LAVS Recommended Teachers & Schools

NameCell PhoneLesson LocationLevelIn Home LessonStudioOnline
Richard Atkins(714) 536-1469
Joohee Bae(310) 925-5066Los Angeles
Candy Bilyk(310) 309-9547Los AngelesNOYES
Louise Brown(661) 312-2216Pasadena
Wendy Castille(714) 585-3526IrvineNOYES
Keum Hwa Cha(805) 338-7736Thousand Oaks
Sookyung Choi(818) 439-1331NorthridgeNOYES
Joycelyn Choo (714) 501-5366Walnut
Elboim Lena(310) 752-3198Los AngelesNOYES
Diana-Ray Goodman(805) 492-4690Thousand OaksNOYES
Daniel Hooper(415) 694-3201CovinaBeginner – IntermediateYES
Tami Iskendarian(714) 904-1657Santa Monica, S. PasadenaNOYES
Juhee Jeon(213) 210-3741Torrance, Palos Verdes
Sara Jin(949) 257-8352Los AngelesYESYES
Joo Tammie (213) 359-2240Los AngelesYESYES
Rebecca Ju(213) 268-6458La CrescentaNOYES
Jin Kang(949) 656-1780 Irvine
Chloe Yeon Hee Kang(818) 281-3449Glendale, LAMid to AdvancedYESYES
Eunhee Kim(714) 336-2270IrvineNOYES
Dodam Kim(213) 700-7388FullertonNOYES
Anna Kim (714) 336-9877Irvine
Jungah Kim Palos Verdes
Nancy Kuo(617) 821-4865Eagle Rock, GlendaleYESYES
Joan Kwuon(917) 378-9219Colburn, Los Angeles
Sun Jung Lee(213) 839-7206 LA, PasadenaNOYES
Hazel Lee(858) 353-6314San Diego-Carmel Valley
Paul Lee(818) 730-8142Santa Clarita, Valley
Lilly Lim(949)233-1649LA, Glendale, Los Feliz
Gail Mellert(310) 780-6687Torrance, Palos Verdes
ShinMyung Min(267) 401-5151Los AngelesNOYES
Elizabeth Monacelli(760) 723-5544Moreno ValleyYESYES
Johnny Nam(213) 278-2458Los AngelesAll LevelsYESYES
Daniel Noh(714) 793-3223East Los AngelesYESYES
Dimitry Olevsky(323) 371-0411Los Angeles, ColburnYESYES
Yoonjae Daniel Park(323) 819-7099Fullerton, Los AngelesNOYES
Boryana Popova(323) 841-5561LA, Santa MonicaYESYES
Kendra Sobania(320)360-2733Los AngelesAll LevelsYESNO
Fei Fei Soong(858) 231-6388San Diego, PowayNOYES
Michelle Sung(213) 344-7022La Crescenta, LAYESNO
Jennifer Wu(408) 249-3348Los AngelesYESYES
Judy Yoo(213) 399-9917Irvine
Grace Yoon(323) 482-2862Los Angeles
Alan Yu(949) 302-6376Irvine
Heesun Choi(949) 302-7807Irvine
Yaeri Choi(213) 210-9753Los Angeles
NameCell PhoneLesson LocationLevelIn Home LessonStudioOnline
Candy Bilyk(310) 309-9547Los AngelesNOYES
Keum Hwa Cha(805) 338-7736Thousand Oaks
Anna Kim (714) 336-9877Irvine
Johnny Nam(213) 278-2458Los AngelesAll LevelsYESYES
Jennifer Wu(408) 249-3348Los AngelesYESYES
NameCell PhoneLesson LocationLevelIn Home LessonStudio
Esther Back(714) 296-6918Brea, Cal State San BernadinoNOYES
Sunny MirimChoi(213) 393-8938Los AngelesNOYES
Soo YChung(818) 943-9512Granada Hills, CANOYES
Ben Fried(847) 903-8189AlhambraNOYES
Jennifer Goss(818) 246-5292Colburn, Glendale
Kristin Hall(805) 660-1306Camarillo, Moore ParkYESYES
Won Sun Kim(310) 745-1641Long BeachNOYES
Sung Eun Kim(323) 381-9420LA FullertonYESYES
Ashley Kim(714) 290-1212FullertonNOYES
Won Sun Kim(310) 745-1641West LA, Santa MonicaNOYES
Margaret Kocher(816) 489-2354Echo ParkNOYES
Koeun Lim(714) 823-7499Irvine
Sharon Chwen-Huey Liou(858) 649-9382San Diego – Carmel ValleyNOYES
Gaiana Mndoian(619) 729-7430San Diego – La MesaYESYES
SungEun Mun(213) 519-1013LA , La Crescenta, OCYESNO
In hee Na(216) 702-3263Los Angeles, Hancock ParkNOYES
Soojung Crystal Park(323) 823-7099FullertonNOYES
Roman Soto(832) 744-4302Los Angeles, WestsideYES
Felix Volozhanin(949) 272-3366Irvine
Ashley Walters(615) 330-9661Highland Park
YoungJin Yoon(215) 518-3988Glendale, LANOYES
School NameContact Name PhoneAddress
Hayfield Music SchoolNajung Kim(213) 219-56763960 Wilshire Blvd #200 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Soriel Music AcademyTammy Ju(213) 663-98053850 Wilshire Blvd #309, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Rhodes School of Music(323) 464-1154215 N Larchmont Blvd c, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Silverlake Conservatory of Music(323) 665-33634652 Hollywood blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90027
Green Brooms Music(310) 310-26231445 6th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica Conservatory of Music(310) 576-36001501 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sol-La Music Academy(310) 828-29121812 Stanford St. Santa Monica, CA 90404
Cornerstone Music Conservatory(310) 820-162012121 W Pico blvd. #205. Los Angeles, CA 90064
French Conservatory of Music(310) 734-78819887 S Santa Monica blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212
South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory(626) 403-23001509 Mission St. S. Pasadena, CA 91030
Pasadena Coservatory of Music(626) 683-3355100 N Hill Ave. #105. Pasadena, CA 91106
Pasadena Suzuki Music Program(626) 568-3826690 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104
Fried MusicBen Fried(626) 669-899111 South 2nd St. Alhambra, CA

