Lessons, masterclasses and workshops
with an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning multi-genre violinist,
mindfulness advocate and yoga enthusiast
with an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning multi-genre violinist,
mindfulness advocate and yoga enthusiast
- Do you want to learn how to express yourself through music?
- Do you want to find out how learning a musical instrument can bring more happiness into your life and improve your overall experience of life?
- Do you want to learn how to practise more efficiently, regardless of what instrument you play?
- Do you want to maximise your practice time and achieve great results within a fraction of your practice time?
- Do you want to learn skills which will help you make a better connection between your mind and physical body and so improve your music practice?
- Do you want to know how to tackle stage nerves and how to plan your time in order to make the most out of your musical instrument practice?
- Do you want to learn how to play violin or dramatically improve your existing violin skills?
- Do you need help with fingerings and bowings for a specific violin piece?
- Do you want to learn how to tackle similar violin pieces to the one that you might have seen online, including Dunja's YouTube Channel?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, you should
book a lesson with Dunja Lavrova right away!
NB Please note that the lessons are available both online (Worldwide) and in person - by visiting Dunja's home studio in Torquay / Victoria (Australia), in line with COVID19 restrictions.
About Online Instrumental Lessons:
Online instrumental lessons have recently become a necessity due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions. But even before that, they were becoming more and more popular as they offered real convenience for a student who either wants to learn with a specific teacher who might be based in another country, or when attending lessons in person is problematic because of the student's schedule.
Dunja Lavrova, who has 16 years of overall teaching experience, has successfully taught via online video platform for the past 7 years. Lessons are scheduled based on the most suitable time (whatever the time zone!) for both Dunja and the student.
Dunja Lavrova's message to future students:
"I believe that developing a strong connection between mind, body and our "soul" is absolutely necessary when learning to play a musical instrument. Through the years of extensive practice-led research, I have developed a very “holistic” approach to teaching violin, which encourages self-expression and self-improvement through music practice/ performance and mindful use of the body. I believe that the way we learn is closely connected to our “mindset”, our lifestyle & general habits. A basic understanding of our physical bodies and human psychology is required to achieve the most effective and fulfilling results when learning something as complex as a musical instrument.
I also an advocate of the idea that music promotes better mental health - both due to it being a "mindful" activity and a tool of self-expression.
I always listen to what my students want first from their lessons and then work out the best and most efficient way to achieve what they want.
I have an individual approach towards each of my students, depending on their abilities and goals.
From a technical perspective, I have always been greatly fascinated by violin and methods of teaching how to play it, and believe that each student should have their lesson tailor-made for them in order to fulfil their full potential.
I help my students by showing them how to achieve maximum results through appropriate way of practising and time-management, coaching them various performing techniques, helping with audition behavior and stage presence, helping to deal with anxiety, stage fright and much more.
I teach my students independence, organisation, discipline and responsibility so they can achieve expressive freedom in music and in life.
During my lessons you will learn that:
- "There is a strong connection between our mindset and the way we learn, including learning a musical instrument."
- "Positive mindset is key for enjoying music lessons - and life."
- "Establishing a strong connection between mind, body and our "soul" will help you achieve better results on your musical instrument."
- "Discipline is important for enjoying and embracing the freedom of life and freedom of music."
- "Creativity drives human evolution. Creative expression is an essential tool for enjoying life."
- “Failure is part of a journey, don’t let it stop you on your tracks. Failure teaches us how to move forwards.”
- “It's always "quality over quantity.”
- “Fear is natural, everyone is afraid of something - it’s what you make of it that matters.”
- “I am here for you."
I look forward to our first lessons where we can work out how I can help you with reaching your goals on your instrument!”
Still not sure whether video lessons can work for you?
Read the testimonials from Dunja's online students below:
Karen Dando, mother of Sally (aged 15):
Sally had weekly private lessons with Dunja for 18 months until circumstances changed and this was no longer possible. We decided to try Skype lessons so that Sally could continue her lessons. Dunja identifies exactly what needs to be worked on both technically and musically so we didn’t want to lose her. She is an exceptional teacher: patient, hard-working and always pushes her students to the utmost of their ability. Sally has been having Skype lessons or a year now and her playing is going from strength to strength. This year she has won Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Young Musician and Wessex Rotary District Finals Young Musician. I highly recommend Skype lessons with Dunja.
Tosin Ajimobi, aged 24:
"I've been studying with Dunja for 2 years. I find her to be a very thorough teacher, you'll progress quickly because she has high standards and she tries to instil those in you too.
More recently we've been having our lessons over Skype and I've been pleased at how well it's turned out. She gives careful instructions so that even though you aren't in the same room, you're still able to achieve the correct positioning, and she can always hear some things even if you can't!
She definitely knows what she is talking about and has great advice on practising, which I've been able to take into other areas of my life. I've been very happy with my progress in the past 2 years."
Shammy Rahim, father of Mehnaz (aged 13) and Neha (aged 11):
"Being working parents, one of the major challenges we have, is to manage our working hours so that we can take our kids to lessons. Not living in city make things even more worse. That’s when we started thinking about an alternative solution. It didn't take us much time to realise that it’s possible to do violin lessons online.
When we came across Dunja, we were so curious to find out how this will work. Dunja took the trial lesson so calmly and very well organised . To our amazement we even forgot that its an online lesson. From then we never looked back, kids now take special interest to perfect their lessons. I am very pleased we found violin lessons online.
Dunja is a very focused, result oriented and true professional violinist who have a very natural talent to play & teach violin and make a positive impact to your kids interest in violin. I would recommend her without even thinking."
Francesca Gliubich, mother of Silvia (aged 14):
"I recently came across Dunja’s debut solo album and was very impressed. Immediately, I contacted her to ask whether she would be willing to teach to my daughter.
