Philip Oja
Lexington, MA
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Philip Oja

Philip O.

Lexington, MA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Professional violinist and teacher of 11 years offering private instruction to young students of all levels, from beginner to advanced. Whether your child is interested in picking up the violin for the first time, would like help learning/writing their favorite song, or are an advanced violinist preparing for music school auditions, I am eager to help.

About Philip O.

Philip has held positions as a member or freelancer with various professional symphony orchestras around the country including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and many others. He has also performed in hundreds of public concerts and functions as a soloist and an ensemble musician.

Philip holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Crouse String Quartet, Concertmaster of the university symphony orchestra, and a graduate violin teaching assistant. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Western Michigan University. As a competitive chamber ensemble musician he was invited to perform in public masterclasses for various renowned string quartets including the Tokyo Quartet, the Julliard Quartet, the Belcea Quartet, The Pacifica Quartet, the Miro Quartet, and numerous others.

Past violin teachers have included members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Hal Grossman, and University of Michigan professor Stephen Shipps. Philip himself has been teaching violin professionally for 14 years. In addition to teaching from his home and local music schools, Philip has also held a variety of other teaching positions. He was a violin teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma, instructing violinists in the university music school, and he has instructed private, group, and ensemble classes for music festivals and events around the country.

Philip recently moved to Lexington, Massachusetts. He serves as Vice President of Durham Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association, and freelances with local symphonies. He teaches violin both remotely and in person.

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Niranjana
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Philip is an excellent teacher and gave me very heloful pointers on my technique. I am an advanced player and have performed semi-professionally several times but hadn't learned proper technique in the past.

I plan to continue with him regularly to improve my technique and skill level.

Posted Feb 19, 2020
Kennadi S.
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Philip was so friendly and patient, and made my 7 year old very comfortable with her first lesson. He really knew how to speak on her level and his instruction was very positive and motivating. My daughter left the lesson very excited to start practicing what he showed her, and we can't wait till the next lesson!

Posted Oct 31, 2018
Yeo S.
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Very helpful person to work with, understanding of my student's transportation difficulties and great about rescheduling. The girl likes him and is learning.
Good choice

Posted Jul 16, 2018
Sawyer O.
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Philip is a terrific teacher. He gives lots of positive comments, and worked very well with my 7 year old. We’ve only had one lesson so far, but I would certainly recommend him.

Posted Jun 14, 2018
deirdre
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My son came to Philip as an intermediate violin player, and I can already see progress in his playing in the two months since he started lessons. Philip really engages my son, and gets him excited about playing. He is patient, and seems to really enjoy interacting with my son. I would highly recommend Philip.

Posted May 1, 2018
Alex
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Today was the 1st lesson for my 4 year old. For months before her birthday all she asked for was a pink voilin. So for her birthday I bought her a pink voilin and violin lessons to learn. Philip helped her take her excitement and mold the lesson to her pace. I appreciate the experience of knowing that she didn't have to move in accordance to what worked for MOST 4 year olds and was allowed to learn without taking the fun out of it. In my opinion, that is worth the 30 minutes it took to get there.

Posted Apr 28, 2018
Linda
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I had been a student of Philips previously. Because of circumstances, I had to go with another instructor. It is wonderful to be back with Philip! He explains things very well and works with you to teach techniques. He is patient and imaginitive. I will be traveling 1 1/2 hours, one way, for my lesson and it is well worth it.

Posted Apr 26, 2018
Erin
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Philip has been teaching my 8 year old daughter violin for over a month now and I could not be more happy with him! He is patient, entertaining and so creative when it comes to teaching children! And my daughter is always excited for the next lesson. I look forward to many future lesson So!

Posted Oct 3, 2017
Holly
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Philip was so patient and effective with my daughters. They never felt the least bit frustrated, because he always made learning the violin feel so easy and natural! Even though they only were able to study with him for a short time due to distance, they both made great gains during that time! He has a real gift for putting young children at ease, and finding how to draw out their best abilities!

Posted Sep 30, 2017
lingfan
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Philip teaches my daughter violin every Saturday. She has made a lot of progress since she started taking lessons with him three weeks ago. We really appreciate Philip's hard work and patience. Looking forward to many more lessons in the future!

Posted Sep 24, 2017
Kelly
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Philip is the best violin teacher I've ever met. I'm a advanced student and I was looking for someone to help me with some specific pieces and tactics. Philip is always very well prepared for every single lesson and taught me a lot of very useful tricks to help me improve in a short amount of time. He is also super patient. Best teacher ever!

Posted Sep 23, 2017

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Experience

Violin Instructor
Jan 2007 - Present

Various positions

Violinist Philip O. has held positions as a member or freelancer with various professional symphony orchestras around the country including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and many others. He has also performed in hundreds of public concerts and functions as a soloist and an ensemble musician in Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Carolina. Philip holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Crouse String Quartet, Concertmaster of the university symphony orchestra, and a graduate violin teaching assistant. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Western Michigan University. As a competitive chamber ensemble musician in music school he was invited to perform in public quartet masterclasses for various world renowned string quartets including the Tokyo Quartet, the Julliard Quartet, the Belcea Quartet, The Pacifica Quartet, the Miro Quartet, and numerous others. Past violin teachers have included several members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, OU Professor Hal Grossman, and University of Michigan professor Stephen Shipps. Philip himself has been teaching violin professionally for 12 years. His interest in teaching began at a very young age, as he grew up helping instruct his younger siblings in violin and cello. In addition to teaching from his home and local music schools in North Carolina, Philip has also held a variety of other teaching positions. He was a violin teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma, helping instruct violinists in the university music school, and he has instructed private, group, and ensemble classes for music camps and events in Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Currently Philip lives in Durham, NC with his wife, Yanjing, a scientist who also plays violin on the side. They regularly play together in weddings, receptions, parties, and other special events. Philip is a sub with the Greensboro Symphony and is teaching in the Raleigh-Durham area from his home and as a private and group instructor with Cary School of Creative Arts, Little Arts & Smarts, and has also taught regularly at The Musicians Learning Center in Raleigh.

Education

Master of Music in Violin Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014

University of Oklahoma

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