Panagiota Kalantzi
Mesa, AZ
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Panagiota Kalantzi

Panagiota K.

Mesa, AZ
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Experienced teacher, teaching for 20 years at universities as well as beginner and intermediate students. Building a strong foundation and cultivating musical expression, I have successfully prepared students for auditions and helped them pursue their goals. Lessons are customized to the needs of each student. All ages and levels, professional or for fun are welcome!

About Panagiota K.

I have been teaching nearly 20 years at several universities including Indiana University and Arizona State University, as well as beginning and intermediate students. Building a strong foundation and cultivating music expression, I have successfully prepared students for entrance auditions of undergraduate and graduate music programs at Universities and for regional/ all state orchestra auditions. I also teach the Suzuki method to beginner students. I believe that music makes smart kids smarter. All ages and levels are welcome, whether you want to play professionally or for fun!
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31 Reviews
Hasanur K.
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I was a little hesitant in my first class as I am trying to learn it at older age but Panagiota was very friendly and made sure that the environment is comfortable for both of us. I had the first lesson and I would say it was good but too early to conclude the overall experience. I would prefer to provide meaningful feedback at the end of my sessions so that it will be informative and helpful for others. Thanks

Posted May 17, 2021
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She is awesome awesome. Teaches with great patient. My daughter learning and playing Viola. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher!

Posted May 2, 2021
Thao P.
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She was very thorough in explaining the basics in a very short amount of time. We focused a lot on technique and what to work on until the next lesson.

Posted Mar 13, 2021
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My daughter just started violin lessons. She loved Panagiota and is really excited for her next lesson with her.

Posted Feb 12, 2021
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Had a good start with my daughter and she liked the way the class has started after her 1.5 yr break.

Posted Feb 2, 2021
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Griffin thoroughly enjoys his lessons with Panagiota! She is very patient & encouraging with him, yet manages to challenge him.

Posted Jan 26, 2021
Surjya N Misra
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Ms. Panagiota is an excellent instructor. My kid loves the empathy and attention she gives to the details and ensures continued progress..

Posted Aug 31, 2020
Alex K.
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I’ve taken three online lessons so far with Panagiota, and they’ve all been excellent. She was immediately able to tell which exercises would be most helpful for my right arm technique, and I feel like I’ve made more progress in the last three weeks than I have for the last year+. I would unreservedly recommend taking lessons with her.

Posted Aug 10, 2020
Addison L.
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My daughter loves taking lessons from Panagiota! She is patient, kind, encouraging and a great teacher. We are very pleased.

Posted Aug 10, 2020
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Very sweet, enthusiastic, and encouraging, my 8 year old took to her right away.

Posted Jun 19, 2020
Brooke B.
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Panagiota did a wonderful job with my 11 year old daughter. She is a beginning violin student that wanted some extra help while school is out. We have signed up to take weekly lessons with her as my daughter was extremely happy with the lesson.

Posted May 23, 2020
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I started lessons with Panagiota as an adult with zero expectations. After completing a year of lessons with her, what I’ve been able to accomplish has far exceeded my expectations. Panagiota is always patient, kind, and encouraging. She always helps point out when I might be developing a bad habit or my timing is slightly off. I’m now learning second position and am on Suzuki Book 3. Panagiota is a phenomenal teacher and if you apply a strong work ethic, I say anything is possible under her tutelage :)

Posted May 21, 2020
Laurel B.
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Amazing first lesson! I can't wait for number two!

Posted May 6, 2020
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I loved every violin lesson! very experienced teacher.

Posted Apr 9, 2020
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Dr Kalantzi is very patient and instructive. She always encourages and challenges. I have been taking lessons for three years and have learned so much from her. She tries to tailor her lessons to the musical tastes of the student to keep you engaged in the lessons. Dr Kalantzi is a wonderful instructor!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Natalya M.
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Love how She teaches, so encouraging, works with young children very well. She makes Accommodations, and is well educated. I enjoy seeing my daughter learn and always can’t wait for the next lesson.

Posted Feb 21, 2020

Had an awesome first lesson! Panagiota is very thorough and really focuses on quality and not developing bad habits. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a teacher!

Posted Nov 14, 2019
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My son enjoyed violin lessons with Dr Kalantzi. She is very kind and encouraging. My son always left his lesson with great confidence.

Posted Aug 12, 2019
Robyn B.
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Very helpful and informative. Had alot of fun

Posted Jul 8, 2019

Dr. Kalantzi has been an amazing teacher. I started lessons with her in the fall of 2013 when I turned 59 years old. I was a beginner with hearing aids. I knew when I decided to take lessons that I was no virtuoso and was somewhat uncoordinated. I started with Suzuki book 1 and had the scratchiest sounding bowing. She has taught me so many things since then. I am now in Suzuki book 5, am playing selections from the Henle edition of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, an am about to start learning the 6th position. She is even teaching me music theory. This old dog has learned many new tricks from her.

