The Violin Connection


Private violin lessons (FREE for qualifying individuals!) are being offered (classical, improvisation, worship band, etc.) and your help is wanted to get more violin students - all ages.

Get paid $40.00 for each referral...
PLUS $10.00 for each sub-referral!

Call 209-475-1561 for details!


Welcome to The Violin Connection, where EVERYBODY (no matter your age and no matter your experience) gets the opportunity to grow as a violinist!


For those of you who may not know me, I'm Jerry Pajel (known to my students also as "Mr. J").  I am a violin teacher who absolutely LOVES making great music with the violin and helping others to do the same.  I started playing the violin over twenty years ago at the age of 5.  I wish I could say that my intentions were noble; but the truth is that, at the time, all I wanted to do was poke other kids with the violin bow (hey....give me a break...I was five years old!). 


But then, as time went on and I began to take my lessons more seriously, I fell in love with the violin.  I loved playing for churches, weddings, funerals, parties, retirement homes, and so on (I still do!).  But that wasn't enough.  Having performed extensively (i.e. having performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, then later appearing as the featured guest artist with The Stockton Symphony, playing for J.S. Bach festivals, etc.) helped make me realize that I desire more than just to play the violin.  I want to help others do it, too.  I then started teaching private violin lessons in 1998. 


In 2000, I began to explore violin performance that went beyond my classical & traditional training.  Now, I also play & teach non-traditional violin (improvisation, Irish/Celtic/fiddle, worship band, and so forth).  I never cease to be amazed at how the violin can be performed with virtually every music style - including R&B, rap (yes, I have actually played violin with a rap artist...WOW that was something else!), heavy-metal, rock, hip-hop, acoustic, contemporary Christian worship (this is my favorite!)....the list just goes on and on! 


But out of all that, my greatest passion with the violin is to teach others.  I have found it to be one of the most thrilling endeavors to transfer the knowledge, skill, artistry, & joy of the violin to other people.  If you or anybody you know is interested in learning (&/or furthering skills in) violin, know that I am here for you!


Please keep in mind that no matter what your age or experience level may be, I can work with you.  Do NOT let age or experience level stop you!


Ok, so that's a bit about me.  =)   If you want to know any more or have any questions, just give me a call at 209-475-1561 or shoot me an email at  =-)  


And as for those of you who are my current students, here are some things to always keep in mind in order to maximize your potential for success...


-    You must commit to uninterrupted correct practice for a minimum ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes a day five (5) days a week, (or practice 1 hour a week minimum in a very concentrated & correct fashion).

-    You must communicate to me your thoughts, feelings, struggles, desires, experiences, etc. so I know how to customize the lessons for your benefit (call 209-475-1561 or email

-    You must study the material I hand out &/or assign you to buy (notes, CD’s, music, books, etc.).

-     Bring an “assignment book/binder” to your lessons in which I may write and place assignments.  

-     Make sure to listen (a lot!) to the CD’s I give and/or assign you to buy.

-     I don’t give “grades” but I assume you want to excel so come to your lessons prepared.

-     Feel free to do more than I assign for you to do and only stop if/when I tell you to stop.         

-    You must take responsibility for practicing and studying while I take responsibility for teaching.

-    You must understand and abide by the fundamental premise/philosophy by which I teach violin: Finding expression, enjoyment, & entertainment through music is what all great violinists ultimately do.


Remember...if you are the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a violin student who is under 18, your active supervision is expected.


Violin lesson GIFT CERTIFICATES are available if you ever want to “buy lesson time” as a gift for any other person(s).



Whether you are one of my current students or not, I look forward to hearing from you - better yet, actually seeing you in person!  Take care & God bless!!  =)








Jerry Pajel (Mr. J)

Violinist - Teacher, Performer, & Entertainer



“Finding Expression, Enjoyment, & Entertainment Through Music”


Office: 209-475-1561        Email:


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