Teacher Spotlight: Melissa – Piano Teacher in Melissa, TX

We are excited to introduce Melissa! She offers in-home piano lessons in Melissa, TX, as well as surrounding areas.


Melissa began her musical journey at the age of 4, having begged her parents to allow her to take piano lessons. She quickly moved from a table-top keyboard to an upright piano after it was discovered that her interest wasn’t just a fleeting childhood phase. She studied all through high school, winning several awards and scholarships and began studying with Dr. Robert Mayerovitch at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. She decided to stay there for her undergraduate studies and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Following graduation, she began teaching privately in earnest, as well as diving into other musical endeavors—general music teacher for a private school, musical director for theater productions and private lessons. In 2006, she received an opportunity to join the collaborative artist staff at her alma mater and worked there for seven years. In addition to one-on-one collaboration with students and faculty, she was able to accompany two of the opera workshop classes. As a result of this work, in 2009, she received the opportunity to travel to Urbania, Italy, where she served as the primary accompanist for Musica della Marche.

During this time, she also participated in liturgical music ministries through the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland—serving as the musical director for the Newman Campus Catholic organization on the Baldwin Wallace campus, the music minister for the school Masses at Sts. Joseph and John Interparochial School and the Assistant Music Director for St. Joseph Church in Strongsville, Ohio. Because she believes that variety is the spice of life, during this time she also worked as the sole choral pianist for all ensembles at Midview Junior and High School in Grafton, Ohio.

She has had the privilege of serving as music director for musicals including “Guys and Dolls,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” “Suessical the Musical,” “The Addams Family Musical,” and “Into the Woods.”


Each of her musical roles have further cemented her belief in the importance of music education in all lives—young and young at heart! Of all the positions she has held over the years, her favorite has been opportunities where she was able to work one-on-one with students. Melissa believes in meeting each student where they are, and then nurturing a love of music in them. Each lesson is individually tailored to what the student’s goals are for their unique musical journey. She aims to treat each student with kindness and warmth—and tries to have some fun in the process! Having a love of playing duets with her students, Melissa is often found on the bench next to them, playing alongside!

Melissa is experienced at teaching: Beginner, Intermediate, Classical, Chords, Musical theater, Pop, Hymns/Church music, Collaborative piano skills, Music Theory, Music History.


Organized, thoughtful, and encouraging. When her students struggle, she has fantastic ways of breaking down what they are learning so that it makes sense. Every student I have seen her work with has always felt supported by her even if they did not feel confident in their abilities. She is also hilarious, which creates a comfortable environment for everyone as she makes learning fun. Finally, she takes the time to understand what her students need, which is arguably her best strength as a teacher.

–Hannah D.

Melissa relates well to students with her uplifting and magnetic personality.

–Meredith E.

Her personality is really open, kind, and supportive. Melissa communicates clearly and with a positive attitude and connects with people quickly.

–Justin C.

Please fill out our quick enrollment form to begin taking piano lessons with Melissa.

If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher! Click here to contact us.

Teacher Spotlight: Ava – Drum Kit, Piano, and Guitar Teacher in East Dallas and surrounding areas

We are pleased to introduce our newest Guitar, Drum, and Piano teacher in East Dallas and surrounding areas. Ava (they/she) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer, music educator and visual artist from Dallas, Texas.

Teaching Background:

Ava has been teaching music privately for over ten years. They have worked with students of all ages in private lessons on drums, guitar, bass, piano, as well as songwriting and composition. Ava also works with students in group settings and enjoys facilitating student collaborations. Ava strives to collaborate with students to cultivate educational experiences which honor each student’s particular passions and personality. Ava believes that everyone is born with natural creativity, and the job of a music teacher is to help students develop musical language and skills through which to channel that creativity.

