Ready to learn the Viola or improve your playing skills? – then our experienced viola instructors are ready to help! Rancho Canyon Music offers lessons at all levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced!

Viola Instructor

Downs Thompson

Downs is truly a world-class musician and instructor. In addition to a busy private teaching schedule at R.C.M. and his voluteer work in our local school music programs, Downs currently performs live as the fiddle player for country music superstar Clay Walker. He graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Music, and has studied privately with Violin masters in the U.S. as well as Europe. Downs has performed on more than 50 albums in six different countries; he has done Film work with pianist Claude Bolling, among others; he has contributed to 3 books focusing on Irish, Celtic and Bluegrass music. Additionally, he has played the Grand Ol' Opry many times, and has shared the stage with music stars such as Charlie Daniels, Shelby Lynne, Larry Coryell, Brett Mason, Rhett Akins, Charly McCoy, and lots more!

Downs joined the Rancho Canyon Music staff in 2005.

Book our Viola instructor and get started, today! We are centrally located in Rancho Santa Margarita and near to Dove Canyon, Trabuco Canyon, Coto de Caza, Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Ladera Ranch, and more.

Where to Find Us

29851 Aventura, Suite H
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

(We are located in RSM's

Plaza Empresa Center

Same building as the Post Office,

around the corner from them!)

(949) 589-7688


Store Hours

Monday-Thursday 10:00am-7:00pm

Friday 10:00am-6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

Closed on Sunday

School Hours

By appointment with your Instructor



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