Pin Chen

Conductor | Music Educator | Strings Specialist

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Pin Chen is currently Orchestra Director at Arcadia High School (boasting one of the largest school string programs in the state) and the String Orchestra Conductor of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She has been teaching private violin lessons since 1995 and has taught students of all ages--from 4 years old to 60 years old. She is also the President/Founder and a Chamber Strings Teaching Artist of Crescendo Young Musicians Guild, a non-profit youth music education and community service organization. She is the current Vice President of String Education of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). 

"As a private teacher, I am easy-going, have a great sense of humor, have a great ear (perfect pitch) and can pay great attention to detail. My strictness and demand levels for my private students are dependent upon how serious about music you are--whether you are doing it just for fun or to prepare for a career as a musician."


~Master of Music in Music: Music Education, Conducting Specialization -- Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Graduated at the top of the class with a 4.0 GPA. 
~Bachelor of Music in Music Education with Department Honors, Instrumental and General Music Education -- Northwestern University. 
~California Professional Clear Teaching Credential for K-12 Music since 2003. 
~Member: Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), California Teachers Association (CTA) 

~Primary instrument: violin. Began learning from father at age 6.
~Secondary instruments: viola, piano, percussion, trombone, guitar.
~Courses taught: High school--orchestra, band, AP Music Theory, chorus, musical theater. Middle school--band, composition, percussion ensemble, introductory music. Elementary--after school strings.

Lesson Information

Lessons available for violin (beginning through advanced), viola (beginning through intermediate), and conducting (beginning through intermediate).

Lessons are taught in Pasadena on weekdays and in Koreatown on weekends. 
$5 discount per lesson for students of the same family.

Lesson Rates

60 minutes
45 minutes
30 minutes

Please call or email for small group lesson rates (2-5 students).