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Educational Background:

Ava received their first drum set from their grandparents at age 5. They began studying formally at age 9 and soon fell in love with performing. Their obsession with generating rhythm through drums was soon supplemented with piano and voice studies. At age 15, Ava began playing guitar and turned their focus to songwriting and composition. Since then, Ava’s passion has centered around imagining sounds and visions, and cultivating those ideas into reality with other musicians and artists. In addition to composing and performing music, Ava also has a passion for sharing music through DJ’ing and has had a radio show on KUZU in Denton since 2019. Ava also works with video, collage, and other visual mediums.

Ava studied in the music cluster at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and performed in many of the school’s ensembles, including the Midi Ensemble, which won a Downbeat Student Music Award for “Outstanding Performance” in 2013 with Ava as the auxiliary percussionist. After graduating from Booker T. Washington, Ava studied Audio Production at The Art Institute of Dallas, where they received their Bachelor of Science.

If you would like to enroll in music lessons, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Ava!

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Teacher Spotlight – Anne – Piano Teacher in Dallas, TX

What an honor it is to introduce Anne, our lovely piano teacher in Dallas, TX. Anne offers in-home music lessons as well as online music lessons.

Educational Background

Anne earned her Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, where she was extensively trained in Classical Piano. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 6, and quickly developed a love for the instrument. She learned a variety of music styles, including classical, jazz, rock, blues, pop, film scores, and musical theater. She participated in various music competitions throughout her school years and decided to continue pursuing her love for piano at the University level where her abilities were really able to shine and further improve.

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Teaching Background

Anne began teaching piano lessons as a Sophomore in High School and continued teaching lessons until moving out of state to further pursue her passion in piano at the University of Cincinnati. During her 3 years of teaching, she taught children ranging in age from 6-13 at a variety of levels, as well as adult students. She is very excited to begin teaching again and share her passion with others.  

Personality/Teaching Style

Anne believes learning music should be a fun experience for everyone. Developing a relationship with each student is important to her and she enjoys teaching based on what works best for each individual student. Everyone learns differently, so finding the most effective method for each student is important in ensuring the student has fun while also learning how to play the piano in the best possible way that works for them.  

Special Skills

Anne’s main focus in teaching piano is to make sure the student is having fun while also progressing. Changing her teaching style based on the students’ learning style and individual needs is important to her. One method may work well for a certain individual, while that same method may result in very slow progression or be entirely unenjoyable to another person. Finding what works best is her specialty.

If you are looking for a wonderful piano teacher in Dallas TX, look no further! fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Anne. You will NOT be disappointed! Anne also teaches in Plano, TX.

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Teacher Spotlight: Eden – Piano Teacher in Denton, TX

We are pleased to introduce Eden, our newest piano teacher in Denton, TX!

Educational Background:

Eden began her musical career at age three when she first started learning to play the piano. At age ten, she began taking private lessons from Dr. Sergio Monteiro, head of piano at Oklahoma City University. In the following years, Eden attended various performing arts programs during the summer such as Peabody Institute of Music’s Piano Week and New York University’s Piano Intensive, where she studied with Mr. Eduardus Halim for several months afterward. She now attends the University of North Texas as a Piano Performance major studying under Dr. Steven Harlos, taking classes such as Aural Skills, Music Theory, Accompanying, Piano Literature, and Piano Pedagogy.

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Teaching Background:

While Eden is new to teaching private lessons, she has tutored students in music theory and led sectionals in orchestra as a cellist. She also has an extensive background with children through volunteering with elementary schoolers through her local church.

Personality/Teaching Style:

Eden knows how to easily relate to children and young adults by implementing teaching strategies to make her lessons fun and relaxed, yet informative and productive. She believes that it is very important to make lessons enjoyable, specifically for younger children, in order to preserve their intrinsic motivation to learn; however, she will cater to students’ needs, interests, and skill levels. Eden wants to keep students inspired and interested in music, while still pushing them to grow by providing fun incentives for progress.

