Virginia Ashley
Cleveland, OH
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Virginia Ashley

Virginia A.

Cleveland, OH
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
If you are a beginner, you can expect to first master technique of the instrument. Afterwards, you will learn how to master a beautiful tone and sound.

As an intermediate, you will learn how to approach things in a different way than normal. You will learn not only how to play something "correctly" but how to play musically, artistically and beautifully.

As an advanced student, you can expect to be challenged to think critically about technique, sound, phrasing, etc.

About Virginia A.

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I have over 4 years of teaching experience with strings and piano. I have played my primary instrument, viola, for over 10 years.

I love to encourage students that quantity doesn't always beat out quality. That being said, I love a laid back lesson environment where the student can feel comfortable enough to ask questions, and make mistakes so they can learn and do better next time. I have taught kids as young as 4 years old, and adults as old as 50 years old.

Bio: Virginia, violist, recently graduated with her master’s degree in Viola Performance from Kent State University. She served as the graduate assistant for viola. She performs in the Kent State University Orchestra, is the former principle violist for the Stow Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic. Previously, Virginia performed in the Lakewood High School Philharmonic and Symphony orchestra, served as principal violist for the Lakewood High School Chamber Orchestra, principal violist for the Ohio University Honors Orchestra, and has performed as an electric violist for The Lakewood Project. She has also performed as principle violist in theater productions such as Oklahoma!, Little Women, Cinderella, Into the Woods and Beauty and the Beast. Virginia has performed at Ohio Viola Society Day in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Virginia has performed and recorded in numerous locations around Ohio as a freelance musician. Most notable of those are the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance alongside saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio, recording work with the Video Production department on the Kent State University Stark campus, violist for the Bay Village commencement at Severance Hall in Cleveland, and many more.
She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2018 and her master’s degree in 2020, both in viola performance. Prior to her attendance at Kent State University, Virginia attended Lakewood High School. Her viola instructors include Megan Greenless, Christiana Reed, Lisa Whitfield,Yu Jin and Joanna Patterson Zakany.

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Christopher J.
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If you're looking for an amazing violist and teacher, look no further!

Posted Nov 17, 2020
Abby
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I honed so many of my skills through my lessons with Virginia and she is very understanding and helpful

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Janiya
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Virginia’s so patient, understanding and energetic! I never was embarrassed when I would make mistakes and our lessons were never stressful. Virginia has taught me so many techniques, strategies, and practicing methods that improved me as a musician and will continue to. Not only was she an amazing instructor but she was also a shoulder for when I was in distress. Thank you Virginia!❤️

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Grace
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I learned so much and enjoyed my lessons.

Posted Jun 16, 2020

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Experience

Viola Teacher
Aug 2019 - Present

Lakewood City Schools

Piano/String Teacher
Feb 2017 - Dec 2019

Woodsy's Music

Piano/String Teacher
Jul 2015 - Aug 2016

Western Reserve Music

Education

Masters of Music in Performance
Aug 2018 - May 2020

Kent State University

Bachelor's of Music in Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Kent State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Katherine Gerson DeBolt Endowed Chair for Strings Scholarship
Aug 2017

Kent State University

Miami String Quartet Scholarship
Aug 2017

Kent State University

Miami String Quartet Scholarship
Aug 2016

Kent State University

Katherine Gerson DeBolt Endowed Chair for Strings Scholarship
Aug 2016

Kent State University

Miami String Quartet Scholarship
Aug 2015

Kent State University

Katherine Gerson DeBolt Endowed Chair for Strings Scholarship
Aug 2015

Kent State University

Katherine Gerson DeBolt Endowed Chair for Strings Scholarship
Aug 2014

Kent State University

Miami String Quartet Scholarship
Aug 2014

Kent State University

Affiliations

American Viola Society
Aug 2014
The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.

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