Ashlyn Olson

Ashlyn O.

Chicago, IL

About Ashlyn O.

Ashlyn teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2008
Last sign in: Today

Overview

Hi! I have been teaching private violin lessons for the past 5 years to beginners and adults! I am currently a student at DePaul University working towards my Performer's Certificate. I also received my Master's Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul Univeristy in 2014. I graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. I specialize in classical training, although I also love to teach fiddle. I am a trained Suzuki teacher as well as a chamber musician and coach. If you are looking for a young, exciting teacher, I might be the perfect fit!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages and experience levels. Depending on the student, I use a Suzuki based method of teaching. This means that I use the Suzuki books and like to have the parent be more involved in the learning process, but I also feel it is very important to supplement the books by adding scales, etudes, and other solo repertoire. When possible, I like to have my students interact in chamber music, which is so often missing from most lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, street parking,


*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have a music stand. I bring music and a tuner and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I typically teach classical style violin and viola, however I do have experience teaching fiddle.

Photos and Videos

Graduate Recital 4/15/14

Experience

Violin Faculty

Jun 2014 - Present
Belvoir Terrace

Teaching Violin and Viola lessons to girls ages 8-17 at a performing arts summer program in Lenox, MA.

Young Artist Teaching Fellow

Aug 2012 - Present
ArtsAhimsa Music Festival

Chamber Music Coach at the ArtsAhimsa Music Festival

Education

Master's in Violin Performance

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
DePaul University

Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance

Sep 2008 - May 2012
Boston University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Suzuki Book 2

Jun 2014
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Book 2 Training taken through the DePaul Community Music Division.

Suzuki Every Child Can Course

Jul 2010
Hartt School of Music

Suzuki Book 1

Jul 2010
Hartt School of Music

Book 1 Training taken through the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT.

Awards

Finalist-Honorable Mention

Mar 2015
Plowman Chamber Music Competition

Presser Undergraduate Scholar

May 2012
Boston University
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4 Reviews on Ashlyn O.

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Karen Weiner Jul 17, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with Ashlyn for about 7 months now and she has truly been the best violin teacher I could have hoped for! She is not only good at teaching and helping me improve my playing, but she is also a really nice person and we get along very well. I look forward to every lesson and always learn a lot and have fun. Unfortunately, I leave for college soon so I will no longer be able to take lessons with Ashlyn, I will miss her a lot.
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Aria B. Mar 18, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
We are very happy with Ms. Ashlyn. She has a great manner with my 8 year old, who looks forward to her violin classes and wants to practice for her teacher :)
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Alexandra M. Feb 3, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Violin

Ashlyn is my violin teacher,she is amazing!!!She has been my teacher for about 3 months.She is very good at what she does,patient,great communication,reliable and extremely talented..I was reluctant to take a class at my age,I was scared that my teacher would not be patient with me,however I 'm so glad I did.When I met Ashlyn she made it easier for me to continue and not give up my dream of learning how to play the violin!!
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Gabriella B. Aug 7, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Phenomenal Teacher!!

Ashlyn is a very talented violin instructor! I have taken 6 months of violin lessons with her. She is very patient, willing and able to adapt her teaching methods to my learning speed and needs. She is very good at communicating whenever lessons could not take place (which was almost never) and understanding when I couldn't make any of my lessons. As a 25 year-old trying to learn the violin for the first time, she was very encouraging and helped me begin learning what has recently become my favorite instrument. After each lesson I am pumped and can't wait to learn a little more! One of the hardest things for me was being consistent with practicing at home, but Ashlyn was understanding and always pushed me to make the time to learn the notes, the rhythm, posture, etc. and to progress in each aspect of playing the violin. I would suggest anyone to choose Ashlyn as an instructor! From what I understand, she has experience teaching young children, adolescents and young adults. Her undeniable talent, patience, flexibility in teaching methods, and her charming sense of humor are all reasons why I'm eager to learn this wonderful instrument and why I'm sure anyone would feel delighted and pleased to have Ashlyn as their violin teacher! Not to mention...you actually learn to play!!!
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