What others are saying about Eden:

Eden was my piano student for almost 10 years. I know her and her family very well. She is bright, serious, reliable and very mature for her age. In her last 4 years, she made an extraordinary musical progress: with dedication and perseverance, she won competitions, participated in several music Festivals and performed with orchestra. She is a gem! I am sure she will be an inspiring and dedicated teacher. I would recommend her for a friend without any hesitation.

Dr. Sergio M

Eden is very intellegent, a hard worker, and a very fast learner. I haven’t had a chance to see her teach, but knowing her, I would guess that she is thorough, very gentle and patient, and perceptive. I am very impressed with this young woman. She is mature beyond her years. I would most definitely recommend her to a friend.

Dr. Steven H, UNT Chair, Division of Keyboard Studies

Special Skills:

In high school, Eden was the pianist for the top jazz group, pit orchestra, choir, concert band, several orchestras, and an annual variety show in which she performed with pop, rock, jazz, and musical groups. She also volunteered to play for a local worship group for several years, and now serves as a Worship Leader in a religious organization at the University of North Texas. Growing up, Eden also played cello in various orchestras, such as the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra and the Edmond Memorial Symphonic Orchestra.

If you would like to enroll in music lessons with this lovely teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Eden!

If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher! Click here to contact us.

Teacher Spotlight – Tibrisha – Voice and Piano Teacher in Denton, TX

We are pleased to introduce Tibrisha, our newest piano and voice teacher in Denton, TX!

Educational Background:

Tibrisha earned an Associate of Art degree in Music from Navarro College in 2017. She went on to attend Texas Woman’s University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts – Music in 2020. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Arts – Vocal Pedagogy.

Tibrisha has been involved in music and singing all of her life, starting at an early age with singing and performing in church. As she grew older, she became involved in choir and musical theatre in highschool, and continued her involvement in college, performing in multiple choir ensembles. While working toward her degree, Tibrisha was a member of TCCDA (Texas Community College Directors Association), All State Choir in 2016 and 2017 and performed at the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) convention during those years. Following those performances, Tibrisha has become a member of Texas Woman’s University’s Concert Choir – a premier treble ensemble that has attended and performed national conferences in the last few years such as ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) in 2019 and TMEA in 2020. 

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Teaching Background

Tibrisha is new to teaching music in a private setting but due to her educational background, she has had the opportunity to teach students through classes including Graduate Vocal Pedagogy. New environments are not an issue for Tibrisha, due to her dynamic personality, extensive education, and training. Tibrisha has the skills necessary for being a great teacher and is ready to work with any student who is interested in learning to love music the same way she loves music and singing.

Personality/Teaching Style

Tibrisha has an encouraging teaching style. Her philosophy is that there should always be healthy learning and proper technique at all times. She believes that there is not one way any person should sound when making music. If students can bring the desire to learn, Tibrisha will bring her best in order to sucessfully educate them. She is a warm and very loving teacher. Tibrisha has a goofy and fun personality; she is approachable and is able to communicate to her students in a variety of different ways needed. Tibrisha wants her students to know that in their lessons, all the attention is on the student. The student comes first during their time together and Tibrisha’s desire is for her students to grow in their love for learning music. 

What others are saying about Tibrisha:

Tibrisha is a has a friendly and engaging personality, and when teaching, her style is fun but professional. She uses examples and metaphors in a very effective way that gets positive results. I am imporessed with Tibrisha’s knowledge of music pedagogy.

I absolutely would recommend Tibrisha to a friend. Tibrisha is an intelligent and talented musician who would be an asset to any music studio.

Jess, Denton, TX

Special Skills 

A special skill that Tibrisha possesses is that she is creative and often thinks outside of the box in order to help her students out in any way possible to learn. She is able to teach many different genres and styles of singing. She is able to teach: Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Contemporary music, Opera and so many more. Her passion is using musical theatre and pop songs to help students learn and have fun expressing themselves while learning new skills. 

If you would like voice lessons with this lovely teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Tibrisha!

If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher! Click here to contact us.

