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Study with me!

I believe music-making can be a lifelong source of inspiration and joy. Together we’ll find music that excites you and challenges you. We’ll develop your technique in tandem with your expression. I’ll help you find ways to integrate practicing into your daily life in a sustainable way and identify and work toward your goals. I provide a warm, supportive environment for performance. I’ll help you build and deepen your relationship with your instrument and the music you love.

More about me...

I’ve been teaching music for over 20 years. I’m trained in the Suzuki method and traditional string pedagogy. I have a masters degree in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in German literature from Swarthmore College. 


Music, art, literature and language all play vital roles in my life and in my playing and teaching of music. Music is a form of communication that employs the storyteller’s sense of voice, drama and timing, the painter’s sense of form and color, and the poet’s sense of rhythm, imagery, and symbolism. Music connects us with the world of emotions, with others and with ourselves. 


Music-making is also a physical activity. Your health and well-being matter to me. I have engaged for many years with the Alexander Technique and maintain a regular personal yoga practice. I will work with you to help you develop a balanced, effective, sustainable approach to your instrument. 


I enjoy teaching all ages, from 3 to 93, and support all levels of experience. I’m looking forward to talking to you about how you or your child and I might work together! 


Please feel free to contact me if you live outside the Rochester, NY area: I am available for online lessons.

Use the contact form on this website, or email me:

Margaret Coote music lessons violin viola piano
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