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String Teachers: Annapolis Area, Eastern Shore, DMV

Annapolis Bows & Violins does not

guarantee availability or speak on

behalf of any teacher’s policies or rates.  

Teachers, please email contact@annapolisviolins.com 

to be added to this list!

Kat Dillon
Violin/Fiddle

Location: Pasadena, MD

Ages: all

Info: Teaching is my passion, and I believe that everyone has music in them that wants to be discovered. After over 20 years of performing with all genres of groups - from Symphonies to a Celtic Rock band - I have a very eclectic background that I can pull from to help you learn the violin. I tailor each lesson and program for each student and their musical preferences. I specialize in Celtic, Bluegrass, and Pop/Rock, but still implement the fundamentals from classical music to teach the proper techniques. I am available for in-person and online lessons. More information can be found on my website: www.stringsandthingsstudios.com 

Contact: katdillonmusician@gmail.com

Dana Bevard
Violin

Location: Edgewater, MD

Ages: All

Info: Dana Bevard holds a Bachelor's degree from University of Maryland and a Masters degree from Florida State University in Violin Performance. She performs with Annapolis Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and York Symphony Orchestra. In addition to using the Suzuki method, she enjoys exposing her students to a variety of different types of music including music by women and people of color. 

Contact: dlb.violin@gmail.com

Alessandra Leupold Violin

Location: Annapolis, MD

Ages: 4 - 18

Info: The Animato Suzuki Violin Program, LLC is a Suzuki-based violin studio for children ages 4 and up.  This violin program offers a combination of lessons, group classes, parent education sessions, and many performance opportunities.  My main goal as director and teacher is to build a strong musical community where students are encouraged to grow as skilled musicians as well as kind people. Please visit www.animatosuzuki.com for more information.

Contact: schneider.alessandra@gmail.com

Nikki Johnson
Violin

Location: Odenton, MD 

Ages: All 

Info: I absolutely love to teach music to others to help them develop their own passion for music.  I have been teaching private violin and beginner piano lessons for about 15 years and in that time I have been blessed to watch my students grow both as individuals and as musicians.  I hold a degree in Violin Performance from Towson University.

Contact: nrph.johnson@gmail.com

Katelyn Lyons Peaden
Violin/Viola

Location: Prince Frederick, Maryland

Ages: Age 4 - Adult

Info: Katelyn Lyons Peaden is an avid performer in the Washington D.C. area and is Suzuki certified from Pre-Twinkle through Book 10. Katelyn has been the Principal 2nd Violinist of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Concertmaster of the Paragon Philharmonia, and a Non-rotating 1st Violinist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She loves to share her vast orchestral and solo performance experience with her students. Katelyn has been teaching for 12 years, and has experience teaching students of all ages. Please visit www.klyonspeadenviolin.com for more information.

Contact: katelynlyons.violin@gmail.com

Dr. Paul Bagley
Violin/Viola

Location: Arnold, MD

Ages: All 

Info: Violin/viola faculty at AACC and Broadneck HS, concertmaster of Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra and Londontowne Symphony. Flexible teaching style to match student's personality, learning style, and goals from casual to music career. Suzuki certified through violin book 3.

Contact: pbagley.violin@gmail.com

Sara Schneider
Violin

Location: Crownsville, MD

Ages: 5-18

Info: Sara Schneider holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Eastman School of Music and a Master’s Degree from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Violin Performance. She performs with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, along with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other ensembles. Her students are continuously awarded concertmaster and other top seats in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras.  

Contact:  saraschneider4@gmail.com

Ginger Hildebrand
Guitar, Violin, Fiddle, and Hammered Dulcimer

Location: Severna Park, MD

Ages: 5-95

Info: Specialties in Classical Guitar and Celtic Music, but fluent in all styles. Masters Degree from Peabody Conservatory. Touring Concert Artist for decades. On the adjunct faculty at AACC, Severn School and Key School.

Contact: gingerhildebrand@aol.com

Sarah Larsen
Violin/Viola

Location: Annapolis, MD

Ages: All

Style: Classical/Fiddle

Contact: sarahlarsenmusic@gmail.com

Dr. Kimia Hesabi
Viola/Violin

Location: College Park (online and in home studio)

Ages: All

Contact: kimia.hesabi.am@gmail.com

Gale Shehan
Violin/Viola/Cello

Location: Easton, MD 

Ages: 6-80

Info: I have a Bachelors of Music from the University of Ottawa, in Ontario, Canada and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I have had extensive training in the Suzuki Method, post graduation,  but use other methods depending on the student.

Contact: hgshehan@gmail.com

Jila Jafari
Cello

Location: Annapolis, MD

Levels: Beginner - Intermediate (limited spots available)

Info: 

-Graduate of Tehran Conservatory of Music

-Graduate of London Trinity College of Music

-Former cello member of Tehran Symphony Orchestra

- 30+ years of experience in teaching music (Cello, Sight reading, Ear training)

Contact:  jilashahin@yahoo.com

Amy Smith
Cello

Location: Bowie, MD

Ages: 8+ 

Contact: stennett60@gmail.com

Dr. Dan Shomper
Cello

Location: Arnold, MD

Ages: All

Contact: danshomper@me.com

Dr. Nicole Boguslaw
Cello

Location: Baltimore, MD

Ages: All

Contact: NJBoguslaw@gmail.com

Kristin Bakkegard
Violin

Location: Arnold, MD

Ages: age 5 and up

Info: Kristin is on faculty at Annapolis Symphony Academy and Broadneck HS, and performs as Associate Principal 2nd Violin with Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She teaches using a combination of Suzuki and traditional books/techniques, and is Suzuki certified through violin book 3.

Contact: kristin.bakkegard@gmail.com

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