Rachyl Duffy

Rachyl D.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a violist with a Master’s degree in Performance from the prestigious Colburn Conservatory, an experienced teacher mentored by respected Suzuki expert Shelley Bears Schleigh and chosen for a Teaching Fellowship with renowned Robert Duke, and an individual with an insatiable passion for psychology and development at all stages, Rachyl offers the complete package of polished performer, trained teacher, and passionate mentor. She has a particular interest in the development of young children, and, having moved to New York in 2017 from the San Diego Symphony to teach at the Brooklyn Music School, Rachyl is living her dream as a teacher. Her main goal for 2018-19 is to further this dream by expanding her studio. You/your child will receive consistent, dedicated care, individually tailored attention according to needs, abilities, and learning styles, and the inspiration to feed the brain and the soul with musical knowledge.
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Rachyl delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Teaching is my passion, and the reason I moved to New York. From a young age I have always been deeply invested in the subjects of Development and Nurturing. I consider it my calling in life to pursue these subjects through teaching. My goal is always first and foremost to form a true connection with each individual student, observing their learning patterns carefully and trying different approaches until the student is thriving. My approach is continually positive, reinforcing excellent habits and achievements, and striving to find tiny goals that make a student feel he or she is constantly succeeding. My students find that their trajectory is continually upwards. You or your child would receive regular performance opportunities, regular specific feedback, consistent attention and high-quality musical training.

I am professional violist, and a violin and viola instructor from the Philadelphia area. I graduated with my Master of Music in Performance with a Teaching Fellowship from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, a selective school which accepts only 125 students total on full scholarship including room and board. I also spent one year in the San Diego Symphony. I have performed in eight states as well as in Canada and Austria. I now teach lessons at the Brooklyn Music School and for such agencies as Thumbtack, Musika, and Music To Your Home. Last year I taught music at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. My primary background is in the Suzuki Method; I have taken the official introductory course this past year, and plan to become officially certified this year. I have taught all levels, learning styles, and ages, I have background working with students who need special consideration, such as those on the autism spectrum or with attention disorders.

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Violin and Viola Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
Music School

Group and private lessons - currently promoted to only private lessons

Violin and Viola Instructor
Sep 2014 - Present
Private Studio

All ages, all abilities - including students with special needs

Violin and Viola Faculty
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
Porterville Summer Strings

Group classes and chamber music performances

Apr 2016 - May 2016
Bellingham Music Festival

Performances, demonstrations, classroom teaching, coaching, and masterclasses in Bellingham, Washington

Chamber Music Coach
Jun 2015 - Jul 2015
Kneisel Hall Program for Maine Students

Coaching youth chamber music ensembles


Master of Music in Viola Performance with Teaching Fellowship
Aug 2014 - May 2016
Colburn Conservatory
Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2014
University of North Carolina School of the Arts


Every Child Can course completion
Jan 2018
Suzuki School of Newton

Preliminary course in Suzuki Instruction
Prior, mentored by Suzuki pedagogue Shelley Beard

Teaching Fellowship
May 2016
Colburn Conservatory

Selective fellowship - total 15-20 students accepted.

-Paired with two private students
-Receive feedback on videos of lessons from Robert Duke, author of popular book Intelligent Music Teaching
-Take Duke's class on learning and teaching
-Create a final teaching project

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Grand Prize
Sep 2015
Pasadena Showcase House Competition
First Place
Aug 2015
Hugo Kauder International Viola Competition
William R. Kenan, Jr. Excellence Award
Sep 2010
University of North Carolina School of the Arts


American String Teachers Association
Sep 2014

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.

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Photos & Videos

Debut Audio-Video Recording Project
Stamitz Viola Concerto
Yale School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival 2017
Part two!
Photo by Rachyl D.

Photo by Rachyl D.

Photo by Rachyl D.

Photo by Rachyl D.

Photo by Rachyl D.
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12 Reviews

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Mike Oct 14, 2018
Violin · In home

Rachyl does a great job with very young children. We've loved having her teach our kids violin for the last year or so.

Angela Sep 17, 2018
Violin · In home

Great teacher!

Lindsay Sep 17, 2018
Violin · In home

Rachyl is a fantastic teacher - patient, accessible, kind, and fun.

Lisa Aug 27, 2018
Violin · In studio

Rachyl is a wonderful teacher. My son has taken both group and solo violin lessons with her. She is very calm and makes lessons fun for the kids, but she is stern when need be to make sure the children follow the rules which is so necessary. She is an amazing teacher, and I highly recommend her to all!

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Erin Aug 23, 2018
Viola · In home

Rachyl does a great job adapting her teaching methods and goals to my learning style as a student. She is so professional, patient, and consistenly helps me build confidence as a player. You can also tell she’s very passionate about music and teaching!

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Arlene Aug 22, 2018
Viola · In home

You won't be disappointed with Rachyl as your teacher. She personalizes lessons to your needs, is patient, creative, encouraging and super nice! Plus she is a fabulous musician.

Elizabeth Aug 22, 2018
Viola · In studio

I have had Ms. Rachyl as an instructor for roughly 2 years. She’s very encouraging and will help you get through tough repertoire with so much passion and patience. I’ve had many other instructors over the years and I would consider her to be one of the best I’ve encountered. She’s very patient, understanding, talented, and willing to take the extra step to make your music pathway fun and enjoyable.
My music capability was not very strong when I came to her, but with her motivation I was able to succeed in mastering specific skills and techniques I needed in the music world.
She is very understanding in whatever you bring to her. She’s willing to listen to your ideas and thoughts on music or on a specific style you wish to learn.
She’s a very down to earth person, she’s not there to intimidate you or force you to do anything you don’t want to. She really enjoys seeing you progress in your skill and abilities and will take into account your learning style so that it is easiest for you to succeed.
I really enjoyed my lessons with her and am eternally grateful for the knowledge and technique she passed down to me.

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David Aug 21, 2018
Violin · In studio

Rachyl has great patience and presence and is able to focus a group of small children to work as en ensemble and lead a single student through a demanding and rewarding class.

Amy Aug 21, 2018
Viola · In home

Miss Duffy is a dedicated, enthusiastic, and caring teacher who has a knack for motivating and inspiring her students. She is a highly talented and resourceful teaching artist who consistently goes above and beyond for her students. I can't recommend her highly enough!

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Claudia Aug 21, 2018
Violin · In studio

Rachyl and my daughter, who is 7, have just begun their adventure together over the last 6 months. We are lucky to have found Rachyl before she gets too booked up! My daughter is playing a lot better, and seems to really enjoy the lessons. I highly recommend Rachyl!

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Sarah Aug 13, 2018
Violin · In studio

Our son, 5 years old, learned so much from Rachyl! He looks forward to lessons. She’s helped us make practice a part of his routine and helped him perform in his first recital. He’s looking forward to another semester (and beyond) with her!

Anonymous Aug 13, 2018
Violin · In home

Rachyl is talented, patient and great with kids!

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