Teacher Spotlight: Elizabeth – Music Therapist – Voice, Piano, Guitar, and Ukulele Teacher in Dallas, TX

We are so pleased to introduce our gem of a teacher, Elizabeth! She is a master of all trades and a true teacher at heart. Elizabeth has the skill and education to wow you with her own performance abilities, but beyond that, her shining personality, patience, contagious joy, attention to detail and love for her students are what truly set her apart as a teacher.

Elizabeth is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with a Bachelor of Music from The University of Alabama. At UA, Elizabeth’s primary focus was classical voice with secondary instruments of guitar and piano. Elizabeth began singing as a young child and has performed in competitions and performance choirs throughout the south east.

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Elizabeth is passionate about working with children of all ages and abilities. She began teaching with preschool choirs and assisting choral ensembles at the University of Alabama. Elizabeth most recently worked in the music therapy department at Children’s Medical Center Dallas where she taught piano, guitar, and ukulele to patients.

To Elizabeth, the most successful lessons are when the student is able to laugh. Although studying music requires hard work and (almost) daily practice, the student’s weekly lesson with their teacher should be an opportunity to find the joy in music making. Elizabeth prefers that students assist in choosing repertoire as well as learning pieces from different genres to become a well-rounded musician.

What others are saying about Elizabeth:

Elizabeth is a genuine person who is great at building rapport with new people.  Elizabeth’s style is creative, organized, and person centered.  During her internship, she learned what her patient’s individual needs were, then wrapped her knowledge, patience, and expertise around them.  She is great with new challenges and is very flexible, handling new situations as they arise.  Elizabeth also has a solid musical foundation and wonderful music skills. 

Karen, Music Therapist at Children’s Medical Center

Elizabeth has so many beautiful qualities. At the core, she is an incredible person and makes those around her feel supported and understood.  I would recommend Elizabeth in a heartbeat!

Dallas, TX

Elizabeth teaches guitar, voice, and Ukulele to my children. They are absolutely in love with her as a person and are very responsive to her teaching style. It’s so nice to see them making noticeable progress and loving their lessons! One of my girls said today, “Wednesday is the highlight of my week! I just love my ukulele lessons SO much!”

Providence Village, TX

Special Skills:

Elizabeth’s background in music therapy uniquely allows her to develop a music lesson catered to each individual student and their abilities. While Elizabeth has classical voice training (opera, art songs, etc.), she also has trained in musical theatre and contemporary voice (pop style). Elizabeth is able to teach voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele to students of all ages.

If you would like to enroll in music lessons with this extraordinary teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Elizabeth!

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Teacher Spotlight: Karen – Violin, Viola, and Piano Teacher in Carrollton, TX

We are pleased to introduce our newest Piano, Viola, and Violin teacher in Carrollton, TX! Karen offers in-home music lessons as well as online music lessons.

Education Background

Karen holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Hardin-Simmons University. In her time at Hardin-Simmons, she was part of the Civic Orchestra of Abilene as a first violin and as well as a percussionist in the band.

Thanks to the many travel opportunities while in school, she has traveled all over Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri for a variety of performances, ranging from church, recitals, community concerts, dinner boat shows, guest performances, classical repertoire concerts, street performances, and even marching for various parades. Because of this, she has a wide variety of exposure to repertoire and style.   

Karen has been learning piano since she was 8 years old. She began private violin lessons while in 6th grade, and she took up percussion in high school. Through all her years of private instruction and University level training, Karen has become a well-rounded musician.

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Teaching Background

Karen’s first teaching experience happened to be in Abilene where she acquired a love and passion for kids of special education and music. Later in her professional development, she moved back to DFW to student teach at her High School alma mater. She led in-person and online classes from freshman to symphonic class almost every day during her time there. Karen was also in charge of leading sectionals for violins and as a result of her teaching, helped achieve superior ratings in UIL for the varsity and non-varsity orchestras. 

