Olivia Steiger Heston

Violin Teacher

Olivia Steiger Heston

SAA Member


Pea Ridge, AR
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Personal experience and educational opportunities inspires Olivia’s passion to share her love of music, learning and character through violin. As a child, Olivia loved learning violin in a small Suzuki program and playing in youth orchestras. She then studied at Trinity University in San Antonio Texas where she completed a Bachelor of Arts major in Music, performing in the university orchestra in addition to majoring in Mandarin Chinese language.

Combining music and language through a liberal arts education instilled in Olivia the importance of music in culture and music’s role in forming identity. This inspired her to study music through a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and do course work in the Ethnomusicology PhD program. There she researched and wrote about classical orchestral music and identity in modernizing China and learned to play the violin’s Chinese cousin, the erhu, as a solo instrument and in a traditional Chinese music ensemble. Since then, Olivia has lived and taught violin in both Honolulu Hawaii and Chiang Mai Thailand where she regularly expands her understanding of music and identity and loves to perform with local ensembles. She is committed to being a lifelong learner and to that end is so far a registered Suzuki teacher in book 1-4. 

Education Philosophy:

·      Anyone can learn with a nurturing environment
·      Music and language teaching can benefit from key similarities (such as speaking before reading, continual review and consistent practice)
·      For young students especially, the parent, teacher and child work together as a team
·      Peers foster learning and excitement team
·     Listening is paramount to music
·      Small achievable steps build momentum towards great success

Now accepting students of all ages and levels in English or Mandarin (普通话). Located in Hawaii Kai, east Oahu (with potential for select teaching times in town). Lessons are online when circumstances merit.