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45-min violin or viola lesson


65 per session - Virtual OK

Whether you are a complete beginner or just looking to get back into playing your violin after some time away, I will help you design a practice routine to get your skills up. Assessment and exercises in bow hold, posture, ear training, repertoire, general musicianship and improvisation can all be provided depending on your unique needs. My background is in classical music, and I am a certified Suzuki violin and viola instructor, so I draw a lot from that. However, I am also keenly interested in how the violin can find a home in other modalities, and am willing to explore this with each student. If you come to my music studio, I can also tune and examine your instrument. Don't have one? Feel free to ask me about rentals.
Available to teach in-person (ideal). Skype lessons may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Training & Qualifications

I am a certified suzuki violin and viola teacher, and a professional musician and singer with a degree in psychology and music. I began studying viola at the age of four as a Suzuki student and continued my studies through university under the tutelage of then-symphony violinist Aaron Au. I also completed training in Suzuki violin and viola instruction in 2012 and have been teaching ever since. Out of the teaching studio I have over 20 years of performance experience singing in choirs and playing in various classical, roots & jazz ensembles, as well as a background in West African drumming & music. Though my roots are in classical music I have a keen interest in contemporary and folk music from around the world.

Availability & Preferences

Weekdays, Evenings

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Maren

Anita received session of 45-min violin or viola lesson from Maren
Nov 19, 2017
Maren was super friendly and professional. When my babysitter fell through she was pleasantly flexible doing her best to make sure I was still getting... my lesson even if not at the time we initially planned. She was patient and motivating and took her time ensuring I had a good grasp of the basics, moving on only after I had a strong hold of the lesson she was providing. Her teaching was easily understandable and her personality and environment was warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend doing business with Maren. You will not be disappointed! Well worth more than 5 stars!show more
Émelyne received unit of 45-minute singing lesson from Maren
Jan 12, 2018
Very thorough and patient, with lots of helpful tips!
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Aug 03, 2017
Maren is a nice and friendly person. It was a pleasure sharing my knowledge with her.
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Aug 02, 2017
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Jul 18, 2017
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Jul 15, 2017
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About Maren Elliott

Maren Elliott is an Edmonton-based visual artist and musician. Her creative practice encompasses her training and interest in multiple disciplines, including visual and installation art, dance, sound, classical music, cultural studies, sociology and psychology. Maren’s process and finished pieces reflect the passion for creative arts, human connection, and social justice that she has carried with her since early childhood. Maren’s formal arts training began with classical music: she began playing viola at the age of four, and continued her learning on this instrument through her university studies, under the tutelage of Aaron Au. Her training in the visual arts began through the completion of an International Baccalaureate Certificate in Higher Level Fine Arts. After high school, Maren went on to earn a B.A. in Psychology and Music from the University of Alberta, during which time she expanded the scope of her artistic practice through course-work and self-study. Maren has found a bridge between her passions for arts, and the human and social sciences through her work with local art therapy groups. Maren’s current body of work is informed by her diverse background and training: her visual work often includes three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional plane, and much of her work features mixed media, and the inclusion of interactive elements requiring human participation. In addition to her current studio arts work, Maren is a Suzuki violin and viola teacher. show more

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