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Private Music Lessons - Learn to play Violin or Viola.

With viola performance and teacher certification degrees from The University of Washington, I have worked in public and private schools in the US, India, and Sweden for 20 years, creating community and empowering people with music.
I have taught music lessons at all levels, but I am especially talented at helping beginner or intermediate students to master their skills of holding the instrument in such a way as to play without pain and therefore get a more beautiful sound out of the instrument. I have taught ages 5-adult and at one time has a private lessons studio in the US of 50 students per year.

While I was living in the Seattle area, my orchestra programs were recognized as among the top in Washington state. I was invited to judge solo and ensemble competitions in the area and be a guest teacher with other prominent orchestras. I had many students win regional competitions and perform in Washington All-State Orchestra and All-Northwest orchestras. I sing, write and arrange music that has been performed for school events, culture festivals, regional church conference, and the 2013 USA national church conference for Community of Christ.

My article on reconciliation through mediation was published in The Herald Magazine in 2006 and I have been featured on multiple podcasts as a fertility coach who uses music in a therapeutic way.

I moved from the US to Sweden in 2015, and live with my Swedish husband and we now have a 3-year-old son. We enjoy sharing our love of jazz and classical music and dancing lindy hop and balboa.

Extra information

If you are taking lessons in person, I will provide my exact address when you book a time with me. I am about a 5-minute walk from the Farsta Strand station.


At teacher's location: Farsta strand, Stockholm, Sweden
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General info



Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)

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60 minutes

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About Me

I am someone who doesn't talk about building student confidence, I help students gain confidence through doing things in a step by step method where one skill builds on the next. And in the process, they keep getting better and better at playing. This creates confidence in their playing.

I love to work with beginners and I also have the playing skills to teach even the most advanced students. I will meet students where they are and take them to the next level. I will always greet students warmly regardless of if they have had a chance to practice this week or not, I work from a place of inspiration, not intimidation.

So, whether you are wanting to play classical music or jazz or anything in between. I can help you get there! I prefer students to be age 7 or older for the way I like to teach violin and viola. And I welcome adults at all skill levels.


I have a Bachelors Degree in Viola Performance from the University of Washington, Seattle US
I also hold a K-12 Washington State Teacher Certification for Instrumental and Choral Music

Experience / Qualifications

Business Owner, Jan. 1992 to July 2015 (And now in Sweden since 2018)
Epic Arts – Bainbridge Island & Silverdale, WA USA
Taught private lessons, group classes for viola, violin, cello, bass, piano, swing dance; ages 6-75
Marketed business through flyers, teaching demonstrations, networking events
Provided three student recitals per year
Increased number of students taking private lessons from 4 to 50 per year
Focused instruction on basic skills of performance; bow, instrument hold, posture
Adapted teaching style to many types of students, including those with learning disabilities
Guest Clinician for retreats, workshops, school ensembles, competitions

General Music Teacher, Aug. 2015 to June 2018
Internationella Engelska Skolan -Liljeholmen, Sweden
Provide music instruction for grades 4-6, focused on playing piano & guitar
Lead students in singing, preparing for choir performances
Accompany students for performances
Mentor students and encourage them to succeed
Started a swing dance club for students

Orchestra Teacher, Aug. 2013 to May 2014
Kodaikanal International School – Tamil Nadu, India
Collaborated with other teachers to create innovative programs, joint concerts
Performed for faculty recitals, church services, school events
Taught private lessons on violin, viola, cello, bass to all orchestra students, grades 5-12
Toured with high school music groups
Started swing dance club for staff
Successfully prepare students for ABRSM music exams, school recitals, concerts

Orchestra & Choir Teacher, Sept. 1998 to June 2012
Central Kitsap School District – Silverdale, WA USA
Organized music files, kept records of students, maintained constant communication with parents
Prepared, coached, took students to state music competitions
Created, conducted music retreats for students emphasizing teamwork, higher levels of performance
Taught, performed many styles, including classical, fiddling, jazz, the music of many cultures
Started district high school orchestra program; received highest ratings at large group contest each year
Expanded junior high orchestra to multiple classes
Increased enrollment in elementary music programs

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Availability of a typical week

7          Friday at 7:00    
8    Tuesday at 8:00      Friday at 8:00    
9    Tuesday at 9:00      Friday at 9:00    
10    Tuesday at 10:00      Friday at 10:00    
11    Tuesday at 11:00      Friday at 11:00    
13    Tuesday at 13:00    Thursday at 13:00  Friday at 13:00    
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