Miguel Ramirez | Lessonface

Miguel Ramirez

Violin, Viola
5
15 Reviews
100+ lessons booked on Lessonface
Featured Teacher on Lessonface Since July 2018

Lesson Fees

From: $25.00 / 30 Minutes
Free 15 Minute Trial Lessons
Book 5+ lessons for 5% off

About

I have been teaching violin privately for the past 19 years. During this time, my students have progressed and enjoyed their lessons so much that they tend to stick around! The majority of students who have taken one lesson from me have continued taking more, many for 3 to 6+ years. I have had students accepted into Eastman School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Bard Conservatory, Meadowmount School of Music, Eastman Music Horizons, and the California CODA All-State String Orchestra. I welcome and enjoy teaching all ages and levels, though my focus has been working with students ages 7-18. In addition, I have also instructed and conducted orchestra at the San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory for 8 years, New Youth Orchestra for 6 years, and school orchestras in the San Diego area.

I grew up in a musical family and had began my studies on violin with my father Margarito Ramirez and my brother John Ramirez who had attended the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay. I had also studied with Michael and Irina Tseitlin, and Philipp Naegele. I have had the privilege of taking individual classes with my uncle Juan Ramirez (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), David Chan (Juilliard School, Metropolitan Opera), Mikhail Kopelman (Eastman School of Music), and Oleh Krysa (Eastman School of Music). My performance experience ranges from playing classical music at the Viana do Castelo VIII International Music Festival in Portugal to performing viola alongside rock band Delta Spirit at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Parent testimonial: I could not have found a better violin teacher, mentor, role model or friend for my child than I did with Miguel Ramirez.  Kindness and patience embodied, with an extraordinary musical ear, he transformed my son’s violin practice from an obligation into a passion.  A gifted teacher with an inspirational love of violin and impressive expertise, Miguel Ramirez nurtured my now aspiring musician from weekly grade school lessons through to acceptance into the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music summer intensives, and ultimately into college at the Eastman School of Music.  Thank you, Miguel… we miss you!!

  - Lori Williamson, Jason Hurlbut's mom

During my lessons, I like to encourage, challenge, and focus. Since learning violin is a long process, I think it is important to first offer words of affirmation to students about when they are on the right track. I will then work together with the student to further refine and reinforce those technical and musical strengths, or perhaps shift over to work on a particular difficulty the student may be encountering. In either case, I try to focus the student on one or two specific tasks that will help improve their playing. I have told students that this work is like adding coins to a piggy bank, each new or corrected motion is like adding a coin, over time it will add up to a beautiful technique. I emphasize a strong technical foundation, and follow the Sassmannshaus tradition of introducing advanced techniques in their basic form, even to beginners and young children.

I support each student in their individual musical goals and will recommend a specific number of minutes to practice each assignment based on those goals. I also give the student practice strategies based on the science of how the brain works to help increase the efficiency of their practice sessions. I highly encourage each student to use a timer and practice sheet to track how many minutes they have practiced each assignment. This not only helps a student stay consistent and feel accomplished, it can also make the practice time feel like it goes by faster as the student is more engaged in what they are doing. During lessons, I make use of a couple devices, a metronome and a drone, which can help students with their rhythmic and pitch accuracy, and encourage students to continue to use those devices regularly in their individual practice time.

Member of American String Teachers Association, participant in the ASTACAP online certificate program.

I use the Sassmannshaus curriculum which combines the Suzuki method, the Sassmannshaus method, and a traditional approach (scales, musical studies called etudes that help build technique, and pieces that are not found in method books). I systematically use the Sassmannshaus "Basics" curriculum with all ages and levels. This is over 30 wonderful exercises that cover all aspects of right and left hand skills, and can be progressed through and rotated multiple times for refinement and maintenance. Alongside this, I may add the revolutionary Sound Innovations method books, technique books by Harvey S. Whistler, a variety of vibrato exercises, and many other pieces and books that I think would be a good fit for a particular student. 

Reviews of lessons with Miguel Ramirez

Miguel is an incredible teacher. My daughter was frustrated with violin and with sight reading but wanted to learn to play. He was so diligent and patient; she loves the classes and the violin again.
Shreya Chandra, Verified Student
October 17th, 2018
5
Miguel is an amazing teacher. Both my girls feel more comfortable and at ease with their lessons and feel that their orchestra sessions are so much more enjoyable and easy after lessons with Miguel. He is patient and kind yet meticulous in his teaching
Shreya Chandra, Verified Student
October 17th, 2018
5
Miguel has always exceeded my expectations. My daughter made a huge progress since he became our teacher.
JOYCELLE MARTINEZ, Verified Student
September 4th, 2018
5
Miguel is an exceptional teacher. I highly recommend violin lessons with him.
JOYCELLE MARTINEZ, Verified Student
October 9th, 2018
5
My daughter enjoys all the lessons with Miguel. He makes it fun and challenging.
JOYCELLE MARTINEZ, Verified Student
September 18th, 2018
5
We've been extremely fortunate with Miguel. He has the right balance to guide our son with patience, skill and interest. Having a young teacher has definitely kept our son interested and wanting to improve. We wish we could continue with the studio sessions and hands on instruction but we are just as happy with the relatively seamless transition to the virtual lesson environment. Thank you Miguel.
Harold Pimenta, Verified Student
September 6th, 2018
5
Mr. Miguel Ramirez has always been great! He pays close attention to details. I was apprehensive in the beginning to do online lessons. However, it is very convenient and has been working well with my daughter. My daughter has made a lot of progress after being with Mr. Miguel Ramirez for almost 3 years. I highly recommend our teacher!
JOYCELLE MARTINEZ, Verified Student
September 11th, 2018
5
Our daughters have studied with Miguel Ramirez for the past 8+ years. He's a fantastic violinist and an extremely patient teacher, who have taken our children all the way from Suzuki Bk 1 pieces, to their present curriculum of concertos and advanced pieces. We have just transferred over to LessonFace video interface, and weekly lessons seems to be working out really well so far. We highly recommend Miguel as teacher who can work with all kinds of students, from the very beginner to the aspiring music major in college.
Carolyn Lee, Verified Student
September 6th, 2018
5
I have been learning from Miguel for more than 5 years now. Miguel is an excellent teacher. He is patient, methodical and provides the right encouragement to learn and excel. His classes include focus on technique and pieces by varying composers. He has taught me from various books including suzuki, wohlfart and Sevcik. Overall, I am lucky to have him as my violin teacher and look forward to learning from him for years to come.
Latha, Verified Student
September 6th, 2018
5
Miquel is an excellent teacher because his students not only master techniques, but also maintain their passion to music. He provides solid foundations to young pupils. He went out of his way to provide guidance and extra help to students that show interests in musical career.
Racine Hsieh, Verified Student
September 4th, 2018
5
View All Reviews

Shopping Cart

View Cart
Loading cart contents...
Load contents