Sonia Deng

Sonia D.

Brookline, MA

About Sonia D.

Sonia teaches: Ages 6 and up
Teaching since: May 2004
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

Sonia is a classically trained musician, who holds Masters degree from Boston University and Bachelor degree from the Boston Conservatory. Sonia has years of experience teaching students of all levels, making lessons an enriching experience for the students.
Sonia has an active performing and teaching career in Boston. As an orchestral musician, Sonia has been actively involved with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and the Cape Symphony. Sonia further refined her orchestral playing skills through music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy, Castleton Music Festival, and Napa Valley Orchestral Institute. Through these opportunities, Sonia has collaborated with world-renowned musicians and celebrities such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eotvos, Lorin Maazel, Denyce Graves, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, etc.

As a chamber musician, Sonia is the violinist of the Boston based Voyage Trio, presenting diverse styles of music to the local audience.

Sonia appears often with festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, where she worked closely with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, as well as the Castleton Music Festival, under the direction of Lorin Maazel, performing for six weeks the classical orchestral repertoire and collaborating with well-known musicians on opera productions. Other festivals include the Napa Valley Orchestral Institute, Roundtop International Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival.

As a teacher, Sonia has years of experience working with a studio of students ranging from children to adults, beginner to advanced levels. Sonia is excited to share her knowledge of violin playing with students, helping them to grow in their own ways. Sonia uses well-known classical training methods with handpicked exercises from various etudes tailored for each student, while incorporating music theory throughout their study. Sonia has helped many of her students reach their goals in various auditions and festivals. Sonia holds yearly studio recitals for students to showcase their accomplishments.


*** Lesson Details ***
Sonia tailors lesson plans according to each student's needs. Lessons usually include classic methods (Suzuki, Wohlfahrt, Kreutzer etc.), modern exercises incorporating moderate music theory at each level, plus special techniques she has found through her teaching career. Her students will usually have a practice log that help to organize and keep track of the students' progress.

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Experience

Teacher

Sep 2007 - Present
Violin Viola Studio

As a teacher, Sonia has years of experience working with a studio of students ranging from children to adults, beginner to advanced levels. Sonia's current studio consists of 3 beginner violin courses for children ranging from age 4-8, 1 adult group class for intermediate students, and private lessons for children and adults. Sonia is excited to share her knowledge of violin playing with students, helping them to grow in their own ways. Sonia uses classical training methods with handpicked exercises from various etudes tailored for each student, while incorporating music theory throughout their study. Sonia has helped many of her students reach their goals in various auditions and festivals. Sonia holds yearly studio recitals for students to showcase their accomplishments.

Education

Masters of Music in Music Performance

Sep 2008 - May 2010
Boston University

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance

Sep 2004 - May 2008
Boston Conservatory

Languages Spoken

Chinese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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5 Reviews on Sonia D.

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Vivian Diep Feb 29, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kind, patient, easy-going, and straightforward - what else could you ask for in an instructor? Granted, I'm a novice amongst novices but Sonia has been great so far.
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Mike C. May 8, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
Sonia was a great instructor. She's patient and very knowledgable.
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Lana H. Jan 24, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Amazing Violin teacher!

Sonia is an amazing violin teacher. She has taught our 6 year old son violin for a year. She is talented, very patient, encouraging, and really wonderful with kids. I have been really impressed by her teaching style. She teaches violin technique and reading music in a serious but fun and stress-free way. She strikes just the right balance. Thanks to her, our son has developed a true love of music and the violin, and has had a wonderful time in the process. We feel lucky that our son will continue his study of violin with Sonia.
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Izumi H. Jan 24, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Sonia is a very good instructor.

Thanks to Sonia, I enjoy playing the violin. She patiently teaches me how to play a nice tune. She is a very good instructor. My dream is playing a duet with her!
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RickP Nov 17, 2011
I really enjoyed my lessons with Sonia. She was able to get me to accomplish certain tasks that I have had long standing difficulty with. She is very pleasant and nurturing instructor and intend to take lessons with her in the future, as I really think she can bring my ability to the next level. Thanks Sonia