Kiyoe Matsuura

Kiyoe M.

Chicago, IL

About Kiyoe M.

Kiyoe teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: 2008
Last sign in: Today


My priority in teaching violin is to acheive balance. I teach my students to have balanced posture with good technique in order to produce a beautiful tone. My lessons are structured with a balance of positive reinforcement and challenging, yet enjoyable new material.
I have been teaching violin since 2008 and love seeing my students grow as people and musicians. Former students have successfully auditioned into local youth orchestras and held leadership positions in their school orchestras.
I received my Master's degree in violin performance from DePaul University and am a Suzuki book 1 certified teacher. I am a believer in the Suzuki philosophy that every student can acheive if provided with the right environment and I specialize in setting a solid foundation for beginning students. Additionally, having developed my own career as a professional performing musician, I know the kind of training it takes for students to reach an advanced level.
For younger students, involving the parent is an important part of my teaching. I highly recommend that students 8 and younger have a parent observe each lesson so that they can properly assist daily practice sessions.

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Violin Faculty

Oct 2016 - Present
DePaul Community Music Division

Suzuki certified violin instructor- individual lessons.

Violin Teacher

Jul 2016 - Present
Music House

Group and individual lessons to students of all ages

Violin Teacher

Mar 2008 - Aug 2014

I had a large studio of private students across the Orange County, CA area. I traveled to students' houses and also taught from home.

Violin Teacher

Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
The Music Stand (Laguna Niguel, CA)

I taught private violin lessons to students of all levels and ages (3-adult).

Violin Teacher

Jan 2009 - May 2014
Concert Music School (Huntington Beach, CA)

I taught private violin lessons to students of all levels and ages (3-adult).


Master Degree in Music Performance

Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
DePaul University

Bachelor Degree in Music Performance

Aug 2009 - May 2013
Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Violin Book 1 Teacher Training Certification

Nov 2016
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Suzuki "Every Child Can" Course Certification

Sep 2016
Suzuki Association of the Americas


Suzuki Association of the Americas

Sep 2016

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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7 Reviews on Kiyoe M.

Natalie Jan 31, 2016
Violin · In home
Kiyoe is such an amazing teacher. She is extremely talented, personable, professional, and patient. The way she communicates is so helpful. Kiyoe never only told me what I did wrong and how to fix it, but she also pointed out all of the positives. She encourages you to want to become a better musician and I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking to take lessons.
YK Jan 28, 2016
Violin · In studio
My 2 children took violin lessons from Kiyoe when they were 7 years old and 10 years old. Kiyoe is very knowledgeable and have excellent teaching method. Kids enjoy taking lessons with Kiyoe. Kiyoe made the lesson interesting, and at the same time, Kiyoe can be firm if needed without sacrificing the fun of taking lessons. Now both of them end up in the orchestra, one in high school and one in junior high. I highly recommend Kiyoe to anyone who plans to take violin lesson.
Lawrence Jan 28, 2016
I highly recommend any violin student of any age in the Chicago area to contact Kiyoe for lessons! She is an excellent violinist herself and, what is of equal importance, a wonderful person and teacher. If anyone knows the in-and-outs of the fiddle it's her! She is patient and warm-hearted, also very organized and knows how to achieve results - for herself as well as for her students (who love her). Any student, whether young or already intermediate or advanced players, can learn tons from Kiyoe and will be glad to be under her guidance!
Tim Jan 27, 2016
Kiyoe taught at my music school in California before moving to Chicago. I absolutely hated to see her go. She is an amazing teacher and an amazing person. Her parents are good friends of mine and teach music with me at Chapman University. Kiyoe has grown up surrounded be great musicians and teachers and has become one herself. She is also a wonderful person and extremely professional and easy to work with. I wish her the best in her new life in Chicago. I know she will do great things.
Laura Jan 26, 2016
Violin · In home
Kiyoe was our son Dillon's first "professional" violin teacher. She made him fall in love with playing the violin as well as helping him to advance his music skills (site reading, note-reading, advanced music techniques etc. ). Our son is now a high school football player who still makes time for his violin lessons/practices because of the love for music that Kiyoe helped instill in him. She has a quiet/positive teaching style with firm expectations that get excellent results!
Alena Jan 26, 2016
Violin · In studio
I really enjoyed having Kiyoe as a violin teacher. She is gentle, yet firm in her teaching style. She helps me be a better musician by expanding my skills in sight reading, challenging me to play in 3rd, 4th, and 5th positions, and “fine-tuning” the quality of my playing with subtle changes in my posture or bowing and fingering techniques. Attending one of Kiyoe’s concerts, I can see she has a real love for violin performance and she strives to impart and share the same music appreciation with her students.
Kyoka Jan 26, 2016
Violin · In home
Kiyoe sensei is my favorite teacher!👍 She teaches very well, and shes also REALLY nice!😄 In the experience I've had with her, she gave me really good tips on how to be a good violin player, and I had a great time!😝 Kiyoe-san is an AWESOME violin player and I wanna be like her in the future!💞
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