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In Their Words

“Zoe Schlussel is one of the most influential violin teachers I’ve had. She’s definitely a one-of-a-kind teacher, the one that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. She’ll push you and make you jump to reach goals you thought were unattainable. She is so positive and upbeat in her way of teaching because she genuinely cares about her students. I couldn’t recommend her enough.”

~ Morgan, 18
​Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI ​

"Zoe is not only an impressive violinist, she is also an exceptional teacher. I had the opportunity see her play professional pieces with perfection. The quality of sound produced was no less than amazing! She takes that same level of expertise into her teaching studio. As an adult learner, I was hesitant to begin lessons. She was direct in a kind and supportive manner and had very clear input and recommendations on ways I could improve during and outside of lessons. Zoe is personable and insightful, which makes working through the frustrations of mistakes and early learning much easier. She helped me to feel at ease but also did not avoid correcting my form/technique/etc. My sloppy style has seen great improvement over the last several months! So has my sound! I look forward to continued learning. I would highly recommend Zoe to anyone seeking an exceptional teacher."

~ Zach, 38
Crescendo Academy of Music, Kalamazoo, MI

"Zoe was the third violin teacher I've had as an adult, the one who's taken me the most seriously, and by far the most thoughtful and helpful one. I feel like there was a lot of basic stuff that she helped me to identify and work on that somehow had slipped through the cracks with previous teachers. Zoe definitely has the best analogies and metaphors for explaining things and I've found more enjoyment in playing than I ever had previously."

~ Matthew, 38
Crescendo Academy of Music, Kalamazoo, MI

"I learned so much from Zoe. She taught me how to strive for the best, and how to collaborate with a group better. I hope she returns to coach us in the fall!"

~ Addison, 13
Crescendo Academy of Music, Kalamazoo, MI

"Zoe is a really good teacher. She would joke around and make my lessons fun. She understands that learning by ear is important. She helped me with that by giving me a fiddle tune to learn parts of just by listening to them. It helped me tune my ear better."

~ Thomas, 8
​Crescendo Academy of Music, Kalamazoo, MI

"My daughter is a 9 year old beginner. Since working with Zoe, she has gained an extreme confidence and passion for the violin. Zoe is kind, patient, and a great motivator. My daughter has caught on quickly with Zoe's teaching technique. We are so thankful for her!"

~ Molly, parent
Yuba River Charter School, Grass Valley CA

“Zoe has been an exceptional violin instructor for our daughter. She challenges her students and motivates them to practice and grow. Our daughter enjoys her lessons and the increasing challenge presented in each new song. We are so pleased with her progress in the 3 short months she's been training with Zoe. Overall, the experience has been very positive, and we appreciate Zoe’s expertise and enthusiasm.”

~ Bridget, Parent
Auburn, CA

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