Larissa Mapua

Larissa M.

Acworth, GA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching is one of my greatest joys! All ages are welcome to study with me. It is my calling to work with all students' experiences and goals, such as competing in conservatory auditions, playing your favorite songs, or having an interest in the instrument with a completely clean slate.

“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. Anyone can learn an instrument with the right mindset and the right instruction.

My lessons are designed to develop the musical potential that every student has by guiding students to produce their most beautiful sound and feel a balanced and natural comfort with their instrument. Students develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between anatomy and sound for optimum technique, and how to practice efficiently and independently. In other words, my students are taught to hear an issue in their playing, diagnose the problem, and know exactly how to fix it physically.

My lessons foster creativity, problem-solving skills, goal-setting, and most importantly: students' passions.

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.

My lessons cultivate a mindful attitude of objectiveness and acceptance, for all ages, that highly optimizes focused practice and learning. I train my students to practice awareness of how the self functions in the practice room and throughout the trials of life.
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Larissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2012

Larissa Mapua is a Filipino-American violist dedicated to sharing her passion for music as a performer, teacher, and music education advocate. Selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, she performed Debussy's String Quartet, Op.10 at the U.S. Capitol for members of the 114th U.S. Congress. She was invited to perform for Fidel V. Ramos, the 12th President of the Philippines, selections from J.S. Bach's Cello Suites, in 2012. She has performed at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage, Atlanta Symphony Hall, and on live television for Georgia Public Broadcasting. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Mapua held principal positions at the Brevard Music Center and DePaul University Chamber Orchestra, and assistant principal for Indiana University Jacobs School Symphony and Opera Orchestras. She can be heard with the Bowling Green Philharmonia on volumes of The Voice of the Composer: New Music from Bowling Green ​on Albany Records. Furthermore, she has performed for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Ms. Mapua has worked with conductors Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, Carl St. Clair, Mei-Ann Chen, Gilbert Varga, Jung-Ho Pak, and Keith Lockhart.

Her solo engagements include Hindemith's Trauermusik with Michael Alexander conducting at Kennesaw State University in 2010. She has also performed at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the National Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Madeline Island Chamber Music. Ms. Mapua has played in master classes for a number of musicians, including Lembi Veskimets, Peter Slowik, Erika Eckert, Phillip Ying, and Sheila Browne. She has worked with members of the Ariel Quartet, the Chiara String Quartet, and the Arianna Quartet. The National Federation of Music Clubs recognized her achievements with the Rose Thomas Smith Award. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance at DePaul University, where she studied with Rami Solomonow and Doyle Armbrust. Additionally, she studied with Matthew Daline and Allyson Fleck. She graduated with her Master of Music degree in performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2018. Currently, she studies with Edward Gazouleas.

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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

Music Office Intern
Jun 2013 - Jun 2013
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival

Assistant Orchestra Mentor
Jan 2012 - May 2012
North Cobb High School Orchestra

Principal Violist
Mar 2012 - Mar 2012
Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra

Music Librarian Intern
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011
Brevard Music Center

Principal Violist
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
Brevard Music Center

Transylvania Symphony Orchestra


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


Rose Thomas Smith Award
Jun 2011
National Federation of Music Clubs


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.

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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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Photos & Videos

J.S. Bach- Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007, Allemande (arranged for viola)
DePaul University School of Music Concert Hall 2016
Beethoven String Quartet performance at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Vermont 2013

Mozart String Quartet recital at Bowling Green State University, Ohio 2014

Studio solo performance at Bowling Green State University, Ohio 2014

Mendelssohn String Quartet performance at Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, Wisconsin 2014

Beethoven String Quartet performance at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Vermont 2013
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Victoria F. Aug 30, 2014
Violin · Online

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!!!

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