Steven Maloney
Chicago, IL
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Steven Maloney

Steven M.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Would you like to play the violin? My name is Steven and I have over 30 years of experience in music and the performing arts. I graduated from Juilliard and have played and taught people of all ages and levels. I also have created the Accompany practice app which will make learning much more fun and interesting during your practice sessions. My approach is flexible and easygoing. I welcome your inquiry and look forward to meeting you.

About Steven M.

I graduated from The Juilliard School in New York and have a Masters in Education from Northern Illinois University. I have performed as a soloist, chamber musician and symphony orchestra player and have taught all ages for 30+ years. I've been featured in The Strad magazine for my accompaniment app: Accompany Music.

"A master of his instrument"
Otto De Greiff
El Tiempo (Colombia)

"A highly effective teacher"
Charles Groeling, PhD
Roosevelt University

"A wonderful violinist with an inquisitive mind"
Arnold Steinhardt
Guarneri String Quartet

I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your goals for violin study.


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11 Reviews
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There are few great teachers. Steven is one of them.

Posted May 6, 2021
Bogdan P
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I play violin for over forty years. First time I had a pleasure to listen Mr. Meloney playing violin I was very impressed so I asked if he can listen to one of my short violin piece. I realized, that he has a lot of knowledge in teaching. Mr. Steven is a genius violinist and professor.

Posted May 5, 2021
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Steven is an extraordinary talent! He’s been teaching our 6th grader and has truly been transformative. Steven exhibits exceptional energy, kindness and patience and the results of his teaching have been immediate and significant.

Posted May 3, 2021
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My daughter was very frustrated by her previous instructor in Suzuki Method, a lady who could barely play the instrument except by rote. Mr. Maloney came in and radically changed the situation. He reassured us, he encouraged us and he inspired us. In a short time, my daughter had recovered her passion for music and started to play with a lovely sound and more importantly, a real understanding of music as a form of expression. He is such a wonderful player and teaches with great enthusiasm and meaningful examples.

I am honoured to give Mr. Maloney my very highest recommendation.

Posted May 3, 2021
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I must admit I was far from thrilled when I learned my son wanted to play the violin. I have a few buddies who's kids are learning the violin and they tell me it's just ear piercing screech after schreeching noises... Well they need to fire their teachers and hire my guy Steve! Just after a few months of lessons, Jr. is actually sounding pretty dam good and he's really loving playing the violin. If your son or daughter wants to learn the violin, Steve Maloney is the must have violin teacher

Posted May 3, 2021
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Steve constantly adjusted his teaching methods to accommodate my learning methods, busy school schedule, and personal music tastes. I found his teaching style to be relaxed, friendly, and varied. I recommend him especially to any students who might have anxiety or nerves about playing in front of a critical audience, as he's very welcoming and warm to all levels of skill and dedication, from casual students to pre-professional musicians.

Posted May 2, 2021
Yu Ying
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My daughter loves lessons with Steve, he has great amount of patience, personality and understanding. I thought she was OK at playing before, now she is starting to sounds really FANTASTIC.

Posted May 2, 2021
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Steven is perhaps the greatest teacher I’ve ever known. His mix of common sense, vast knowledge, patience and humor benefit all that work with him. A+

Posted May 2, 2021
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Steve Maloney is a true master at both playing and teaching the violin. I have had some teachers in the past who were great players but lousy at teaching, but Steve is the Real Deal. My playing had immediately and significantly improved since my first lesson and only continues to improve. I had many deficiencies both technically and musically and Steve has provided me with practical solutions to rectify my once poor technique and bring out a much more refined musicality from my playing. I highly recommend Steve Maloney as violin instructor.

Posted May 1, 2021
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Before taking lessons from Steven I didn't know it was possible to enjoy practicing my violin. I enjoyed all my rehearsals and quartets of course, but when it came time to practice at home alone I lost all motivation. Steven opened my eyes to what it really meant and feels to be a musician, and in doing so I went from the back of the second violin section in the orchestra to the first few stands of the first violin section. Even other instructors and students at my music school noticed my improvement in technique and skill. Aside from becoming a much better violin player, Steven also helped me recognize my own potential and encouraged me to work hard; to believe in myself. Having Steven as my teacher was the best decision I've made throughout my musical career.

Posted May 1, 2021
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Steven was a godsend to my daughter all through high school. Not only did he help her become a more skilled and confident player, he also rekindled the joy of music in her. He is a great teacher. I recommend him without resevation.

Posted May 1, 2021

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Jan 2015 - Present

I am the owner and founder of Accompany Music, the premiere accompaniment app for Classical string players on the internet. Featured in The Strad magazine, Accompany allows the user to practice the repertoire at any speed without pitch or distortion. You can find Accompany in the App Store or at

Violin Teacher
Jan 1988 - Present


I have taught in person and online lessons since 1988. I look forward to joining the team and continuing to work with students from around the world. Need help with basics? Music for School? Auditions? Adult beginner? Please feel free to contact me.


Masters in Education
Jan 2018 - Jun 2020

Northern Illinois University

Bachelors of Music
Aug 1988 - May 1992

The Juilliard School


Mandarin Chinese

Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist
May 2020

Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals

In addition to my work in music, I am also certified to work with persons with blindness to help them learn to use the long cane to safely get around at home and in their communities.


Best Violin Teacher in Chicago
Mar 2016


Suzuki Association of the Americas
Jan 2015
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.
American String Teachers Association
Jan 2015
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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