Aaron M. Jacobs

Violin, Viola Teacher

Aaron Jacobs

SAA Member

Aaron Jacobs’ teaching blends influences from the works of Shin’ichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Mimi Zweig, Ivan Galamian, and traditional methods. With nineteen years of teaching experience among all age and ability levels, he has taught at universities, academies, music schools, and summer camps throughout Ohio, Maine, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Currently, he mentors a full studio of 30+ violinists and violists, and a staff of 15+ graduate and post-doctoral instructors through the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he founded the Illinois String Academy (https://music.illinois.edu/illinois-string-academy) as part of the School of Music’s public engagement offerings. At UIUC he is also Co-Director of The Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop for professional musicians and teachers, and Director of “Young Strings on the Move!” – The Paul Rolland String Camp, for children ages 5-12. At Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, Aaron is on the faculty in violin and string pedagogy for University string majors. He also created a violin program for Danville, IL school district 118, which offers violin instruction to nearly 200 first and second grade students at two elementary schools in Danville, IL. Aaron’s private students consistently win top honors and receive numerous performance awards each year, including solo concerto performances with orchestras as well as admission and scholarship offers to prestigious collegiate music institutions.

As a performer, Aaron is in high demand as a soloist and chamber and orchestra musician throughout Illinois. During the past seven years he has performed as concertmaster or principal second violin for eleven different orchestras in Central Illinois. As an active chamber and solo recitalist, Aaron has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and has been the featured soloist for orchestras in Ohio and Illinois. He has also been the recipient of several honors and awards, and a prizewinner at international competitions. In duo with his wife and pianist, Tatiana Shustova, performances of recent years have ranged from concert halls in the Midwest and East Coast to Italy and Russia. Tatiana and Aaron currently reside in Urbana, IL, with their two sons, Pavel and Mikhail.

A personal note: I should say that I am not a “Suzuki Teacher” in the sense that I have completed extensive training or certification through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In fact, I have only completed the Every Child Can course as well as Unit 1. My experience with Shin’ichi Suzuki’s work and educational philosophy, however, is deep and dear to my heart, and I offer a compatible approach. I choose not to complete further training for personal reasons, though I hold great respect for the SAA.

BM: Music Education; Bowling Green State University, Ohio
MM: Violin Performance and String Pedagogy; Northwestern University
DMA: Violin Performance; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
* Primary pedagogy training with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University, with Stacia Spencer at the Northwestern University Music Academy, and with Darcy Drexler at the String Academy of Wisconsin.
* 19 years experience in private studio and group class instruction.