Ms. Tina Oyer Ponce

Violin, Viola, Cello, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Tina Oyer Ponce

SAA Member


New Hartford, NY
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Tina Oyer Ponce

Studied violin with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan for several years. Graduated from Talent Education Research Institute and taught in France before returning to the USA. Dedicated string instrument instructor with more than 20 years of successful advising, mentoring, and tutoring students to excel in various prestigious musical settings and within all ability levels. Fosters positive relationships with students and parents alike.

Tina’s Violin Studio - New Hartford, NY

Teaches several students from various school districts, preparing musicians for NYSSMA solo competitions and to secure prominent roles in Oneida County, All-County and Area-All State Orchestras.

Previous Suzuki Teaching Experience:

Public School Elementary-High School Lessons and Orchestras Upstate, New York
School for Strings, Summer Institute New York, New York
Institut Musicale Suzuki a Paris - Paris, France
Institut Suzuki d’Education du Talent a Aix-en-Provence - Aix-en-Provence, France
Ecole de musique Suzuki de Marseille—Marseille, France
Summer Institute Guéret, France
Suzuki Violin Studio Fredonia, New York


  • Master of Science : Liberal Studies
  • Utica College - Utica, NY

  • Suzuki Violin Instructor : Suzuki Violin Method

  • Talent Education Research Institute - Matsumoto, Japan
  • Graduate Research Degree: Music Education
  • Aichi University of Education - Nagoya, Japan

  • Bachelor of Music : Music Education

  • State University of New York College at Fredonia - Fredonia, NY


  • Earned Japanese Government Scholarship
  • Fluent in French and Japanese
  • Handpicked by Japanese Suzuki Violin Method Master teacher Ms. Toshiko Hasegawa to teach Suzuki violin to Japanese speaking children in Paris, France.
  • Selected to serve as co-conductor and had various students picked to play with Utica Symphony.
  • Active musician, frequently performing with classical guitarist, White Dove Duo