AREN'T SCHOOL LESSONS ENOUGH?

    Because every child learns at a different pace, private lessons can be tailored to your child, helping him/her keep up with class at school, or give additional challenge and enjoyment. Many classes at school are large, and while the instructors do a wonderful job, it is physically impossible to get to each student to offer the individual attention for development of fundamentals of playing. Private lessons can help to maximize your child's potential learning the instrument, builds their confidence giving them instant feedback, and sets them up for success. Children learn how to practice correctly and productively, and are much more likely to stay motivated, with the help of a private instructor. 



  • * Have higher overall academic scores
  • * Have improved reading comprehension, mathematical abilities, problem-solving, memory and concentration skills
  • * Develop leadership and teamwork
  • * Improve hand-eye coordination, thus increasing neural connections in the brain
  • * Develop an appreciation for all the fine arts
  • * Tend to be more relaxed, having a method of self-expressions

Music Teachers

Geoffrey Trabichoff


Violin Lessons


  •  A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, London, Geoffrey studied with the renowned Russian pedagogue Sascha Lasserson.   From 1997 to 2019 he was Professor of violin at The College of Idaho, violinist with The Langroise Trio and Concertmaster of the Boise Philharmonic.   Previously he was Concertmaster of The B.B.C. Scottish Symphony Orchestra and orchestras in Germany and Portugal.
  • Telephone: 208 459 0695
  • Email: gtrabichoff@collegeofidaho.edu 

Dawn Douthit


Violin Lessons

  •   Dawn was a student of Leah Telford's and has 31 years teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Boise State University and a Bachelor of Performance from the University Of Louisville. Member of the Boise Philharmonic, Boise Baroque Orchestra first violinist and the Arioso Trio. Beginner-Andvanced
  • Phone: 208-899-1569 
  • Email: Dawn Douthit  

Jonelle Darrow


Violin Lessons

  •      Jonelle was a student of Leah Telford's and has a Bachelors of Music & Music Education from Boise State University. She is a member of the Boise Baroque Orchestra, and the Sequoia String Quartet. Jonnelle accepts students from early childhood through adult. 
  • Phone: 208-283-5152 
  • Email: Jonelle Anderson-Darrow  

Laura Turner Owens


Violin Lessons

  •      Laura is a native of Boise and graduated with a degree in music education from the University Of Idaho in 1972. After moving from Idaho in 1978, she lived California, Washington and Oregon for almost thirty years before moving back to Idaho.Over the years, Laura has enjoyed teaching in a variety of settings, her experience ranging from the private studio to the public schools to the Idaho Suzuki Institute. She has also always been active in performing with a variety of groups, ranging from chamber groups to orchestras.Laura currently performs with the Boise Baroque Orchestra and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra
  • Phone: 208-571-3884 
  • Email: Laura Owens  

Lea Bateman King


Violin, Viola and Piano lessons

  •        Lea was a student of Leah Telford's and has a Bachelors of Arts in Music, and Music Education, from Northwest Nazarene University. She has taught Orchestra in Boise Public Schools for 34 years, elementary and Jr. High. She is currently a member of the Serenata Orchestra, and plays in a trio and quartet with her children. Conductor of Telford Adult Orchestra. Lea offers lessons in both violin and piano 
  • Phone: 208-863-7582 
  • Email: Lea Bateman-King  

Melissa Nash


Violin and Viola Lessons

  •        Melissa has 30 years teaching experience and was a student of Leah Telford's. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Boise State University and is a founding member of Foothills Rio. Lessons include beginning through advanced viola. 
  • Phone: 208-323-2959 
  • Email: Melissa Nash  

Emily White


Viola Lessons

  •        Emily has a Bachelors of Arts in Music, Spanish and Education, and Masters of Arts of Teaching from College of Idaho.
    Phone: 208-861-8817
    Emily White