Miriam Oddie is a lifelong musician and violist living in the Denton area. She has a BM in music performance from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, and an MM in viola performance from the University of North Texas. While at North Texas, she was co-principal violist of the UNT Symphony orchestra. She is a contracted violist with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale. Around Dallas, she has performed with groups such as Lyric Stage and Celtic Thunder. Additionally, she is trained to teach through Suzuki violin book 4.

Teaching Philosophy

My goal is tailor made to each student. If a student wants to focus on school orchestra music, I’m happy to give them technical advice which pertains to that; if a student wants to focus more on Region auditions, Solo and Ensemble preparation, or All state music I am happy to spend time addressing that. My goal is to make playing the violin or viola as comfortable, natural and fun as possible, regardless of what the student would like to work on. Lessons can be at my home or yours!

I accept both traditional string students and Suzuki method students. The emphasis that the Suzuki method puts on parental support in something that matters a lot to me, and regardless of whether the student is a traditional or Suzuki student I strongly encourage the parents of students aged 5-10 to participate in both lessons and practice sessions.

Above all, lessons should be fun! I believe that we can focus on establishing technical skill and make progress towards our goals, all while enjoying it. Music is a great emotional outlet, and teaches us a lot about ourselves and the world around us. It teaches us about self reflection, dedication, and team work.