“To play without passion is inexcusable!”


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
Bell Road and 63rd St., Scottsdale
Price and Guadalupe, Tempe

Please contact me for details as to availability.

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.