Dr. Keum Hwa Cha

Violin, Viola Teacher

Keum Hwa Cha

SAA Member


Thousand Oaks, CA
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Keum Hwa Cha is a violinist, violist, and Suzuki-trained educator. She has given numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster in the United States and in South Korea. Many students of Dr.Cha have received academic and music scholarships, and various accolades for their accomplishments. Her pre-collegiate students have served as principal players in many youth orchestras and have been selected to play with All-State Honor Orchestras. Dr. Cha’s studio offers students the MTAC Certificate of Merit Program, administered by the Music Teachers’ Association of California, and participates in various music festivals in Conejo Valley.

Teaching Philosophy
I believe every student deserves a teacher who is highly trained and motivated. I really love working with children and teenagers. It is incredibly rewarding to see a young person grow in confidence and experience the joy of making music. I use both traditional and Suzuki methods and move in a direction that best fits individual students. My lesson is filled with music theory and history, positive feedback, and in-depth exercises. Creating a nurturing environment is the key to my pedagogy.

- D.M.A., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
- M.M., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
- B.M., Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
- Artist Certificate, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University

Teaching Experience:
- Idaho State University, Assistant Professor
- Pepperdine University, Adjunct Professor
- University of Rochester, Violin Instructor
- Eastman School of Music, Teaching Assistant
- ISU Sumer Institute of Piano and Strings, Director of Strings Division
- Belvoir Terrace Summer Camp, Violin Instructor

2018-2019 Season
Member of Music Teachers’ Association of California
Coach, Agoura High School Music Department
Coach, Junior Chamber Music—Conejo & San Fernando Vally