Michelle Mastin

Viola, Violin Teacher

SAA Member


Yellow Springs, OH
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I currently offer private lessons in Yellow Springs.

I work with students of all ages and levels and specialize in young beginners, 6 and under, and violin to viola switchers. Transfer students may be accepted with audition.

I have found, through my own homeschooling journey, that the Suzuki method matches well with the (neo)classical philosophy of education. We are joining in the great musical conversation by immersion learning the language of the great composers in the western art music tradition. The Suzuki course, from the early exercises in the first book to the post-grad levels recognized past book 10, matches the ages/stages approach of grammar, logic, and rhetoric levels of instruction as students move from foundational units, to larger connections, to deeper expression. 

In my private studio, I have worked with students from just before their third birthday to adults, taking students from the very beginning to graduating seniors past book 10 and every stage in between. 

I love Suzuki’s philosophy and his belief that all children are capable of learning—that musical ability is not inborn but can be trained in any child. I have attended summer institutes in Columbus, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and Stanford. My teacher trainers include Cathy Lee, Allan Lieb, Roger Steig, and Elizabeth Stuen-Walker.

In Daly City, I had the opportunity to work with the wonderful program Harmony Project Bay Area, an El-Sistema inspired program providing instrumental classes and ensembles to underserved students in the San Francisco Bay Area. I taught group and private violin classes as well as conducted elementary and middle school level string orchestra.