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Rachel Hinojosa

Speciality: Piano and Violin

Background/Experience: Rachel Hinojosa has been playing violin for 11 years and piano for 13 years. During her high school years, Rachel made the decision to continue her love for music and the performing arts. Instead of going to a traditional high school, she enrolled at Santa Susan Performing Arts High School in Simi Valley. She was in string orchestra, piano class, music theory class, and production orchestra throughout her time in high school. A part of being in the string and production orchestra, she had the opportunity in competing in yearly national competitions located in San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Hawaii winning and placing with other national high school orchestras. Students in her music class will be taught music theory, scales, tunes, but most importantly playing their instrument with passion whole heartedly.

Peter Blackwelder

Specialty: Violin and Piano

Background and Experience: Peter has been playing violin for 12 years. He plays and teaches in a variety of styles which include classical, country, bluegrass, rock, jazz and pop. He regularly plays with Los Angeles bluegrass band, Murphy’s Flaw. Other ensembles and productions he has played in include, CSUN Symphony, Moorpark College Jazz Band, and Hank Williams and Lost Highway at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. He is currently freelancing and playing in bands around the Los Angeles Area.Education: California State University at Northridge and Christian Howes (Berklee College of Music)

Peter is available on Mon Through Sat

Pedram Pourghazi

Specialty: Violin/ Viola

Background/Experience: Pedram started playing the violinat age 7. He has earned both his Bachelor’s and Mastersdegree in Music Performance. Playing for over 25 years, he has a lot of performing and teaching experience.Currently, he is the second violin principal assistant in Santa Monica SymphonyOrchestra and First Violin player in San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.During his thirteen years of teaching music, many of Pedram’s students havesuccessfully passed auditions for music colleges and universities. Attendingvarious conferences, seminars, and training,he has been incorporating different pedagogical methods into his teaching.

He is a registered Suzuki Violin and Viola teacher and has successfully completed:

- Suzuki Teacher Training program in Northern California Suzuki Institute (NCSI) and Los Angeles Suzuki Institute (LASI)
- Coursework associated with “Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Conference” at Arizona State University (ASU)
- Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation; an online course offered by the Northwestern University
- Music Education Coursework at CSUN Teaching Credential program.