Geronimo Oyenard

Geronimo O.

Dallas, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Unlike many instructors who simply use the same cookie-cutter method in their teaching, I believe in adapting to each individual student for consistent progress. By meeting them "where they are," focusing on their learning style, and developing a systematic approach to fixing bad habits and eliminating weaknesses in their playing, every single one of my students achieves musical growth, command of the instrument, and an overarching love of music.

My two decades of professional experience both as performer and instructor allows me to draw on multiple methods, exercises, and repertoire that will help you develop your full potential while always enjoying your musical journey.

About Geronimo O.

Music has been a passion of mine since I can remember, both as a performer and as a pedagogue. I have experienced firsthand the transformative, healing, and communicative power of music, so my ultimate goal is to share my expertise through teaching and performing.

I am a classically-trained violinist with 20 years of experience as a professional orchestral and chamber player. I hold several degrees in performance, including a DMA (University of Oklahoma), MM (NC School of the Arts), an Artist's Diploma, and a BA (both from the College of Charleston). I am also a Suzuki-certified instructor in violin and viola, fluent in English, Spanish, and French, and have taught students of all ages and levels in a variety of settings (public schools, private music academies, pre-college, university, etc.), in person and remotely (via Zoom), both one-on-one and in groups. My teaching experience also includes music appreciation, string pedagogy, film music, and music history courses.

My students always achieve personal satisfaction and musical growth, regardless of age, level, and degree of commitment. Many of them have been accepted into colleges and universities with scholarships, won competitions, and placed in leadership positions for their school, state, and regional orchestras.

I have been fortunate enough to work with some truly great violinists and pedagogues, either long term or in numerous music festivals, who to this day continue to inspire my own teaching. My musical career has taken me all over the world, including performances in Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, Austria, and Japan. As a big fan of film, animation, TV, and videogame music I also arrange popular selections for strings.


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I took lessons from Geronimo for a few years and I really developed a lot under his teaching. He is very good at pinpointing issues and also fixing bad habits. He also helped me to become better at practicing, which is extremely helpful. Overall a great teacher and would highly recommend.

Posted Aug 9, 2020
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My daughter took lessons with Geronimo for two years while he was pursuing his PhD at the University of Oklahoma. Geronimo is a great instructor. He is very clear, concise, and effective in communicating with kids during the lesson. It's very easy to follow and understand him even for younger kids. He uses every minute of each lesson in teaching, and truly cares about educating kids on musics. Geronimo emphasizes skills and techniques, which offered my daughter a solid foundation to move up (she has been attending Oklahoma Youth Orchestra for one year). Thank you, Geronimo for being a great instructor!

Posted Aug 5, 2020
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Geronimo was a great instructor and motivator! He helped me find the right sound and worked with my strong suits as well as helping me strengthen my weaknesses. I would recommend him to any player as he showed me ways to become more confident and enhance my playing.

Posted Jul 28, 2020
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Geronimo is a great instructor for my teenage daughter that is very shy. She became more confident in her playing each lesson. Now she is thriving in high school symphony!!!!

Posted Jul 27, 2020
Alok Gautam
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Geronimo is an excellent teacher. He taught my son, viola who was a beginner using the Suzuki method. He is very thorough with finger movements and bow work. He sets clear milestones for the student to meet for each week along with semester goals, such as recitals and concerts. His artistry is highly advanced yet we really liked how he could teach kids at all ranges. My son has had about 3 teachers, but Geronimo stands out as the best. I highly recommend him. Thank you.

Posted Jul 27, 2020
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Thank you very much for being a wonderful teacher for my daughter. She had learnt lot of techniques as a beginner and has improved very much because of Geronimo. We really miss having you as a violin teacher in Norman.

Posted Jul 26, 2020

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Violin and Viola Instructor
Sep 2019 - Present

Plano ISD and Frisco ISD

Private violin and viola lessons to middle school and high school students. Focus on: technique; solo, orchestral, and chamber repertoire; audition preparation; masterclasses.

Teaching Artist
Jun 2019 - Present

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Teach private and group classes to elementary school age students based on El Sistema principles of orchestral instruction. Also: craft the curriculum, teach introductory music theory, lead string sectionals, and coach chamber ensembles.

Concertmaster, Associate Concertmaster, Assistant Principal
Sep 2005 - Present

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle; Salisbury Symphony; Western Piedmont Symphony; Roanoke Symphony; Opera Roanoke; Lynchburg Symphony; Opera on the James; Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas

Performed in leadership positions for many regional orchestras and opera companies.

Jul 2000 - Present

SODRE National Symphony and Camerata Juvenil del MEC (Uruguay); Charleston Symphony; College of Charleston Chamber Orchestra; Virginia Tech's New River Valley Symphony

Performed concertos and solo works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Dvorak, Massenet, Kabalevsky, and Piazzolla,

Section Violinist
Apr 2000 - Present

Charleston Symphony; North Carolina Symphony; Virginia Symphony; West Virginia Symphony; Tulsa Symphony; Plano Symphony; Victoria Symphony

I have performed and recorded with many state and regional orchestras in the United States.

String Faculty
Aug 2008 - Jul 2019

Norman School for Strings; Performing Arts Institute of Virginia; North Carolina School of the Arts Community Music School

Applied violin and viola lessons to students of all ages and levels as Suzuki certified and traditional instructor. Main focus on: technique; solo, orchestral, and chamber repertoire; audition preparation. Also ensemble coachings, masterclasses, and faculty performances.

Adjunct Faculty
Sep 2009 - May 2017

Bluefield State College; University of Oklahoma

Applied violin lessons for undergraduate students; as sabbatical replacement: coordinated and led weekly studio masterclass; taught string methods/pedagogy classes; recital, jury, and competition preparation; acting concertmaster of honors orchestras.

Artist in Residence
Jan 2009 - Jun 2016

Franklin County Public Schools; Salem City Schools; Lynchburg City Schools (all in VA)

I created and directed elementary through high school violin programs based on Suzuki and Rolland principles, as well as Mark O'Connor repertoire. Also: recital preparation, outreach performances, and fundraising.


Aug 2016 - May 2019

University of Oklahoma

Aug 2005 - May 2007

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Artist's Certificate in Performance
Aug 2003 - May 2005

College of Charleston

Aug 1999 - May 2003

College of Charleston



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Certification in Violin and Viola
Jul 2013

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Books 1-4 and 9-10. Remaining books in progress.


Texas Music Educators Association
Sep 2019
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.
College Music Society, The
Jan 2017
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Jan 2009
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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