Violin and Viola Lessons

The Pascale Music Institute (PMI) is known nationally for its high-caliber violin and viola teaching. We are proud that students from our program are accepted into the best youth orchestras, arts high schools, and conservatories, and they win awards and top ratings at music festivals and in solo competitions.

We are also known for starting children early. We begin children as young as 3½ in our KinderPiano lessons, and 4½ on violin, in our KinderViolin program (described below). They are taught using the unique Pascale Method. The method is an innovative and highly successful Galamian-based approach.

Private Lessons

Incoming violin and viola students who do not qualify for KinderViolin will be placed according to their ability by audition.

Our most successful students take both private lessons and participate in an orchestra. At PMI our violin and viola students participate in the Training or Children’s Orchestra. More advanced players (through high school) are invited to participate in the Los Angeles Children’s Chamber Orchestra. We also encourage our students to participate in our Chamber Music Program.


It is very important to perform as much as possible. Our recitals make this possible and students are encouraged to perform and also to participate in festivals and competitions.

KinderViolin® Lessons

KinderViolin is open to students from age 4½ and is the prerequisite for KinderViolin lessons. At the end of the 5 session piano lessons, student’s are assessed for their readiness for KinderViolin. The KinderViolin course, taught by Strings Program director Susan Pascale, is 12 weeks long.

The course includes a The Pascale Method for Beginning Violin Workbook with stickers and a violin ‘outfit’ for use during the 12 weeks. Graduates of the course will continue their studies privately with a violin teacher. Some may change over to viola, cello or bass. The director will meet with each family to determine the next course of action.

To sign up for private lessons or KinderViolin ® call 626-403-4611 or email us.