Ashlyn Olson

Ashlyn O.

Sunnyside, NY

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach children and adults of all ages!
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Ashlyn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2008

Hi! I have been teaching private violin lessons for the past 8 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, maintaining small studios while at was at school in Chicago and Boston.

To enhance my teaching, I took the Every Child Can, Book 1 and Book 2 courses offered through the Suzuki Association of America. These classes provided valuable new ideas and approaches to teaching that I use every day. At Belvoir Terrace I was a violin and viola teacher as well as a full time counselor, living with the students and being totally integrated into their camp lives. Additionally, I was the chairperson of the Instrumental Department, learning how to more carefully organize tasks, foster innovation, and build relationships between departments.

I am passionate about all areas of music education. This summer, I accepted an internship in the production department of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. I had the most wonderful summer of my life, enjoying every moment of being backstage, driving artists to and from Ravinia, and working with talented young artists about to step into their careers. That summer helped me develop my skills in education and production, and my passion for changing children’s lives through music education has only grown. I have continued to see how the arts unite communities and how arts education and outreach change lives.

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. 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.

*** 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.

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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.

Young Artist Teaching Fellow
Aug 2012 - Aug 2016
ArtsAhimsa Music Festival

Chamber Music Coach at the ArtsAhimsa Music Festival

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 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.


Finalist-Honorable Mention
Mar 2015
Plowman Chamber Music Competition
Presser Undergraduate Scholar
May 2012
Boston University

Photos & Videos

Graduate Recital 4/15/14

Undergraduate Recital 4/1/12

Performing with the Seven Hills Symphony 6/2012

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Op. 64
April 15, 2014
Teaching at Belvoir Terrace Summer 2015

Teaching at Belvoir Terrace Summer 2014
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4 Reviews

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Karen Weiner Jul 17, 2016
Violin · In home

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

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 :)

Alexandra M. Feb 3, 2014
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 ·

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 actually learn to play!!!

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