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VIOLIN / VIOLA
TEACHER RECOMMENDATION
 Note: The list of teachers is not placed in any specific order, we like to rotate the names once in a while.






Laura maintains a private violin studio in Tucson, Arizona and is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher (Books 1-10). She completed long term Suzuki training in Violin at Northern Arizona University with Dr. Louise Scott. She has taken additional Suzuki training courses with Ronda Cole, Bill Dick, Daphne Hughes, Susan Kempter, John Kendall, Laurie Scott, Kathleen Spring, Beth Titterington, and attended Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan. She is currently the President of the Arizona Suzuki Association, Co-Founder and Director of the Chaparral Suzuki Academy in Prescott, and teaches at workshops and summer programs throughout Arizona.








I graduated from Brigham Young University - Idaho with my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. I've taught violin lessons for a number of years and to a variety of students both young and not so young!
Music has always been a passion of mine, and I want to help you or your child feel the same excitement. Theory, musicality and proper technique are just a few of the things I find essential in a musician's education. These fundamentals will be the foundation for you or your child's musical lesson experience.
It will take time and dedication in order to play like a professional. So do not be discouraged if you do not sound like Lindsey Sterling or Charlie Daniels after your first few lessons. If you are dedicated to learning then I am dedicated to teaching you!










Known for his versatility as a violist, Louis Privitera maintains a balanced career as an active chamber musician and educator. A founding member of the Tetra String Quartet, Louis has toured extensively as a performer and teaching artist throughout the Southwestern United States, Brazil, Ecuador, and Germany. Louis is a Faculty Associate in chamber music at Arizona State University and was previously on the faculty at Arizona School for the Arts. Recent teaching engagements include the 2015 American String Teachers Association national conference as well as the Summer Pre-Collegiate Studies Program at Stanford University. Louis also maintains a private studio of students of all ages, some of which have gone to study music at universities and conservatories throughout the United States.
Louis earned a Master of Music Degree at the Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Arizona State University. His principal teachers include Victoria Chiang, Nancy Buck, and Cynthia Dubrow. For more information, visit www.louisprivitera.com or contact Louis directly at 623-680-8260 or louisprivitera@gmail.com.





Alexandra Young grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has been playing the violin since age 9. She attended Northern Arizona University on an orchestra scholarship, where she discovered her passion for the Suzuki Method. She graduated cum laude from NAU with degrees in Violin Performance and Instrumental Music Education.  
As a performer, Alex has served as principal second violin in the Northern Arizona University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and was a finalist in the NAU Concerto Competition in 2008.  She played as a section violinist in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra for three seasons, and attended the Brevard Music Center in the summer of 2011 on a full scholarship.    She currently performs locally with the Arizona Pro Arte orchestra in Tempe, AZ, as well as playing with chamber groups throughout the valley.  She has studied violin with Louise Scott, Shelley Rich, and Phyllis Skoldberg.  





Dagmara Suchon was born in Poznan, Poland. Following centuries of family tradition, she began playing the violin at three years old. Her father, Stanislaw Suchon, the concertmaster of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, was her first master. Under the guidance of Prof. Michal Grabarczyk, Dagmara was honored by professors from The Moscow Conservatory, and graduated a Master of Arts-Violin Performance, from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Conservatory in Poznan, Poland. She also studied with Wanda Wilkomirska, Marina Jashvili, Abram Stern, Alexander Treger, Jeremy Cohen and Murray Adler. Coming from a family of musicians with extensive musical traditions, Dagmara's performances have ranged from ancient music ensembles, to classical symphony orchestras, to corporate shows with an electric violin. For more visit Daga’s website: www.ladydaga.us





Tang Tee Tong, affectionately called Tee, currently run a private violin studio in Tempe, AZ.  As a devoted violin pedagogue, she has more than 10 years of teaching experience in Arizona, US and her hometown of Singapore. Tee is also the Artistic Director of The Music Circle, Singapore. Graduated recently with a master’s degree in violin performance, Tee counts eminent violinists Dr Jonathan Swartz, Prof Andres Cardenes and Prof Lina Bahn as her mentors in the US. Always ready to learn and push her limits, Tee is now pursuing her doctoral degree as well as her passion for teaching violin. 







