Private Lessons in Santa Monica, CA

Violin & VIOLA lessons • suzuki trainED • Neuroscience Inspired

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Private lessons are the cornerstone of learning a musical instrument, especially one that is as complex as the violin and viola. Morgan’s technique is derived from her experience as a professional musician, her extensive Suzuki training, and her background in Neuroscience. She is always looking for innovative approaches to teaching violin pedagogy, engendering a dynamic learning environment for her students. Morgan studied Suzuki method with pedagogue Edmund Sprunger who studied under Shin’ichi Suzuki. She is a board member for the Music Teacher’s Association of California: Santa Monica Bay Branch, acting as Strings Coordiator for Certificate of Merit examinations. In addition to private lessons, Morgan serves as a DreamStrings teacher for the Santa Monica-Malibu School District and is a teaching artist with Elemental Music’s program Elemental Strings.

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Morgan’s career in the field of Neuroscience taught her how the brain works and the ways in which people learn. Studying which neural pathways are used to master an instrument led her to the discovery that learning is not a one-size-fits-all approach. One student may learn visually while another kinesthetically, or a combination of both. Students in her studio each receive a personalized approach utilizing their strengths to best address areas of improvement. She believes that every child can play the violin when there is a disciplined plan supported by loving encouragement from both the teacher and parent.

Morgan’s students perform in multiple recitals and take performance exams throughout the school year. She believes performing frequently is helps develop confidence and healthy public speaking skills. Her student’s often receive the highest Honors in the Royal Academy of Music and Certificate of Merit exams. These exams provide students with a graded assessment of their ability and more importantly, practice performing in high stress situations. She also believes students should make music with others. Morgan’s students routinely make first chairs in many school orchestras including Lincoln Middle School, John Adams Middle School, Paul Revere Middle School, Santa Monica High School, and Palisades High School. In addition to school orchestras, her students have participated in extracurricular ensembles such as Junior Chamber Music, Elemental Music, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra; as well as competitive festival orchestras such as SCSBOA and CODA. 

At the end of the school year Morgan encourages her students to learn other styles of music such as folk and bluegrass. Her students are regulars at the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, where many of them have won first place.

All private lessons are held in Morgan’s studio located in the Mid-Wilshire area of Santa Monica, easily accessible for students living in Santa Monica, Brentwood, Venice, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, and other West LA locations.

Student Awards & Achievements

  • Academy Philharmonic, concertmaster & assistant principal 2nd violin (2019)

  • MTAC Santa Monica Bay Branch Honors Recital, 3 students accepted (2019)

  • Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Concert, Principal Viola (2019)

  • SAMO High School Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Viola (2019)

  • SCSBOA Middle School Symphony Orchestra, Viola section (2019)

  • SCSBOA Middle School String Orchestra, Violin II section (2019)

  • CODA All-State High School Symphony Orchestra, Viola section (2018)

  • John Adams Middle School Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Violin II (2018)

  • Lincoln Middle School Concert Orchestra, Assistant Principal Viola (2018)

  • Lincoln Middle School Concert Orchestra, Principal Violin II (2018)

  • Royal Conservatory of Music, National Gold Medal for Violin Level Prep (2017-18)

  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Highest Score in the Branch Viola Level 2 (2017-18)

  • Royal Conservatory of Music, 3 students received Honors with Distinction (2017-2018)

  • Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, 1st Place Beginning Fiddle (2018)

  • Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, 2nd Place Beginning Fiddle (2018)

  • SCSBOA Elementary School Orchestra, Viola section (2018)

  • Lincoln Middle School Concert Orchestra, Principal Viola (2018)

  • Elemental Strings Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster (2017)

  • CODA High School December Orchestra, Violin II section (2017)

  • Royal Conservatory of Music, two students won Honors with Distinction (2017)

  • Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Concert, Assistant Principal Viola (2016)

  • Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, 1st Place Beginning Fiddle (2016)

  • Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, 2nd Place Beginning Fiddle (2016)

  • Beverly Hills District Middle School Honor Orchestra, Principal Viola (2016)

  • Royal Conservatory of Music Exam, Highest Score in State Viola Level 2 (2015)

  • Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, 1st Place Beginning Fiddle (2015)

  • Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica Music Award, Finalist (2015)

  • Santa Monica High School Sinfonia Orchestra, Principal Viola (2015)

  • Lincoln Middle School Concert Orchestra, Principal Violin II (2014)

  • SCSBOA Middle School Symphony Orchestra, Violin I and Viola section (2015)

  • CODA High School Symphony Orchestra, Viola section (2014)

  • SMMUSD Elementary Honor Orchestra, Concertmaster (2013)

  • SAMO High School Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Viola (2012)