Dr. Jeremy Starr: Violin/Viola Studio

Dr. Jeremy Starr: Violin/Viola Studio

5.0Exceptional(6 reviews)


I enjoy being able to teach and help my students understand (know for themselves) how to play the violin/viola with an optimal beautiful/round sound, play in the most ergonomic manner possible, practice efficiently, and improve rapidly in a short amount of time.


Dr. Jeremy Starr has led a dynamic professional music career as orchestra conductor, violinist/violist, and strings pedagogue. He was Director of Orchestras and head of string studies at Emporia State University from 2009 to 2016, and he also served as music director of the highly regarded Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2011 to 2016. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Brigham Young University and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from The University of Iowa.

He has guest-conducted various professional orchestras in the United States and internationally, and he is the founding music director of the heralded Emporia Symphony Orchestra. As a violinist, he has soloed with orchestras and in recitals in cities around the United States and in Mexico and Paraguay. He has twice won university-sponsored concerto competitions and led numerous university and festival orchestras as concertmaster. He played several years with the Orchestra at Temple Square during his studies at BYU, spent 2003 to 2004 playing in the Wichita Symphony, and performed the position of Principal Second Violin in the Dubuque Symphony from 2005 to 2006.

Dr. Starr has been an influential educator, giving over 150 orchestra and string clinics and guest master classes in the United States and internationally. His ensembles, small and large, have auditioned and been selected to perform at music conferences, and his students have won or been finalists in a variety of competitions. Dr. Starr has been a faculty member both as an orchestra conductor and violinist/violist at numerous summer music camps, and he co-founded and served as music director for the popular hybrid music and fine arts camp, WoodFest. He currently co-owns and operates Starr Studios with his brother, Dr. Jared Starr, in Sandy, Utah, teaching string players of all levels and ages in the Salt Lake City area.

I love helping individuals have more fulfilling lives through becoming better musicians!


Hired 9 times
1 employee
7 years in business
Serves Sandy , UT

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Do you own a violin?

Student who has an instrument, Student who is planning to purchase an instrument and would like advice

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Student can read music, Student cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Instrument interested in

Violin, Viola

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  • Reviews

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    Roger A.

    Ive only had three lessons in the last 3 weeks and I am very impressed with the way he approaches details and technic.
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    May 26, 2020
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    Evelyn F.

    March 12, 2020
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    Marcy M.

    Dr. Starr is extremely conscientious in his teaching methods and lesson preparations. His expectations of his students are made very clear and he pays a great deal of attention to ones individual needs and goals. He is very personable and easy to talk to about problems, achievements or questions. He is also an immensely talented and knowledgable musician who is generous in sharing his knowledge!
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    October 14, 2019
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    Stephanie T.

    Finding Jeremy changed my daughter Claires violin life - thats no exaggeration. Her sound came alive, her expression blossomed. Suddenly, violin was about expressing hersel through music, not drilling disconnected measures of classical pieces that didnt resonate with her. Now she knows where shes going with her playing, and why she wants to make the journey. Of course, practicing is often tough - shes still 13, after all - but when she begins, she knows exactly how to proceed to use her energy and time to its best advantage.
    Jeremy expects quite a bit of his students, as much as he himself is giving, but the tone is never forceful. He invites, encourages and accepts humans as they are when they stumble. His guidence has been invaluable. I highly recommend Jeremy as a teacher.
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    September 26, 2019


    Michellle J.

    Dr. Starr is patient and professional. He makes the lessons very fun and my 6 year old kid likes him a lot. He holds recitals and master classes regularly and makes the studio as music family.
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    September 24, 2019


    Haley K.

    Working with Dr. Starr will make you a better musician and prepare you to teach your own students someday! I truly appreciate everything that Dr. Starr taught me during my four years of studying violin at Emporia State University. He not only taught me how to improve my playing through specific violin techniques, but he also encouraged me to understand the underlying concepts of playing the violin. Because of this approach, I am better able to understand the why behind every technique and practicing approach that I use. And now as an instrumental teacher, I use these techniques and concepts daily to effectively teach my own instrumental students.
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    June 05, 2017

    Frequently asked questions

    Set up a trial lesson to see if you feel I am a good fit for you as a teacher, then - if you wish to continue - lessons can occur as often or as little as you wish.  I am also open to teaching those who would like only a few lessons to fit their particular needs or circumstance.

    Dr. Jeremy Starr has led a successful professional music career as orchestra conductor, violinist/violist, and strings pedagogue.  He was Director of Orchestras and head of string studies at Emporia State University from fall 2009 until spring 2016.  He also served as director of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2011 to 2016.  He has performed as conductor and soloist with several professional orchestras both in the United States and internationally and has served as orchestra conductor and violin/viola instructor at numerous summer music camps.  As violinist in the Great Plains Trio, he performed and gave guest master classes in Mexico and Paraguay.

    I charge $40 for a 30-minute lesson, $50 for a 45-minute lesson, and $60 for an hour lesson.

    I was violin/viola professor, head of the strings area, and director of orchestras for six years at Emporia State University in Kansas.

    All ages and all levels.

    I can help students make noticeable improvement in as little as one lesson.

    Set up a trial lesson to see if you feel you are a good fit with the teacher.

    What would you like to accomplish? What are some of your overall goals?

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