Looking to learn the Violin or improve your playing skills? – we can help! Our experienced Violin teacher is ready to help you whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Start your lessons today!

Violin 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.

Downs' standard tuition rate is $35 per lesson - 1 lesson each week for 30 minutes

Please call us at (949) 589-7688 for availability and more specific tuition questions.

The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band - performed at an early Rockcital

This song features Downs Thompson's student, 8 year old David Fuchs on fiddle just ripping it up, along with Downs' son, Kian Thompson on vocals, Alex Garabedian on Guitar, John Tessin on Drums makes yet another appearance on our website, joined by R.C.M. teachers Corey Townley on Djiembe and Lou Savage on Bass

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We’ve been serving the Saddleback Valley communities of Foothill Ranch, Mission Viejo, Dove Canyon, Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza, Trabuco Canyon, and Rancho Santa Margarita for over 20 years. If it’s time to take your music to the next level – book a Violin (also known as fiddle) instructor, today!

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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