Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I have my teaching philosophy online here.

Training

Dorothy Delay Symposiums for Violin Teaching
St. Petersburg Conservatory
UW Madison Faculty Teaching Academy
UW Madison Active Teaching Labs
Workshops: Coaching and Developing Others, Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms, and more
MBA with an emphasis on developing people and organizations

Testimonials

“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.” – Stephanie Li

“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 li

“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 Kim

“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 a caring individual, and I am sincerely grateful to him for all he has done.”- Mario Ruiz

See student achievements.

Orchestra Coaching

I have experience in orchestral coaching and adjudicating auditions. I have worked for the California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and San Jose Youth Symphony (Prelude, Intermezzo, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber string quartet), Prospect High School, and UC Santa Cruz Orchestra.