Ha-eun Ryu

Ha-eun R.

Iowa City, IA
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Ha-eun delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:

I have been surrounded by music my whole life and have played violin for 17 years. I went to high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, obtained a BM in violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory and an MM at the Boston Conservatory. I have won competitions, played in professional orchestra gigs, performed with college faculty, soloed with orchestras, and won the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Award.

I have completed a pedagogy course in college and at the graduate level. I have taught children, teens, and adults alike. I had the fortune of studying with wonderful teachers and strive to be like them and pass on their wisdom.

I am passionate about teaching out of a desire to help people express themselves and appreciate music on a deeper level. I am very enthusiastic and adapt my approach to each student's level, personality, and needs while seeking to build a good rapport. I make creative analogies to keep them engaged. I am positive while critiquing because I believe negativity is counterintuitive to effective learning. I have experience working with elementary school kids, having spent three years employed at a Boys and Girls Club.

Just as I believe in culturing love of music in children, I truly enjoy working with older and more experienced students. I am very eager to help them develop their musicality and good technique. I have an extensive repertoire list and thus am able to aid students in learning challenging music such as show pieces and concertos.

I predominantly teach classical music but have helped students in other music activities. With older and more advanced students I am willing to teach music of their own choosing. I have also helped a student prepare for college auditions.

I really look forward to meeting new students and to inspire them to be at their best!

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Oct 2016 - Present

Eureka is a multi-institutional and community outreach interactive non-profit ensemble based in Boston.

First Violin Section Sub
Apr 2012 - Oct 2018
Orchestra Iowa

Performed in multiple concerts as part of Orchestra Iowa

Piano Quintet
Apr 2012 - Apr 2012
Orchestra Iowa

Performed the Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81, with members of University of Iowa faculty and Orchestra Iowa as part of a chamber group.


MM, violin performance
Sep 2015 - May 2018
Boston Conservatory
BM, violin performance
Sep 2010 - May 2015
Oberlin Conservatory


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


First Prize of Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition, College Division
Mar 2014
Lima Symphony Orchestra
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Award
Dec 2008
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Photos & Videos

After a performance of Johannes Brahms' third violin sonata

The first movement of Sergei Prokofiev's first violin concerto.
The second movement of Sergei Prokofiev's first violin concerto.
A picture taken during a Carnegie Hall Oberlin Conservatory orchestra tour

Concertmaster of the Berklee-Boston Conservatory Recording Orchestra

A live performance of La Capricieuse by Edward Elgar
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Kate Jul 19, 2018
Violin · Online

Ha-eun is fantastic! She is helping our 10 year-old daughter master a new piece she needs to learn within the next 2 weeks. Can't praise her enough! We do in person as well as internet lessons. During the lesson, Ha-eun is focused on the student and her passion for music and fondness of teaching others truly shows. Listening to her playing the violin to show how it should be done is a delight. We consider ourselves lucky to have such a great teacher.

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Alexander Jun 14, 2018
Violin · In studio

In one lesson, Ha-eun gave me excellent adjustments to improve my technique. I'll definitely be coming back.

Diana Mar 17, 2018
Violin · Online

She is a genius! My daughter learned so much on her first lesson. She practice excitedly the afterwards.

Samuel Jan 14, 2018
Violin · Online

She is awesome. Nice and kind.

Jingyi Oct 22, 2017
Violin · In studio

Great great class, this teacher is patient and inspiring! Would love to take more lessons from her! Highly recommend!

Mark Wilson Sep 1, 2017
Violin · In studio

I’m an adult learner of violin with a full-time work schedule that frequently goes over 45 hours during slow weeks. I’ve never been what many would musically talented, but the desire to learn an instrument has always been there. Like a lot of people with a full-time schedule and trying to advance their career, it’s hard to carve out time for extracurricular hobbies. On a whim, I decided to learn violin and bought one from Amazon. I quickly realized I was out of my depth. I went looking for an instructor and found Ha-eun on Take Lessons.

She’s a fantastic instructor because she’s always willing to take time to answer questions, change the lesson plan to fit what the student’s needs at that time, and focus on the basics while learning how to play music. There is a lot to know when playing violin and it can feel quite overwhelming. Ha-eun broke down some of these big overwhelming chunks into small comprehensible sizes. There is an art in teaching an instrument without making the process frustrating, and she actively tries to make learning how to play violin easy on the student. The violin is a difficult instrument, especially when you realize there is no frets on it. I think Ha-eun does an excellent job and recommend her as an instructor.

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Amy L. Aug 8, 2017
Violin · Online

Ha-eun is very knowledgeable, professional, and patient with my 12-year-old son. I highly recommend her!

Emily Jun 14, 2017
Violin · Online

had a very nice experience with a very skilled tutor

Anggita May 7, 2016
Audition Prep · In home

Ha-eun is an extremely devoted instructor and she has been helping me for my audition in a youth orchestra. She is really patient but always eager to push us to our best. She pays attention to the details and give thousands of helpful tips without sounding like a rigid teacher but using a friendly and communicative approach. I feel so lucky to found her on TakeLessons. I never expected an instructor to be so devoted and helpful. Her high efforts to help me makes me feel so motivated to do my best and make her proud. I would continue my lessons with her even though the audition was done!

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Jeffrey P. Apr 12, 2016
Violin · In studio

I have been taking violin lessons with Ha-eun for a couple of months now and I am very excited to be working with her. It is a real pleasure. She is very educated/talented musically and is very patient with me. She works with students of varying music levels. I have some music experience both through school and through previous violin lessons years ago when I was younger. We began working where I left off. Her lessons are very organized and they consist of 2 components, both a music theory component and a technical component where I learn how to hold the violin/bow correctly. During my first lesson, she had the patience to tune my violin (despite the cold winter which can really affect violin sound/make tuning hard), set my shoulder rest properly on the violin and set the "No fret" violin finger board tape which can take a while. I really enjoy taking lessons with her and I anticipate working with her for a long time moving forward in my violin education. It is with no hesitation and no reservation that I recommend Ha-Eun for new students as well as those wanting to go back to learning the violin like me. She has a very positive attitude and is very patient when I have difficulty learning anything. I'm very happy I found her on TakeLessons and I look forward to many many more lessons with her!

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