A gifted string teacher, Manuel De La Luz exudes confidence in his profession of music education. From the start, Manuel knew his passion and talent lay in teaching; with this clear goal in mind, he pursued his music training at VanderCook College of Music to benefit from their dual emphasis on teaching and performance. While at VanderCook, Manuel specialized in violin under renowned violist Dr. Michael Hall, with an emphasis on the coordination technique codified by Karen Tuttle. Beyond violin, Manuel also utilized his time at VanderCook to be trained in both teaching and performing viola, cello and piano. During this time, he also fell in love with the guitar, and with his knowledge of violin playing, quickly mastered standard repertoire within three years.