Violin Teachers

Dr. Nikki Routman Ebisu

Dr. Nikki Routman Ebisu

Violin / Honolulu

“One of my primary objectives in teaching is to promote music as a vehicle for non-verbal and artistic expression. Every child is unique, so I adapt my teaching method and lesson plan to fit the personality, learning style and mood of each and every individual student. My teaching curriculum is centered around many of my own personal childhood learning experiences and hurdles that I had to overcome. It is my duty to act not only as their instructor, but also as their mentor, role model and inspiration.”

Rachel Saul Schifino

Rachel Saul Schifino

Violin / Honolulu

“Prioritizing a curriculum that is unique to each student, I carefully observe each student's ability to determine the course of study. My teaching philosophy, influenced by my "Grandfather" teacher Ivan Galamian, emphasizes an equal pyramid of technique and musicality. Developing both equally, with technique’s sole purpose to express innate musicality, is essential to achieve the end goal to create artful music. This zenith is a foundation for producing music that achieves a higher standard of living, including infinite personal growth and positive contributions to society, family and community. Studying music positively affects all areas of life, including an increased self-esteem, awareness, discipline, work-ethic, concentration, passion, commitment, respect, inspiration, improved memory, increased joy, and many more endless benefits. During lessons, I emulate positive energy, make my students smile and feel at ease, while focusing on always making the best possible sound and obtaining proper technique. In addition to studying a variety of repertoire and music theory, I am sure to emphasize technique methodology such as tonalization, bow hold exercises, scales, arpeggios, etudes, double stops: sixths, thirds, octaves, fingered octaves, tenths, etc. Prioritizing proper technique is a necessary step in order to make beautiful music.”

Sheryl Shohet

Sheryl Shohet

Violin, Viola / Waipio Gentry

“In addition to playing the violin beautifully and loving music, students in my violin studio learn valuable life lessons. My studio is a close-knit community of students and families who interact with me, with each other, with other music organizations, and with various populations we serve while sharing our music. ”