Ashlyn Olson
Lyndhurst, NJ
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Ashlyn Olson

Ashlyn O.

Lyndhurst, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.

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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4 Reviews
Karen Weiner
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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
Aria B.
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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 18, 2016
Alexandra M.


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
Gabriella B.

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!!!

Posted Aug 7, 2013

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Violin Teacher
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 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


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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