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Meet the Teachers

Conservatory-educated and Suzuki-trained, our teachers are incredible

musicians who can't wait to meet you!


All things VIOLIN

Emily Moore, Owner

Trained in the driving melodies of Celtic fiddle tunes and the precise beauty of Classical music repertoire, Emily Moore is an active performer and educator in Southern California. Studying violin and piano from the age of 4, she has remained a lifelong student in music, finishing her BM in Popular Music Performance from USC and in continuing education with the Suzuki Association.


A veteran of the freelance music community in Los Angeles, Emily has worked with a huge range of artists, played hundreds of weddings, recorded on more albums than she can count, and has performed at Santa’s Village more than once. Her solo music can be found on all streaming platforms and she has additional releases under “Constellation Quartet” and “The Grand Tangent.”

Emily has studied with Michael and Irina Tseitlin, Alice Schoenfeld, and Sungil Lee. She trained privately under Sherry Cadow (Colburn) for two years and continues her formal Suzuki training with David Strom (Northern Virginia Suzuki School) and additional pedagogy with Elizabeth Faidley (NYC).

Emily is the founder of South Bay Suzuki and believes that the future leaders and change makers of our communities come in and out of our studio every week.


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Ryan Detlefsen

Ryan Owen Detlefsen, born in Los Angeles California,  developed a deeply loving and passionate relationship with music at a young age. Soon listening wasn’t enough, and after receiving his first guitar, Ryan began a musical journey as a Classical Guitar performer and educator that has extended over the past 25 years. Ryan has had the honor of studying with some of the greatest guitarists from around the world and was awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he enjoyed a transformative period of learning and growth. As an educator, Ryan firmly believes in a philosophy of creating a safe, caring, nurturing environment for students to feel comfortable and free in expressing themselves musically.


When Ryan isn’t teaching, performing in the pit of a musical, or practicing, you might  find him producing music for television. To date, he’s written music for over 80 shows and a total of 972 episodes that are streaming on televisions around the world daily.

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