Joanna (Cheung) Tsay

Violin Teacher

Joanna (Cheung) Tsay

SAA Member


San Jose, CA
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Joanna (Cheung) Tsay started her career as a Suzuki violin teacher in her native city of Houston, TX before relocating to San Jose, CA in the fall of 2013.

As the daughter of a Suzuki piano teacher, Joanna began lessons with her mother at age 3 and started learning the violin at age 5 with Judy Offman, now her mentor and the teacher she most closely follows. Joanna had the privilege of studying with world-renowned violinist and teacher Fredell Lack at the University of Houston for her bachelor’s degree in violin performance.

With over ten years of teaching experience, Joanna has been earnestly teaching the Suzuki method for the past five years. She enjoys every opportunity to further her development as a teacher, having recently completed the Suzuki Principles in Action course with Richard Mooney and a bow technique enrichment course as well as Violin Unit 7 with Cathryn Lee. Joanna has also completed Unit 1 of Music Mind Games, a curriculum that helps make music theory fun and approachable for students.

Joanna teaches her private students at her home studio in Almaden Valley and co-teaches group classes with Marguerite Jayasimha at the Bay Area Suzuki School of Music in Mountain View. Attendance in both private and group lessons is mandatory. As of December 2016, available lesson times are extremely limited; please feel free to inquire by email.