Teacher Spotlight: Maria – Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin Teacher in Dallas, TX

We are excited to introduce you to Maria! She offers in-home music lessons in the Dallas, TX, area.


Maria began learning piano at age 4 in El Paso, Texas. In the 5th grade, she started playing cello in the elementary school’s orchestra.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Lee University in Tennessee and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a Piano emphasis and with Cello and voice Minors.  She then went on to complete her graduate studies at the University of North Texas in Denton and received her Master’s degree in Music Education with a String Pedagogy emphasis.

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After completing her undergraduate degree and while pursuing her Master’s degree, Maria started her first teaching job at a public middle school in Mesquite, Texas.  There, her orchestras achieved success year after year.  Five years later, Maria moved to Plano and led as the head director of a large orchestra program at another CCC middle school, where she became proficient at teaching violin and viola. She has taught as an orchestra teacher for more than 10 years. She has also taught private lessons as well.

Maria is passionate about teaching music to beginner students and her goal is for everyone to experience the joy of music. Music is a unique form of expression and communication which has the ability to connect people. Every student is unique, and so, lesson methods will vary according to each individual’s needs. Maria herself struggled musically, and therefore, she has picked up many different routes to tackling different techniques and concepts. She is empathetic and can relate to where her students are coming from.

She also enjoys sports and uses relatable analogies when relaying new ideas.  Learning an instrument is much more than learning  notes or songs, but about expressing ideas and emotions. Maria is dedicated to connecting with each student and genuinely cares about her students’ holistic progress. 

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


She is a great music teacher, and I would recommend her to anyone! Maria was my son’s cello teacher for several years. She is patient, technical, organized, and thorough. She is also very patient and sweet.  She connects to her students very well and helps them grow. 

Julie Y.

Maria received her Master’s degree in Music Education from UNT and I taught all of her string music education courses (approximately half of the curriculum). Maria is a knowledgeable, creative teacher who is very well-organized. She has a great sense of humor and uses this as an effective tool in her classroom.

Elizabeth C., Ph.D.

Maria gets good results from her kids.  When she is teaching, she is direct and to the point.  However, she isn’t afraid to take a moment here and there to have fun and laugh with the students. She is organized, has strong pedagogical knowledge, and has a fun personality.

Ryan R.

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Teacher Spotlight: Marcela – Viola & Violin Teacher for Arlington & Little Elm, TX

Starlight is pleased to introduce you to Marcela! She offers in-home lessons for viola and violin in Little Elm, TX, as well as the Arlington, TX area.


Music has always been Marcela’s intense passion from an early age, where she has had the grateful opportunity to traverse three different countries to perfect the art of playing an instrument. She is an avid music performer for the Meridian String Quartet and a member of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra for over 10 years. She holds music degrees from the University of Costa Rica, Conservatorio de las Rosas in Mexico and from the Hogeschool Zuyd Conservatorium in Holland, where she got her Master’s degree in viola performance. She has participated in chamber music recitals, symphonic concerts and music festivals in France, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Also, she has been a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Chamber Orchestra of the University of Michoacan, Co-principal of the Michoacan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Mineria in Mexico City, East Texas Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Marcela has a pretty eclectic background that she brings to the table. Besides her training in classical music, she has participated in several groups with various musical styles like rock, theater musicals, celtic, latino, blues. She has recorded for Ruben Blades, and performed with major Latin pop singers. Here in Texas she has performed with Alpha Rev and with the Meridian String Quartet. She currently performs a wide range of repertoire across many different venues.  

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Marcela is a dedicated educator with more than 20 years of experience, specializing in music performance with viola and violin. She began teaching violin and viola when she was 18 years of age at Cartago’s School of Music and the University of Costa Rica. After finishing her music studies, she created her private studio when she arrived in Texas in 2007. She has made a difference with her students through the years: from helping them to improve their playing, to preparing them for auditions, enabling them to join orchestras, ensembles, and even prepare them for being accepted into music programs at major universities. She can proudly say she has ex-students teaching music in various school districts.  Just tell her your music goals and she can get you there!

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


Through her years of experience studying and teaching music to people of all ages, one of the things she feels is most important to accomplish is transmitting the idea that music is the most natural language of human beings. When teaching students how to play an instrument, Marcela always keeps in mind her end vision: students realizing that music is not just about perfecting the technical skills required to play. Instead, it’s about getting to express that which makes us human; our feelings, personalities, hopes and dreams, our realities. And she can help you do that with your favorite music style: whether it is classical music, pop, blues, latin, celtic, etc. Marcela thrives on finding where your ceiling is and challenging that limitation.  She is also bilingual and capable of teaching in Spanish.


