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. Dr. Cha has given numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster in the United States and in South Korea. Her students have won numerous prizes at a variety of solo competitions and have received academic and music scholarships. Dr. 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. Her studio offers students the MTAC Certificate of Merit Program, administered by the Music Teachers’ Association of California, and her students participate in various music festivals in California.

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. 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
Instructional Specialist, Agoura High School Music Department
Coach, Junior Chamber Music—Conejo & San Fernando Valley