Originally from Houston, Texas, Meghan's musical education began when she started playing the piano at age five. Shortly after, she began taking Suzuki violin lessons and quickly realized she much preferred the violin over the piano. Meghan attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she participated in classes such as orchestra, chamber music, and music theory for half the day, and regular academics for the other half. While in high school, Meghan studied privately with Frank Huang, the current concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. In 2013, Meghan was the winner of both the Clear Lake Symphony concerto competition and the Virtuosi of Houston concerto competition, and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with both orchestras. Meghan earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 studying with Sandy Yamamoto, founding member of the Miro Quartet, and her Master of Music degree from DePaul University in 2019 studying with Janet Sung, international soloist. While pursuing her Bachelor's, Meghan volunteered for the UT String Project, and organization that teaches college students the art of pedagogy. There, she fell in love with teaching. She worked under established teachers and had her own teaching evaluated. Since moving to Chicago, Meghan has taught group and private lessons in Chicago public and private schools, as well as held her own teaching studio. In addition to an active teaching schedule, Meghan has performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Michael Bolton, and others. Meghan received her Every Child Can, Book 1, Book 2, and Book 5 Suzuki training from Rolando Freitag, and Book 3 from Vera McCoy-Sulentic. She is currently pursuing her Book 6 training with Nancy Jackson. Meghan has been teaching for 5 years now, and held a studio of over 75 students in the 2019-2020 school year. She works with children ages 3 and up, as well as adults (no age limit!)
Interested but skeptical about online lessons? Here's what my students are saying:
"I’m an adult beginner with just a little over one year of violin lessons under my belt. I stumbled upon SuzukiViolinTeacher’s IG account whilst earnestly searching for “the best and fastest way to learn the violin”. After following Meghan for a couple of weeks, I knew I wanted her to teach me what she knows. I like how she breaks down the music pieces, explains the learning objectives and follows through with the teaching points with patience and care. Her teaching style/technique is very effective; she knows when to push/challenge me and when to be more patient. She keeps me focused and provides the accountability I need to stay on track and keep progressing. In the short time we’ve been working together (2.5 months), my technique and sound has improved greatly. I see myself working with Meghan for as long as I am able to play and afford the lessons. While there’s no Holy Grail to learning the violin overnight, the perfect student/teacher matching is the next best thing! I highly recommend Meghan to anyone considering taking up the violin." ~ Maria S., New Jersey
" I have really enjoyed learning from Meghan. As a beginner adult violinist, I was a bit apprehensive about finding an instructor that was the right fit for me. Meghan has proven to be an excellent instructor! She has met the challenge of providing quality instruction to long distance learners through live video streaming, and it works great! If you are brand new to violin or a seasoned violinist, Meghan can take your playing to the next level in a fun, professional and motivating learning environment. " ~Ryan W., Texas
“Like many affected by the Covid situation, my in-person lessons were suddenly stopped for the safety concerns. In order to continue my lesson’s virtually, I discovered Meghan online and was very impressed by video performances. In addition, as a returning-older and beginning student I needed someone who is super patient. I decided to reach out and Meghan perfectly matched my requirements. She is able to explain difficult concepts clearly, and plan a path for my violin journey. Meghan is a wonderful teacher and I really enjoy my sessions with her every week.” ~ Yat-Lun K., Washington D.C.
"Meghan is a very supportive teacher who pays close attention to everything when you are playing, even though you have online lessons : your position, how you hold the bow, how it sounds, the rhythm, etc. As I live in France, we had to settle things down to be able to play in good conditions (payment issues, time slots...) but thanks to Meghan's great adaptability and kindness, this was no problem at all in the end. Thank you Meghan for this beautiful experience ! I definitely recommend her as a teacher !" ~ Beatrice B., France
"As a beginner violinist I realized I was stuck at the same skill level because I was self taught. I met Meghan and she helped me get better at sight reading, bow control and violin playing in general. She definitely helped me hone the skills required to build up my violin confidence. I am highly satisfied with my classes with her." ~ Michael O., Texas