Daniela Arias, Violinist

Daniela Arias, Violinist


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I am currently a Graduate Assistant in pursue of my second Violin Performance Master's Degree at Kent State University, and a violin teacher at a private school in Akron. I have been playing violin for 20 years. I graduated from Violin Performance at the National University of Colombia. I have 10+ years of violin teaching experience and have worked with students of all ages, from four years old to seniors. I have also played in different orchestras and attended several music festivals in different countries. Violin is my life and my passion and I like to share it with my students so they can enjoy playing as well.

When I teach my goal is to show my students how amazing and fun it is to make music. I always make sure that they are enjoying the time we spend together. I like to write arrangements of their favorite songs and music genres for them to play. My favorite part of teaching is how proud I feel watching each of my students improve and grow in technique and artistry.

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Kent, OH 44240
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I ask the student questions that help me understand their individual process with the violin, as well as their relationship to the instrument and expectations in the future with it. The student plays their favorite piece and/or the latest piece they worked on (if they have previous knowledge). This way, I can have an idea of the technical strenghts and difficulties and the level they are currently in, so I can choose appropriate repertoire and exercises that accomodate their individual needs and expectations.

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

National Conservatory of Colombia (since age 7)

Violin Performance Undergraduate Degree, Colombia

Chamber Music Performance Master's Degree, Ohio

FEMUSC international classical music festival, Brazil

String Quartet Music Festival, Colombia

Cartagena International Music Festival, Colombia

Various private violin teachers and professors

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

$30 - single student lesson

$40 - two students shared lesson

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching at a music foundation for children with low resources in Colombia. I have worked in different music academies and arts programs since then.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, different levels.

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

It is important to make sure that the teacher is a professional, practicing violinist. The teacher should be constantly improving and performing on a regular basis, so the student can have something inspiring to look up to.

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

The reasons why they want to learn violin playing, and their favorite music genres and/or pieces (so the teacher can match their repertoire).