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Meet Our Violin Teachers!

Gabe Miller

I teach violin. I was born and raised in the sweet Midwest city of Saint Louis, Missouri. My dear mother signed me up for Suzuki violin when I was 5 years old, and I am eternally grateful that she kept me doing it until I loved it. I am living in Philadelphia now, teaching music, playing gigs with several bands I lead or co-lead, composing music, and practicing more deeply all of the information I received in college. I like to approach music as a language very similar to any other spoken language. The instrument is an extension of the human voice. I incorporate a lot of listening, singing, movement, games, play, improvisation, and consistency into my lessons and practicing assignments. We learn to speak before we learn to read, and I take the same approach in music. - Read More About Gabe
 

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

Lucia Lostumbo

I teach violin. I started studying violin when I was seven years old and haven’t looked back since. I’m currently a senior at Temple University finishing my Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance under Davyd Booth of the Philadelphia Orchestra. I have been teaching violin lessons for about five years now, and have found it incredibly rewarding to help others experience how fun and fulfilling making music can be. I strive to be the best musician I can be so that I can pass that joy and passion on to my students. - Read More About Lucia

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

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

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

Ted Estersohn

I teach Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and Fiddle. I grew up in a house filled with classical music, show tunes, and folk music.  I really can’t remember not knowing about Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, The Weavers, and Leadbelly.  Already a veteran of 3 years of piano and a few months of cornet lessons (I never got past the wet goose noise stage,) I found my home with my first guitar at age 12.  I was fortunate to catch on with Jerry Ricks, who later moved to Europe where he toured playing blues as “Philadelphia Jerry Ricks.”  Lessons with Jerry formed a broad and deep survey of folk guitar styles–blues, country, bluegrass, and (then) modern folk–fingerpicking and flatpicking styles and techniques.  He was also particularly close with Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt and it was my privilege and inspiration to get to know them both a bit, tagging along to club dates at the Second Fret on Sansom St.  The John Hurt and Doc Watson repertoires were the core of my student syllabus and as it’s still wonderful stuff and covers at least 2/3 of folk guitar technique, I still feature those tunes with those students who want folk guitar.  - Read More About Ted

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