Philip Oja
Philip Oja

Philip Oja

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Introduction: Violinist Philip Oja has held positions as a member or freelancer with various professional symphony orchestras around the country including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and many others. He has also performed in hundreds of public concerts and functions as a soloist and an ensemble musician in Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Carolina. Philip holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Crouse String Quartet, Concertmaster of the university symphony orchestra, and a graduate violin teaching assistant. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Western Michigan University. As a competitive chamber ensemble musician in music school he was invited to perform in public quartet masterclasses for various world renowned string quartets including the Tokyo Quartet, the Julliard Quartet, the Belcea Quartet, The Pacifica Quartet, the Miro Quartet, and numerous others. Past violin teachers have included members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, OU Professor Hal Grossman, and University of Michigan professor Stephen Shipps. Philip himself has been teaching violin professionally for 13 years. His interest in teaching began at a very young age, as he grew up helping instruct his younger siblings in violin and cello. In addition to private teaching Philip has also held a variety of other teaching positions. He was a violin teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma, helping instruct violinists in the university music school, and he has instructed private, group, and ensemble classes for music camps and events in Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Philip recently moved to Lexington, MA. He serves as Vice President of Durham Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association, and teaches private lessons both remotely and in-person. Rates: Free Trial Lesson $35/30 minutes $45/45 minutes $60/60 minutes

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Serves Lexington, MA

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Kyra C.

Violin Lessons

We have only had one free trial lesson with Philip, but it was clear immediately that Philip was the right instructor for us. Not only is he clearly incredibly knowledgeable about the violin, but he is excellent at working with children and adults alike. He has high expectations for his students, which I really like, and he is very generous with his time. He got here early and stayed after the lesson to answer questions and to get to know our family. We plan to have a weekly lesson, and our son was inspired by his time with Philip and has been practicing to prepare for his next lesson. I'm so grateful we found Philip!
Aug 26, 2018
Chengmin H.

Violin Lessons

We got very detailed and helpful information from Philip promptly. We met and had the trail lesson. It was very satisfied. Kid was happy to have a nice teacher, and parent was happy to work with an easy-going musician. Kid will start the lesson next week, and hopefully can join the recital in Aug. Thanks Philip!
Jun 14, 2019
Kelly P.

Philip is the most impressive violin teacher I've ever met. I'm a advanced student and I was looking for someone to help me with some specific pieces, including the Bruch violin concerto. Philip is always very well prepared for every single lesson and taught me a lot of very useful tricks to help me improve in a short amount of time. He is also super patient. Best teacher ever!
Jan 15, 2018
Viji S.

Violin Lessons (for children or teenagers)

Philip is an amazing teacher and he is really good at teaching kids. He is sincere , dedicated and punctual in his profession. His teaching methods are very clear and concise. I would definitely recommend Philip to other students!!
Apr 26, 2021
Lingfan X.

My daughter takes lessons with Philip every Saturday. She has made a lot of progress since she started taking lessons with him. We really appreciate Philip's hard work and patience. Looking forward to many more lessons in the future!
Jan 31, 2018
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    The first lesson is free. Rates for subsequent lessons are as follows: $35 for a 30 minute lesson, $45 for a 45 minute lesson, and $60 for a 1 hour lesson. I charge a small travel fee for lessons in student's home.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Master's degree in Violin from University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin from Western Michigan University. Additional study with University of Michigan faculty.

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    Extensive experience with all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced. My experience includes teaching preschool aged children, Music Conservatory students, aspiring professional violinists, grandparents, and everything in between.

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