“Yakov is an amazing and talented violin teacher…Over the course of 3 years, we have learned a lot from him and grown very confident with our skills.
Yakov has taught us so much more than just violin, he has taught us life skills in planning, how to speak up, and just being confident…A few skills he taught us, like playing with emotion and practicing naturally while playing with good quality, made us better performers and violinists…”
– Shawna & Seb Pei
Yakov is an amazing and talented violin teacher. He taught us so much in the past few years, and even throughout the pandemic, we still learned a lot through online lessons. After 3 years of private lessons with his help, we became better than most students who learned for 3 years, even though we learned during the pandemic. He taught us a lot of skills for violin and lots more about life skills and even physics through our violin lessons! A few skills he taught us, like playing with emotion and practicing naturally while playing with good quality, made us better performers and violinists. Under his instruction, we performed a Vivaldi Concert with the piano, are currently practicing a J.S. Bach Concerto in D minor for two violins, and completed a professional audition. He helped us through the audition within 2 weeks (other people typically had 2 months) and got us ready. His amazing explanations helped us understand more about the violin and how to improve our skills. In the three years we have had his private lessons, we are thankful that he is our violin teacher.
– Shawna Pei
Yakov is a great violin teacher. Over the course of 3 years, we have learned a lot from him and grown very confident with our skills, even though most of our lectures had to be through online meetings for the past few years due to COVID. Over this period, we have learned advanced techniques and grown in the general feeling of playing the violin. Yakov has taught us so much more than just violin, he has taught us life skills in planning, how to speak up, and just being confident. With his teaching, we are now standing proudly while playing in the correct positions, and our techniques have been improving. Due to his passionate teaching, our music now has movement and life, and it also has all the feelings and emotions that a musical piece should have. Yakov really cares about his students. When we have only 2 weeks to prepare for an audition, he went out of his way to provide us with extended lectures and detailed instruction sessions even when he was traveling. Through his help, we have done more in 2 weeks (for a high-level audition) than ever before, and much more than we could’ve done on our own. Through his great explanation, we are able to understand much more and try to improve more with the newfound knowledge. He is an awesome teacher, and we are very glad to have him teach us.
– Seb Pei