Calvin Tsang

Calvin T.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hello, welcome to my studio ! I myself am not a native speaker as I arrived in the US to live permanently when I was 7 years old. However, through my acclimation and diligent studies, I'm glad that I'm now fluent and proficient enough to believe that I can teach ESL in the beginning and intermediate levels. I have 2 summers of teaching experience teaching ESL overseas to Chinese students as well as teaching Citizenship class to immigrants. Learning English is not just about learning the words, but practicing listening and speaking in conversation. I excelled in spelling in elementary school and vocabulary in middle and high school (memorizing word-for-word on the definitions), helping me to excel in my grades and exams during those years. Hopefully, you can get some helpful learning tricks from me!

Please note: I have had a successful background check recently in Canada. If you would like to take lessons but would like to verify or get an update of my background check status first before proceeding, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Thanks so much!

About Calvin T.

Calvin, a professional violin teacher and expert violinist, who hails from Austin (TX) and Chicago (IL), has been featured in Charlotte's very own classical radio station, in its "Mainstreet Sessions" performing the virtuosic show-piece Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate, has performed with various top-notch symphony orchestras across the US, including San Diego, Charlotte, Virginia, Des Moines, Chicago, and Texas. During his orchestra career, he had the honor to perform in concerts alongside the following classical music superstars: Joshua Bell, Lang-Lang, Leila Josefowicz, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and more as well as the following famous conductors: Barenboim, William Eddins, David Robertson, Hans Graf, and Jahja Ling, among others. Starting the violin at the age of 8, he garnered attention in the music world just 2 years later, being interviewed by Austin's local TV station. Winner of many awards and honors, including TEXAS ALL-STATE SYMPHONY CONCERTMASTER as a high school freshman, 3-time UIL State Solo & Ensemble Outstanding Soloist, Austin Symphony's Concerto Competition and Soloist in their high school concerts at the age of 14, and consistently concertmaster of his local high school and All-Region orchestras, he completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees both in Violin Performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with European soloist Gerardo Ribeiro and highly sought-after pedagogue Almita Vamos as well as performed in masterclasses by Robert Chen (Chicago Symphony concertmaster), Juilliard Quartet, Valentin Zhuk, and Sally O'Reilly. He has over 15 years of experience teaching violin lessons to students of various age and levels (beginning, intermediate, or advanced).

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a balanced approach to my teaching, incorporating Suzuki (which aids memorization and ear training skills) and traditional methods with my unique methods. It's important to strive for accuracy but at the same time perfectionism is not a good thing, so both compliments and constructive criticism can motivate students to progress. Also, I walk through their homework so they can visualize much more easily than what they may otherwise fear.

Please NOTE: At this time, I only accept intermediate, advanced, and beginning students who have already had weekly lessons for at least ONE solid month. The intermediate to advanced player would review their fundamentals, such as bow grip and good tone, while also polishing up old pieces of their level and working on new pieces, with frequent focus on technique and intonation. Whatever level they are at, it's best that they practice regularly and come prepared to the lessons. With my unique learning methods, they can be motivated to practice and learn songs and skills more efficiently.

*** Lesson Equipment ***
I expect my students to have their own instrument (rent or bought), music stand, extra strings, and music.

*** Specialties ***
Teaching method: Suzuki, ear training, memorization, application of practice methods, use of theory, scales/arpeggios
Style/Genre: Classical, Hymns, Traditional


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2 Reviews
G. Liu
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Excellent Violin Teacher!

Posted Apr 25, 2021
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Calvin is a wonderful Violin teacher. Both of my kids are learning with him. They enjoy their violin learning lessons.

Posted Apr 19, 2021

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Master's in Violin Performance of Solo, Chamber, and & Orchestral Literature
Sep 2001 - Jun 2003

Northwestern University

Bachelor of Violin Performance
Sep 1997 - Jun 2001

Northwestern University



Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Full Scholarship to Tanglewood Music Festival
Jun 2002

Tanglewood Music Festival

Scholarship to Master of Music program through Civic Orchestra of Chicago Fellowship
Sep 2001

Civic Orchestra of Chicago in partnership with Northwestern University school of music

3-time UIL State Solo & Ensemble Outstanding Soloist
May 1994

University Interscholastic League (UIL)

Winner in the Instrumental Soloist category
May 1994

Texas French Symposium

Concertmaster of All-State (Texas) Symphony Orchestra
Feb 1994

Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA)

Symphony Concerto Winner
Apr 1993

Austin Symphony

4-time All-Region Concertmaster (Austin, Texas)
Oct 1992

TMEA Regional


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2003
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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