Calvin Green

Calvin G.

Columbia, SC
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Want to learn violin? My students have unique lessons tailored to their needs and own personal goals. Basic skills and advanced techniques are taught alongside music interpretation and expression, as well as basic music history, music theory, and other tools necessary to make informed performance decisions. My lessons have ben described as "whacky and fun" by some of students. What do you want to learn? Tell me and we can discover it together!

About Calvin G.

As a classically trained violist with orchestral, chamber, and solo performance experience, my teaching style is geared towards performance and expression. I don't adhere to any one book of teaching, adjusting my teaching to the unique needs of each student. My teachers came from different pedagogical backgrounds; as a result, I have a wide array of teaching tools available to pass on to my students. I have taught with El Sistema Colorado, the Longy School of Music's El Sistema program, and had a Teaching Artist residence with Cambridge Public Schools. Currently pursuing my DMA in Viola Performance from the University of South Carolina, I hold a BM in Viola performance from the Lamont School of Music and a MM in Viola Performance from the Longy School of Music.

I have played viola since I first began my musical studies at age 9. As a result, I have seen teachers hold viola students back, simply because they play the "lesser" instrument in the viola family. I do not hold my students back and I hold them all to the same high level of playing, regardless of which instrument they play.


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7 Reviews
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He is fantastic with my six-year-old! He does a great job explaining things in a way she understands, and is setting her up with a strong musical foundation.

Posted Sep 6, 2019
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Very sweet!

Posted Apr 25, 2018
Joseph S.
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Calvin was awesome. He let me sit in as my fiance took a lesson. It was a relaxed atmosphere and he was a great teacher.

Posted Feb 28, 2018
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Calvin is a great teacher. My first lesson was really good.

Posted Oct 8, 2017
Rich D.
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I've never had any experience with orchestral instruments before. After one lesson with Calvin, I'm learning to read music again. He showed me proper technique as well. I feel that I will be progressing quickly under Calvin's instruction. My first lesson flew by, and I learned so much in a very short amount of time. His attention to smaller details in technique are very helpful as well. I absolutely recommend Calvin as a viola instructor!

Posted Jan 2, 2017
Phoenix E.
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Calvin is a great instructor and my daughter was smiling the entire time! He takes great care of making sure she is understanding what he is showing her and was flexible. He makes a great addition to our Unschooling homeschool and our family!

Posted Apr 9, 2016
Wilbert S.
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First Lesson was great. Calvin was very patient, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Looking forward to many more lessons

Posted Jan 31, 2016

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Teaching Artist Assistant
Sep 2014 - Present

Longy School of Music in conjunction with Cambridge Public Schools

Teaching Artist resident at Cambridge Public Schools, assisting with school orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, and lessons.


DMA - Viola Performance
Aug 2018 - Present

University of South Carolina

Master of Music - Viola Performance
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016

Longy School of Music

Music Performance - Viola
Aug 2010 - Jun 2014

University of Denver, Lamont School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Best Performance of a Student Composition
Jun 2013

University of Denver, Lamont School of Music


American Viola Society
Dec 2014
The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.

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