Charlene Gulas

Charlene G.

Macomb, MI

About Charlene G.

Charlene teaches: Ages 2 and up
Teaching since: November 2013
Last sign in: 3 days ago


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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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.


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

Languages Spoken

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


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

18 Reviews on Charlene G.

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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.
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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