Deb Shebish – Violin Teachers

B.M. in Violin Performance
MSc in Scottish Studies
Classical Violin and Viola
Irish and Old-Time Fiddle


My name is Deb Shebish and I have over 20 years of experience teaching violin to all ages and abilities.  I am an active performer and teacher in Philadelphia specializing in classical violin and Irish and old-time fiddle. I tailor lessons to my students individual musical interests and needs.  I believe that students should love their music lessons and find joy and purpose in their learning. When my students reach their goals, I feel successful.

When did you begin playing violin, and why? 
My mother signed me up for orchestra at school in 5th grade.  I instantly took to it.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I have played viola for 10 years and I am trying to learn play a piano accordion someone gave me.

What are your personal goals as a musician?
I’m always learning new material and I love to practice.  I enjoy meeting and collaborating with new musicians.  I want to always keep this attitude towards music.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers? 
I can’t think of a piece of advice, but rather the great example my violin instructor from college, Sharry Spicknall, set.  She is a phenomenal teacher and performer and I am still inspired by her today.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
I’m challenged every time I practice orchestral excerpts.

What is your biggest musical achievement?
Being able to play and teach music professionaly.

Favorite thing about teaching?
Meeting students and watching them achieve their goals.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Everything is possible with practice.

Personal music projects:
I released my first album, Kitchen Fiddle, in 2015.  You can usually find me playing traditional Irish music at many of the weekly sessions around Philadelphia.