Diane Gastfreund

Diane G.

Gaithersburg, MD
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach from pre-primer piano repetoire through advanced Beethoven Sonatas and all classical music
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Diane delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:
April 1982

I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perform as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private schools and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.

*** Lesson Details ***
I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. If you want online lessons, please contact me through Take Lessons since I have additional availability to teach online. In the past six months my students have performed for the National Humane Society at their animal ball, a multi teacher recital on a local stage, and just two weeks ago seven of them performed at Strathmore. This summer I have two more concerts planned. Coming up will be an all instrument graduation with several other teachers where students receive medals for their performances. No student is required to perform but if they want to the opportunity is there. All students are required to have an instrument prior to beginning lessons. If students need to rent a violin, I will provide you with the name of a violin dealer that both rents and sells string instruments. Piano students must have a piano or keyboard.

I have also started a toddler music appreciation program geared for the 1-4age range. The purpose of this program is to expose very young children to the fun of Music through instruments, songs and play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.and have extensive summer programs to help students with auditions for youth orchestras and school orchestras.

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student recitals
Jan 2012 - Present
Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area

My students have the opportunity to perform in recitals through the SAGWA All Instruments Recitals in the Washington D.C. area as well as other independent recitals.

Jan 1990 - Present
Washington Symphony and VANMMG

Performed as Constitution Halls resident orchestra. Performed around the world in Paris, Carnegie Hall, Russia, Italy, England and Wales and well as Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall and the White House.


Bachelor of Music; Master of Education
Sep 1966 - Present
Bonston Conservatory and Univeristy of Maryland College Park
Bachelor of Music; Master of Education
Sep 1966 - Present
Boston Conservatory and the University of Maryland


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Lifetime music teaching certification
Jun 1987
Boston Conservatory

Teacher of violin and piano. 1971 Traditional approach. Suzuki Teacher training Institute at Catholic University 1983-1987

Suzuki Association of the Americas; Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area
Jun 1981
Suzuki Teacher Training Institute at Catholic University

I am certified as a teacher of the Suzuki method by The Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.


Alumni Ambassador
Jun 2016
Boston Conservatory
Apr 2016
Suzuki Institute of the Greater Washington Area
Recognition Award, 1999 and 2000
Dec 2000
The White House


Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Jun 1982

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area
Jun 1981

The Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (SAGWA) is a volunteer organization devoted to improving children’s lives through music education. Our mission is to inspire an appreciation for the untapped possibilities of children through promoting the understanding and use of the music teaching approach and educational philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki for the greater happiness of all children.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Diane G.

A student who received a trophy for her performance on the piano

A holiday concert with a few of my students

Performing at a hospice

Playing at the White House for the President

A student practicing for a solo recital

Photo by Diane G.

Performing with a few students at the Animal Love Ball to raise money for rescues and humane societies.

Performance for an advanced student at Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts
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12 Reviews

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Daycee R. Aug 14, 2018
Violin · In home

Very positive and patient instructor. Experienced with younger students and knowledgeable of how to encourage students to succeed and want to learn to play and improve.

Kevin L. Aug 1, 2018
Violin · In studio

Had my first violin lesson today with Diane. She is a very kind and patient person. Looking forward to working more with her on my goal of becoming a decent violinist.

Ravika Jun 15, 2018
Violin · Online

Diane is very good at teaching

Debra L. Apr 15, 2018
Piano · Online

Ms. Diane is the most amazing instructor. She has been successfully teaching my daughter both violin and piano online for two years now. Ms. Diane is knowledgeable, reliable, flexible and one of the kindest music instructors our family has had the good fortune and pleasure to learn from. We are also lucky to only live about 40 minutes away, so we also get to see Ms. Diane for an in home lesson on occasion. Our daughter looks forward to her weekly lesson with Ms. Diane and plans to continue learning from Ms. Diane for many years to come. If you are looking for a music instructor with such qualities, Ms. Diane is truly worth your time and consideration for both online and in home instruction. If I could give her more than 5 stars I certainly would. Thank you Ms. Diane for everything!!

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Debra L. Apr 15, 2018
Violin · Online

Ms. Diane is one of the sweetest teachers I have ever had. She is really good at explaining things when I don't understand, is patient, encourages me, and makes learning really fun! Overall she is really great. I highly recommend her.

cole S. Aug 21, 2017
Violin · In home

Diane is an excellent instructor. My son feels comfortable with her style of teaching and always looks forward to his next lesson!

Bridgit A. Jun 23, 2015
Piano · In home

Ms.Diane is a really good teacher. My daughter has just started lessons with Ms.Diane, but she has really progressed very well from her prior level. Ms.Diane is very patient and fun to work with. Would highly recommend Ms.Diane!

Maria T. Jun 5, 2015
Piano · In home

So far, so good. Ms.Diane is an extremely good and understanding teacher.

Holly May 23, 2015
Violin · In studio

Diane is wonderful with kids and very patient.

Kristin W. May 9, 2014
Violin ·

Learned so much in my first lesson

Diane taught me so much in a just a few lessons. She was very clear and had a great teaching personality. I would recommend any student, beginner-advanced to let Diane help you become a great violin player.

Vivian N. Dec 3, 2013
Violin ·

She's a great teacher

Diane has been teaching me the violin for almost four years. As her student I've had the opportunity to play at places such as Strathmore and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. She teaches me both traditional and Suzuki methods, so there's a lot of flexibility concerning learning techniques.

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Debra T. Dec 3, 2013
Violin ·

Diane is a terrific teacher!

Two of my daughters have been taking lessons -- violin & piano -- with Diane for three years. We love her teaching style, flexibility, and encouraging attitude. Diane is always prompt, positive, and professional. She is the perfect fit for my girls!

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