Larissa Mapua

Larissa M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching is one of my greatest joys! All ages are welcome to study with me. My calling is to work with all students' interests and goals, such as preparing for auditions or playing your favorite video game soundtrack. I'm happy to work on pieces or songs the student is passionate about! :)

Lessons will prioritize an understanding of the relationship between anatomy and sound. My students are taught how to hear an issue in their playing, diagnose the problem, and know exactly how to fix it physically. Creating a beautiful tone, a natural comfort with the instrument, eliminating pain or tension are all things we will work on.

“Talent” is a widely misunderstood concept. As a teacher, I don't believe talent is born. Talent is an artful skill. This skill is made through practice: concentrated sessions of mindful repetition, silent awareness, and craft. I believe anyone can learn an instrument with the right mindset and the right instruction.

My pedagogy teachers include Dr. Olga Kaler, Dr. Carla Trynchuk, Dr. Clifford Colnot, Dr. Frank Diaz and Mimi Zweig, director of the internationally renowned Indiana University String Academy.

About Larissa M.

Larissa Mapua is a viola teacher dedicated to sharing her passion for music and mindfulness. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the U.S. Capitol for members of the 114th U.S. Congress. Additionally, she has performed for the 12th President of the Philippines, Fidel V. Ramos and has been featured on live television for Georgia Public Broadcasting. The National Federation of Music Clubs recognized her achievements with the Rose Thomas Smith Award.

In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Music degree at DePaul University, where she studied with Rami Solomonow and Doyle Armbrust. Additionally, she studied with Matthew Daline. She completed her Master of Music degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2018, from the studio of Edward Gazouleas. Currently, she performs with The Orchestra Now at Bard College.
A personal note on teaching:
My pedagogy teachers include Dr. Olga Kaler, Dr. Carla Trynchuk, Dr. Clifford Colnot, Dr. Frank Diaz, and Mimi Zweig, director of the internationally renowned Indiana University String Academy. Students' long-term progress are at the forefront of my values. I have taught for 10 years and have experience teaching in Cobb County, Georgia public middle and high schools.

Teaching is one of my greatest joys and students of all ages and interests are welcome to study with me. Currently, I am only teaching online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Take care and please feel welcome to reach out for any questions.


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Victoria F.
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My 15 year old daughter loves violin and says Larissa is the best teacher she has ever had. She is patient and every time my daughter has a lesson she comes away excited and so ready to practice.

We have one in person visit a month and 4 on line lessons and it works beautifully!!!

Posted Aug 30, 2014

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Principal and Section Violist
Jan 2019 - Present

The Orchestra Now

Private Lessons Teacher
May 2012 - Present


Violin and Viola

Substitute Violist
May 2017 - May 2018

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

Substitute Violist
Mar 2017 - May 2018

Owensboro Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Principal Violist
Aug 2016 - May 2017

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Principal Violist
Jan 2015 - Jun 2016

DePaul University Chamber Orchestra

Substitute Violist
May 2016 - May 2016

Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Orchestra Mentor
Jan 2012 - May 2012

North Cobb High School Orchestra

Principal Violist
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

Brevard Music Center

Transylvania Symphony Orchestra


Master of Music, Orchestra Studies
Jan 2019 - Present

The Orchestra Now at Bard College

Master of Music, Performance
Aug 2016 - May 2018

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Bachelor of Music, Performance
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016

DePaul University

Bachelor of Music, Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014

Bowling Green State University


Jacobs School of Music Artistic Excellence Award
Aug 2016

Indiana University

School of Music Talent Award
Aug 2012

Bowling Green State University

Eric Lu Scholarship
May 2012

Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia

Presidential Scholarship
May 2012

Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta

Rose Thomas Smith Award
Jun 2011

National Federation of Music Clubs

Brevard Music Center Merit Scholarship
Jun 2011

Brevard Music Center Merit Scholarship

Certification of Appreciation for Leadership and Community Service
May 2011

Galing Foundation, Inc.


American Viola Society
May 2018
The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.
Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2011
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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