Marcela is currently my violin teacher. Her style is encouraging, kind, and serious, with a love for the music. She remembers learning violin as a child and uses all of her experiences to illustrate techniques. I would recommend Marcela to a friend or anyone serious or curious about learning to play a violin.  

Martha D.

She is a very successful teacher… any one would be very lucky to have her! Her style is results-oriented.  Marcela does not waste any time in lessons and is very concise. She is also good at adjusting her style for students that are not quite ready for that sort of intense teaching. As far as strengths go, she is super dependable, patient, kind, hard working, honest, and I could name a lot more.

Drew J.

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Teacher Spotlight: Damien – Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone, Violin Teacher in Lewisville, TX

We are excited to introduce our newest teacher, Damien!
He offers in-home lessons for piano and MUCH MORE in Lewisville, TX, as well as surrounding areas.


Damien was always involved with music from a young age. His college experience began with Loyola University, where he played two diverse instruments (clarinet, violin) in the Band and Orchestra, respectively. Before graduating, he performed as a soloist in both groups on tour as well as winning the Orchestral Concerto Competiton. He later enrolled at UNT, where he performed in the Wind Symphony and the UNT Orchestra, the highest ranked ensembles in their College of Music. Damien received his Master’s in Performance at UNT after winning the Concerto Competition with Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet. He returned to UNT as a doctoral candidate, and again won their Orchestral Competition, this time with Rossini’s Theme and Variations. Through both enrollments, he maintained the principal clarinet position in the UNT Orchestra. His musical involvements are as impressive as they are broad, including the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.

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Damien’s teaching experience spans the past three decades, starting with piano years ago in New Orleans. He taught violin with Saturday Strings New Orleans as well in the late 1990s. Before hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, he developed a band at St. Anthony School, New Orleans, which grew exponentially from his initial year with the school. After leaving New Orleans for North Texas, Damien taught privately, helping students achieve goals such as making Texas All State Band and Texas Region Orchestra. More recently, he has used his talents to build an online clientele, and continues to give online music recitals.

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


By paying attention to their skill and interest level, Damien values making sure the student gets traction with what they’re learning. Never one to waste time, he addresses problems as they occur and really tries to attack the fundamentals of music. His philosophy is that tone is everything. If the tone is solid, then people will definitely want to hear you. He also wants every student to work on music they love to play. Some of the lesson will focus on any popular music or classical music that is on the student’s wish list. Of course the balance is to also work on fundamentals and to relate the wish list to the fundamentals so that maximum learning begins.


Damien is a virtuoso and also a friendly fellow whom I would recommend without question.

Eric N.

A respected colleague, his performances [are] outstanding. Excellent musical training and skills.

Mary C.

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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!

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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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Teacher Spotlight: Daria – Voice, Violin, and Piano Teacher in Frisco, TX

It is our pleasure to introduce Daria, our spectacular piano, voice, and violin teacher in Frisco, TX! Daria offers lessons online and in her Frisco studio.

Daria – Piano, Voice, and Violin

Educational Background
Daria holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from The Manhattan School of Music, the world-renowned music conservatory. She has studied voice with Mignon Dunn and Maitl Peters and accompanying with Kenneth Merrill. She went on to study voice with Lorraine Ernst Sandra Darling and at John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, received her Artist Diploma. Later on she studied voice with David Jones. Additional studies include Musical Theatre from New York University, German Lieder Program from University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Dalcroze Teacher Training Program from the Dalcroze School at Lucy Moses School, Professional Artist Program from Songfest Festival, and Advanced Artist Opera Workshop Program from Daniel Ferro’s Vocal Program.

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Daria's Studio
Daria’s Studio

Teaching Background
As a highly dedicated music teacher with more than 16 years of experience, Daria has taught classical voice, musical theatre, piano, beginner violin, and children/youth/adult choirs in a kindergarten, private schools with public schools’ setting, and a college.

Personality/Teaching Style
Daria is a cheerful and uplifting person who has a caring and a passionate heart. She believes in a flexible manner of instruction, responsive to the unique personality of each student.

