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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

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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

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

7:45-8:25

 

Champion Advanced

4th Gr. Jesse Advanced Strings

 

All 3rd grade Advanced Strings

8:25-8:55

 

Rhoades Advanced

 

 

5th Gr. Zittle Advanced Strings

 

4th gr. Rhoades Advanced Strings

9:00-9:40

 

 Zittle Advanced

 

All 3rd grade advanced strings

Champion Advanced Strings

10:20-11:00

 

Tessaro Advanced

Duncan, Tran, Sanchez

 

Macker, Tessaro Advanced Strings

 3rd gr beginners

11:05-11:45

 

 

 

 

Macker, Duncan, Tran, Sanchez Advanced strings

12:45-1:25

All 3rd Grade Beginners

All 4th & 5th gr Beginners

 

 

 

4th grade Jessee

Advanced strings

 

1:30-2:10

All Kinder, 1st & 2nd Grade Beginners

All 1st and 2nd Grade Beginners

 

 

 

All Kinder,1st & 2nd Grade Beginners