Mr. Drew Robertson

Violin, Viola, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher, Administrator

Drew Robertson

SAA Member

Contact

Manassas Park, VA
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drewrobertsonmusic@gmail.com

Drew Robertson is an experienced performer, teacher, and life-long learner. He owns and operates the Drew Robertson Music Studio in Manassas Park, Virginia, an intensive, exciting, and holistic music school. His approach in teaching balances technical achievement, musical knowledge, artistic creativity, and noble character. Drew works with children and teens ages 2-18 and strongly believes the Suzuki approach to violin pedagogy prepares students for great success in both musical and lifelong pursuits.

Drew began teaching in high school, with a conducting assistantship with the school’s intermediate orchestra and a small studio of private students. While studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Drew worked with the preparatory orchestras and Sato Center for Suzuki Studies. As a graduate student, he studied music therapy at Nazareth College and music performance and theory through the Eastman School of Music. He directed the orchestra programs at McQuaid Jesuit High School and The Harley School and taught at the Kanack School of Music before moving the Northern Virginia to open his own music studio.

Drew is committed to lifelong learning, both at the beginner and advanced levels. He studied Suzuki Book 1 with Nancy Lokken, Ronda Cole, and Edward Kreitman and has pursued numerous supplemental courses and hundreds of hours of observation learning to start students correctly. As a strong believer in holistic music education, Drew draws on his music therapy background and training in Guided Imagery in Music, Alexander Technique, and Paul Roland methods to enable students to become successful with their instruments and avoid playing injuries. To support advancing students and young artists, Drew has pursued practicum courses and individual instruction with Tom Wermuth at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Ithaca Suzuki Institute. He has participated and presented in several ASTA conferences, and his students has performed for masterclasses and the National Orchestral Festival. Drew has participated in the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard since 2015 and is committed to guiding young artists to success in competitions and college auditions. Graduates of Drew’s studio have gone to study music at schools such as Oberlin College, Brown University, Ithaca College, George Mason University, and Harvard.

Drew’s studio is a beautiful and inviting space, with a thriving and supportive Suzuki parent and student community. In addition to individual lessons, the studio offers courses in Music Theory, Music History, fiddling, improvisation, and chamber music. As a performing teacher, Drew Robertson performs regularly on both violin and viola in orchestral, chamber music, and solo settings.

To read about Drew Robertson’s training, performing, and teaching experience, please visit http://www.drewrobertsonmusic.com/bio/