MA in Violin Performance | Violin, Viola

Ricky began playing the violin at ten years old when he joined his elementary school’s orchestra.  After eight years of maintaining a place in the top three chairs of his section, he decided to take his education to the next level.  After high school, he earned his Bachelors Degree in music from Fresno State University before entering the graduate’s program where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Violin Performance. He has served as a violinist for the College of the Sequoias Symphony Orchestra, Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, and Fresno State String Quartet.  He is an active musician for the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra.  Outside of his collegiate experience, Ricky has performed at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles with the FOOSA Philharmonic Symphony and plays regularly for musicals, church events, weddings, and private parties.

While he enjoys studying advanced works from composers such as Brahms, Saint-Saens, and Bach, Ricky’s favorite pastime is writing and improvising original material with fellow musicians.  As an instructor, he aims to help develop his students’ ear, so that they may learn to create their own compositions and play alongside fellow musicians with ease. He teaches fundamental music theory, scale exercises, and correct posture/bow placement as a basis for his students to grow and fine-tune their technique and style. Ricky’s students have advanced to section leaders, auditioned and been accepted for their school honor bands as well as Tulare County Junior Strings Symphony.  In addition to serving as a private instructor here at Grace Note, he is also the orchestra director for La Joya Middle School and El Diamante High School.  Whether a beginning student, or an advanced musician looking to further develop their skills, Ricky is an excellent instructor who deeply believes in maximizing the full potential of every student.

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