Myra MacLeod

Myra M.

Athol, MA
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About

Myra delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 65 and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1995

Born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Ms. MacLeod has been immersed in music her entire life. At the age of five, she began her musical studies at the South End Music Center. In the 1970's, she began her performance career in the richly creative Cambridge-Boston folk scene. She has performed at weddings, festivals, regional coffee houses, contra dances, and local restaurants, as a solo musician as well as a member of groups such as "Blackstone Cúil," "Riverbend," "Frosty Morn," and "Patchwork."I bring a fusion of styles and techniques to my coaching.

I incorporate the most useful classical practices from traditional European, Suzuki, Bornoff method (Foundation for the Advancement of String Teaching), and guidelines from ASTA (American String Teachers Association) to give my students a solid base of correct posture, full tone, and confidence with the instrument.

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Experience

Violin Teacher
Aug 2017 - Present
City Music, Leominster MA

Teaching beginners to intermediate violinists.

Music Director
Aug 2017 - Present
Worcester Folk Orchestra

WOFO is a Worcester based multi generational orchestra of players of acoustic instruments. We Provide Music and Dance for New England Contras, barn dances and celebrations.

Violin and Fiddle Teacher
Aug 1995 - Present
home studio

Teaching ensembles and individual violin and viola lessons.

Orchestra Director
Jan 2003 - Jun 2008
Frog Point Fiddlers

Organized and lead a childrens' fiddle group of approx 20, performing at First Nights, fundraisers, Celtic fairs and coffeehouses.

Suzuki Violin Teacher
Aug 1997 - Jun 2003
Performing Arts School of Worcester

Taught through Book 3 Suzuki, lead classes and private lessons. Also lead summer fiddle workshops and a touring kids' fiddle group, the FiddleKids of Worcester. Earned Faculty Member of the Year award, 1997.

Awards

Faculty Member of the Year
Jun 1998
Performing Arts School of Worcester

Photos & Videos

A fiddle workshop at my home, taught by Donna Hebert, 2017

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WOFO on a flatbed, downtown Athol, hottest day in a decade, 2017

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Group rehearsal for the folk orchestra, Greendale Peoples' Church, 2017

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Blackstone Cuil at the Country Hen, 2017

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Recital shared with Susan K, 2016 at Tower Hill

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They created their own CD!

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5 Reviews

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kay May 28, 2018
Fiddle · In studio

Myra is the best instructor ever! I am an adult learner. I came to her as a rank beginner. Myra was very patient with me.
She is a very kind and thoughtful person. I would recommend her to anybody who is looking for a great teacher.

Robin May 26, 2018
Fiddle · In studio

I am an adult beginner fiddle player. I appreciated Myra’s flexibility in scheduling allowing lessons to be most effective .Myra has a wonderful ability to assess and make recommendations to improve performance. Each lesson comes with a summary of topics covered and techniques to be practiced at home. Lessons were flexible and focused on the things I wanted to learn at the same time providing opportunities to stretch into other areas as well. Myra loves fiddle and her love of the instrument is contagious to all her students.

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Prudence May 25, 2018
Violin · In home

Myra is an amazing instructor. My children love her teaching. She willingly give all that will make a student outstanding player beyound t he cost of the lesson. She is a friend, a great teacher a mother. What I love about her is get passion for teaching makes you not want to leave after the lesson. My dauggter never wants to leave. Enjoy her whiles available!!

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Casey May 24, 2018
Violin · In studio

Myra is an absolutely phenomenal violin teacher. She began teaching me both fiddle and violin at the age of seven at her house. I had wanted to play my entire life, but had zero real experience. Myra taught me everything including things like where to rent the my instruments and when to move up sizes. I had an excellent time working with her, and she not only quickly taught me to play, but made it fun! She even helped me to construct a song book! Every week I would look forward to my violin lesson. I would TOTALLY suggest Myra to anyone who would like to learn the violin or fiddle, and even to people who just want to try it out! Though I have now continued to take more advanced lessons with other teachers, Myra was a superb teacher and by far my favorite to work with.

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Katherine May 24, 2018
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Myra is amazing! Her teaching methods are innovative, and her students leave each week excited to play their violin. Myra is patient and generous with her students. She has taught two of our children, and they love her and their violins.

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