Charlene Gulas

Charlene G.

Macomb, MI
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About

Charlene delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 2+

Teaching since:
November 2013

Over 25 years violin teaching experience. I have successfully taught students ages 3 to adult. Anyone can learn to play the violin. Lessons in a comfortable setting in my studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are taught in my home in a comfortable setting. Parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons and are expected to help their child practice. I teach the Suzuki Method and the Suzuki book and recording are required. I will change details to suit a student, for instance I teach note reading long before a traditional Suzuki teacher would and I will add non-Suzuki materials into lessons if needed.

Elements of the Suzuki Philosophy
- every child (or adult) can learn
- listening and encouragement are essential
- parents are the real teachers, I am the director
- Love. I love each student and teach through my love
- accept where your child is, but challenge them to be better
- constant review and repetition of materials is essential to learning
- compete only with yourself, not your peers or parents
- character is developed as the child gains knowledge and ability

When learning music, your child is taught true self-confidence. They know they truly have achieved a great thing when they learn to play an instrument. The things they learn, such as patience and perseverance, will pour over into all areas of their lives

*** Studio Equipment ***
Young students are started out on a play violin so they can learn the proper positions before they graduate to their real violin. I will assist parents in finding the right instrument for their child.

*** Specialties ***
I have never found a child who couldn't learn music. Obviously, some will learn faster than others, but with the right encouragement and help from their parents, any child can learn to play the violin.

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Experience

Violinist
Sep 1992 - Dec 2012
Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra

Played with LSCSO for 20 years. The last 5 years I sat assistant principle Violin II.

Education

BS in Horticulture/Business
Sep 1979 - Aug 1983
Michigan State University

Languages

Only English -have taught many students with minimum English skills
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Suzuki Violin Book 1
Jul 1987
Michigan State University

Suzuki Violin Book 2
Jul 1985
Suzuki Association of America

Completed training to teach Suzuki Violin Book 2 from Stevens Point Wisconsin

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19 Reviews

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Mia May 10, 2017
Piano · In home

Charlene is a patient, kind teacher. She teaches violin and piano to both of my daughters, and does an excellent job!

Jenelle Hao Dec 6, 2016
Violin · In studio

Very patient and encouraging. Sets realistic goals. Great experience even as a parent observing.

Tasfia A. Jun 22, 2016
Violin · In home

She is ONE super sweet and very Kind person. It was my first lesson on violin ever - so I was making a bunch of errors from holding the violin and moving the bow. She was very patient with me and explained very nice.
Thank you

Anthony May 20, 2016
Violin · In studio

Charlene is absolutely wonderful! She is patient and accommodating. My 10 year old son looks forward to his lesson every week. We are so lucky to have found her as a teacher.

De'vone W. Mar 22, 2016
Piano · In studio

She was awesome with my 3 year old grandson 😀 I couldn't believe it , I almost cried , can't wait till next week . Thank You so much Charlene 😀😀

Liz Gelfusa Mar 11, 2016
Violin · In studio

She has been great to work with! Charlene is patient and explains things very well.

Ethan F. Feb 17, 2016
Violin · In studio

Excellent first lesson. Charlene is very patient.

Angelica M. Jan 27, 2016
Violin · In studio

Charlene os great...very patient and knowledgeable.

Jorja S. Nov 19, 2015
Harp · In studio

Charlene is great. She is so accommodating and genuinely interested in my daughter's musical progress and all around technique of the harp. I appreciate the detail to technique and excellence and my daughter's music sounds beautiful.
Charlene is an experienced instructor. We are very happy to have found her.

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Kevin S. Sep 23, 2015
Violin · In studio

For my first lesson ever I think it went very well.

Claire E. Jul 22, 2015
Violin · In home

What a wonderful, encouraging, patient teacher! This is our first experience with violin and the Suzuki method. My almost 6 year old came home today from her lesson smiling from ear to ear and said, "I had so much fun!" I am amazed at the sound that I'm hearing from her violin already. Charlene is one of those special teachers that all parents hope to find.

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Megan W. Jul 15, 2015
Violin · In studio

Megan loved her lesson! Charlene was great!

Karen Jul 13, 2015
Violin · In studio

My son took violin lessons with Charlene as a preschooler through 3rd grade before we moved away from Michigan in the early 1990s. I only have the best to say about Charlene's abilities as a thoughtful, attentive, proactive, discerning, creative teacher. She loves what she does, which showed in my son's attitude about attending lessons and his continued passion for music and string instruments 20 years later.

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Ched F Jul 10, 2015
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Charlene is a most capable teacher and very very patient with even the youngest students

Nicole Jun 26, 2015
Violin · In home

My daughter began lessons with Charlene last summer. When I first started searching for teachers, I was told that she was too old to learn the violin. Charlene has proved that is not the case and I am amazed at the progress my daughter has made for never having played an instrument before. Charlene's dedication to her students, along for her love of music, is evident in her teaching. We are both so happy we found her.

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Nicole W. Jun 24, 2015
Violin · In studio

Charlene is knowledgable and VERY patient. She started instructing my daughter when she was four years old and has always been encouraging and respectful.

Teri H. Jun 22, 2015
Violin · In studio

I couldn't have found a better instructor. She is very patient and listens carefully to my playing giving much appreciated tips on how I can improve. Always on time and flexible with scheduling. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a violin teacher.

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Alana M. May 27, 2015
Violin · In home

Very knowledgeable and patient with young children

Nicole W. Feb 12, 2014
Violin ·

Excellent violin teacher

Charlene has done a wonderful job with teaching my 6 year old daughter the fundamentals of playing the violin using the Suzuki method. She has not only helped technically, but has also given my daughter the encouragement and patience necessary to develop her confidence with playing. Her high level of experience and passion for playing the violin is very evident. I would highly recommend Charlene to anyone looking to improve their performance with this instrument.

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