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Cannon Valley Area String Teachers

Violin and/or Viola Teachers

Green Bouzard- violin, viola. Children and adults from beginners to advanced level in classical repertoire. Suzuki trained. Also teach fiddling and improvisation. Studio downtown Northfield.   Accepting new students and gives in person and virtual lessons.

Ann Bur-  Violin, viola. Ages 5-adult, Suzuki Book 1-4 or the equivalent, SW Minneapolis, Mound, Farmington/Lakeville/Apple Valley, Burnsville.  Accepting new students and teaches via Zoom and Skype.  612-922-6781,

Katherine Canon- Beginning violin. (See cello below)

Gerry Casper-  violin.   All ages, from beginners to advanced.  Lessons given at the Trondhjem Lutheran  Church in Lonsdale.  45 years of experience!  Accepting new students, but no virtual lessons.  507-744-2459,

Kathleen (Lamb) Covalt – violin & viola, 3yrs – Adult, All levels, Certified Suzuki teacher, chamber music coaching, and traditional method. Holds a degree in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 20 years teaching experience, Rochester area. Accepting new students and gives virtual lessons. 715-307- 3822,

Almut Engelhardt – violin, viola, beginner to professional level, all ages,  St. Paul/Eagan area,  Accepting new students. Virtual lessons available.

Charles Gray – violin or viola, intermediate to advanced, Northfield area, teaches at St. Olaf or home.  Accepting new students and can give virtual lessons.

Laura Geissler – violin, ages 3-adult,  Suzuki teacher registered in books 1-8.  Northfield area.  Accepting new students and gives virtual lessons.  Partnering teacher with MusicLink Foundation scholarship program. 612-325-2766,

Ellen Hacker –  violin & viola.  Works with students mid Suzuki book 1 to advanced levels.  In-person lessons at St. Paul Conservatory of Music or virtual lessons if it will be a successful fit for the student.   Email or call 612-600-7990

Sara Line – violin, beginning viola.  All ages from beginning to intermediate.  Northfield area. 30 years experience!   email:  507-213-0736

Laurie Melting Stegner – violin, viola, classical, jazz, blue grass at Hot Spot Music in Northfield or virtual.  website:    email:         (612) 408-7656

Barbara Ross – violin and viola, beginning through advanced,  Suzuki program also,  Lakeville area, or call cell 612-790-0839

Cello Teachers

Katherine Canon – cello lessons for age 4 – adult, Suzuki method. Also beginning violin.  Accepting new students and gives virtual lessons.

Carolyn Mead – private cello, students from age 4 and up, beginning through advanced levels, in Rochester, MN,

Barbara Ross – beginning through advanced cello,  Suzuki program also,  Lakeville area, or call 612-790-0839

Bass Teachers

Blake Bonde – any level, in Rochester area, or call 612-963-6948

Connie Martin – any level, Northfield area.  Accepting new students and gives virtual lessons.   or call 507-403-9012


String teachers listed have not been evaluated by CVYO and therefore are not specifically endorsed or promoted by the organization. The purpose of this site is simply to provide a venue for local string teachers to advertise their services to area students.

Choosing a String Teacher

Does teacher have experience working with the ability level of your student?   References provided?
Teaching method? (Suzuki or other?) When are specific techniques taught? (shifting, vibrato, etc.)
What is their fee?
Length of lesson? Summer months too?
Location of lesson?
Expectations of teacher (individual vs. group lessons, practice expectations, does parent need to be present for younger students, recital required?)
Consider a trial lesson before committing to a long term relationship. Ask to attend next student recital to hear the teacher’s students play.