Violinist Ayisha Moss graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance, where she studied under Dr. Francisco Cabán. She received a Masters of Music from the University of New Mexico with a double concentration in Violin Performance, under the tutelage of Dr. Cármelo de los Santos, and String Pedagogy, under the tutelage of Susan Kempter. During her Master’s degree she was the recipient of the prestigious Abraham Franck String Quartet Assistantship. Ayisha is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violin Performance at Arizona State University, where she studies with Dr. Danwen Jiang.
As a pedagogue, Aysha has taught private violin lessons for ten years. 
In addition to her degree in String Pedagogy, she holds long term training in all 10 Suzuki books as well as Suzuki Philosophy; she has also received teacher training enrichment courses from William and Doris Preucil and Susan Kempter. Ayisha has worked as a private and group class teacher in programs such as Kids and Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Suzuki Lab School at the University of New Mexico, and Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona.  



I believe music is the one thing that no matter what happens, it is there, and it always leads you somewhere. Music has enriched my life, and my passion is to share it with others. I began playing at age 11, studied in Arizona, New York and Minneapolis, earned my Masters in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Arizona State University Herberger Institute. I have taught violin to students of all ages and levels for over 15 years. My students have participated in Arizona Regionals and All-State Orchestras, have won competitions and college scholarships. My teachers included William Magers, Charles Avsharian, Skye Carmen, Sally O'Reilly, Mark Rush, Katie McClin and Danwen Jiang.  My performance experience in classical, improvisation, celtic and country fiddle, has given my teaching diversity in musical styles and genres with a solid core of classical technique. I teach at my home (near Kyrene and Ray in Chandler), a studio in Tempe (near Apache and Price), and am willing to drive to students homes when possible. Available Wednesday-Friday and weekends by special arrangement. Contact at 480-268-5758, hhviolin@gmail.com, or facebook.com/heidehillelive


 
 
Patricia Cosand is a graduate of California State University at Fresno, where she studied violin. She also received a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, where her teacher was William Magers. A member of the Phoenix Symphony for ten years, she is currently principal viola of the Arizona Opera Orchestra, and co-owner of the Mesa Violin Studios. Patricia is married to pianist Walter Cosand and they reside in Tempe.
 



Dr.Jeanette Ensley began playing the piano when she was 4 and the violin when she was 7, as a second-grader in the San Bernardino, California Public Schools. From that time until she finished her doctorate at the University of Southern California, she studied with many great teachers. As a young person, exceptional opportunities became available to her because of her study and participation in school orchestras. Dr. Ensley has performed as a recitalist and orchestral performer all over the world, and taught students from elementary school to graduate school in many institutions across the United States. Some of these include: Stephen F. Austin State University, in Texas, East Tennessee State University, Mesa Arizona Public Schools and also a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California. Throughout Dr. Ensley’s 35-year career, she has always maintained a private studio. Her students have successfully auditioned for scholarships, awards, professional orchestras, and first chair status in many ensembles.



 
Eunice Elie is a musician as well as a master instructor in string instruments including Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano.
She has a masters degree in music education and has been training accomplished musicians for over thirty years. Eunice uses both the Suzuki and Traditional methods, and is a certified Suzuki instructor with masters certification.Many of her students have gone on to become great performers, wonderful teachers, and top-notch musicians.She trains both beginners and advanced students, so if you want to make "Beautiful Music" you've come to the right place!
 
 
 


 
I am a classically trained violinist and violist. I'm the fiddler for the Irish rock band, The Brazen Heads, and for many years I played reggae with Walt Richardson & The Peaceful Warriors.  I give private violin and viola lessons and do recording studio session work.  I recently recorded on a track for the internationally known band Soulfly, which is on special editions and imports of their new CD "Enslaved".  My playing was also heard on an episode of Discovery Channel's "A Haunting" with Latin guitarist Eddie Benitez and I've made numerous appearances on local TV. In the past I was in the 1st violin section of the Tempe Symphony.







