Welcome!Welcome to the Mary Harrah Violin and Viola Studio website!
This site is dedicated to my teaching activities. For my full professional website, please go to www.maryharrah.com.
I provide the highest quality private violin and viola lessons for students of all ages and abilities at several convenient Valley locations:
Thomas and 48th St., Phoenix (Wednesdays)
Bell Road and 63rd St., Scottsdale (Mondays and Fridays)
Price and Guadalupe, Tempe (Tuesdays)
I use a traditional teaching style, adapted to meet the individual needs of each student. I have been most strongly influenced by both the Suzuki and Rolland methods of string instruction for beginners, and the Dounis and Tuttle methods for advanced players. I use aspects of each method in my teaching. Beginners and intermediate students are instructed as to proper posture, note reading, rhythm, basic bow strokes, beginning shifting, and vibrato. I use the Suzuki method books through Book 4. Advanced students build on their previous knowledge to refine technique, learn three-octave scales, and learn more complex repertoire. Advanced students also prepare for youth orchestra auditions, and high school Regional and All State auditions. All students participate in studio recitals twice a year.
To learn more or to schedule a free trial lesson, please fill out the Student Registration form or the Contact form. I will respond within 48 hours.