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Do you:

  • have technical issues you want to master?
  • pieces needing polish, or a performance or audition to prepare for?
  • want a second opinion about where to focus your energy and valuable practice time for the most pay off?
  • want to learn to tell a story through your music and learn to love playing more than ever?
  • need performance coaching?
  • want to overcome performance anxiety?
  • want guidance about making your practice time more effective and efficient?
  • want to explore improvisation or composition?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above, perhaps I can help?

I have been teaching privately and in group settings since 1996 and am a great diagnostician (my violin geek really comes out!), leaving no stone unturned in effort to truly dig out the root of any issue, including tone, vibrato, bowing, and intonation issues. I combine background in the work of several respected pedagogues, including Ivan Galamian, Paul Rolland, Suzuki, and Kato Havas. With knowledge of bio-mechanics, current brain research, psychology, and several genres upon the foundation of classical training, my approach truly combines body, mind, and spirit.

I am looking for those students who, independent of age or ability level, are committed to learning, growing as a player and person, and who are not afraid to dive deep and give music their all! Visit my online lessons page for more information.

Please email Laurel at laurel@laurelthomsen.com if you have a violin, viola, fiddle, music biz, or practice related question you’d like answered in the blog or on a podcast, have a story or insight to share, or if you’d like to inquire about violin, viola, or fiddle lessons with Laurel, in-person or via Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom.

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Laurel Thomsen

Violin, Viola, Vocals
Performance, Instruction, Recording

Based in Santa Cruz, California

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Photography by Michelle Magdalena

laurel@laurelthomsen.com
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