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Personality / Teaching Style 

Karen is a calm, friendly, and focused person. She is very persistent but understanding and believes that every student is capable as long as they show passion, do their best, and do their part in practicing. Karen is a very compassionate person and will always challenge her students grow into the best musician they can be. She loves to develop rapport with the students she teaches and is an easy communicator.  

What others are saying about Karen:

Thank you again for arranging Bella’s trial piano lesson with Karen yesterday. It went great! Not only was it SO wonderful to have music instruction in-home/in-person again, Karen was really engaging and the perfect combination of patience and motivation for Bella. Bella is already looking forward to her next lesson with Karen. 

Cynthia, Westlake, TX

Karen is methodical and careful in her approach. She is kind and respectful and students respect her.  She plans carefully and puts great thought into how her warm-ups should reflect what she wants to accomplish in the piece.  She is quiet but still able to keep students attentive and engaged. Karen is very knowledgeable on the subject matter and she is not afraid of constructive comments.  She will work hard to overcome obstacles or to find a new and better way to approach class/lesson materials.

Christy, Carrollton, TX

Karen is very kind to students as she works methodically on pedagogy but makes sure she differs instruction based on the students’ needs. She has an amazing work ethic and will not turn down an opportunity to work hard to better her students.

Candi, Carrollton, TX

Special Skills

Because of Karen’s 12+ years of experience in orchestra, piano, and 8+ years of band and percussion, she has different views and likes to combine different techniques of learning music. Karen will adapt accordingly to each student to best fit individual’s learning style. 

If you would like violin, viola, or piano lessons with this sweet teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Karen!

If you have questions about music lessons, contact Starlight Music Lessons today!

Teacher Spotlight: David – Voice and Piano Teacher in Dallas, TX

It is our pleasure to introduce our newest voice teacher in Dallas, TX! David offers in-home music lessons as well as online music lessons.

Educational/Performance Background

David holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance/Opera from the University of North Texas, where he studied with William Joyner. David completed his Bachelors of Music in Music Education at James Madison University in Virginia prior to attending UNT.

David has been singing for as long as he can remember. He sang in his church choir as a young boy and continued to sing in choirs in middle school and high school. His grandfather also heavily influenced him musically; who was a great amateur pianist that loved opera!

David has performed many supporting roles in operas throughout his time in undergraduate and had a few leading opera roles during his time at UNT. Most recently, David has been contracted with The Dallas Opera as an Education Outreach Artist for the past two seasons (2019-20 & 2021). The Dallas Opera Outreach Program performed at several Elementary, Middle, and High Schools throughout the DFW area to bring good music and entertaining opera stories to the younger generation.

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Teaching Background

David is a passionate teacher that loves seeing his students succeed! David works well with ages 6+ and specializes in ages 14+ in healthy vocal technique. David has been teaching for 3+ years and works on proper breathing techniques and helps his students prepare anything from choir music to performance techniques. His main focus and foundation of singing is a natural, healthy, and efficient approach. David also has choral teaching experience leading and conducting small ensembles to large choirs.

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Personality/Teaching Style:

David is a very energetic person and teacher! David gets excited and cheers on his students when they succeed to help drive them toward their goals. As stated above, David uses a foundation of proper breathing techniques to help open up the voice, producing a natural and efficient sound. He is a huge believer in connecting the speaking voice to the singing voice to produce a healthy and natural sound. David also frequently asks his students what they feel when they sing or vocalize, as singing is a very sensational activity. He guides his students to having the correct and healthy sensations when singing. Just as an instrumentalist needs to adjust their fingering or embouchure (mouth position), a singer needs to adjust their approach by feeling or sensing what is occuring with their voice when singing.

What others are saying about David:

David is an upbeat and positive young man, a natural “pied piper” type of person who through his own positive energy helps to bring out the best in those around him.  David’s comments to his peers in my Studio Class were always positive and encouraging rather than negative and disparaging.

