Sylvia Wehrs grew up in Auburn, Alabama studying the violin and piano. In 2013 she moved to Cleveland, OH to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music where she graduated with both a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. A fully certified teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she is looking forward to returning to the south this summer where she will be building a Suzuki studio in Columbus, Georgia through Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music Preparatory Department.
As a teacher, Ms. Wehrs has taught at the Music Settlement, Laurel School, Thrive Arts Center, and through the Cleveland Orchestra’s Crescendo program, as well as maintaining a private violin and piano studio. An active performer, she has played with the Akron Symphony, Citymusic Cleveland, and the Cleveland Opera Theater orchestra.
Ms. Wehrs enjoys traveling and engaging with students and audiences worldwide. In 2016 she was part of Music Inspire Africa, a life-changing program that allowed her to share her love of performing and teaching music with the people of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Building from this experience, Ms. Wehrs founded her own program in 2017, Cleveland Harare Music Exchange, which seeks to bring musical guidance to the children of Harare, Zimbabwe through the Suzuki method and high level performances. As a participant of the Global Leaders Program, Ms. Wehrs will had the opportunity to study music as a tool for social change, and to teach and perform in Chile and Puerto Rico. This summer, Ms. Wehrs will be traveling to Kolkata, India where she will be a part of the Musaid program, and collaborate with musicians from the Kolkata symphony in teaching and performing.
What I have come to love most about teaching music is how much my students learn. In every music lesson they not only learn how to hold an instrument or read music or count, they also learn how to stay focused and patient, how to persevere, and how to overcome frustration. My favorite moments are when students have struggled with something (sometimes for months!), and they have a breakthrough and overcome the obstacle! This is so rewarding to see as a teacher and will have lifelong benefits for the students!
I give Sylvia 5 stars. She has patience. She made my experience worth it. She will work around your schedule so you get your exercise in. She's the greatest.
She is very patient and kind!! Her teaching skills are amazing! My 7 yr old loves learning violin, I never have to tell her to practice. She is so excited to practice on her own!
I grew up studying the violin and piano, and began teaching privately in 2007. In 2012 I began to become serious about teaching as a career and took violin and piano pedagogy classes at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music. In 2015 after nannying for a family that took Suzuki lessons, I became very interested in the method nad took two years of Suzuki training at the Cleveland Institute of Music. I'm now a fully registered Suzuki teacher and have a master's from CIM in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy.
I believe teachers are never done learning either, so I've continued to educate myself as a teacher through programs like the Music Inspire Africa and the Global Leaders Program, which gave me the opportunity to travel, teach students from other cultures, and engage with international teachers. This summer I'm looking forward to continuing my education as part of the Musaid program in Kolkata, India where I will be teaching and performing alongside musicians of the Kolkata Symphony.
$30/30 minute lesson
$45/45 minute lesson
$60/60 minute lesson
$10 travel fee may apply
Financial aid and scholarships available
My mom taught violin, so I grew up watching her teach. It felt natural to begin teaching my own students.
I work with all ages and levels. My youngest student is 4 years old and my oldest is almost 70!