Music Lessons and Teachers

At Heaney Violin, we strive to steer our music clients to the best instruction possible. Below, you’ll find a wonderful list of highly qualified violin, viola and cello teachers. To inquire on lesson availability, please complete this short request form at the bottom of this page. Request information on music teacher and lesson availability.

Aaron Rosengaus

Aaron Rosengaus is a Bay Area native, and is currently teaching in Mountain View and San Francisco.  He has taught at the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music, and has performed as a soloist with San Francisco State University Symphony Orchestra.  Aaron studied Viola at the Boston Conservatory under Patricia McCarty, and at San Francisco State University with the Alexander String Quartet.  A very serious pedagogue, Aaron’s students perform in many youth orchestras in the area, including El Camino Youth Symphony, Palo Alto Chamber OrchestraPeninsula Youth Orchestra, and California Youth Symphony.  His graduated High School Students have gone on to study at Boston University, UCLA, UC Davis, and Carnegie Mellon.


Joseph Christianson

In demand as a recitalist and chamber musician across the globe, Joseph Christianson is a member of three-time Grammy® nominated Quartet San Francisco. He gave the world premiere of Yi Qiao’s Duet for violin and piano at the 2019 ASEAN Festival in Nanning, China, played at the opening concert at the Cremona Festival with Quartet San Francisco in Cremona, Italy, and performed in Lorin Maazel’s 2012 production of La Boheme in Muscat, Oman. In 2019 he appeared on national television playing Heinrich Biber’s ‘Rosary’ Sonata No. 16 for solo violin at San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone’s 2019 Marian Hymn Festival. He accompanied Andrea Bocelli in front of 17,500 people at SAP Center in San Jose, CA, and played with the soul band Tower of Power at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. He has taught masterclasses and workshops in locales ranging from Nanning, China to Wichita, Kansas.

Joseph joined Quartet San Francisco in 2018. Since then they have toured in Italy, recorded A QSF Journey, which reached Number 1 on new releases in Amazon’s Chamber Music category, appeared on American Public Radio’s Performance Today, and taught at the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Artist in Residency program in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. 

Joseph has over 13 years of teaching experience.


Judy Roberts Cello lessons

Judy Roberts

Judy Roberts is a graduate of Indiana School of Music with a degree in cello performance. Her teachers included Tuyoshi Tsutsumi and Fritz Magg. She was assistant-principal cellist in the National Opera Orchestra of Mexico City, and later principal cellist in the Stadttheater Lüneburg in Germany. During her 24 years in Germany, Ms. Roberts performed and taught extensively in Hamburg, Kiel, and Lübeck. Since returning to California in 2007, Ms. Roberts plays with the Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey Symphony, and Santa Clara Symphony.

Ms. Roberts has been teaching for 30 years. She taught in “The Spring Project” in Austin, Texas, the Musikschule in Germany, as well as the German Gymnasium (high school).

Her goals in teaching are to bring harmony and joy into the lives of her students by meeting their individual needs as musicians, and helping them to incorporate these talents into their daily lives.

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Dr. Astara Marcia

“Music for Wholeness Music for Life”
Lessons in classical violin and viola, beginning cello, classical piano, folk guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorder, harmonica, and voice.

I am a Bay Area Conservatory and Suzuki Method trained music educator teaching music for 40 years. I was trained by Dr. Suzuki in Japan also. I have taught in international schools for 25 years and teach in India as well.

My studio is a 5-day-a-week, one-stop shop where both students and/or adults may rent, purchase and/or repair their string instruments as they attend lessons at the same Heaney Violins location. I teach Suzuki method piano, violin, viola, guitar, beginning cello, and recorder beginning from ages 2 1/2 upwards. Voice is also taught and other instruments including ukelele, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. South Indian karnatak violin is also an option.

Biannual recitals are held closely to the Mountain View studio location, and monthly group classes are also encouraged along with weekly instruction. Younger Suzuki students must be accompanied by parents who will learn along with their child how to play their instrument of choice. Typically, students enroll a semester at a time, except for summer sessions which are open enrollment periods.

Chi Chen

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Dahna Rudin

Dahna Rudin received an artist diploma from the prestigious Vienna University for the Performing Arts, where she worked with Wolfgang Herzer, principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, and coached chamber music with members of the Alban Berg string Quartet. She also holds Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College. Ms. Rudin was the recipient of the Rudolph Polk Memorial Award and was a prize winner in the 1984 S.F. Symphony Julia Klumpkey Competition. As a member of the Wiener Sinfonietta and The Belevedere Trio, she has toured Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States . She has also been on the string faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and the Sosterberg International Music festival in the Netherlands.

Since returning to California, she has performed regularly with the Atlantis Trio and has presented numerous solo recitals throughout the greater Bay Area. As an orchestral musician in the Bay Area, Ms. Rudin has performed with the West Bay Opera, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Symphony. Her recent solo appearances have included a performance the Suites for Cello and Orchestra by Lou Harrison with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Redwood Symphony. She currently maintains a private studio in Mountain View where she offers lessons and coaches chamber ensembles. Ms. Rudin is a founding member of the Capriccio Chamber Music Institute and is principal cellist of the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra.

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