Viola Teachers

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Meet Our Viola Teachers!

Dakota Kievman

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

Jenny Hackbarth

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

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. - Read More About Emily

Zoe Hartenbaum

I teach Viola, Violin. My journey as a musician started with a love for classical music rather than with the instrument itself. The first time I auditioned for a youth orchestra in 7th grade, I got rejected. I was determined to practice and prepare enough so that I would get into that youth orchestra the next year, which I did. By the time I reached high school, I was fully ready to commit to learning the viola and started to take private lessons. Halfway through high school, I picked up the violin as I was interested in violin repertoire. At this time, my private teacher was generous enough to let me shadow her lessons with other students & even teach a few of them. I started teaching my own violin and viola students in my junior year of high school, and have continued teaching privately since, as well as with the Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra’s Petit Division in the 2018-2019 season, and Knauer Music School from 2019-2020. In 2014, I joined the Philadelphia Sinfonia and continued to play with them through high school. The same year, I was accepted into the prestigious Tanglewood Institute, where I spent two summers studying and playing orchestral music. Read more about Zoe