Mr. Wojtowicz earned a Master in Violin Performance from the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, He graduated with Honors. Mr. Wojtowicz assisted Professor K. Jakowicz.
As a violin teacher, he has been teaching for the last fifteen  years privately as well as faculty member at Indiana University, Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton and Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, and most recently at Rancho Solano Preparatory School.




 


 FREDRIC PETERS (MESA)
 
I believe everyone should have music in their life on some level and if someone has a desire and drive to learn music, they should be given the opportunity to do it regardless of age or other factors. This is why I work with any age, including adults. My efforts are designed to instill a love of music and a skill that will enrich my students lives for life. I thus provide the means to have immediate success and enjoyment in learning the violin to give the best chance/ environment to make the violin a part of my students’ life long term.One of the first steps for some people starting the violin or continuing the violin is to dispel the myth that playing the violin is an unconquerable Everest. The second myth I like to address is that one can not play the violin well unless they start as a child. If you have the drive, you can accomplish whatever you set out to do.




 
Sarah Hartman began her musical journey at the age of three when she enrolled in Suzuki Violin lessons. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Violin Performance from Northern Arizona University where she was awarded an Orchestral Performance Scholarship. Sarah trained with Dr. Louise Scott to complete her Suzuki Violin Teacher Training Registration Books 1-5 and has also participated in many short-term Suzuki institutions in Flagstaff, Gilbert, and Tucson, Arizona, and Falls Church, Virginia.
Sarah's Suzuki Violin Studio offers individual Suzuki violin lessons to students of all ages and abilities in Gilbert, Arizona. The mission of Violin Hearts is to create an environment where all students can enjoy making music for a lifetime by excelling in violin. 
 



I have been teaching in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over thirty years, and have long experience with the Suzuki method as well as more traditional methods. My approach is adjusted to the needs of each student  My goal is for my students to play with relaxed and efficient technique, enabling the fullest expression of the music. To this end, I not only use what I have learned from my violin teachers, but also my experience with the Alexander method and study of Tai Chi. I teach at the Arcadia Music Academy on 56th St. near Indian School Rd. and at the Classic Touch Music Academy near Guadelupe and the 101 in Tempe.  I can be contacted at this e-mail address rdchorlton@netzero.net Or at 602-697-1362 (cell), 



Megyn Neff maintains the Neff Violin Studio in Central Phoenix (7th St exit off the I-10), and accepts beginners as young as 4 years old, up to the advanced high school student or adult enthusiast. Private lessons and group classes available. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Performance Pedagogy at ASU under Dr. Katie McLin, and received her BM in Performance at NAU under Dr. Louise Scott, where she also completed long-term Suzuki pedagogy training in Books 1-3. Megyn has received additional Suzuki teacher training from pedagogues across the country, and teaches at workshops and institutes around the state.




Lia Taylor is the founder and director of the Suzuki Violin Studio of Phoenix. She has taught music for 13 years and has been teaching the Suzuki method in the Valley for the past six years. During that time, her students have placed in the American String Teachers Association Solo Competition, won the Scottsdale Musical Arts’ Young Artist Competition, and held Concertmaster and Principal Second positions in the Phoenix Youth Symphony String Orchestra. 





Danica is a professional violinist in the valley with experience as both a chamber and an orchestral musician. Trained at the School of Music in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Zagreb University, Danica obtained her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Arizona State University in 2006. Danica feels fortunate to be able to explore her two passions: love for teaching and expressing herself through performance. She maintains her private studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is also the adjunct faculty at the South Mountain Community College. She has taught at the Crestmont Conservatory of Music in the San Francisco Bay Area, the North Shore Music Academy in Vancouver, Canada, and the School of Music in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

                            





Ms. Hisami Iijima earned BM in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and MFA in Violin Performance from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory, where she received the Eugene and Emily Grant Scholarship. She went on to pursue Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she was awarded a fellowship to study with Arnold Steinhardt, the first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet. 
As a soloist, Ms. Iijima gave New York debut recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a prize winner of the prestigious Artist International Audition. She was also featured as a soloist in a presentation of the Jeffrey Ballet of Chicage at the Spoleto Festival USA.