Mrs. Lisa M. Deakins

Violin Teacher

Lisa Deakins

SAA Member


Mount Pleasant, SC
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Lisa Manning Deakins is a violinist, fiddler, and registered Suzuki violin teacher living in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She began playing the violin with the Suzuki method as a young child and is a versatile musician who enjoys performing and teaching across the United States. Her music has taken her to renowned stages including the Grand Ole Opry, the Crook & Chase television show, and Song of the Mountains.

Lisa’s love for music began at the age of four when she started Suzuki violin lessons with Carole Shoaf in Burlington, NC. She continued her music education at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music Performance. Lisa also holds a Master of Music degree in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy and Music Education from East Carolina University.

While living in Nashville, Lisa worked professionally as a fiddle player and background vocalist for country music artists Pam Tillis and Whisperin’ Bill Anderson. She has appeared in venues throughout the United States and Canada, including frequent performances on the Grand Ole Opry. She has also performed with Charlie Daniels, Bobby Osborne, Chris Young, Little Jimmy Dickens, Marty Raybon, Jamey Johnson, Jan Howard, and The Daughters of Bluegrass. Additionally, while living in Charleston, South Carolina, Lisa founded the Gravel Road Acoustic Trio, whose unique arrangement of “Wagon Wheel” inspired country singer Darius Rucker to record the chart-topping hit.

Lisa’s fiddle recordings include “Double Fiddle Time,” released in 2004, “Gravel Road,” released in 2007, and “Where We Belong,” released in 2011. She can also be heard on the Daughters of Bluegrass CD titled “Bluegrass Bouquet,” for which she received an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for “Recorded Event of the Year.”

Lisa is registered in the Suzuki Violin Method of teaching and is the owner of
Deakins Suzuki Strings. She enjoys teaching children of all ages in her home studio in Mount Pleasant, where they participate in both private lessons and group lessons. Lisa is also a frequent guest clinician for fiddle and violin at Suzuki institutes and workshops across the country, and you may have also seen her articles published in the American Suzuki Journal.

Lisa’s students also study alternative fiddling styles as well as classical playing. She has compiled, arranged, and edited a music book for Suzuki students called “Fiddlin’ Favorites” that she uses in her lessons in addition to the Suzuki repertoire. More information on this book can be found by clicking here.

When Lisa is not teaching private lessons or group classes, she is performing regularly in bluegrass groups, country bands, and classical ensembles throughout the southeast.

Click here to go to Lisa’s website.