I would absolutely recommend David Bogaev to a friend!  He has been in my home.  I have been to dinner with David and his wife.  I occasionally left him in charge of my Studio Class, on days when I was away and could not lead the class, myself.

David Bogaev is an outstanding human being whom I recommend without reservation!

William, Assistant Professor of Vocal Studies, UNT

Special Skills

David is classically and operatically trained and is able to teach proper classical vocal techniques. However, David grew up singing Classic Rock with his father and also sang in Gospel Choirs and still loves singing those types of music today. Therefore, David uses his classical training and breathing techniques to open up the voice to produce an efficient sound, no matter what genre a student is interested in. David is able to teach opera, rock, gospel, jazz, musical theater, and many more vocal styles! If there is something a student would like to work on and David isn’t very familiar with it, he will research it and be ready to teach it by the next lesson. David is also able to teach music theory and ear-training to ages 12+ for students interested in furthering their musical knowledge.

If you would like voice lessons with this extraordinary teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from David!

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Teacher Spotlight – Timothy – Violin Teacher in Denton, TX

We are pleased to introduce our newest violin teacher in Denton TX! Timothy offers in-home music lessons in Denton, as well as online music lessons.

Educational Background

Timothy has been playing the violin since he was 10. During high school he studied with San Antonio Symphony Co-Concert Master Renia Piotrowski-Shterenberg and is completing his final year toward earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of North Texas. He has studied under Dr. Philip Lewis for 4 years during his time at the university and has been a part of the UNT Symphony as well as the UNT Concert Orchestra during his time there. Timothy has also studied under Dr. Eka Gogichashvili at the Baylor School of Music.

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Teaching Background

While Timothy is at the beginning of his career, he has 3 years of teaching experience at the UNT String Project where he has led classes of violin, viola, and cello, teaching beginners to small intermediate orchestras. He has also taught individual violin lessons of varying experience levels to students from toddlers to adults. Yearly recitals were an exciting part of this program that not only showcased the progress of the students but gave them an event which motivated them to spend more time in their craft.

Personality/Teaching Style

High energy and a fun experience are Timothy’s keys to creating successful lessons that engage the students and keep them wanting to progress. Every student is different, which means every lesson will be built around the student’s personality as well as their ability on their instrument. Structuring his lesson plans around the Suzuki method and tailoring techniques to each individual student is Timothy’s way of teaching.

What others are saying about Timothy

Tim is a patient teacher, and he breaks down music really efficiently to make sure that you get the right feel for the piece you are working on. Tim is really good with making sure someone is hitting the right cues and notes. I would definitely recommend Tim for any violin work.

Hannah, Denton, TX

Tim is a fine violinist, a perceptive and effective teacher, and a lovely person. I am his Major Professor at the University of North Texas and have taught him for 4 and a half years. In my Studio Classes I often ask students to critique each other and make suggestions to improve particular points. Tim often comes up with excellent perceptions and ideas. He is personable and makes suggestions in a gentle but firm manner.

Philip, UNT Professor

Special Skills

Timothy is well educated in teaching full orchestras as well as individual violin. Help with repertoire for solo violin or your orchestra can be part of your lesson! While being a classical musician, Timothy grew up with roots in Rock and Latino music. Connecting your instrument to multiple styles of music is one of the most important things in his life.

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Teacher Spotlight – Geronimo – Online Violin and Viola Teacher

We are thrilled to introduce our newest online viola and violin teacher!

Educational Background

After serving as concertmaster for the National Youth Orchestra and as the youngest member of the National Symphony Orchestra in his native Uruguay, violinist Geronimo Oyenard attended the College of Charleston on a full scholarship, where he obtained his Bachelor’s in Arts and an Artist’s Certificate in Performance. He furthered his musical studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), where he received a Master’s Degree in Performance, and at the University of Oklahoma, where he completed his DMA in Performance.

