Abigail Shiman

Abigail S.

Austin, TX
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
If you're a young beginning student, we'll spend a few weeks getting to know the violin using a whole-body (and fun) approach. We'll find to find a magic x, learn a very fun song about ants digging all the way to Greece, and making the statue of liberty.

With a whole body approach to the violin, we start by setting up the technical side of things for ease and comfort of playing, while making a beautiful tone from the beginning!

With every age group and experience level it is different. We'll start from the first lesson figuring out what your level is, and how we can immediately keep learning to exceed any expectations.

If you want to pick up the violin after some years off, we'll start by seeing what you do remember - helping your body remember the ropes (don't worry, it's pretty quick work, and very rewarding), and then we'll set some new goals for you and our work together.

About Abigail S.

A passionate educator and Suzuki trained teacher, I teach individual and group classes with Suzuki Strings of Austin, violin and viola students at Bedichek Middle School, and run a private violin and viola home studio in Austin and online.

In violin lessons with me, you can expect the focus to go far beyond the technical aspects of the violin, encouraging each student to flourish and reach their full potential. I believe that every student has the ability, drive, and capacity to succeed at, love, and learn from the violin. Whether you're an adult new to the instrument, a young child trying out music lessons for the first time, or an older student returning to the instrument after a few years off, violin lessons will serve as a meaningful musical outlet, a way to discover self-directed learning, and a way to engage with an entire community of musicians.


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2 Reviews
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Abi is a great teacher. She always comes up with very practical methods to improve my specific skills and I benefit a lot from here. And you can feel her teaching passion too!

Posted Mar 2, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Abigail was an enthusiastic teacher who helped spread her love of the violin. She is classically trained and works on the fundamental skills a young violinist needs. Our child enjoyed her sense of humor as well.

Posted Mar 2, 2019

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Violin Faculty
Nov 2018 - Present

Suzuki Strings of Austin

On faculty with the Suzuki Strings of Austin, I have a studio of violin and viola students, teach group chamber music classes, and lead the reading orchestra.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2018 - Oct 2018

Flying Carpet Festival, Mardin, Turkey

Abigail performs and leads workshops all around the world. In September 2018, she was privileged to be a participant of the Flying Carpet Festival in Mardin, Turkey, where she performed and led workshops with artists from around the globe for children ages 4-18.

Violin Faculty & Chamber Music Camp Director
Jun 2015 - Aug 2018

Community Music Center - Richmond Branch

Give weekly lessons to students, ages 4 and up. I teach beginning students, adult students returning to the violin after time off, and a range in between. I set weekly practice goals with each student, and help parents understand what they can do to support their children in daily practice. Most importantly, we develop an ease of playing the violin and make sure students are always engaged and loving the work they do.

Resident Teacher
Sep 2013 - May 2015

A.P. Giannini Middle School

Provided supplemental coachings and lessons weekly to students in beginning, intermediate, and advanced orchestras in grades 6-8. Worked on note identification, bow technique, finger placement, chamber music, and other topics as needed!

Chamber Music Teaching Artist
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Summer Music West (San Francisco Conservatory)

Introduced students (ages 9-13) to the art of chamber music. We focused on giving clear cues, leading, defining phrases, and working together.


Master of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2015

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

B.A. German Studies and B.A. Violin Performance
Sep 2007 - May 2011

Bard College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Suzuki Teacher Training Unit 3
Jul 2018

Northern California Suzuki Institute

Suzuki Teacher Training with Mrs. Cathy Lee
Suzuki Teacher Training Unit 2
Jun 2018

Northern California Suzuki Institute

Suzuki Teacher Training with Mrs. Cathy Lee
Suzuki Teacher Training Unit 1
Jul 2016

Northern California Suzuki Institute

Suzuki Teacher Training with Mrs. Cathy Lee


Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
May 2016
The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

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