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.

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.

Click here if you have questions and would like to talk to us about scheduling a trial lesson with Daria. 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!

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

We are so pleased to welcome Felicity to our team of fabulous teachers!

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.

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! Contact us today and ask about Felicity. You will NOT be disappointed! Felicity also teaches in Southlake, Dallas, and Lewisville.

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: Sidney – Violin and Piano Teacher in Midlothian

We are so pleased to introduce Sidney, our talented violin and piano teacher in Midlothian , TX!

Educational Background:

Sidney began her musical career at the age of six when she first started learning to play the violin. In the following years, she joined various youth orchestras, participated annually in summer music camps, and learned to play the piano. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX and studied Music Performance at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.

Teaching Background:

Although Sidney has only been teaching music lessons since early 2017, she is very passionate about working with children and is excited to combine her love of music and teaching. She has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.

Personality/Teaching Style:

Sidney’s goal is to spread her love of music to her students. She knows that students will learn and perform best when they are actively engaged and interested in what they are learning. As a result, she strives to teach each student according to their interests, while still providing them a solid fundamental education.

Special Skills:

Sidney loves teaching music to students of all ages and abilities. She is also very successful at teaching mathematics and music theory. She is very active in her local church where she teaches children’s classes and accompanies hymns during the services.

Sidney is a wonderful teacher. If you choose to have her come to your home for violin or piano lessons, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

Click here to contact us about scheduling a trial lesson with Sidney. If you live in another city 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!

Instruments for Beginners

Choosing the right instrument for beginners is important. It’s crucial to provide a suitable instrument for beginners to help them enjoy playing music and hone their potentials.

While music education is valuable regardless of the instrument your child plays, there is one instrument that tops the list when it comes to education, direct and indirect benefits, and versitility: that is the piano.

Learning Benefits
 The piano is traditionally considered the best instrument to start on, due to its visual nature. There are a lot of musical concepts that will be easily understood looking at a piano, but are extremely difficult to understand on any other instrument. Ideas like pitch fluctuations, staff reading, half steps, whole steps, octaves, scales, sharps, flats (and more)  are much easily understood on the piano.

Cost Benefits
The piano is one of the most versatile instruments that children will love to play. While a traditional, acqoustic piano is ideal, students can also learn on a well-designed keyboard when first starting out. This makes your “start up” costs lower, giving you time to try out learning your instrument before purchasing something more expensive.

Availability Benefits
Since piano lessons are popular, it’s easier to find piano teachers and piano studios in your area.

Versitility Benefits
While learning the piano, students can explore endless musical styles. The piano is usable to play almost any musical style, unlike other instruments. So while your child is learning the piano, he or she can explore styles until they find their niche.

Improves Future Learning
Since the piano provides the best way to learn basic musical concepts, the student can then take what they have learned and easily apply it towards learning another instrument, like guitar lessons or voice lessons. This strong musical background will help the student pick up any other instrument much quicker than they would otherwise.