Styles & Methods I can Teach
Dalcroze, Alfred, Bastien, Hanon, Suzuki, Concone, Marchesi, Alexander Technique, Stage Combat, Hymns, Classical, Musical Theatre, College/Grad school Audition Preparation, Competition Preparation

What others are saying about Daria:

Ms. Chung is extremely dedicated to the concept of education. She feels a strong sense of responsibility to the students in her classes and she takes their success very personally. She is also exceedingly patient with all students, encourages them and coaxes the very best effort from each and every one. And I think this is the reason that her students love her so much and made such a huge improvement on making their music in such a short period of time. Ms. Chung is clearly one of the best faculty I have worked with in the last 19 years.

Daria is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. She would lead the students patiently step by step to help them make the right sound needed for the piece. She is willing to repeat as many times as possible until the students finally understand the idea. I have seen many students be amazed at the sound they were able to produce after her coaching.

Daria is a very sincere and caring person. She is able to understand and relate to many different people with various environments which must be the reason she was able to successfully teach various students and work in different environments. Also, she has given many performances for charity for the people in need for help.

Special Skills
Daria has given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States of America, Europe and Korea including New York Debut Solo Recital at Weill Recital at Carnegie Hall as an award recipient. She has also appeared in various chamber ensembles as a soloist and operas as main soprano roles.
Daria was a winner of the Artists International Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters Competition and the NATS Artist Awards Competition.

If you choose to learn from Daria, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

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Teacher Spotlight: Felicity – Piano, Voice, and Violin Teacher in Irving, TX

We are so pleased to welcome Felicity to our team of fabulous teachers! Felicity offers in-home music lessons as well as online music lessons.

Educational Background:

Felicity is an English pianist and composer currently based in Texas. She started playing the piano at the age of four and also plays the violin, flute, and organ. She received much of her formative musical training at Mount Kelly, an independent day and boarding school in Tavistock, England. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from The Boston Conservatory and a Master of Education degree from Tennessee State University. Her Master of Education thesis, Ethnic Music in Nashville: A Choral Approach, won the university’s graduate oral presentation award at its Spring 2017 Research Forum For the Arts. She will be beginning the PhD program in Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Dallas in August 2020.

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Teaching Background:

Felicity has been teaching piano for over ten years. Since moving to Texas in 2018 she has taught as a piano, voice, and composition teacher at two local music schools. Two of her students placed in the 2019 TMTA Student Affiliate Original Composition Contest. One student won the Large Ensemble category, and another was awarded third place in the Solo Grades 1-3 category.

Personality/Teaching Style:

For every hour of teaching Felicity will put in more than an hour of preparation work. She is super organized and dedicated to her students. She believes in being supportive and encouraging while pushing students to reach their full potential. In her view, it is important for students’ love of music to grow as their technique grows.

What others are saying about Felicity:

Felicity has been a teacher at my studio for over a year now. She has worked with students ranging in age from 5 years old to high school seniors, and she is a wonderful asset at our studio… Felicity is very organized, always on time and extremely professional. I feel she would be an asset at any teaching institute and highly recommend her.

Jennea, Southlake TX

“During the time that Felicity and I worked together, I found her to be proficient in her craft, dependable in attendance and preparation, flexible when faced with last-minute changes and adaptable when faced with logistical challenges…I highly recommend her for assignments as a teacher”

Charles, Director of Music Ministries at Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Gallatin, TN

Special Skills:

As well as being an experienced teacher, Felicity is a skilled piano accompanist, conductor, and composer. She works as Music Director at Bethany Lutheran Church in Dallas and accompanies choirs and soloists throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She would be more than willing to help students develop their accompanist, conducting, or composition and arranging skills.

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

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Teacher Spotlight: Joseph – Viola and Violin Teacher in Dallas, TX

Meet Joseph – Starlight’s fabulous viola and violin teacher in Dallas, TX.

Educational Background:
Joseph has been studying music since he was 8 years old, and violin since he was 10. He began studying violin on a full scholarship to the Barthelmes Conservatory Pre-College program where he also studied music theory, music history, and chamber music.

At the age of 15 Joseph formed a string quartet with his peers at the Barthelmes Conservatory, which played together for 3 years and performed across the state of Oklahoma, winning several competitions and performing a sold out concert at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

While in high school, Joseph performed with the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra as Concertmaster and with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA with whom he toured the Northeast US and Europe. He is currently a student of Dallas Symphony Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson and Principal Viola Barbara Sudweeks at Southern Methodist University, earning his Bachelors in Violin Performance on a full scholarship.

