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Meet Steve Luchs

I received my Suzuki training at Southern Illinois University with a Masters Degree in Violin Performance.  I was fortunate to be a graduate teaching assistant for two years with Professor John Kendall, world renowned violinist and teacher who was the first American to study with Dr. Suzuki.

After coming to San Diego 35 years ago, I joined the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Chamber Orchestra.  Since becoming a full time teacher, both in the schools and in my private studio, I've continued performing as a freelance musician.  It has been fun performing with some well known artists.  A few examples are Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach, Moody Blues, Izaak Stern, Itzaak Perlman.  I have played with Smokey Robinson for the past 20 years.

It has been a challenging and rewarding experience teaching at CPJMA.  I am in my fifth year here and I am excited to see the music program blossom in becoming a model for other schools.  CPJMA has gotten recognition throughout the country  for our innovation!

Contact me: sluchs@sandi.net


The inventor of the Suzuki method, Shin’ichi Suzuki, explained his philosophy:  "I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart." The Suzuki principals include an early beginning of listening, loving encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, learning with other children, and then learning to read. Because all children learn and master their own language, Suzuki believed all children could learn and master music in the same way.

My advice for violin students and parents- don't miss class, pay attention, and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

2017-18 Schedule








Champion Advanced

4th Gr. Jesse Advanced Strings


All 3rd grade Advanced Strings



Rhoades Advanced



5th Gr. Zittle Advanced Strings


4th gr. Rhoades Advanced Strings



 Zittle Advanced


All 3rd grade advanced strings

Champion Advanced Strings



Tessaro Advanced

Duncan, Tran, Sanchez


Macker, Tessaro Advanced Strings

 3rd gr beginners






Macker, Duncan, Tran, Sanchez Advanced strings


All 3rd Grade Beginners

All 4th & 5th gr Beginners




4th grade Jessee

Advanced strings



All Kinder, 1st & 2nd Grade Beginners

All 1st and 2nd Grade Beginners




All Kinder,1st & 2nd Grade Beginners