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Our Violin, Viola, and Cello staff have extensive performance experiences and/or pedagogy degrees. Emphasis is placed on fundamentals and developing tone, technique and musicality as well as standard repertoire. We offer performance opportunities in the form of at least 2 recitals per year, string ensembles, and optional participation in worship band and other ensembles.

Our standard instructors use the Suzuki method books alongside other curriculum. We accept students from age 6 and up, though exceptions are made on a case by case basis.

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass Instructors

Suzanne Inwood (violin)
Suzanne Inwood (violin, viola) 
A USC music school graduate, Suzanne has taught for over 30 years. Accomplishments include performing in the Indiana University Symphony, South Bend Symphony, USC Symphony, among others and teaching at the South Bend Community Schools Summer Clinic, the Idylwild Summer Music School, the Irvine Conservatory of Music, the USC Community School of Performing Arts. She is a creative teacher committed to excellence, providing good fundamentals for the beginner and coaching advanced students as they prepare for auditions, performances, and contests.  Suzanne is also offering a 10% discount on lessons for senior adults ages 70+.

Saturdays 3pm - 5pm 

Marcelo Soares (violin)Marcelo Soares (violin, viola) 
Marcelo Soares is a classically trained violinist from Brazil who has more than twenty years of coaching and performance experience. During his extensive orchestral career, Marcelo served as the concertmaster of the Riberiao Symphony Orchestra, and appeared as a soloist with them on numerous occasions. Additionally, he was a member of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and was a Titular First Section Violin under the direction of Marin Alsop. As an international soloist, Marcelo has performed works including Romance by Antonin Dvorak, Karl Goldmark’s Concerto for Violin, and Violin Concerto no. 1 by H. Wieniawsky. In January of 2020, he won first prize in the 6th edition of the Shenzhen, China music competition. Beyond his orchestral career, Marcelo enjoys private teaching, as well as coaching students for competition; in 2009, he was invited as a guest teacher at The University of Sao Paulo. He is dedicated to helping students prepare for their auditions and develop a fervent passion for music. Fluent in Portuguese. 

Tuesday 2:00pm-6:00pm, Wednesday 2pm-7pm

Lina Van (violin)Lina Van (Instructor of violin, viola) 
is an active violin performer and teacher.  She received her Bachelor in Violin Performance from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach.  She encourages her students to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music Program in order to track their progress.  Ms. Lina has over 15 years of teaching experience.  She works with students at all levels from age 5 to adult.  Ms. Lina is a mother of 2 young boys.  Besides her passion for teaching, she also has a passion for long distance running.

Monday 2:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Sarah Howard (cello)Sarah Howard (cello) 
A cellist from Bakersfield, CA, Sarah has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance, and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Azusa Pacific University. Sarah has studied under the instructions of Dr. Marek Szpakiewicz, Dr. Charles Tyler, and Dr. Dieter Wulfhorst. She also had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with New York Philharmonic principal cellist Carter Brey, and Dr. Simona Barbu from the University of North Dakota. During her 14 years of studying and performing, she has been a part of a variety of ensembles including orchestral, chamber, and choral. She also has experience in solo performance, studio recording, and live theater production. In 2015, she toured with the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra to England and Scotland under the baton of Maxim Eshkenazy. She has been teaching privately since 2015, and coached cello students at the Summer Music Academy in the Bakersfield City School District in the summer of 2022.  

Friday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Leo Nobre (string bass, guitar)Leo Nobre (string bass, guitar) 
Leo has his bachelors degree in music from the University of Miami. A native Brazilian, Leo attended the American School of Rio de Janeiro, studying acoustic nylon guitar and string bass. As a high schooler he played with various Brazilian artists before being accepted to the University of Miami School of Music where he studied music theory, piano, arranging, and composition. He is a jazz musician, performing on and recording with many artists like Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Dori Caymmi, Airto Moreira, Jill Scott, Sergio Mendes, Hubert Laws, Black Eyed Peas, Shakira and many others. Leo has been awarded two Latin Grammy awards for playing with Sergio Mendez.  Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

Thursday 4pm-8:30pm

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  • Neighborhood Music School & Store
  • 若邻音乐学校
    (626) 708-0122
  • 地址:25 S 1st Ave.
    Arcadia, CA 91006
    • Fall hours Aug 15-Oct 15
      • Mon - Wed 1:30PM-8:30PM
        Thu-Fri 1:30PM-5:30PM
        Saturday 10AM-5:00PM
        Sunday 12:30PM-2:30PM