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Claire delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2005

Claire Whitcomb began playing piano at 4 years old, viola at age 12, and violin in high school while studying with Dan Reinker, principal violist of the Nashville Symphony, at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music pre-college program. She obtained her Bachelor's of Music degree from Middle TN State University under the tutelage of Sarah Cote and went on to achieve her Master's of Music Degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory, where she studied under Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll. There she studied excerpts with the principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Christian Colberg.

Claire is currently a tenured string player with the West Virginia Symphony and Lexington Philharmonic. She is a formal substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, and many other orchestras. With over 10 years teaching violin, viola, and piano she began the Claire de Lune Academy in 2014 out of her home, just north of Nashville, TN

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Violin and Viola Teacher
Jan 2016 - Present
Claire de Lune Academy

I started my own teaching company earlier this year and it has been blossoming ever since! I teach online and in person lessons to people of all ages and backgrounds. I love teaching so much, it is so fun for me to discuss string playing with those that are interested! You can read more about Claire de Lune Academy at www.clairedeluneacademy.com

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Section viola
Sep 2014 - Present
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

I play viola in the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra! We have a great time bringing audiences classic pieces that enrich all of our lives.

Section viola
Sep 2013 - Present
Lexington Philharmonic

I play viola in the Lexington Philharmonic in Lexington, KY. Throughout the year we play classical and pops repertoire to a very supportive audience. We are lucky to do what we love for a living!

Strings teacher
Sep 2010 - Jun 2013
Loveland Music Academy

I taught both private and group classes in person to a studio of about 30 kids. Most of my students were violin and viola, but I also taught cello and piano. I was in charge of scheduling lessons and annual recitals.

Strings teacher
Jun 2005 - Sep 2009
Jonathan Fletcher Music

I taught violin, viola, cello, and piano while working on my Bachelor's of Music degree in Murfreesboro, TN. I helped schedule lessons and recitals, as well as provide coaching for groups of kids and adults. My studio reached a point of averaging at 25 students and most of them studied the Suzuki method with me.

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Artist Diploma
Sep 2012 - Present
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Master of Music in Viola Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2012
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Violin and Viola performance
Aug 2005 - Apr 2009
Middle Tennessee State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


First Place
Apr 2009
Middle Tennessee Bach Competition


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2013

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Just a little introduction to my musical world!
Photo by Claire W.

Clair de Lune arranged by me for 2 violins and 2 violas
Photo by Claire W.

Photo by Claire W.

Photo by Claire W.
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8 Reviews

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Mariah G. Apr 5, 2017
Violin · Online

Claire is a wonderful violin teacher! She's patient, fun, and explains things very well! She not only teaches the need-to-know things, like helpful scales or songs from the Suzuki books, but also teaches you music you like to play! She is very encouraging and motivates me to keep playing even when I'm in a rut! I would definitely recommend her!

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Regina Oct 13, 2016
Violin · In home

Claire is an A+ teacher. We have been taking lessons with her for 2 years and I have seen massive amounts of progress with my two kids. They have achieved more with Claire than their previous violin teacher and I think it's because she is not only a skilled violinist and teacher, but the kids love their lessons with her. She listens to them and takes what they want to learn into account. We love Claire!

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Amy Sep 3, 2016
Violin · Online

i take lessons with claire on claire de lune academy's website and i have never learned so much about music. claire is thorough in her explanations and always makes sure i understand the theory behind what we're working on as well as the music side of it. definitely recommend claire as a violin teacher!

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Amber Aug 25, 2016
Viola · Online

I signed up to take with Claire twice a week on Skype because I loved our lessons so much. She keeps me interested in playing viola and encourages me to keep going no matter what. I recommend Claire for anyone looking to get better at string playing. I used to take violin, but switched to viola recently and am loving it.

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Isaac Aug 25, 2016
Violin · Online

Claire has helped me learn church music to play on Sundays and gives great guidance on a lot of other genres. We also work on classical and fiddle and have a great time doing it. Best teacher ever.

Beth Aug 25, 2016
Violin · Online

I'm an adult beginner violin player and Claire has been so patient with me. I've learned so much in a short period of time and can tell I picked the right teacher!

Natalie Aug 25, 2016
Violin · Online

I started playing violin two years ago with Claire and LOVE it! She inspires me to keep going and she explains things in a way I can easily understand. Claire is personable, talented, and a great teacher.

Emma Aug 24, 2016
Violin · Online

Claire is a such a great violin teacher! She always has helpful tips to help me learn my favorite songs. I highly recommend her!!

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