Shelley Armer

Violin, Viola Teacher

Shelley Armer

SAA Member


Knoxville, TN
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I believe that music brings joy and enriches our lives.

I teach with the basic premise that anyone can learn to play the violin or viola.

I love working with children, and will bring enthusiasm and my kindest self to each lesson.

It is my goal to help each student develop a musical voice individual to them.

I live in a world of music, and invite you to join me.


I am an avid and active chamber, orchestral and new music performer in our East Tennessee region. I have performed with the Knoxville Symphony, the Oak Ridge Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, the Johnson City Symphony, and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

I began my music studies at the age of nine in a Suzuki studio and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a Master in Music in Viola Performance from the University of Tennessee. As a graduate student in Knoxville I was the Teaching Assistant for Viola Professor Hillary Herndon. I have experience teaching beginners through advanced players, from early childhood to adults. I spent the summer of 2016 teaching beginning violin to children in Moshi, Tanzania as a volunteer with the Daraja Music Initiative and the summer of 2017 as a Fellow at the Dali International Quartet Festival where I performed and coached chamber music. I use a mixed pedagogical approach of The Suzuki Method, Mimi Zweig’s Pedagogy and Paul Rolland’s School of teaching.