Michael Divino
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Michael Divino

Michael D.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love teaching the violin! In my five years of teaching, I have taught all ages and all levels of experience. No matter what type of music you are trying to learn, it is important that you have a solid technical foundation in order to play whatever music speaks to your heart. In addition to teaching you the mechanics of violin playing, it is also important to me that you understand the "why"- why certain techniques work better than others.

Two years ago, I injured left arm and thought that I wouldn't be able to play the violin ever again. I basically had to re-teach myself the violin, and not take anything in my playing for granted. This radically changed not only my physical approach to playing the violin but also my mental approach. A mistake made while playing is not the end of the world, but is in fact an opportunity to learn and become even better.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing a student understand a concept that they've been struggling with, or play something that they thought they couldn't.

About Michael D.

Hi! My name is Michael and I have over 17 years of playing experience and 5 years of teaching experience. I have experience teaching students of all ages and levels of experience. I obtained my Bachelor of Music degree in violin from Shenandoah Conservatory and a Master of Music and Professional Performance Certificate from Penn State University. For the past 5 years, I have performed in several professional regional orchestras in the central Pennsylvania region.

My pedagogical approach is simple: to make sure that in addition to understanding how to play the violin, you also understand why I'm teaching you certain techniques. My goal as a teacher is to make sure you have a solid technical foundation so you can play whatever music your heart desires! I am a very patient and dedicated teacher, and seek to be able to explain things in a way that is approachable for anyone.

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Experience

Freelance Violin Teacher
Aug 2014 - Present

Self-employed

Recruited and maintained a private studio of violin and viola students.

Co-Concertmaster
Aug 2016 - May 2020

Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra

Violin Teacher
Aug 2016 - May 2020

State College Music Academy

Section 1st violinist
Aug 2015 - May 2020

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2015 - May 2017

Penn State University

Taught weekly violin lessons to undergraduate non-majors.

Violin Teacher
Aug 2014 - Jun 2015

Island Music Company

Education

Master of Arts- Musicology
Aug 2018 - May 2020

Penn State University

Professional Performance Certificate- Violin
Aug 2017 - May 2018

Penn State University

Master of Music- Violin
Aug 2015 - May 2017

Penn State University

Bachelor of Music- Violin
Aug 2010 - May 2014

Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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