Violin and Piano Lessons

Hello and welcome to my teaching studio!  Every day, I strive to nurture well-rounded musicians by implementing teaching methods in a way that is fun and positive for each student.   In addition, I aim to spark an appreciation for music.

For the past five years, I have guided children through their first experiences on the violin, and many have continued on to participate in and be leaders in other string programs.  My curriculum has been centered around (but is not limited to) the "Suzuki book" progression.  I draw on duet playing to improve one's listening and playing skills, and to have fun!  When we start lessons with scales, it becomes a great venue for learning bow movement skills, for creating a beautiful sound quality.  

Lessons are catered to each individual in order to achieve satisfaction from their playing.   I have had requests from students to play songs outside of the regular curriculum-   fiddle songs, folk songs, favorite songs from movies, (Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen).   We strive for organization:  together we set achievable goals,  record them in a practice notebook, and award prizes. 

If you are interested in violin lessons, please contact me via this fillable form, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Online violin lessons - zoom, skype, facetime

Lesson Rates :  


Private lessons   (currently all online)

30 minutes  - $45  

45 minutes  -  $65

60 minutes -  $85

Group lessons of 2 or more:  (currently all online)

30 minutes - $25 per person

45 minutes - $35 per person

60 minutes - $45 per person

Violin lessons Oakland, Berkeley, East Bay, SF Bay Area

“My daughters (now 9 and 11) have been taking lessons with Sara for almost three years. She is incredibly patient and encouraging and she is a very positive, joyful presence in our lives. My kids are motivated to practice, and they are eager for lessons each week. Her shift to teaching over skype has gone smoothly, and they are continuing to make great progress. We are so grateful to have found Sara as a teacher!
- Laura L.


"My daughter is taking online violin lessons with Sara Chazin. She just had a group zoom recital last night and it was great to see all the efforts of the kids. It gave them something to look forward to during this time besides being quarantined. We greatly appreciated her efforts which gave us a sense of community. It was wonderful! 

- Lauren V.

Teaching Locations:


Private studio                          (Oakland, CA)  

Musically Minded Academy (Oakland, CA)  

Reeder Music Academy         (Danville, CA)

My Training:


- Suzuki Teacher Training                                                               Deerfield, Illinois

- Mimi Zweig Violin Teacher Retreat -                                          Indiana University

- Cert. of Achievement in Early Childhood Education -            Merritt College, Oakland

- Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Performance -        McGill University

                                                                                                             Chicago College of Perf. Arts