Charlene Gulas

Charlene G.

Macomb, MI
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Experienced Violin teacher of 30 years available for eager students aged 2 through adult! I teach using the Suzuki Violin Method through book five and am certified in books one and two. I structure the lessons around each student so that they are taught at their level and speed while encouraging and challenging them to excel further.
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Charlene teaches



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

Teaching since:
November 2013

Over 30 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.

*** 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 Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. The last 5 years I sat assistant principle II Violin.


Suzuki Training
Jul 1984 - Jul 1984
Stevens Point University, Wisconsin
Suzuki Training
Jan 1984 - Mar 1984
Michigan State University
BS in Horticulture/Business
Sep 1979 - Aug 1983
Michigan State University


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

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23 Reviews

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Angela Dec 6, 2018
Violin · In home

Mrs. Gulas is a very good teacher, we are very pleased with how far our child has come and so quickly. We have been with her for a year now, and will be continuing his education with her for as long as we can.

beth Dec 4, 2018
Violin · In home

Miss Charlene Gulas is a wonderful teacher! she is very patient and kind while teaching our 8 year old daughter.

John K. Dec 3, 2018
Violin · In home

Charlene possesses the perfect combination of skill, talent and temperament to make an excellent instructor and teacher. Not only does Charlene have significant skill and experience as a musician but also she has the ability to effectively demonstrate and communicate the principles and techniques of playing the violin from the most rudimentary level (i.e. my level) to the experienced level of serious talented students. Charlene does all this in a relaxed but serious manner. It has been my experience, that when noting deficiencies, Charlene addresses them with patience and corrects and guides the student along in a manner that is both honest and effective but never discouraging or dispiriting. Charlene is very adaptable at modifying her teaching methods or approach and can accommodate instructing elderly retirees (i.e. individuals like me) or some of the youngest students with the tiniest violins you ever saw. In other words, Charlene is very good at assessing a student's goals and asperations and customizing her approach to the individual student's needs and current abilities. Charlene sets clear goals for improvement and learning new techniques and motivates the student to improve and strive for a realistic and achievable level of skill. I would recommend Charlene to any student of any age and any skill level.

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Ashley Dec 2, 2018
Violin · In home

Ms. Charlene is an AMAZING violin teacher!! My daughter absolutely adores her and loves playing the violin bc of her! She is kind, patient, and very knowledgeable in music!! Would highly recommend her to anyone looking to take violin lessons!

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

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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