Carolyn Broe

Carolyn B.

Scottsdale, AZ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching violin for over twenty five years. I teach both traditional western methods and Suzuki style. I have a Doctorate in Music. I am very experienced teaching all ages and levels. I teach out of my home studio in Scottsdale. If you have ever dreamed of learning to play music, I can help you make that dream come true.

About Carolyn B.

Carolyn has taught advanced, intermediate and beginning violin and viola lessons for over twenty five years. She has also taught beginning piano and cello for over twenty years. Carolyn earned her Doctorate in Music Performance from Arizona State University. She has taught in the Maricopa Community Colleges as well as in Scottsdale School District. Carolyn is very good with young students, teens, as well as adults. She is currently the Principal Violist of the Scottsdale Philharmonic, and the Conductor of the Four Seasons Orchestra. She is the violist with Four Seasons String Quartet.


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8 Reviews
Mennen P.
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Dr Carolyn is very patient & made every step of my beginning lesson enjoyable. I’m looking forward to my next lessons on the web with her!

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Clark W.
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Carolyn brings years of experience and insight to every lesson. She offers positive encouragement. She regularly challenges me with goals to stretch my skills, and always looks to move me on to a higher level of playing.

Posted Sep 15, 2019
Charlene R.
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Patient, encouraging and inspiring. I cannot recommend Carolyn highly enough.

Posted Aug 21, 2018
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Being a beginner, Carolyn made it very easy and understandable for me.

Posted Nov 29, 2017
Cagney B.
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Carolyn was wonderful with my daughter we really liked her she had a very positive attitude and we were thrilled can't wait for our next lesson

Posted Sep 15, 2017
Eliana S.
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Carolyn has been a great instructor for our daughter. She is knowledgeable, patient and uses positive reinforcement to facilitate learning. We are off to a great start and look forward to seeing the progress our daughter will make.

Posted Apr 1, 2016
Karen K.
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Carolyn has done a great job with my son on the violin. She is filling in the missing pieces from his past instruction and is making sure he gets what he needs going forward. She also encourages as she teaches.

Posted Aug 30, 2015
Olivia T.
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Wonderful first lesson. My daughter is very excited to attend the next one.

Posted Aug 19, 2015

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String Teacher - Violin, Viola and Cello
Aug 2009 - Present

Private Studio

I have been teaching violin and viola for over twenty-five years and cello for over twenty years. I have a Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University. I taught strings in the Scottsdale School District and the New School for the Arts. I have also taught violin, viola and orchestra at Paradise Valley Community College, GCC and MCC. I have been very fortunate to have worked with some of the finest teachers in the Nation. I would love to pass on their valuable knowledge to you. I teach violin, viola and cello to both young students and adults.

Viola Instructor, Violin Instructor, Orchestra Instructor, Chamber Music Instructor
Aug 1993 - Present

Community Colleges

I have been the Violin and Viola Instructor in at Paradise Valley Community College Arizona since 2003. I taught as the conductor and orchestra instructor at Paradise Valley Community College for ten years, and GCC for three years. I was the Viola and Chamber Music Instructor at Mesa Community College in Arizona. I was also the Violin and Viola Instructor at Glendale Community College.

Music Teacher
Sep 1991 - Present

Private Studio

I have been teaching private violin and viola at my home studio here in Arizona for over twenty-five years. My private students have varied from five years old to seventy five years old. I have also taught private beginning cello lessons for over twenty years. I practice a progressive Western traditional method that includes scales, etudes and solo repertoire. I have a great deal of success helping both young and adult students to learn how to play string instruments. Many of my students have gotten into honor orchestras and community groups.

Music History, Theory, Choral and String Teacher
Feb 2015 - May 2015

Great Heart Academies

I taught Music History, Music Theory, Choral and Strings at the Anthem Preparatory school as a long term sub for another music teacher who was on leave. The students were elementary grades 2nd through 5th. I had a sixteen piece string group and four choirs. Music is considered an academic at the Great Hearts Academies, as they use the Core Knowledge system. I taught the students about various composers, daily theory lessons, and choral practice.

String Director
Aug 2001 - May 2003

Scottsdale Unified School District

I taught elementary strings and general music at SUSD. I had beginning string groups there. I also taught three high school string orchestras at SUSD. We went to festivals, performed concerts, and did fund raising for events.


Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music DMA
Sep 1991 - Dec 2001

Arizona State Univeristy

Masters of Fine Arts in Music MFA
Sep 1980 - Dec 1984

California State University, Long Beach



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Arizona Teaching Certification
May 2014

Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Teaching Certification is a state license to teach in the public schools. It requires about 30 college hours of educational course work, as well as classes in English as a second language, and Arizona State History. This certification also includes teaching music under a master teacher in the classroom at both the elementary level and the secondary level. The coursework is very specific and includes practicum, classroom management skills, and teaching strategies.
HIghly Qualified
Jul 2002

Arizona Department of Education

In order to be determined as a "Highly Qualified" teacher in the State of Arizona, I had to take a minimum of 30 college units of graduate level music teaching courses. I also had to pass a National music exam and a National education exam at the secondary level. The National music teaching exam is notorious for being extremely hard. Many music teachers fail this exam several times before passing it. I passed both exams on the first try. This may be due to having gone through some even more difficult music exams at ASU in order to earn my Doctorate in Music.


Phoenix Artist Award
Jan 2005

Phoenix Office of Cultural Arts

Ten Year Service Award
May 2003

Paradise Valley Community College


Music Teachers National Association
May 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
American String Teachers Association
Sep 1979
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
American Viola Society
May 1979
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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