Michelle Mastin

Viola, Violin Teacher

SAA Member


Yellow Springs, OH
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Michelle Mastin holds a BM from CCM, Masters from the Eastman School of Music, and a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While at CCM, Michelle was a student of Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catherine Carroll, a student of George Taylor at Eastman, and worked with Jodi Levitz at SFCM. She spent three summers at the Aspen Music festival in Colorado and one summer in Lucca, Italy at the Opera Theatre and Chamber Music festival.

Michelle has been an active performer on both viola and violin working with orchestras such as the Rochester Philharmonic, the Erie Philharmonic, the Santa Cruz Symphony, the California Pops Orchestra, and the Yellow Springs Chamber Orchestra. She also enjoys chamber music and spent two years working with the Eastman Chamber Society and the Resonance Jazz Ensemble.

She started teaching with her school’s mentoring program in middle school, and has enjoyed passing on the joy of music ever since. Upon finishing her Masters, she went to work as the strings teacher for the Rochester Christian School, working with children ages 6-14 privately, and in group classes. While in Rochester, she also taught for the Music Lover’s School of Music, as well as the Rochester Center for Redeeming the Arts. In San Francisco, she maintained a full private studio in addition to teaching group violin and string orchestra classes with Harmony Project Bay Area. Now in Yellow Springs, she is primarily focusing on homeschooling her own kids, but is open to beginners or transfer students on either violin or viola, and especially enjoys welcoming violinists to the dark side (violin to viola switchers).

Michelle believes strongly in Suzuki’s philosophy that anyone can learn anything with patience, love, and the right tools. Her teacher trainers include Cathy Lee, Rodger Stieg, and Allen Lieb. She has started beginners from age 3 to adult and especially enjoys the seeing the joy when people find they can do things they would have never thought they were capable of.