Kelly O'Dea

Kelly O'Dea

5.0 (3)
3 hires on
1 employee
6 years in business

About this pro

Professional violinist with 30+ years’ experience and licensed counselor available for violin/viola lessons online, offsite, or at home. Specializing in Classical, Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian traditions. Experience with a wide-range of children and can accommodate a variety of cognitive and emotional needs.

I consider working with children a calling. It is the most meaningful job I've ever had. I love helping my students to develop confidence and skill.

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Littleton, CO 80122
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3 Reviews


  • Mrs. Shannon J

    Only 2 lessons in, but she’s doing a great job with my 5 year old.

  • Lynn Momen

    Her commitment to meeting her students were they are and improving not only their skills, but confidence!

  • Ann Smith

    She is incredibly kind and patient. Learning the violin can be very intimidating and she broke it down in a way that was encouraging and fun!

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

I meet my students where they are at in their musical journey. I collaborate with the student to determine their goals and develop lesson plans to meet those goals. Music should never feel like a chore, so I have a gentle and positive approach. 

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

I have a Master of Counseling with a specialization in Child-Centered Play Therapy from Regis University.

My musical training includes being a section violinist in the Southern Methodist University Conservatory Orchestra from 1987-1993.

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

$30 for 30 minutes

$50 for one hour

How did you get started teaching?

While in my training to be a counselor I discovered I have a passion for working with children. I specialized in Child-Centered Play Therapy. After that, I began working in Special Education. Then, one day someone asked if I could give violin lessons, and I have been teaching violin ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

Children of all ages

Children with special needs


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently worked with the Swallow Hill rock music summer camp where we prepared a group of students to perform an influential rock album in one week at the Mercury Cafe. To see their set develop from start to finish was inspiring. Learning to play an instrument well is one thing, but learning to play well with other people is a whole new skill set.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher that collaborates with you on your goals.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is your ultimate goal with your instrument? Do you wish to play for yourself or others? Do you want to learn to read music? What is your learning style? Is it compatible with your teacher's philosophy?