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I teach violin and viola. I began violin lessons at age 5 with Lucy Shaw in the Village Violin School, a Suzuki program in Houston, TX. I maintained an independent violin studio throughout my time in Austin, teaching violinists from age 5 to adults, and I had the fortune of doing my Suzuki training with Dr. Laurie Scott. In my first years of “adulthood” post-graduation, I taught beginning violin classes at Blackshear Fine Arts Academy through the El Sistema system in Austin, and directed the orchestra program at Brentwood Christian School. I am as much a performer as I am a music educator. I won a position in the first violin section of the Austin Opera orchestra and performed frequently with the Austin Symphony. As is expected of Austin musicians, I also joined a folk band, American Dreamer, where I found myself dabbling in fiddling and singing. - Read More About Audrey
I teach cello, violin, and viola. The instruments that make up a string quartet! I offer thirteen years of experience playing the cello and five years of teaching experience. I received my Bachelors in Cello Performance at the University of Georgia where I studied with David Starkweather. Recently, I received my Masters in String Pedagogy at Temple University where I studied extensively with Jeffrey Solow. I studied abroad in Italy at the Conservatorio A. Vivald in Alessandria, Italy with Claudio Merlo. In Italy, I had the chance to perform solo works and tour with the conservatory orchestra. I have been featured in masterclasses with Narek Hakhnazaryan, Nick Canellakis, Mikhail Milman, Mihai Tetel, Michael Mermagen, David Finckel, and Duo Sonidos. I was a member of Levon Ambartsumian's ARCO chamber orchestra and recorded and performed with the ensemble. I have also play the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina under the baton of Boston Pop's Keith Lockhart. While in Georgia, I taught for the University of Georgia Community Music School and the Eugene Lee School of Music where I would teach privately, give group classes, and sectionals for the orchestra. I taylor my knowledge and experience as a musician to the individuality of the student. The student's musicality is my guide and I find importance in relaxed playing. Along with the teachings of great string players in history, I employ the Suzuki method and Gordon Music Learning Theory in my teaching. -Learn More About Carolina
I teach violin, viola, and guitar. I started playing the violin at the age of five, taking lessons from Hei Ling Yeung (Colorado Springs Symphony, Central City Opera). In elementary school, I joined the Front Range Youth Symphony and won awards in solo and ensemble competitions in Jefferson County. My secondary instruments include the viola and classical guitar. I earned teaching certification and completed hours of observation at the Suzuki Association of the Americas at the Suzuki Institute of Colorado. I also teach using the traditional method, depending on students’ individual goals and strengths. - Read more about Laena
I developed a strong passion for the violin very early in my life. I started playing at age 2 after showing a strong interest while hearing a recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major on the radio. My goal is to spread music to as many people as possible whether it be through performing or teaching. My philosophy is that anyone has the capacity to engage in music. Although I use mostly the same books for my lessons, I adapt my teaching style to fit the student. Beginning by cultivating the students’ love and patience for music practice, we work on the foundation that will develop a strong technique. - Read More About Dakota
I teach violin, viola, cello, guitar, ukulele, and piano. I've been playing music on various instruments for nearly twenty years. I come from a family of musicians and grew up listening to a strange combination of classical music and the Beatles. I played in orchestras and ensembles all throughout grade school. I earned a BA in music production from the College of Media and Communication at Temple University, where I also electively studied music theory and technique. I started teaching while working at a music shop after graduating. I picked up some lessons as a substitute teacher when needed and quickly realized that I loved teaching. My students are a constant reminder of why I fell in love with music in the first place. I've learned that there is no one method that works for every student. I teach using a blended method catered to each student's individual needs, while making sure we don't forget to have fun! - Read More About Jenny
I teach violin and viola, piano and flute. I have been playing violin for 14 years.  I have a bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Temple University. I have experience teaching private and group lessons to all ages in various programs throughout the city, including Play on Philly and Temple Music Prep. I emphasize technique and practice methods in lessons while fostering an appreciation for all forms of music. - Read More About Emily