Carrie Caruso Music, LLC

Carrie Caruso Music, LLC

5.0 (2)
25 years in business

About this pro

My approach to teaching is that not all students learn the same, therefore, I find creative ways to make learning music fun and always a positive atmosphere. 

I love that I bring the joy of music into others lives through both performing and teaching.

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Gilbert, AZ 85233
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  • Christina Rocks

    I can not speak more highly of Carrie Caruso as a private lessons instructor. Not only is Carrie an incredibly skilled musician, but she is able to strongly connect with students, expanding their strengths in order to reach and exceed their musical goals. Not only is she adept at helping her students improve their practice habits and performance, but she also brings a levity and engaging element of fun to all of her lessons. I studied with Carrie on the recommendation of my school orchestra teacher to study privately in addition to classroom instruction. Carrie’s expertise, candor, humor, and strategy elevated my playing to a new level. While working with Carrie I was able to consistently achieve first or second chair in my orchestra as well as be placed in the top orchestra of my high school and qualify for Regionals each year. Working with her not only helped me advance in my playing, but also cemented my life long love of music. -Christina Rocks, Director of Fund Development for Compass Housing Alliance

  • Kim Nguyen

    My son, Luke is 11 years old and loves his lessons with Ms. Carrie Caruso. He has been making a lot of progress with his violin pieces since he’s been taking lessons with Ms. Carrie. Ms. Carrie really makes every private lesson fun. My son always looks forward to having his violin lessons every week. As a parent, we like the way she interacts with my son, sometimes taking his lead and digressing and the other times gently guiding him back to the current topic. We appreciated for her obvious enthusiasm for the music and teaching. Ms. Carrie is patient and flexible to alter the lesson to meet students’ needs. We are very grateful for all she has taught Luke. -The Nguyen Family

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Learning an instrument is like building a house. The very foundation is paramount. I begin with how to hold the instrument propertly and various techniques to ensure healthy beginnings to avoid injury in the future. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I began violin at age 9 through the public school system in the Detroit area. I studied classical violin privately and performed in several youth honor orchestras throughout Michigan. I've attended summer music camps such as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp receiving scholarships. I was a student of Dr. Frank Spinosa's at Arizona State University as a violin performance major. I then received my B.A. in Elementart Education, teaching certificate through Ottawa University. I am currently a member of NAfMA, ASTA, American Federation of Musicians Local 586.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.


30 minute weekly lesson = $25

60 minute weekly lesson = $50 

PAYMENT OPTIONS:  Quarterly, or monthly payments may be arranged. A late fee of $10 per week will be applied on the second lesson of the term. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, ApplePay, Venmo, and Paypal are accepted.

MISSED LESSONS:  There is no charge for a missed lesson if cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson time. Make-up lessons are encouraged depending on availability. If the teacher needs to cancel a lesson and schedules do not permit a make-up lesson, a credit will be issued for the following payment schedule.

E-STUDIO:  During the summer months, all students will receive Skype lessons. Also, the e-Studio option is a convenient way to have a make-up lesson. Once the video chat is established, the lesson time begins through ZOOM. Students are required to provide their own internet connection and respectable software to participate.

PARKING & WAITING:  Parents planning to stay during the lesson, or students who drive please park in front of the house, or adjacent west of the house. Parents are welcome to wait in the living room or sit in on lessons. 

LESSON MATERIAL:  The students will study scales, etudes, repertoire, and music theory complementary to their level. Students should bring to each lesson; their instrument, a notebook, music, and a shoulder rest. For practice at home, students will need a metronome, tuner and a music stand. 

YOUTH SYMPHONY & SCHOOL ORCHESTRA:  Mrs. Caruso encourages all students to participate in group ensembles and/or orchestras as often as possible. Students involved in peer group activities show a greater increase of involvement and progress. Mrs. Caruso will assist in auditions, and orchestra materials in addition to lesson materials.

PRACTICING:  Consistent practice is the hardest part of any level of playing an instrument. In order for lessons to be successful, students should practice all the lesson materials 5-6 days per week.

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