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, Texas before relocating to San Jose, California 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. 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 twelve years of teaching experience, Joanna has been earnestly teaching the Suzuki method for the past seven years. She takes every opportunity to further her development as a teacher, having recently completed the Suzuki Principles in Action course with Richard Mooney as well as a bow technique enrichment course and Violin Units 7-10 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. Now that Joanna has completed teacher training for all violin units, she hopes to start working toward a Level 1 Certificate of Achievement.

Joanna teaches her private students at her home studio in Almaden Valley and collaborates with teachers of the Bay Area Suzuki School of Music. Available lesson times are extremely limited; please feel free to inquire by email.