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. Cha has given numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster in the United States and South Korea. Her students have won numerous prizes and honors at a variety of solo competitions and have received academic and music scholarships. Cha’s pre-collegiate students have served as principal players in many youth orchestras and have been selected to play with All-State Honor Orchestras, SCSBOA High School Honor Orchestra, and MTAC’s Convention Honor Ensemble. Her studio offers the MTAC Certificate of Merit and the ASTA Certificate Advancement programs for students of all levels (non-competitive examinations). Additionally, her students have participated in various music festivals in California.

Cha is on the faculty of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, teaching violin, viola, and chamber music.

Limited Spots are Available in Thousand Oaks and at Colburn. Cha is happy to refer you to her wonderful colleagues.

*Teaching Philosophy
I have been teaching young children and teenagers for over 20 years. My students have grown in confidence and experienced the joy of making music. I use both traditional and Suzuki methods and move in a direction that best fits individual students. Creating a nurturing environment is the key to my pedagogy.

- D.M.A., 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
- Colburn School, Violin Faculty (current)
- Junior Chamber Music—Conejo & San Fernando Valley, Coach (current)
- California Lutheran University, Adjunct Faculty
- Pepperdine University, Adjunct Professor
- Idaho State University, Assistant 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