The Instructor 

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Music educator Midori Nakayama has 15+ years of experience teaching violin, viola and piano, in both private and group class settings.  She received Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was also a chamber music coach at Summer Music West, and a guest instructor at Santa Ana College string ensemble.  The Schools she had appeared as an instructor include; Yamaha Music School (Irvine), ABI Instruments (Anaheim), Serramonte Music Center (Daly City), Melody Academy of Music (Palo Alto), Amabile School of Music (San Francisco), and Grace Notes Music School (Burlingame).  

Midori focuses on teaching a proper posture and set-up of violin especially to the beginning students, and she has developed her own, confident methods to introduce this beautiful instrument to young pupils.  She is a very patient instructor, seeking potential in each student and find the most effective way to teach them tailored for their personalities and needs. It is her ultimate goal to see each student grow and enjoy making music!

The Studio 


The lesson studio is located in Parkmerced, San Francisco, at a cozy townhouse.  It is quiet and peaceful, a perfect environment to take music lessons.  Upright piano is on-site for piano lessons, and teacher's piano accompaniment for your violin playing.  Lots of free parking by the studio and easy public transit to the studio (Muni M-Ocean View light-rail, Muni bus routes 57, 28 and 29, BART and SamTrans route 122).

Virtual Lesson

Due to covid-19, I am currently offering all the lessons virtually.  Music education doesn't have to stop or be limited despite the situation!   This is actually a very convenient method - save your time to travel to the teacher's studio, and get instructions on your laptop or iPad right from your home!

I use Zoom, Skype or Facetime.  All my students continue to make a huge progress, which proves that the virtual lesson works, it is efficient and indeed valuable.  Contact me to sign up today!


30 min lesson: $40 (both studio / virtual)

45 min lesson: $60 (both studio / virtual)

60 min lesson: $80 (both studio / virtual)

*For group class and violin rental inquiry, please contact Midori.


Midori Nakayama