Reis Viola & Violin Studio

Reis Viola & Violin Studio


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I teach using a variety of educational methods and materials. I have an organized step by step approach that will help students play to the best of their ability. The youngest student I have taken for private lessons is 3 years old, but most young people are ready to begin by age 5. The best compliment I ever receive is when a student goes away to college and when they come home, they call me for lessons.

Learning to play a stringed instrument is very difficult. I enjoy seeing students grow and develop during their time with me.  Whether it is the student that worked hard to just be able to move his fingers independently so he could use a computer or tablet, or the student that became principal of the Youth Symphony, when a student accomplishes what they thought impossible the joy and surprise on his or her face is the greatest reward. 

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Cincinnati, OH 45230
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The process varies from student to student.  Some prefer a method book which is straight forward. Many like to a more literature centered approach. Others like a combination of the two.  How I teach depends on how much structure a student needs or wants.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Suzuki & Traditional Teacher Years Employed (1984 - Present)

Reis Viola and Violin Studio Cincinnati, Ohio

     First registered Suzuki Viola Instructor in Ohio

Duties include registration of students, payroll, private instruction, group instruction and curriculum development. Current teaching load is 44 students and 1 group lesson

Adjunct Faculty, Years Employed (Ex: 1998 - Present)

Dayton Public Schools Dayton, Ohio

Duties include private instruction, group lessons for School for Creative and Performing Arts

Section Violist, Years Employed (1988 - Present)

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Dayton, Ohio

Adjunct Viola Professor Sinclair College, Years Employed (2014 - Present)

Sinclair Community College Dayton, Ohio



Master of Music Years Attended (1987 - 89)

Miami University Oxford, Ohio

1989 Graduate Student Achievement Award

Bachelor of Music Years Attended (1985 - 87)

Miami University Oxford, Ohio

1987 Graduated Magna Cum Laude

1987 Cynthia Fischer Boecke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate String Playing

1986 Cynthia Fischer Boecke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate String Playing

Performance Certificate Years Attended (1982 - 84)

Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland

1983 Performed for Vice-president Bush at the Vice Presidential Mansion in Washington D.C. for the National Business Consortium for the Gifted and Talented.


Karen Tuttle, Paul Frankenfeld, Donald McInnes, Paul Colletti, Mary E.M. Harris, Raymond Stilwell

Margaret Pardee, Borivoje Angelich

Additional Skills:
Musicology Research Assistant, Duties include research, making of handouts, listening assignments, typing and Computer Lab Operations

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

I have locations in Cincinnati and Centerville Ohio. As the cost of studio space is different in the locations the prices differ.  Please contact me about the location for a quote.

How did you get started teaching?

I was asked to help a non-major college student prepare for his jury.  It was fun and we both learned from the experience.

What types of students have you worked with?

In 33 years of teaching I have seen all types of students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Playing a concerto with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

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

You must make the commitment to yourself and be willing to work on your instrument a minimum of 5 days a week.  If you are willing to make that commitment you will be successful.

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

When I wanted to learn to play, my mom asked me if I was willing to practice before I went to the swimming pool.  I said I would always practice before I went to the pool or to Kings Island.

The big question today is "are you willing to give up 30 minutes of video games to to practice?" 

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