Stephanie Zimmerman

Stephanie Z.

Baltimore, MD

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a private music instructor for more than five years, I am passionate about creating a teaching environment that is uniquely suited for each student’s needs. I teach violin and viola lessons and have experience in traditional/modern classical violin and viola, historical performance (baroque violin and viola, renaissance and medieval fiddling, etc.), and have dabbled in folk, bluegrass, jazz and Irish fiddle tunes as well. I'm happy to teach people of all ages and all levels of experience. I received my Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and studied viola performance and pedagogy at the Peabody Institute before completing my Master’s in Baroque viola. I am currently working on a Graduate Performance Diploma in Baroque violin at Peabody.
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Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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I am a professional violinist and violist, performing regularly in the Baltimore-DC area and elsewhere. I received my Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, my Master of Music from the Peabody Institute, and am currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody.

I have been teaching professionally for more than five years, working with violinists and violists of all ages and experience levels. My goal is to cater to the specific needs of each individual student, and to work together to overcome any individual challenges each student may face.

I have studied various pedagogical techniques to develop my own style of teaching. My teaching style is heavily influenced by that of Karen Tuttle, who advocated for a physically free and natural method of playing. I also like to incorporate tenants of music theory, ear training, and history into lessons in order to provide a more complete and balanced musical education.

Having studied various styles and eras of string performance, I am happy to explore repertoire from various styles, genres and time periods. I enjoy working with students on the type of music that they love and feel passionate about pursuing, whether that be standard classical repertoire, Irish fiddle tunes, or something else entirely.

In addition to violin and viola lessons, I also offer lessons in baroque violin and baroque viola. I specialize in historical performance and am happy to either focus exclusively on early music or even supplement modern training with information regarding historical practices if the student is interested.

If you're not sure about a particular style of music that you might be interested in, or for beginners and/or young musicians, that is no problem at all. I look forward to exploring different music with you and finding the music that you love to listen to and play.

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Baroque Violist
May 2018 - Present
Modern Musick

Baroque Violinist/Violist
May 2018 - Present
Tempesta Di Mare

Aug 2017 - Present
Trio Esplanade

Renaissance Violinist and Tenor Viol player
Jan 2017 - Present
Peabody Renaissance Ensemble

Baroque Violinist/Violist
Jan 2017 - Present
Charm City Baroque

Baroque Violinist/Violist
Sep 2016 - Present
Baltimore Baroque Band

Violin/Viola Teacher
Sep 2012 - Present

Baroque Violinist
Aug 2017 - May 2018
B'more Bach Band

Violin/Viola Supplementary Teacher
Aug 2016 - May 2017
Peabody Preparatory

Aug 2016 - May 2017
Peabody Symphony Orchestra

Sep 2016 - Apr 2017
Peabody Modern Orchestra

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
Raleigh Little Theatre

Aug 2016 - Dec 2016
Now Hear This

Violin/Viola Teacher
Aug 2013 - Jul 2016
In Home Music Teachers

Sep 2015 - May 2016
Chapel Hill Philharmonia

Founder and Director
Aug 2014 - May 2016
UNC Viola Ensemble

Baroque Violist
Aug 2013 - May 2016
UNC Baroque Ensemble

Aug 2011 - May 2016
UNC Symphony Orchestra

May 2013 - Aug 2015
Mars String Quartet

Sep 2013 - May 2015
UNC Lab Orchestra

Jan 2013 - Apr 2015
UNC Opera Orchestra

Aug 2012 - Apr 2014
Chapel Hill Contemporary Music Ensemble

Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Raleigh Festival Orchestra


Graduate Performance Diploma
Jun 2018 - Present
Peabody Institute
Master of Music
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Peabody Institute
Bachelor of Arts - Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting)
Aug 2011 - May 2015
University of North Carolina
Bachelor of Music - Viola
Aug 2011 - May 2015
University of North Carolina


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


EMA Young Performers Festival Grant Winner
May 2018
Early Music America
Benjamin Swalin Orchestra Award
May 2015
University of North Carolina


Early Music America
Aug 2017

Early Music America (EMA) is a not-for-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA's goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. EMA's members receive a quarterly magazine, monthly e-newsletter, and benefits including access to reduced-rate insurance, discounts on publications, concerts, and festivals, and eligibility for grants, awards and scholarships. With its broad membership, including professional performers, ensembles, presenters, instrument makers, amateur musicians, and audience members, Early Music America serves as an advocate for the field throughout the continent.

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American String Teachers Association
Jan 2017

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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Phi Beta Kappa
Apr 2014

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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