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Finding the right private instructor is an important decision. I help students build strong and lasting relationships with their instruments through diligent work, creativity and persistence.  


Utilizing a variety of resources and styles, lessons are taught with each student's needs and goals in mind.  

Beyond the studio, I am your guide to the vast world of string playing. 

  • audition and festival preparation

  • instrument purchase and rental assistance

  • involvement in youth and civic orchestras

  • adult chamber music

  • outside performance opportunities

All are warmly welcomed at Denise Carter Strings

Bachelor of Music Education. 1994, Wright State University
Global String Intensive, Berklee College of Music, 2018
Advanced Violin Studies Symposium, The Juilliard School, 2019

Massachusetts ASTA Special Projects Grant, 2013
American String Teacher's National Conference Presenter, 2013
Concerto Competition Winner, Wright State University, 1993
Course International de Musique, Morges, Switzerland, 1993

Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, Principal Second Violin
Miami Valley Symphony Youth Strings, Director
American String Teacher's Association member

The studio isn't just a place to learn how to play violin; it's a community.  Through lessons, recitals and studio classes, families become part of an important support network students need to thrive. The studio is a place to grow, get out of your comfort zone; to try, fail,succeed.  I truly value the commitments families make to provide this experience for their children.

Students in the studio are encouraged to play in the yearly recital which will be held in late January or early February.  Every performance is unique and should be regarded as a moment of accomplishment and honor.
Students who have been challenged to perform do better under pressure.  Of course performance is the best way to becoming a better musician, but it's not because my students will become musicians that I require recitals. The confidence it takes to perform a piece of music in front of an audience from memory translates into so many critical life skills like job interviews, lectures, auditions or speeches.

Once before each recital I will hold a studio class. These are a time for students to get together and practice performing in a low pressure environment.  It also serves as a time to socialize and gather good vibes.


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