Mary Harrah Violin and Viola Studio


   Welcome to the Mary Harrah Violin and Viola Studio website!

This site is dedicated to my teaching activities.  For my full professional website, please go to

I provide the highest quality private violin and viola lessons for students of all ages and abilities conveniently located at Southern and Rural in Tempe, AZ.

Please contact me for details as to availability.

I use a traditional teaching style, adapted to meet the individual needs of each student.  I have been most strongly influenced by both the Suzuki and Rolland methods of string instruction for beginners, and by the Dounis methods for advanced players.  I use aspects of all method in my teaching.  Beginners and intermediate students are instructed as to proper posture, note reading, rhythm, basic bow strokes, beginning shifting, and vibrato, using the Suzuki method books through Book 4.  Advanced students build on their previous knowledge to refine technique, learn three-octave scales, and learn more complex repertoire.  Advanced students also prepare for youth orchestra auditions, high school Regional auditions, and if desired, high school All State auditions.  All students participate in studio recitals twice a year.
To learn more or to schedule a trial lesson, please fill out the Student Registration form or the Contact form.  I will respond within 48 hours.  

Congratulations to:

Mason (MCC)--Full tuition scholarship to the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona for Viola Performance.


Jackson--Arizona Junior High All State Orchestra, PYS Symphonette Orchestra

ALL STUDENTS for a beautiful spring recital!