Violin Lessons

1/2 hr, 45 min and 1 hr lessons
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In-Home or at our Fishtown Studio
All ages and skill levels
Classical Studies
Theory, Reading and Technique
Schedule a half-priced lesson


violins_sliderOur philosophy is to, above all, hire great teachers – We give them the tools and autonomy to establish creative and individualized lesson approaches, drawn from their own professional and educational experience. Our teachers provide a solid technical foundation and offer interest-driven paths to learning new material. The large majority of our teachers hold undergraduate and/or master’s degrees in performance, pedigogy, theory and composition. Our violin lessons will give you the proper technical foundation to make the violin sound warm and beautiful.

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More about our violin teachers:

Navid Kandelousi

I teach violin. I started my musical journey at the age of six by studying violin with both Iranian and Russian teachers. In 1999 I was invited to join The Iranian National Orchestra as a violin soloist, a position which I held until 2006 when I left Iran for Italy.  I studied western classical music at the Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and at the Moscow Violin Academy in Russia.  In 2009, I was invited to join the Gateway Symphony in New York City and the International American YPHIL Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  I have mastered virtuosic skills on a great breadth of instruments including the Violin, Setar, Taar and Kamanchah, in addition to experience with piano, tonbak, santour and gheychak. Throughout my professional career, I have collaborated with numerous prestigious Persian ensembles such as the Iranian National Orchestra, the Orange County Orchestra, and have performed all the great composers internationally across Europe, Asia and America in venues such as Lincoln Center, Juilliard Music School, Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, Sydney’s Symphony Hall and Vahdat Hall, while winning numerous music and violin awards. My teaching background includes work at the Yamaha School of Music, Suzuki Violin School, and Master Classes in Kamanchah, Taar and Setar at the Julliard School. I received a scholarship from Maestro Daniel Philips in Queens College of Music 2012-2015 and recently attended the Silk Road Global Music performance with Maestro Yo-Yo Ma in Kennedy Center! - Read More About Navid


Emily Stewart

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.

Therese West

I teach violin, viola, and piano. I started playing piano at age 4, violin at age 6, and viola in college.  Growing up in Pittsburgh, I was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.  I received a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.  I recently moved to the Philadelphia area to study violin with David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra.  I have experience teaching private and group lessons to students of all ages and working with several youth orchestras.  I have really enjoyed my teaching experiences so far and cannot wait to continue to share my love for music with students.  I hope to teach each student not only how to become better at their instrument, but encourage them to express themselves through their music, to learn how to work well with others and collaborate with their music, and to develop a strong appreciation for music. - Read More About Therese

Jarred Cianciulli

I teach violin and viola. I began my musical studies on piano at age three.  After taking up the violin at age seven, I made my debut performance at The Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall. Participating in world renowned programs has brought me to many places, including the Trentino Music Festival, Siena Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, North American Viola Institute, Orford Centre d'Arts Contemporary Music Academy, Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, and The Meadowmount School of Music. My pedagogy incorporates the Suzuki Method with musical theory fundamentals. I have attended Suzuki training seminars at the Ithaca College in New York State, along with the Rebecca Henry Suzuki training course at the Peabody Institute. I am ambitious to continue my teaching and performing career, and positively impact the classical industry. - Read More About Jarred

Stef Emery

I teach Voice, Guitar, and Violin. I grew up playing the violin and the piano, and played in school orchestras through high school. I then began to play the guitar and really started focusing on my voice and songwriting. I went to college at Berklee College of Music for Violin Performance and there learned Jazz and Blues styles on Violin. I began to gravitate more towards Rock and Blues styles and became more and more interested in being a singer-songwriter. I teach all ages, and love focusing on Rock, Pop, and Blues styles. Many of my vocal students also play guitar, so we work on coordination between playing and singing at the same time and even songwriting. My teaching style for vocals has a strong focus on finding your voice in chest and mix voices, learning how to project and belt and achieve a full body sound. I love to instill a strong sense of technique, feel, and confidence in my students, and most importantly I want them to have fun! Music lessons are about learning, obtaining goals, and gaining confidence in yourself. I strive to make all of my students well rounded musicians, encourage creativity and live performance, and help to start their musical journey in the most positive and encouraging way possible. - Read More About Stef

Jenny Hackbarth

I teach Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Guitar, and Ukulele. I played in orchestra throughout High School and received my undergraduate degree from Temple University in Music Production.  Since graduating, I've been working and teaching in the Philadelphia area to all ages and skill levels. While teaching, I like to make sure that my students not only enjoy experiencing music every week, but that they are also working on long term goals that follow standard curricula. I believe that setting standards of expectations bring out the best potential in each student no matter who or how old they are. - Read More About Jenny

Akhmed Mamedov

I teach violin and viola. I began to play violin at the age of six and graduated from the Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory in 2005, actively performing in solo, chamber ensembles, and string quartet concerts. Among my awards are the Grand Prize in the Fourth Regional Goldenberg Violin Competition, stipend from the “Russian Performing Art” foundation, Diploma at the 5th Demidov International Violin Competition, and an award from the VI “Golden Talent.” In 2006, I was selected to join “Youth Symphonic Orchestra of CIS Countries” and through 2009 toured the cities of CIS, Europe, and USA under such conductors as Yury Simonov, Mark Gorenstein, and Vladimir Spivakov. In 2010 I was accepted into Artist Diploma Program at Temple University in Philadelphia and completed my Master of Music degree in violin performance (2014) in the class of Professor Schmieder. I am currently working toward an MM as a second major in viola. I currently play with Symphony in C and New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra. Read More About Akhmed


Eunice China

I teach violin. I began my musical studies by the age of four, and since then, I have been consistently following my passion.  I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, where I study with international award winning violinist, Dr. Vladimir Dyo.  In my early career, I have been a member of Philadelphia Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, one of the premiere youth orchestras in the tri-state area.  I have also served as assistant concertmaster in Cheltenham High School Symphony Orchestra and I have won honorary placements in various competitions and festivals.  Currently, I am a member of Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra.  I have also recently performed within orchestras such as the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, one of America’s premier chamber orchestras.  By encouraging the development of foundational techniques, I hope to inspire my students as much as possible.  After about three years of teaching violin, I have become more happy and appreciative for the opportunity to serve and benefit the community. - Learn more about Eunice

Taylor Halpern

I teach Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele and Violin. I am a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where I completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition in 2015. While at Westminster, I had the opportunity to sing with several of the world's greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. I studied voice with world-renowned soprano Faith Esham for my four-year undergraduate training, acquiring a strong technique in the classical vocal style. I have played piano for over 15 years, and received the National Guild of Piano Teachers High School Diploma in 2010. In 2014, I studied in Paris as part of the European American Music Alliance program, which focused on refining keyboard, counterpoint and musicianship skills. I also have experience with more modern music, as I recently released an EP of pop-folk music titled “Beautiful Words,” which can be found on iTunes and Spotify. Songwriting has always been one of my biggest passions, and I love to have my students delve into this while they are learning their instruments. - Read More About Taylor

Carolina Diazgranados

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