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Ashlyn O.
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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I’m an experienced and knowledgeable teacher, having offered violin instruction for over 12 years. I'm here to help unlock your full potential by providing the technical guidance and musical inspiration you need in order to succeed. Complete beginners to advanced players are welcome!
About Ashlyn O.

Hi! I have been teaching private violin lessons for the past 12 years to beginners and adults! I am currently a freelancer in New York City, as well as working for an artist management company. I began teaching privately after working with the Boston Youth Symphony’s Intensive Community Program. This program provides free instruction to underrepresented communities and work with the program was required of my pedagogy course at Boston University. This was my first experience teaching and I loved it! I continued to work with the program after my class ended, helping students who needed some extra time with their instruments or training in music reading and theory. I have been teaching private lessons ever since! Every day in my teaching I see how the arts unite communities and how arts education and outreach change lives. ***Education*** I received my Master's Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul Univeristy in 2014 and a Certificate in Performance in 2016. I graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. *** 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 note reading, 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. *** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to have a violin, music stand, and sheet music. I bring a tuner and metronome. *** Specialties *** I typically teach classical style violin and viola, however I do have experience teaching fiddle.


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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.

Posted Jul 17, 2016
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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 :)

Posted Mar 19, 2016

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!!

Posted Feb 3, 2014
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Aug 2017 - Present
Willan Academy of Music
Violin Teacher to students of all ages.
Young Artist Teaching Fellow
Aug 2012 - Aug 2018
ArtsAhimsa Music Festival
Chamber Music Coach at the ArtsAhimsa Music Festival
Violin Faculty
Jun 2014 - Aug 2016
Belvoir Terrace
Teaching Violin and Viola lessons to girls ages 8-17 at a performing arts summer program in Lenox, MA.
Violin and Viola Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jul 2016
America Music Institute
Violin Teaching Assistant
Sep 2010 - May 2012
Boston Youth Symphony, Intensive Community Program
Teaching Assistant for Violin group classes, individual lessons with students that needed special attention, and tutoring in note-reading/music theory.
Certificate in Performance
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
DePaul University
Master's in Violin Performance
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
DePaul University
Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance
Sep 2008 - May 2012
Boston University
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Suzuki Book 2
Jun 2014
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Book 2 Training taken through the DePaul Community Music Division.
Suzuki Book 1
Jul 2010
Hartt School of Music
Book 1 Training taken through the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT.
Suzuki Every Child Can Course
Jul 2010
Hartt School of Music
Finalist-Honorable Mention
Mar 2015
Plowman Chamber Music Competition
Presser Undergraduate Scholar
May 2012
Boston University
American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2020
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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