Michelle Lie

Michelle L.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching in both group and individual violin lessons for the past 15 years. I have my Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University while I was teaching 10-12 college level students there for three years and taught at El Sistema program for kids, age between 7-17 for two years.
I started to learn violin at the age of 14 and as I struggled throuh the learning experience, I can understand and relate to each and every students' unique challenge. I have few retired music lovers starting to learn violin and they have shown me a fresh look to appreciation of music and violin playing. Here is one of my students’ review of my teaching!

“Just by listening to her I think I was already her student. She changed my “set up” to facilitate better technique and took me back to basics. She taught how to practice with specific goals, to keep a daily log of goals, to draw the bow with intention, to know what sounds I wanted before I made a sound, and to sing the music before I played it. “Bowing is the violin breathing, like the opera singer.” I learned that the bow can express any human thought or emotion, but how it is said is up to me. All this began to open the ears of this 65 year old fiddle player! Although we both know that I will never achieve her ethereal sounds, she remains kind, encouraging and ever attentive. She keenly observes the nuances of my playing and shows me remedies in measured proportions. She is disciplined, she expects effort and she gets results. She motivates me to improve because I want what she has. I know I am “chasing the moon”, but whether I catch it or not, I love the moonglow and I love my lessons.” - Deborah C.

About Michelle L.

Hi future students! Thanks for your interest in learning how to play violin! I'd love to guide through this journey with you. I've been teaching for past 15 years for ages between 7 - 65 and am very passionate about teaching. My philosophy in teaching is to approach each of you with unique perspectives, because I know we all have different issues to work on! Looking forward meeting you!


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Good lesson. Thanks Michelle.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
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Michelle is patient and kind. She makes the lesson fun. Thanks Michelle.

Posted Apr 24, 2020

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Violinist and co-artistic Director
Jun 2011 - Present

Tesla Quartet

Violin Instructor
May 2014 - Mar 2016

El Sistema in Allentown, PA

Associated with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, PA, I've taught over 100 students every day for three hours after school. This experience taught me how to approach young students both in group and individual settings. Some of these students also spoke very little english but I learned little bit of spanish and we mostly communicated through music.

Associate Instructor in violin performance
Sep 2008 - Sep 2012

Indiana University

This was during my Doctoral studies at Indiana University. I had 10-12 students each semester in both music major and minors. During this experience, I've learned to establish strong sence of structure in violin teaching.


Doctor in Music
Sep 2008 - May 2011

Indiana University

Professional degree
Sep 2006 - May 2008

Cleveland Institute of Music

Master in Music
Sep 2004 - Mar 2006

New England Conservatory



Fluent / Native Proficiency


First Prize
Jan 2020

Golden Classical Music Awards, International Competition

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