Teaching Background:
Joseph began teaching in 2014 as an assistant and substitute at the Bart School of Music in Tulsa, OK. He taught violin and viola to students of all ages and abilities. Joseph has led string and music theory seminars at Augustine Christian Academy in Tulsa Oklahoma and continued to teach at The Bart until he moved to Dallas. Coming from a family of teachers, Joseph has seen firsthand the invaluable effect of education on students, no matter their age, and is passionate about helping every student reach their potential.

Personality/Teaching Style:
Engaging every student and their unique abilities and interests is of vital importance to Joseph. His teaching approach is focused on building a strong technical foundation and giving all of his students, no matter their age or skill level, the tools to guide their own learning for the rest of their lives. His lessons are upbeat, and he believes that being relentlessly encouraging is the key to helping students excel. Any student, whatever age, works best when they believe that they are capable of doing amazing things, and Joseph sees it as his prerogative to make sure every student knows they are capable of succeeding.

Special Skills:
While Joseph primarily studies classical music, he was raised learning folk, bluegrass, and swing music by ear, and values ear training and improvisation as much as music reading in his educational approach. He also has experience overcoming overuse injury and will work closely with every student to make sure that their individual instrument setup is as comfortable and easy to play as possible. As a passionate educator, Joseph believes that all education should center on teaching students to learn and ask questions on their own, and that everything learned in a music lesson should be applicable to other aspects of a student’s life and education.

If you would like to have a trial lesson with Joseph, fill out our quick enrollment form. You will be glad you did!

If you are interested in learning another instrument, contact Starlight Music Lessons today! We would be happy to match you with your perfect teacher.

Teacher Spotlight: Trevor – Guitar, Violin, and Voice Teacher in McKinney, TX

Trevor has been engaged in music from a very early age, when he was first enrolled in beginner’s piano lessons at age six. While this training gave him some preliminary skills in reading music and playing very basic scales and children’s pieces, his true, feverous passion for music wasn’t fully ignited until he started taking guitar lessons at around age eight. What swiftly followed was a strong love for most sub-genres of alternative rock that endures to this day, and inspired him even while he was still in elementary to begin to attempt to write his own songs for guitar and vocals.

Between the sixth grade and his senior year in high school, Trevor was further instructed in guitar by Warren McDonald, a widely acclaimed private teacher in Allen, TX who is a graduate of the University of North Texas’ highly renowned, competitive, and skilled College of Music.

Simultaneously, also starting during his time in the sixth grade, Trevor joined the Faubion Middle School orchestra in McKinney, TX, and began private lessons as a violist. These lessons continued with various different instructors all throughout the remainder of middle school, his time as a member of the McKinney High School orchestra, and his time in the Southwestern University String and Wind Ensemble in Georgetown, TX, where he served as the first chair violist during his Junior and Senior years. At the same time, during these final two years of college, Trevor also started viola training with local Austin Symphony Orchestra violist Blake Turner.

In addition to all of this guitar and viola education, Trevor, initially seeking to simply improve his ability to sing rock music, took formal solo vocal lessons between his Sophomore and Senior years of high school with fellow McKinney resident, Luann Ewbank, a regular private teacher for many local choir students. Not only did all of this instruction greatly improve his singing skills and unlock his full tenor range potential (gotta be able to howl for those rock songs!), but Luann also trained Trevor in opera arias. Both of these newly gained skills later allowed Trevor to perform in his university’s highly praised acapella group “Sailors and Sirens” for about a year. 

Trevor is a friendly and easy-going instructor. He desires to foster not only a strong teacher/student relationship, but a friendship that will allow the student to feel comfortable enough to be honest about where they’re currently at with their skills, how much they practiced and how the practice went, ask questions, articulate their ideas, play their best when asked, etc. Having been a music student in some form or another for around fifteen years, Trevor understands frustrating practice can be and wants to balance making sure that the student is genuinely enjoying the lessons and their instrument while also still improving their skills.

Trevor is available to train students in practically any form of pop/rock or folk on guitar, viola/violin and vocals and can teach more classical styles and techniques on viola/violin and vocals.

Trevor attained his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Theory/Composition from Southwestern University, where he spent several years taking courses in music theory, solfege/ear training, music literature, orchestration, music technology, conducting, etc., and studied composition for around two and a half years with Dr. Jason Hoogerhyde and Dr. Michael Mikulka for just over four months. Trevor is a passionate singer/songwriter/composer and is highly qualified to also teach songwriting/music composition to any interested students.