The violin is a musical instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the viol family of string instruments, which also includes the viola, the cello, and the double bass. Someone who plays the violin is called a violinist. The violinist produces sound by drawing a bow across one or more or by plucking the strings. The violin is played by musicians in a wide variety of musical genres, but since the Baroque era, the violin has been one of the most important of all instruments in classical music with Concertos written by the greatest classical composers exploring the magnitude of its expressivity and sonorous beauty.
Great violinists include Jascha Heifetz, Itzak Perlman, Hilary Hahn, Nathan Milstein, and Leila Josefowicz.
Violins are also made in fractional sizes for young students: Apart from full size (4/4) violins, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 sizes are available and learning violin is especially recommended for early start with children as young as 3 years old. Students learn skills that can also be transferred to other instruments.
Evan Hesketh, violinist/violist, has been teaching for the past nine years with the goal to “share my passion and enthusiasm for music with others. As a teacher, I am fully invested in my students and strive to ensure that lessons not only hone their technical skills, but also develop and nurture their musicality and creativity. I want my students to be both inspired and challenged by their lessons – if they can’t wait to take their instrument out of the case then I know I’m doing my job!”
He teaches students ranging from near beginners to high school students. While a graduate student in Cleveland, he mentored viola students at the Cleveland School for the Arts, an inner-city performing arts middle and high school. As a conductor, he has worked with high school orchestra and band students as a guest clinician.
Evan brings extensive experience as a performer to his teaching. I hold a masters degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a masters degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Victoria (Canada). He has played in professional orchestras as a violinist and violist for the past eight years, was a prizewinner at both the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions, and has performed in master classes for many notable artists, including Pinchas Zukerman. Additionally, he has conducted orchestras in Canada, Europe, and the United States.
Kim Hain, a violinist, began her musical studies at age 5 and continued to study the violin seriously through high school and college. After a first BM and MM degrees in violin performance, she received a second MM in chamber music from Kent State, and then a DMA in violin performance from Florida State.
Since then Kim has performed with professional string quartets, including Quartet Nouveau, and frequently performs with Santa Barbara Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and Bakersfield Symphony.
Along with teaching violin and viola she also teaches Piano to private piano students at Santa Monica Conservatory.
As of September 2019, Kim also is a dedicated and successful Faculty member at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.