Mary Vanorny

Violin Teacher, Parent

Mary Vanorny

SAA Member


Eagan, MN
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Developing skills and setting yourself up with a strong foundation will determine your sound on any instrument, and lessons are a great place to get started! I teach the five priorities outlined in Edward Kreitman’s book (Teaching from the Balance Point) to playing the violin/fiddle—posture, tone, intonation, musicianship, and learning new repertoire. The level of importance you place on each of these will determine your sound as a player, and we will spend time developing each of these in your lessons.

Suzuki Violin: Mary is a trained Suzuki Violin teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience, and offers private lessons. The Suzuki Method (developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki) teaches music skills in an immersive way, much like you would learn a language. The idea is that a student hears the ‘language’, and begins to ’speak’ it while developing skills that support it. ​​

Irish Fiddle: Mary has developed a unique approach that mirrors the skills and techniques introduced in the Suzuki Method with a special focus on skills needed for Irish fiddling.  Like the Suzuki Method, music is taught in an immersive way, and there is a heavy emphasis on learning music by ear.