Sonia D.

Sonia D.

3 Reviews
Allston, MA

About Sonia D.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 and up
Female Ages Taught: 5 and up


Sonia is a classically trained musician, who holds Masters degree from Boston University and Bachelor degree from the Boston Conservatory. She has been teaching for 8+ years, her students include children and adults of all levels. Sonia is an enthusiastic and patient teacher who values the relationship between teacher and student. Music is her life! She wishes to grow together with her students and help the students get the most out of her knowledge.
*Sonia is also fluent in Chinese and therefore is able to give bilingual lessons for Chinese and Chinese American students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sonia tailors lesson plans according to each student's needs. Lessons usually include classic methods (Suzuki, Wohlfahrt, Kreutzer etc.), modern exercises incorporating moderate music theory at each level, plus special tricks she has found through her teaching career. Her students will usually have a practice log that help to organize and keep track of the students' progress.

*** Specialties ***
Sonia uses a mix of method book for teaching, tailoring the student's level and goals.

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Teacher Sep 2007 - Present
Violin Viola Studio

As an orchestral musician, Sonia is actively involved with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire. Sonia further refined her orchestral playing skills through music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy, Castleton Music Festival, and Napa Valley Orchestral Institute. Through these opportunities, Sonia has collaborated with world-renowned musicians and celebrities such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eotvos, Lorin Maazel, Denyce Graves, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, etc.

As a chamber musician, Sonia collaborates with musicians in the Boston area on a regular basis, performing and bringing diverse styles of music to the audience. Previous concert programs included composers such as Bach, Brahms, Piazzolla, Boulez, etc.

Sonia appears often with festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, where she worked closely with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, as well as the Castleton Music Festival, under the direction of Lorin Maazel, performing for six weeks the classical orchestral repertoire and collaborating with well-known musicians on opera productions. Other festivals include the Napa Valley Orchestral Institute, Roundtop International Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival.

As a teacher, Sonia has years of experience working with a studio of students ranging from children to adults, beginner to advanced levels. Sonia is excited to share her knowledge of violin playing with students, helping them to grow in their own ways. Sonia uses well-known classical training methods with handpicked exercises from various etudes tailored for each student, while incorporating music theory throughout their study. Sonia has helped many of her students reach their goals in various auditions and festivals. Sonia holds yearly studio recitals for students to showcase their accomplishments.


Masters of Music in Music Performance Sep 2008 - May 2010
Boston University
Bachelor of Music in Music Performance Sep 2004 - May 2008
Boston Conservatory

Languages Spoken

Chinese Fluent / Native Proficiency
English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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3 Reviews on Sonia D.

Lana H. January 24, 2014
Amazing Violin teacher!

Sonia is an amazing violin teacher. She has taught our 6 year old son violin for a year. She is talented, very patient, encouraging, and really wonderful with kids. I have been really impressed by her teaching style. She teaches violin technique and reading music in a serious but fun and stress-free way. She strikes just the right balance. Thanks to her, our son has developed a true love of music and the violin, and has had a wonderful time in the process. We feel lucky that our son will continue his study of violin with Sonia.
Izumi H. January 24, 2014
Sonia is a very good instructor.

Thanks to Sonia, I enjoy playing the violin. She patiently teaches me how to play a nice tune. She is a very good instructor. My dream is playing a duet with her!
RickP November 17, 2011
I really enjoyed my lessons with Sonia. She was able to get me to accomplish certain tasks that I have had long standing difficulty with. She is very pleasant and nurturing instructor and intend to take lessons with her in the future, as I really think she can bring my ability to the next level. Thanks Sonia