Madeline Stewart

Madeline S.

San Diego, CA

Lesson Details



Madeline delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2009

Madeline S. is a violin performer and teacher currently working in San Diego County. With music teaching experience since 2009, Madeline enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.

Madeline completed her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from San Diego State University, where she studied violin pedagogy techniques through her degree and the SDSU String Academy program. As adapted from her own experience, Madeline's teaching philosophy promotes a healthy posture, proper technique, ear training, music theory, and ultimately a fun and encouraging learning experience.

As a performer, Madeline's recent performances include the premiere of the Mozart's Requiem Ballet with San Diego City Ballet as the principal second violin. In August of 2014, she will once again perform with Opera Neo, where she was principal second violin for their August 2013 performance of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. She has participated in music festivals around the world, such as Kastela Music Festival in Croatia as well as Bay View Music Festival in Michigan, where she performed as part of a string quartet in three concerts and as principle second violin in the opera production of Don Giovanni. Upon moving to San Diego, Madeline has played at venues such as Art Lab, Anthology Jazz Club, and the famous Sprekles Theatre. At Sprekles Theatre, she has performed with the San Diego City Ballet Orchestra in productions such as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Firebird, and The Nutcracker.

Aside from teaching and performing, Madeline provides string ensemble services for weddings and special occasions through her newly founded business as of 2014, Melodies by Madeline.

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Violin Teacher
Jun 2014 - Present
Mission Hills Music

Duties include teaching private violin lessons for all ages.

String Adacemy Assistant Teacher
Jan 2013 - Present
San Diego State University String Academy

Duties included assisting the lead professors in group classes, observing private lessons, teaching private lessons, and the continued study of violin pedagogy methods (i.e. videos, seminars, and workshops).

Violin Teacher
Jan 2009 - Present

Duties include teaching private violin lessons in the San Diego area.

Violin and Piano Teacher
Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
Hollywood Music Studios

Duties included teaching private violin and piano lessons, as well as group piano lessons for children ages 3 - 15.


Bachelor of Music
Sep 2008 - May 2013
San Diego State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation
Jan 2015
Northwestern University

Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation is a 10-week non-credit online course offered by Professor Stacia Spencer of Northwestern University through Coursera. This course explores the fundamental principles and early stages of teaching violin and viola with a renewed approach to share with students the joyful experience of making beautiful music.

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Pi Kappa Lambda Nominee and Recipient
May 2013
San Diego State University


American String Teachers Association
Aug 2016

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Photos & Videos

From a recital in May, 2012.

Photo by Madeline S.

SDSU String Academy students and teachers from a recital in April, 2013.

SDSU String Academy recital, students and teachers June, 2013

Photo by Madeline S.

Photo by Madeline S.


3 Reviews

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Ellen W. Aug 11, 2014
Violin · In home

I am an experienced pianist and flutist, but I wanted to learn the violin for the sake of my soul! Ms. Madeline was able to craft a custom-designed lesson plan that perfectly matched my own needs and musical level. She is fun, laughs a lot, and the lesson flies by. I'm inspired to practice, and can't wait until our next lesson. I am especially impressed with her own level of musical ability, as I have seen her perform in numerous orchestra, ballet and opera performances. She is a gem!

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Sam H. Jul 18, 2014
Violin · In home

I played guitar in middle school and began to learn violin in 10th grade. Madeline helped me learn scales and studies, and encouraged me to practice by awarding me with special arrangements (my favorites being Lord of the Rings and the Legend of Zelda theme songs.) As a freshman in college now, I'm studying biology but still participating in a local community orchestra. Madeline made lessons fun, and helped me with my AP music theory homework too. Strongly recommended.

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Melonie B. Jun 30, 2014
Violin · In home

My daughter, 7 years old, started learning the violin about a year ago, and she absolutely loves her violin lessons with Ms. Madeline! Ms. Madeline is a patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable teacher. She even helped us buy our first violin! I strongly recommend her.

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