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Andrea Altona earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Linda Cerone and James Stern. Additional studies were completed at the University of Iowa School of Music with Allen Ohmes and chamber music with William Preucil. She received her M.B.A. from San Diego State University.


Andrea has trained extensively in teaching the Suzuki Methods well as the Mark O'Connor Method and has over 25 years of teaching experience. Her students have attended such prestigious summer institutes as Interlochen and have gone on to attend music schools including Boston Conservatory, Mannes School of Music (The New School) in Manhattan, USC, and the Colburn School. 


Andrea has performed with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra Nova), as substitute with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera, the New World Symphony, and has performed on several Netflix shows and motion picture scores including Freaky Friday and Legally Blonde II. Andrea actively plays for many Broadway shows and has performed with the national touring productions of the Lion King, Cinderella, Phantom Of The Opera as well as 9 years as Concertmaster of the Old Globe Theater's production of  How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She has had the honor of working with many great artists, including James Taylor, Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Hornsby, Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli.  Andrea served as President of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 325 from 2012-2016.


Suzuki Association of the Americas Registered Training

  • Violin Foundation 1A (Theodore Brunson)

  • Violin Foundation 1B (Cathryn Lee)

  • Violin Unit 2 (Jaqueline Maurer)

  • Violin Unit 3 (Cathryn Lee)

  • Violin Unit 4 (Kathleen Spring)

  • Violin Unit 5 (Nancy Lokken)

  • Violin Unit 6 (Ellie Albers LeRoux)

  • Violin Unit 7 (Barbara Barber)

  • Violin Overview Units 5-8 (John Kendall)

  • The Joy of Pretwinkle (Daina Volodka Staggs)


Mark O'Connor Method Teacher Training

~Violin Book 1 (Pamela Wiley/Mark O'Connor)

~Violin Book 2 (Pamela Wiley/Mark O'Connor)

I am a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC) and can prepare your child for all Certificate of Merit levels.



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