Words from parents and students

“My daughter’s study depends a lot on the teacher, not only in violin, but also in other things. She likes you as a teacher. If she likes the teacher, she will have more motivation and interest to learn.

We hope she can enjoy music, and understand that playing violin can make herself and other people happy. We also hope that she can understand that nothing is easy. Everything needs effort and hard work to have achievement. I think the current mode of learning is very good. We also feel your video or audio are very helpful. She can follow it at home during practice.” – Student’s mom

Your patience and detailed/specific coaching is really beneficial to my daughter. Also you gave her lots of tips and strategy to help learn the new techniques which is very helpful. You also motivated her to practice by encouraging her and asking each lesson on how well she practiced.” – Another mom

“I just want to thank you for being the best violin teacher I could have asked for. I’ve learned so much from you-not just violin technique, but also important life lessons. At your studio, I was able to forget about my other problems and “get in the zone.” I never really looked at the clock because I enjoyed being there; you were able to answer my questions and give me good constructive feedback… You’ve helped me realize that I’m not as bad as I might think I am and that I need to care what others think of me when performing. You’ve also taught me how to improve with practice and gave me valuable advice about school and college.” – Steph

“Mr. Yip is one of those rare teachers who do so much more than just teach music. He is constantly looking for ways to help his students improve—for instance, when I was struggling with finding a comfortable violin posture, Mr. Yip would, between classes and on his own time, read extensively on how to improve my posture so he could discuss what he found with me in following classes. Mr. Yip takes a genuine and personal interest in each of his students, and I can say that I found a friend as well as a teacher in him. Through his teachings, Mr. Yip has kindled in me a deep love for music that I doubt can ever be lost.” – Jonathan

“Mr. Yip is an incredibly patient and inspiring music mentor. His calm demeanor and methodical approach helped me overcome the intimidation of new challenges and obstacles. Because he really took time to understand me as an individual, we were able to communicate with ease and efficacy. Mr Yip also goes the extra mile to teach beyond the sheet music, which fostered a wholesome appreciation for the intricacies and beauty of music within me.” – Abbey

“Studying violin under the guidance of Mr. Yip has not only instilled in me a love for music but also a sense of dedication and constant improvement. Mr. Yip’s patience and commitment to excellence helped me steadily improve as a player, advancing my position in my youth symphony and winning a competition to perform a solo piece in Carnegie Hall. Not only did Mr. Yip help me improve as a violinist, he also found great summer opportunities and internships for me to pursue my interest in programming. Mr. Yip is a great teacher and caring individual, and I am sincerely grateful to him for all he has done.”- Mario

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Who is eligible

An ideal student is that rare child that likes the violin and has goals for their violin playing. He or she comes from a family environment that appreciates classical music, with parents that are positively engaged in their education.

Orchestra Coaching

Perhaps your child is very interested in playing music with other kids in youth orchestra. I have a deep interest in orchestral coaching and have coached for the California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra summer camp, and been an adjudicator for both seating and admittance auditions.

I have also coached the San Jose Youth Symphony (Prelude, Intermezzo, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber string quartet), Prospect High School, and UC Santa Cruz Orchestra.

Tim is approved by the Ocean Grove Charter School.