Diane Gastfreund
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Diane Gastfreund

Diane G.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been typing for more then 50 years and currently help some of my piano students with their ability to learn to type and have been very successful. I teach typing online and even though my availibility shows I only teach Sunday onlines, I do teach typing online on other days so I can accommodate you at other times as well so please feel free to contact me about other times.

About Diane G.

I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perform as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private schools and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.

*** Lesson Details ***
I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. If you want online lessons, please contact me through Take Lessons since I have additional availability to teach online. In the past six months my students have performed for the National Humane Society at their animal ball, a multi teacher recital on a local stage, and just two weeks ago seven of them performed at Strathmore. This summer I have two more concerts planned. Coming up will be an all instrument graduation with several other teachers where students receive medals for their performances. No student is required to perform but if they want to the opportunity is there. All students are required to have an instrument prior to beginning lessons. If students need to rent a violin, I will provide you with the name of a violin dealer that both rents and sells string instruments. Piano students must have a piano or keyboard.

I have also started a toddler music appreciation program geared for the 1-4age range. The purpose of this program is to expose very young children to the fun of Music through instruments, songs and play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.and have extensive summer programs to help students with auditions for youth orchestras and school orchestras. At this point in time I am only accepting beginner to intermediate level students.


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18 Reviews
Laura Barton
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Great sessions - she really breaks it down and makes it possible to improve your typing!

Thank you!

Posted Aug 23, 2021

Diane has a profound love for children, at least my 7 yr old son. She is so sweet makes learning very easy. She even teaches me along with my son at his lesson. We love Ms. Diane!

Posted Oct 9, 2019
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Ms Diane is a wonderful violin teacher for my 9 years old
daughter. It has been three years since we started and my daughter always enjoys her lesson. Ms Diane is very patient, positive and a great listener as well.

Posted Oct 7, 2019
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Diane works with my teenage daughter and she is absolutely wonderful. My daughter loves the way she teaches and enjoys each lesson.

Posted Oct 7, 2019
Sid O.
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Diane has been teaching piano to both our kids for over three years now. The fact that it has been this long and both kids is testament enough of our happiness with Diane's abilities. Not only are the kids learning the techniques they are more importantly learning to love music and piano. This is no easy feat specially in these days of iPads etc.

Both my kids now ages 12 and 8.5 love lessons and diane.. we hope many more years of this relationship

Thanks to diane for being a positive formative influence on our kids

Posted Sep 1, 2019
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She is very sweet and so loving toward my 7 year old son.

Posted Aug 3, 2019
Daycee R.
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Very positive and patient instructor. Experienced with younger students and knowledgeable of how to encourage students to succeed and want to learn to play and improve.

Posted Aug 14, 2018
Kevin L.
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Had my first violin lesson today with Diane. She is a very kind and patient person. Looking forward to working more with her on my goal of becoming a decent violinist.

Posted Aug 1, 2018
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Diane is very good at teaching

Posted Jun 15, 2018
Debra L.
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Ms. Diane is the most amazing instructor. She has been successfully teaching my daughter both violin and piano online for two years now. Ms. Diane is knowledgeable, reliable, flexible and one of the kindest music instructors our family has had the good fortune and pleasure to learn from. We are also lucky to only live about 40 minutes away, so we also get to see Ms. Diane for an in home lesson on occasion. Our daughter looks forward to her weekly lesson with Ms. Diane and plans to continue learning from Ms. Diane for many years to come. If you are looking for a music instructor with such qualities, Ms. Diane is truly worth your time and consideration for both online and in home instruction. If I could give her more than 5 stars I certainly would. Thank you Ms. Diane for everything!!

Posted Apr 15, 2018
Debra L.
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Ms. Diane is one of the sweetest teachers I have ever had. She is really good at explaining things when I don't understand, is patient, encourages me, and makes learning really fun! Overall she is really great. I highly recommend her.

Posted Apr 15, 2018
cole S.
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Diane is an excellent instructor. My son feels comfortable with her style of teaching and always looks forward to his next lesson!

Posted Aug 21, 2017
Bridgit A.
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Ms.Diane is a really good teacher. My daughter has just started lessons with Ms.Diane, but she has really progressed very well from her prior level. Ms.Diane is very patient and fun to work with. Would highly recommend Ms.Diane!

Posted Jun 23, 2015
Maria T.
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So far, so good. Ms.Diane is an extremely good and understanding teacher.

Posted Jun 5, 2015
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Diane is wonderful with kids and very patient.

Posted May 23, 2015
Kristin W.

Learned so much in my first lesson

Diane taught me so much in a just a few lessons. She was very clear and had a great teaching personality. I would recommend any student, beginner-advanced to let Diane help you become a great violin player.

Posted May 9, 2014
Vivian N.

She's a great teacher

Diane has been teaching me the violin for almost four years. As her student I've had the opportunity to play at places such as Strathmore and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. She teaches me both traditional and Suzuki methods, so there's a lot of flexibility concerning learning techniques.

Posted Dec 3, 2013
Debra T.

Diane is a terrific teacher!

Two of my daughters have been taking lessons -- violin & piano -- with Diane for three years. We love her teaching style, flexibility, and encouraging attitude. Diane is always prompt, positive, and professional. She is the perfect fit for my girls!

Posted Dec 3, 2013

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student recitals
Jan 2012 - Present

Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area

My students have the opportunity to perform in recitals through the SAGWA All Instruments Recitals in the Washington D.C. area as well as other independent recitals.

First violinist and concertmaster
Jan 1990 - Present

Washington Symphony and VANMMG

Performed as Constitution Halls resident orchestra. Performed around the world in Paris, Carnegie Hall, Russia, Italy, England and Wales and well as Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall and the White House.


Bachelor of Music; Master of Education
Sep 1966 - Present

Bonston Conservatory and Univeristy of Maryland College Park

Bachelor of Music; Master of Education
Sep 1966 - Present

Boston Conservatory and the University of Maryland



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Lifetime music teaching certification
Jun 1987

Boston Conservatory

Teacher of violin and piano. 1971 Traditional approach. Suzuki Teacher training Institute at Catholic University 1983-1987
Suzuki Association of the Americas; Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area
Jun 1981

Suzuki Teacher Training Institute at Catholic University

I am certified as a teacher of the Suzuki method by The Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.


Alumni Ambassador
Jun 2016

Boston Conservatory

Apr 2016

Suzuki Institute of the Greater Washington Area

Recognition Award, 1999 and 2000
Dec 2000

The White House


Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Jun 1982
The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.
Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area
Jun 1981
The Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (SAGWA) is a volunteer organization devoted to improving children’s lives through music education. Our mission is to inspire an appreciation for the untapped possibilities of children through promoting the understanding and use of the music teaching approach and educational philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki for the greater happiness of all children.

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