Sylvia Schwartz
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Sylvia Schwartz

Sylvia S.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you have been making music for years without reading music and want to learn, or you need help preparing for a theory exam, I'll make the world of music notation and theory accessible to you in a way that connects it to your own singing/playing and the musical meaning that makes it all come alive.

Be prepared to sing (it's totally fine and still helpful if you've never sung before!), move your body, and get creative about visually representing music, in the process of getting comfortable with standard music notation, rhythm, harmony, and music analysis!

About Sylvia S.

Fascinated and deeply inspired by the relationship between music, movement, and dance, violinist and Dalcrozian-in-training Sylvia is a passionate chamber musician in both modern and historical performance practices. A native of Boston, MA, Sylvia performs currently with Guts Baroque Duo, L’Esprit Baroque, Los Angeles Baroque, and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. She has also played with UCLA Early Music Ensemble, Eudaimonia, A Purposeful Period Band, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Baroque Academy Opera & Festival Orchestras, the folk/baroque band Lizzie and the Flakjackets, and the prog/alt rock bands The Mood Swings and The Fixtures. As a chamber and orchestral musician she has performed across the United States and Europe, including Shostakovich Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the major halls of Boston. She has performed recitals extensively in the Boston area. She has also been a member of the Harvard Summer Chorus, Chorus pro Musica, and The Masterworks Chorale, and sees in her students as well as herself the great benefit singing has for string players.

Sylvia is equally passionate about bringing music to life as a performer and nurturing creative expression and empowerment in her music students. She uses a combination of Suzuki approaches, improvisation, Dalcroze-inspired eurythmics, and Alexander Technique-inspired movement awareness to simultaneously develop fluent musicality, joy in making music, a solid instrumental technique, and musicianship (including reading and theory). A former sufferer of tendonitis, she has a particular interest in addressing and preventing performance injuries, in both beginning and experienced players.

Sylvia earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Longy School of Music, where she studied with Laura Bossert and coached extensively with Dana Maiben, Na’ama Lion, Vivian Montgomery, and Ryan Turner. She is also a certified Suzuki Violin Teacher through Book 3. Sylvia teaches privately, online only for now (in person again soon!), and at the Vienna Music Institute. She has also taught at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, Music 101, and the Winchester Community Music School, where she was also Administrative Director of the WCMS Summer Chamber Music Festival. She was thrilled to be Interim Orchestra Director in the fall semester of 2018 at Woodbridge High School, a Grammy Signature School, where teacher, students, and families alike enjoyed exploring baroque performance practice as part of the curriculum.


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Private Violin Teacher, Cambridge, MA
Feb 2013 - Present


Practice tutoring for Longy Community Programs faculty, lessons supporting Vassal Lane Upper School string program (extension of Longy teaching practicum)

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014

YOFES String Orchestras, Hyde Park, MA

Planned and co-taught rehearsals of beginning orchestra, ages 6-13. Gave mini-lessons to individual students and small groups. Assisted conductors of advanced orchestras (ages 10-18) with rehearsals and coaching. Maintained an energetic, focused, and nurturing atmosphere where students felt comfortable taking positive risks and asking for help. Assisted with strategic planning for pedagogical goals and approaches to meet those goals for the whole organization.

Teaching Artist Workshops: Bartok's Violin Duos
Mar 2014 - Mar 2014

through Longy School of Music of Bard College

Created and performed interactive presentation exploring how human experiences appear in Bartók’s folk-melody-based violin duos. Tailored to seniors at Hale House, Boston, MA and students grades 5-8 at El Sistema Somerville, East Somerville Community School, Somerville, MA.

Teaching Assistant
Nov 2013 - Feb 2014

El Sistema Side-By-Side Seminarios, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA

Gave on-demand mini-lessons to individual students and small groups. Assisted with orchestra rehearsals and sectional coaching.

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2013 - Aug 2013

Youth Music Academy Collaborative, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA

Gave on-demand mini-lessons to individual students and small groups. Assisted with orchestra rehearsals and sectional coaching.

Co-Teacher, Business Writing Class
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

SMMA Architects and Engineers, Cambridge, MA

With one collaborator, developed curriculum and teaching materials, taught, assigned homework, and provided individual support for course offered in-house to junior and senior staff of 180-person architecture and engineering firm.

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2012 - Jun 2013

Longy School of Music Community Programs, Cambridge, MA

Assisted weekly with youngest string orchestras (ages approx. 6-15), leading sectionals, providing support during tutti rehearsals and tuning. Taught violin sectionals as needed for most advanced orchestra. Assistant and substitute chamber coach for primarily high-school-age students and some 10-12 year olds. Assistantship renewed for 2013-2014 (Teaching Assistant with YOFES strings program).

Green Building Standards Trainer
Apr 2010 - Aug 2012

SMMA Architects and Engineers, Cambridge, MA

Developed teaching materials and gave training to SMMA staff in Cambridge and collaborating contractors in the field. Part of Sustainable Design Specialist position.

Academic Tutor
Jun 2005 - Aug 2007

Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and Olin College Office of Student Life

Junior high and high school levels: math, chemistry, and French. College level: chemistry and French.


Master of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 2012 - Present

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Sustainable Design
Sep 2005 - May 2009

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Violin Teacher
Jun 2011

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Teacher Training with Carol Sykes through Book 3


Presidential Scholarship
Apr 2012

Longy School of Music of Bard College

First Place, Senior Division
Jun 2003

Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Annual Contest

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