Christopher DeShields

Christopher D.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My viola lessons are customized to meet your specific musical goals, and whether you are an adult wanting to take lessons for the first time, or an amateur aspiring to make music your full-time career, I am excited to help you achieve success on the viola. My lessons are rooted in classical training, and I am open to incorporating contemporary techniques and string improvisation into the curriculum.

About Christopher D.

I have played and studied music for over 15 years, performing locally and internationally in a wide variety of solo, chamber, and orchestral music settings. I've had several years of teaching experience, both through my private studio as well as affiliations with local music schools.

While I love performing in a variety of contexts, what I love most is to inspire students and watch them succeed! I have a passion for empowering students to develop their musical skills, as well as to teach them how to have a love for what they do, to problem solve, to have grit, to be disciplined, and to use music to benefit their families and communities.

I started playing piano when I was 8 years old, and in high school I started playing viola. In 2018, I graduated with my B.M. in performance from Cedarville University, and anticipate graduation in 2021 from Kent State University with my M.M. in viola performance. I offer a high level of expertise, drawn from the curriculum of over five master teachers including Peter Slowik (Chicago Symphony), Joanna Zakany (Cleveland Orchestra), Sheridan Currie, Arthur Klima (Cleveland Orchestra), and Jane Jaquith.

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Linda
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Chris was very patient with me. I had special challenges due to be an older student that started later in life. We communicated very well--asking and answering questions. Chris knew how to help me as I am challenged with intonation. He did not let me slide which is an excellent quality in an instructor.

When I had questions or problems that we were not able to figure out between the two of us he went to his instructor to ask. He was not afraid to admit that he didn't know. He respected me as a scientist who had challenging questions.

Overall, I highly recommend Chris as an instructor for viola.

Posted Aug 25, 2019
Zach
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Chris is super knowledgeable, flexible to make lessons work over Skype, and attentive to make sure the lessons are tailored to what I am trying to learn as a growing pianist. I’ve had a great experience, grown a lot, and look forward to more lessons!

Posted Jul 29, 2019

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Experience

Teacher
Nov 2014 - Present

Vibrant Viol Music Studio

Private instruction for piano, viola, and violin from beginning to advanced levels in the greater Cleveland and Akron area for all ages.

Education

B.M. in Music Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Cedarville University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Full Time Graduate Assistantship
Apr 2019

Kent State University

Concerto Competition Winner
Jan 2017

Cedarville University

Soli Deo Gloria Music Award
May 2014

Cedarville University

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