Beginning Violin Lessons For Children
8 years and older (and adults too!)

Give your child the gift of a new musical adventure!

From a satisfied mom:
"I highly recommend Janel Tofanelli for violin lessons. We have been taking violin lessons from her for 3 years and have been very pleased. She is very 'in tune' with how kids learn, realistic in expectations, fun, and has many years of experience individually and in groups."

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Learning to play the violin is fun and rewarding

WELCOME! Your decision to provide your child with music instruction is an investment in your child's future. You are providing an opportunity for self-expression, creativity, and achievement.

In addition to learning to read music, your child will learn solid fundamental techniques while they enjoy playing new songs. Your child will also benefit in a number of ways, such as:

  • Developing fine motor and coordination skills
  • Improving memory skills and concentration
  • Increasing self confidence and self esteem
  • Setting and acheiving personal goals

About me

My name is Janel Tofanelli, and I have been playing and teaching in the San Jose area for most of my adult life. I have taught individuals and groups in both public and private schools, and am currently focused on teaching private lessons. I enjoy teaching young beginners as well as beginning adults. I use teaching materials which I have developed over years of experience, as well as the Suzuki repertoire, both of which are designed for the beginning level.

I am a member in good standing of ASTA (American String Teachers Association), and have a current business license to teach in the City of San Jose. Please click on the links above to view my resumés.


I charge $30 for a half-hour lesson. Please feel free to meet with me for a free half-hour consultation.

Location / contact

I currently teach in my home located in West San Jose. I can be reached by email at: