Mr. Robert W. Cole

Violin Teacher

SAA Member


Vienna, VA
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  • Professional Credentials for Robert W. Cole:
    • Education: early training with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, undergraduate and graduate degrees with distinction from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, postgraduate study with Carroll Glenn, Robert Gerle and William Steck. Suzuki pedagogy classes with Shinichi Suzuki, John Kendall (before SAA invented “Units”) , Anastasia Jempelis, Niccole diCecco, and Rebecca Sandrock
    • Teacher of instrumental music in public schools (K-12) for two years before military service in US Army Orchestra / Strolling Strings.
    • Experience teaching privately for 50 years. Many students go to top conservatories and have careers in music. Many more enjoy music as a unique and powerful language. I have maintained a continuous full-time Suzuki program in Northern Virginia since 1978. I have also taught some of my professional colleagues.
    • Chairman of the String Division of the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area for many years. Former board member and scholarship fund raising chairman of the Association.
    • Performing experience with the Rochester Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, U.S. Army Strings (7 years of performing at the White House for state dinners and diplomatic receptions), Lydian Chamber Players, many public recitals, and chamber performances (some broadcast nationally), freelancing with groups, including the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Chamber Orchestra, regular volunteer church soloist almost every Sunday for ten years. I have given six benefit recitals for the scholarship fund of the Suzuki Association.
    • As the result of a left arm injury, which interrupted my performing career for several years, I learned to play the violin left-handed and performed in that format. This gives me great insight into the learning process ie: how long different techniques take to learn and the order in which they should be taught. Dealing with some neurological damage in my left arm has led me to develop more efficient and effective techniques involving principles of balance, posture, motion, and relaxation. I have lectured on these playing techniques and they are becoming popular with other serious performers and teachers.
    • My approach to teaching fully utilizes Suzuki’s Talent Education principles: a program of playful interaction, listening, ear training, solo and ensemble performance including individual, group and performance opportunities along with an enriched home environment for developing ability and, as Suzuki puts it, a “beautiful heart.”
    • While I am able and happy to develop professionals, my main purpose is to establish a deep personal link between the student, great composers, classmates, and family by sharing quality music played expressively in the context of friendship.
      • I am accepting students at my studio, 8505 Tysons, Ct., Vienna VA 22182