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Teaching Background

As an educator, Dr. Oyenard was a sabbatical replacement for Hal Grossman’s undergraduate violin class at the University of Oklahoma (2017). He has been on faculty at the Norman School for Strings, the UNCSA Community Music School, the Performing Arts Institute of Virginia, Bluefield State College, and was the Roanoke Symphony’s Strings Instructor for three years. In this position, Dr. Oyenard created and directed Suzuki-based violin programs for many public school districts, taught underprivileged students for the Friends of the RSO, coached the Roanoke Youth Symphony, judged its annual concerto competition, and taught at their Summer Music Institute. As Artist-in Residence for Franklin County Public Schools, Dr. Oyenard directed an in-school Suzuki-based program that reached over 60 elementary and middle-school children every week. A certified Suzuki instructor, Dr. Oyenard has taught for the Lynchburg City Schools Suzuki Program and is currently a Teaching Artist for the Dallas Symphony’s Young Musicians program and an upper strings instructor for Founders Classical Academy and Plano and Rockwall ISDs.

Personality/Teaching Style

As a teacher, Dr. Oyenard is approachable, communicative, professional, versatile, and deeply cares about each student’s growth in and beyond the studio. His highly methodical and analytical teaching approach is the result of years of performing and teaching. A lifelong learner, Dr. Oyenard takes the best elements from many successful violin methods and approaches to to deliver a personalized learning experience that best suits each student’s level and needs. 

What others are saying about Dr. Oyenard:

His teaching style is that of a gifted natural-born teacher who has put years of study and practical experience into passing on his enormous abilities.

His strength is that he is an all-around musician, who can do just about anything: teach, arrange, compose, perform, lead an ensemble, do research on performance practice, lecture on Mozart and Beethoven…

I would certainly recommend him to a friend. He is such a great musician, and is thoughtful, articulate, and personable. I am sure he would treat every student as an individual with particular learning styles and musical preferences.

He has my highest recommendation.

Professor of Musicology, OU School of Music

I’m happy to write with my wholehearted support of Geronimo Oyenard. I have known Geronimo since 2005, when he enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to pursue a Master’s degree as my student. Since completing this degree, he has had lessons with me periodically, and I have appreciated that he has consistently kept in close contact. I have been delighted to hear the fine evolution of his playing, and to be kept informed about the developments in his professional life.

As a teacher, Geronimo is thorough, lucid and patient. Over the years, I have been impressed by the fine preparation of his students who have auditioned at UNCSA, including one young woman I’m very much hoping will enter the school this fall.

Besides his dedication to teaching and playing at the highest level he can imagine, Geromino’s strengths include an unusual ability to connect with people, an infectious good cheer, and a remarkable affinity for maintaining good relations with all kinds of colleagues. He meets difficulties with good humor and good sense. I’d certainly recommend his teaching to any friend, and I have every confidence that you will be pleased with his work.

Professor of Violin and String Department Chair, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Geronimo is a gentle, caring human being who works hard and is supportive of those around him.

Professor of Viola University of Delaware

Special Skills

Dr. Oyenard is currently Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Arkansas and plays regularly with the Tulsa Symphony & Ballet and the Victoria Symphony. He has also played with the Charleston Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, Opera on the James, and the Williamsburg Symphonia. He has served as concertmaster and soloist with the Lynchburg Symphony, the New River Valley Orchestra, and the College of Charleston and UNCSA orchestras. As a chamber musician, Dr. Oyenard has been a member of the Charleston Promusica early music ensemble, and the Stern Scholar and Blue Ridge string quartets. Dr. Oyenard has also participated in numerous summer chamber music workshops and orchestral festivals in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Austria, Spain, and France. He has performed frequently as recitalist for the Roanoke College, Hollins University, and College of Charleston faculty series.

In his spare time, Dr. Oyenard enjoys arranging popular film, TV, and videogame music for strings.

If you would like to inquire about viola or violin lessons with Dr. Oyenard, fill out our quick enrollment form to get started!

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