contact me if you would like to know more about how this works ***


I began the violin at age 2 in Matsumoto, Japan. I was one of the last to study with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (the founder of what is known as the Suzuki Method).

I have been teaching private violin lessons to children ages 2-15 for almost 7 years. I have also organized and taught a violin summer camp for children studying violin in my hometown in Japan for the past two Summers. At this camp, and in my private group lessons, we use games to work on correct position, review repertoire and learn some simple ensemble pieces.


Masters of Music Violin Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2015)

Bachelor of Music Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music. (2013)

Capable of teaching all Suzuki Books. (And of course anything else you may want to learn, that we can find sheet music for!)

Student Reviews
Esteban F.

“Rachael was very patient and a good listener while I explained what I had tried so far with the violin. After our trial lesson I had no hesitation on deciding to continue lessons with her.”

Juan L.

“I’m a believer that first impression are everything, she really made a great one. She was very patient with me, understanding my intimidation with trying to learn an instrument at 22 years old. I learned a great amount in 30 minutes than I did in countless hours trying to learn on instructional videos. I will be seeing her again for my future lessons”

Nasser S.

“This being an unfamiliar instrument and my first lesson, I had some anxiety as how it may go. Ms. Shimon's calm demeanor helped me to relax. She showed me playing stance and how to hold the Bow and the violin, how to stroke, and many basics. We covered a lot and I learned a lot. I am looking forward to the next lesson!”

Yoshiko G.

“Thank you for being so patient with my daughter and for being creative to teach her the joy of playing the violin.”

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