Posted Jun 4, 2019
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As an adult learner of violin, I can't imagine a better teacher! Panagiota is very patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. She will take her time and help you with any technique that you might be struggling with. And improvement is a guarantee! If you have always wanted to learn violin, have no fear, with Panagiota it is very enjoyable. 🙂

Posted May 9, 2019
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I am an older beginning cello student with a life-long desire to play the cello but with no formal music training. I am so fortunate to have Dr. Kalantzi for my instructor. Her infinite knowledge, patience, humor, enthusiasm, and positive attitude keep me encouraged.

Posted Apr 18, 2019
Angie S.
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My son started playing Viola in school and took a likening to it. Orchestra class was learning how to play Star Spangled Banner. Listening to him practice I felt he could be great. My son has been taking lessons with Dr. Kalantzi since June 2018. She has been an awesome instructor. I have heard lots of improvement in many of the the songs he practices. He has participated on stage for the concert series with confidence. Dr. Kalantzi has been an very helpful at guiding and teaching my son to be his very best at viola. We look forward to practice every week.

Posted Apr 8, 2019
Linda S.
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Great teacher

Posted Apr 5, 2019
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I started taking violin lessons from Dr. Kalantzi 4 months ago and I am so grateful she is my teacher. She teaches with extreme patience, compassion, and is hands down an amazing teacher! Her teaching style creates a fun and positive atmosphere at each lesson. She has helped me become a better player and because of her way of teaching, I can say that I really enjoy and love learning to play the violin. Magnificent teacher, I highly recommend her!

Posted Feb 19, 2019
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As an older beginning cello player, I found the perfect instructor in Dr. Kalantzi! She teaches with extreme patience and compassion. Her expertise and humor contribute to quality time of instruction in an enjoyable atmosphere. Dr. Kalantzi is flexible in acommendating all of her students schedules from making more time for them to prepare for auditions to accepting students into her schedule after time away. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Dr. Kalantzi and some of her culture. If you want to become a better string player or start from scratch, I highly recommend her!

Posted Feb 13, 2019
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Dr. Kalantzi has been an excellent instructor for my daughter. We have been taking lessons from her for several years. She is very personable and patient with my daughter, knows how to motivate her and make each lesson (and homework) fun, and continues to look for ways to help her improve. I would recommend Dr. Kalantzi for anyone new to violin as well as for more seasoned musicians.

Posted Nov 13, 2018
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I have been taking music lessons from Panagiota for over a year. I am very pleased with my progress on my instrument, and she has definitely helped me improve! Her teaching style creates a positive and enjoyable atmosphere at every lesson. As well, Panagiota’s musical knowledge and instructional abilities make music lessons fun and productive!

Posted Oct 30, 2018
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Panagiota is an amazing instructor, and I have improved so greatly since I started lessons with her! I completely recommend Panagiota as an instructor if you’re looking to make progress and greatly improve your violin or viola skills. She is a patient, knowledgeable, and spectacular instructor to have!

Posted Oct 24, 2018
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Overall a great instructor. She has helped me become a better player over time and helped me overcome the things I have struggled on. Magnificent teacher!

Posted Oct 17, 2018
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I have been taking lessons from Panagiota for over two years, and that has been the best decision I've made as an adult. I bought 6 weeks of lessons initially, but after spending a few of them with Panagiota, I knew I wanted to continue to be her student. Her patience, understanding, humor, and knowledge is unmatched in any other music teacher I've had. She listens to her students and adjusts her lessons accordingly.

She is a fantastic teacher, and I sincerely recommend her to any string student.

Posted Oct 1, 2018


Aug 1999 - Present

Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, ASU

Panagiota began her studies at the age of four. She received her doctorate in violin performance summa cum laude from Arizona State University. She holds a Master of Music from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory. Having graduated from the most prestigious schools in music and with more than a dozen awards and scholarships, she is one of the most sought-after music instructors in the state of Arizona. She currently maintains a teaching studio of forty students consisting of different ages and levels. In addition to her teaching, Panagiota performs as a recitalist throughout the nation.


Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violin Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2013

Arizona State University

Performance Diploma in Violin
Aug 2006 - May 2008

Indiana University

Master of Music in Violin Performance
Aug 2004 - May 2006

Indiana University

Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Aug 1999 - May 2003

Oberlin Conservatory

Performance Diploma in Violin
Sep 1984 - May 1999

New Conservatory Greece

Music Theory Degree
Sep 1984 - May 1999

New Conservatory Greece


Jan 2013

Office of the President Dissertation Grant, Arizona State University

Special Talent Award
Aug 2010

School of Music, Arizona State University

Graduate Assistanship Award
Aug 2004

Indiana University, School of Music

Honorary Member
May 2003

National Music Honor Society, Theta Chapter

Music Scholarship
Jul 2001

Cassalmaggiore International Music Festival

Assistanship Award
Jan 2001

Oberlin Conservatory

First Prize Award
Jan 2000

Hellenic University Club, Ohio

Aug 1999

Oberlin College

Dean’s Special Talent Award
Aug 1999

Oberlin Conservatory

Raphael Scholarship
Aug 1999

Raphael Scholarship

International Student Scholarship
Aug 1999

Oberlin College

First Prize
Mar 1994

Panhellenic Violin Competition


College Music Society, The
Jan 2015
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
American String Teachers Association
Aug 2013
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.
Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2003
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

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