Yasmin de Soiza

Yasmin D.

Mamaroneck, NY

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have been teaching violin since 2002, and spend my days working at at The Recording Academy managing artist and industry relations and play professionally at night. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from Hunter College, and continued my postgraduate coursework in Music Education at Indiana University. I teach all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced.

In addition to teaching, I continue to play professionally having shared the stage with Pink, AJR, Flogging Molly, The Young Dubliners, The Pogues, Dermot Mulroney, Tim Robbins, and The Dan Band.

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Yasmin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Lessons in classical violin by a classically trained violinist. I spend my days working at The Recording Academy managing artist and industry relations and play professionally at night. Previously, I worked at Carnegie Hall developing online music learning resources for young musicians. I teach all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced.

I attended Hunter College - CUNY where my degree is in Music Education. I pursued post-graduate work as a DeHann Fellowship recipient at Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music where I studied with Henryk Kowalski, Mimi Zweig and Federico Agostini, and focused specifically on String Pedagogy and Violin Performance. I have continued to pursue courses in string instruction, most recently in the Irish fiddling tradition.

My role as a teacher is to provide support, encouragement, and awareness in each students musicality and creativity. Through my teaching, I want to lead each student to be the best they can be as a musician. Through classical training, I provide students with a solid technical foundation with intonation, sight-reading, and musical phrasing to create a canvas for them to explore music in different ways – improvisation, musical genres, different styles of playing, etc. From a violin technique standpoint, I observe each student’s temperament, quality of tone, bow arm, left hand technique, and general playing style, and find what can be improved upon. At the end of the day, I want each one of my student’s to have developed a healthy sense of musical self-esteem, and ignite their passionate interest in creating music.

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Sep 2015 - Present
The Recording Academy

I am responsible for leading membership outreach for the The Recording Academy - New York Chapter, best known as the GRAMMY Awards. Activities I manage include developing outreach, retention, renewal and member engagement strategies targeting music creators from across the recording industry; identifying key recruitment contacts including artists, producers, songwriters, engineers as well as industry executives and associated music professionals; and collaborating with my colleagues in the 12 Chapter offices around the country to ensure outreach strategies are diverse and inclusive of all music genres and disciplines.

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Oct 2010 - Aug 2015
Carnegie Hall

I oversaw the daily operations of Musical Exchange, a global online community for young musicians, by managing creative workshops, teaching artists, content development, production management, and web design. I also contributed to Carnegie Hall's digital initiatives by identifying, assessing and leading the application of emerging technologies to our music education projects and programs, as well as managed an internal licensing system for our educational curriculum materials.

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Elementary String Teacher
Sep 2002 - May 2006
Monroe County Public Schools

I managed a music curriculum and development program for a countywide school system.

Adjunct Professor of Music
Sep 2002 - May 2006
Indiana University

As a faculty member of this world-renowned music school, I acquired a strong discipline in formal research and educational methodologies, including music program analysis, design, and construction.


Ph.D. Music Education - String Pedagogy & Violin Performance (coursework complete)
Sep 2006 - Apr 2008
Indiana University
BA/MA - Music Education
Sep 2002 - May 2006
Hunter College - CUNY

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