Kaleigh Acord

Kaleigh A.

Madison, WI

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Kaleigh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 60

Teaching since:
January 2009

Kaleigh is a violinist, violist, and teacher living in the Boston area. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree at Longy School of Music, where she formerly earned an Undergraduate Diploma. At Longy, she has received both the Margaret Rohde Award for Excellence in Solfege and Theoretical Studies, and the Roman Totenberg Award for Highest Academic and Artistic Achievement. She has performed internationally in such cities as Berlin, Prague, and Warsaw, and made her radio debut on WQXR'™s McGraw Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase in March 2014 playing Schoenfield'™s Souvenirs for Violin and Piano. An avid chamber musician, Kaleigh has spent her summers attending Bowdoin International Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music, the Garth Newel Chamber Music Fellowship Program, Lyricafest, Charles Castleman's Quartet Program, Chamber Music in Grantham, and the Portland String Quartet Workshop. Her notable chamber music coaches include William Preucil, Terry King and Robert Merfeld, as well as members of the Pacifica and Escher Quartets and the Mendelssohn Piano Trio. She has appeared in chamber music performances with the Hausmann Quartet, Roger Tapping, and Tchaikovsky International Gold Medalist Sergey Antonov.

In her teaching, Kaleigh focuses on helping her students actively develop their tactile, kinesthetic, and spatial knowledge of the instrument and motions involved in playing. She believes that, in close conjunction with aural awareness, a discerning physical awareness will eventually help students to self-diagnose problems and become their own best teachers. Kaleigh has been teaching assistant to her own esteemed instructor, Laura Bossert, since 2012. She has also been on the Young Artist Faculty of Lyricafest Chamber Music Festival in Lincoln, MA; held a Teaching Fellowship position at the New England Chamber Music Festival in Montpelier, Vermont; and participated as a teaching assistant in Bridge Boston Charter School'™s El Sistema-modeled Violin Program in Dorchester, MA.

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Teaching Assistant to professor Laura Bossert
Sep 2012 - Present
Longy School of Music of Bard College

Practice help and make-up lesson teacher for the Bossert studio.

Teaching Fellow
Jul 2014 - Jul 2014
New England Chamber Music Festival

Chamber music coach and mentor to high school quartet.

Teaching Assistant to Julie Davis
Sep 2013 - May 2014
Bridge Boston Charter School Violin Program

One-on-one tutoring to second-grade violin students to supplement and enforce the concepts learned in their El Sistema-inspired violin class.

Young Artist Faculty
May 2013 - Jun 2013
LyricaFest Chamber Music Festival

Coach to high school quartet and adult amateur chamber groups.


Masters of Music
Sep 2013 - Present
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Undergraduate Diploma
Sep 2009 - May 2013
Longy School of Music of Bard College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Roman Totenberg Award for Highest Academic and Artistic Achievement
May 2013
Longy School of Music of Bard College

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Ysaye's Danse Rustique from Sonata No. 5
Photo by Kaleigh A.


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