Youth Orchestra

    • Asia America Youth Symphony Orchestra


Rolling Hills Estates, CA
David Benoit, Music Director
Focus: Pre-college young musicians, classical and jazz and integrating Eastern and Western influences

  • Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra

Claremont, CA
Dr. Robert Sage, Music Director
Focus: Students with a minimum one-year of playing experience

  • Colburn School Orchestras

Los Angeles, CA
Focus: Musicians at every level

  • Korean American Youth Symphony

Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA
Seung Ju Kim, Music Director
Focus: Pre-college students

  • LA Korean Youth Orchestra

760 S Westmoreland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90005
Director: Dr Jung Jinshik 323-243-6130

  • Los Angeles Youth Orchestra

Encino, CA
Russel Steinberg, Artistic Director
Focus: Pre-college students, ages 8-18;
Concert Orchestra: intermediate
level; Symphony Orchestra: advanced level

  • Pre-professional level orchestras

American Youth Symphony
Los Angeles, CA
Carlos Izcaray, Music Director
Focus: Musicians who are at least 15 years of age; comprised of musicians in high school through doctoral programs.

  • Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra

Los Angeles, CA
Yuga Cohler, Conductor in Residence
Focus: A pre-professional training ensemble, comprised of talented musicians ages 15-25 on the cusp of professional careers.


Instrument and Bow Care

General Care and Maintenance

As a general rule of thumb, treat the instrument as you would a person.  What is uncomfortable for you is also uncomfortable for it.  This means that leaving the instrument in the car for any period of time, winter or summer, could be very fatal for the instrument.  In the winter time due to the extreme cold, the instrument could easily crack. Additionally, in the summer time due to the heat, the instrument’s varnish could quickly melt, or the glue holding the instrument together could soften and lose its adhesive properties.  Any drastic change in temperature from cold to hot, humid to dry, or vice-versa could lead to extensive damage.

Inside violin family instruments, there is a small wooden stick called the soundpost.  The soundpost is designed to help transfer vibrations from the bridge and top to the back of the instrument.  It also serves a secondary purpose of keeping the tension applied to the top of the instrument from the strings and bridge from crushing the top of the instrument.  In the event of the soundpost falling, it is important that the strings be loosened immediately to prevent any damage to the top of the instrument.

Humidity also plays a role in an instrument’s well-being.  When traveling to arid or dry climates, moisture should be given to the instrument by means of a damp-it or case humidifier to prevent the wood from drying out and cracking.  Humidifying the instrument on a regular basis is only necessary if living in an area with low humidity levels.

Bridge: The bridge has to always be maintained perpendicular to body. When students try to tune their instruments, the bridge’s tendency will be to lean towards the scrollside. If teacher does not reset the bridge when needed, over time the bridge will warp as shown above. If your bridge , you have to bring your instrument to the shop and get the new bridge. If  a player leave the bridge like above and play for a long time, sometimes bridge breaks then it will give a lot of damage to the front, so please do not leave your bridge like above picture.

Each time the instrument is played, the excess rosin left from the bow should be removed with a soft cleaning cloth.  If rosin is not removed from the surface of the instrument, it caan become imbedded in the varnish and interfere with the vibrations in the top of the instrument, thus adversely affecting tone.  It is also unattractive. Using most household cleaners will destroy your instruments varnish.  Never allow alcohol to get near the varnish as it will destroy it.  It is safest not to use alcohol at all. The only safe household cleaner to use is Simple Green which is safe on strings and varnish.  Never use a furniture polish on your instrument.  Furniture polishes usually contain lemon oil and/or silicone which can damage an instrument’s varnish.

NEVER put stickers on the body of the instrument.   While it is fine to put stickers on the neck and fingerboard, stickers placed on the body of the violin can severely damage the violin’s varnish.

Periodically, strings will need to be replaced.  Strings need replacing when they become false, begin to unwind, or break.  Consult you teacher if you are not able to distinguish if a string is false or not.  As a beginner, it is best to let the teacher tune the instrument; it is very easy to break strings when one is unknowledgeable of tuning and attempts to do so. When ordering replacement strings, it is helpful for the customer to know what brand of string is preferred along with which specific string is needed.

When tuning, it is important to check the bridge for any warping that has occurred due to the tension of the strings pulling it back and forth.  If the bridge is warped, it should be replaced. Ideally the back of the bridge should form a 90˚ angle with the top of the instrument.  If it does not, take it to your teacher or the violin shop and have it adjusted.

Always loosen the horsehair on the bow before putting away. And when getting a rehair, specify if you will be traveling for an extended period of time to a climate different from LA (which is dry). Our luthiers consider the humidity levels when adjusting bow hair length.




  • Deliver excellent customers service and ask questions to understand their budget, preferences, and needs
  • Have an understanding of the products/services available and make recommendations to customers
  • Capable of explaining the different properties of individual instruments.
  • String-playing experience is preferred; we are particularly interested in cello players.

Graphic Designers

  • Exceptional illustration and typography skills
  • Contribute to the design and branding process of LAVS, including websites, events, and
  • Promotional materials.
  • Work with the existing management team and offer original input.


  • Workshop: shadow trained luthiers and gain workshop experience
  • general office: streamline day-to-day operations and administration
  • photographer: work with our main photographer during and after photoshoots.