Dr. Sylvia Chien

Violin & Viola Instructor

Born in Taiwan. Dr. Chien began her musical journey with piano at the age of 5 and started viola few years later. She has received several awards from regional piano and viola Dr. Chien began her musical journey with piano at the age of 5 and started viola few years later. She has received several awards from regional piano and viola competitions in Taiwan since her early age. She obtained her master’s degree at the University of Miami in viola performance with the full scholarship and was honored Academic Merit when graduating. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in viola performance at Arizona State University with the Special Talent scholarship. During the studies, she remained an active performer playing as a soloist, chamber musician, and principal violist for symphony orchestra concerts in Florida and Arizona. She has performed in Bowdin Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Kent Blossom Music Festival and played in several masterclasses of Heidi Castleman, Roberto Diaz, Robert Vernon, Victoria Chiang, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and many others.

Dr. Chien has over 15 years of music teaching experience. She specializes with students from age of 4 to adults for violin, viola, and piano lessons. As a certified Suzuki teacher, she currently teaches violin and viola in public schools and her private studio. She has been the Teaching Assistant of the viola studio at Arizona State University. She also has taught at Arizona State University String Project, University of Miami String Academy, West Laboratory School Violin Program. She finds teaching rewarding by positively encouraging and challenging her students’ potentials towards their limits. It is her belief that every student owns unique capability to be nurtured if given them the appropriate instructions to play with natural posture. She emphasizes on developing good body alignment and coordination and ultimately motivates them to enjoy music with creativity. Many of her students have been awarded superior ratings in Solo & Ensemble contests and entered in Region and All-State Orchestras.