Abigail Tsai
Cleveland, OH
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Abigail Tsai

Abigail T.

Cleveland, OH
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Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
There is a potential in every person to be truly great at any one thing. All it takes is hard work and honest determination, with determination being the most important. Because where determination comes, hard work follows naturally.
I hope to inspire my students to really love making music and being creative with their instruments. I can give my students all the information in the world and tips on how to improve at violin playing, but in the end it will not matter if the student has no desire to improve. And that is why I love to teach- inspiring students to love what they do!

About Abigail T.

Abigail Tsai  received a Bachelors of Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded a Performer's Certificate. At Eastman she studied with Professor Oleh Krysa. She is currently pursuing her M.M. in violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Ilya Kaler. Last semester she spent her time abroad in Austria, studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She has served as concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, and has played with the Neue Philharmonie in Berlin and the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles.

She has soloed with orchestras such as the San Fernando Valley Symphony, the Pazardzhik Symphony, the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, and the Ventura College Symphony. Abi has been a featured musician in the Acorn, the Agoura Hill Patch, the Ventura County Star and the Antelope Valley Press. She was also a winner of the Fifth International Vasco Abadjiev Competition, the VOCE instrumental ensemble and VOCE string competitions, Antelope Valley Bach competition, Young Musicians Foundation Scholarship Competition, and Southwestern Youth Music Festival competitions.

Abigail is very passionate about reaching new audiences through innovative approaches and mediums; she believes classical music is for anyone and everyone.


Hi prospective students! I am excited to guide you through the difficult yet immensely rewarding art of playing the violin. There are few things in the world as satisfying as making music, so my goal is to give you the tools to express yourself through the violin.

I specialize in teaching classical violin, but I am also comfortable with teaching multiple styles such as rock, pop, jazz, etc. I have also practiced viola, piano, and a little bit of acoustic guitar, so if the student wishes to delve into these other instruments, I am happy to teach them. After all, playing more than one instrument can vastly help the student's musical knowledge, chamber music skills, sight-reading skills, and even help them on their main instrument.  

One crucial element in developing a hardworking and successful student is to ensure that they enjoy playing their instrument. I have had a few students tell me about how much they want to learn a song from their favorite movie or favorite band, and I am more than happy to teach them. I think lessons should be enjoyable for both the teacher and the student, so that the student is inspired to practice on their own. 

Not only do I teach the fundamentals of violin playing, such as scales, vibrato, posture, and bow control, but I also delve into music theory and music history when suitable. I offer advice on practice motivation, conquering stage fright, practicing efficiently and making the most of every minute, memorization, etc.

This squeaky slab of wood and animal guts may seem intimidating at first (in fact, I continue to be intimidated by it everyday), but together we can learn to conquer it, to make it an extension of your body and musical soul. All the problems and difficulties that arise from the violin can be broken down into very simple solutions- my job is to help you solve these problems and improve in a fun and efficient way!

In time, the sounds coming from your violin will evolve from screeching and squeaking to lush, singing, beautiful tones.


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6 Reviews
Profile-location-online Online

Abigail is a very helpful and patient teacher! She explains new concepts in a way that I can understand and she gives many helpful tips for practicing the pieces. She makes me want to practice and does a great job at helping me sound the best I can.

Posted Sep 11, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

I love Abi’s class!! She is a great teacher and easy to work with. She is also very flexible to teach anything that you want to play. One of the best thing of her class is she always send you a class note after each class, which is very helpful for you to review and remind you what you’ve learned or tips from the class! I highly recommend her!

Posted Aug 23, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Abigail is a amazing teacher! Even though we were learning through online she made it fun and educational. She explained and gave examples that helped me understand and look at things in a different ways. She is very easy to talk to, kind, and funny person. Like I said I was learning with her online and l would absolutely want to work with in person.

Posted May 25, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher! Takes time to explain things and is always patient with me! Also she makes it fun and not a chore. I am a pure beginner but she teaches me the fundamentals well and I’m confident I can continue to build on this bedrock to become a proper violin player :)

Posted May 6, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

She taught me how to play the theme of Castle in the Sky. Now it’s up to me to master it!

Posted Oct 31, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Abi is an incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and helpful teacher. She makes learning fun and easy. I always had questions about practicing efficiently, and Abi was able to give me helpful advice that I still use today. Her technique and musicality are superb. If you study with Abi, you will not only learn a lot, but you will also be inspired!

Posted Aug 10, 2020

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Private Violin Teacher
Sep 2017 - Present

Abigail Tsai


Masters of Music in Violin Performance
Aug 2020 - Present

Cleveland Institute of Music

Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance
Aug 2016 - May 2020

Eastman School oF Music


Chinese (Mandarin)

Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency

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