Dunja’s approach to teaching reveals her passion for deep understanding of violin and its technique, which is the key to mastering an instrument in order to achieve musical freedom.
Skype lessons with Dunja are not any different from lessons in person, as she can pick up anything that requires attention and point it out in a constructive, positive manner. Most importantly, she will immediately suggest the perfect exercise to help correct it. Dunja won my daughter’s trust as mentor within one hour!"
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In addition to being a world renowned performer, Dunja is a passionate educator. She has vast
experience in teaching violin, viola, chamber music and musicianship, as well as piano and music. She
has taught both privately and at schools since 2001. Dunja Lavrova’s students have achieved
consistently high grades at their ABRSM exams in the U.K.
In the first year of her 4-year Bachelor of Music degree studies at the Royal College of Music, Dunja
participated in the RCM Student Associates Scheme - an approved programme, supported by UK’s
official Teacher Training Agency. During the duration of this internship-style, classroom teacher-
training program, Dunja was assigned to teach groups of children and large classes in both primary and
secondary school scenarios, getting valuable feedback on her performance as a teacher from the TTA
Assessor and the Schools’ Directors.
Dunja chose Education and Outreach as a study module in her second year as a BMus student. This is
where Dunja’s skills for inspiring children and adults through music & music education really began to
develop. The Royal College of Music’s Education and Outreach module required Dunja to work for a
year with two other classmates on developing and executing programmes for groups of children and
adults of various backgrounds. Those education and outreach programmes were designed to inspire
individuals of various age groups to either pick up a musical instrument or to help them overcome
various obstacles (such as mental health or social problems) through music. The module required
Dunja to conduct substantial research into the psychology of education and outreach to support
multiple written essays on the chosen subject. During the undertaking of her Education and Outreach
studies, Dunja was particularly interested to explore the effects of music (as a "mindful" activity as well
as a creative outlet) on mental health. Dunja's research into this matter and her consequent essay as a
Bachelor of Music, have resulted in Dunja's involvement in various activities and events supporting
mental health and the positive effects art and creativity have on it.
Through the years of extensive practice-led research, Dunja has developed a very “holistic” approach to
teaching violin, which encourages self-expression and self-improvement through music practice and
performance through “mindful” use of the body. She believes that the way we learn is closely
connected to our “mindset”, our lifestyle & general habits. She suggests that a basic understanding of
our physical bodies and human psychology is required to achieve the most effective and fulfilling
results when learning something as complex as a musical instrument. Dunja believes that developing a
strong connection between mind, body and soul is absolutely necessary when learning to play a
Dunja integrates mindfulness, yoga postures and anatomy, as well as neuroscience studies into her
music lessons. It is the combination of this holistic approach and her extensive knowledge and
understanding of the more traditional “violin schools” that have enabled Dunja Lavrova to connect to a
variety of age groups with complex and difficult backgrounds and engage students of all levels, with all
kinds of goals.
Dunja was initially introduced to meditation, yoga and Alexander Technique when she was a student at
The Yehudi Menuhin School. However, she began her daily practice of mindfulness-based meditation
and various intensive styles of Yoga 6 years ago. Since then, Dunja has completed the Transcendental
Meditation Training in Melbourne in 2019 and is currently working to complete her Yoga Teacher
Training (fully certified by the Yoga Alliance) with ULU Yoga School.
Dunja Lavrova is currently creating a diverse online lessons library which showcases her unique
teaching methodology and which will become available via her teaching website
(www.dunjalavrovateaching.com), YouTube (Dunja Lavrova) and other social media channels. She is
also in the process of writing her own violin teaching methodology book and planning to start her PhD
(Music Performance) research studies in Victoria.
Since graduating the Royal College of Music in 2009 with First Class Honours (Bachelor of Music)
and with Distinction / Tagore Gold Medal in Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (Master of Advanced
Performance programme), Dunja has managed various professional projects. Dunja’s project
management experience includes: realising and developing the concept, design, communication and
planning of all stages of the execution of her highly-acclaimed debut solo album, My Dusty
Gramophone; as well as booking and managing orchestras / music ensembles such as Covent Garden
Soloists (London), Classico Latino (Colombia) and London Symphonic Rock Orchestra on world tours.
To further develop her Project Management and Leadership skills, Dunja is currently completing a
Project Management Diploma in Melbourne’s Albright Institute of Business. The course combines
study units such as: project quality / time / scope, human resources management and personnel
communication, among many others. All units are assessed on a 3-week interval basis and involve
weekly lectures and detailed study of human relations, psychology of communication and leadership.
In 2012, Dunja gained professional communication and project management experience by working as
an Office Manager and Communication Manager for LEMCO / NatCap Group UK - a global
network of project partners which works on solutions to make a positive impact on the world’s natural
Between 2003-2006, Dunja was a fine instrument advisor and specialist at Phelps Music (UK).
As a daughter of a singer-songwriter, Dunja has always been passionate about composition and score
arranging - the skills she acquired as a student at The Yehudi Menuhin School and The Royal College
of Music. In 2019, Dunja became a score arranger for the highly-acclaimed “The Greatest Love of All:
The Whitney Houston Show” (presented by Showtime Australia). Dunja has supplied her score
arrangements worldwide and in a professional capacity - to performers and institutions alike. Her most
popular arrangement is of the Russian song Dark Eyes, her performance of which has been viewed
over 100,000 times on YouTube. Most of Dunja’s recent concert repertoire consists of a combination of
her own arrangements, scores she has commissioned or helped to unarchive.
Dunja’s editorial work for Carl Fischer Music (USA) of previously-archived “Levee Dance” score by the
African-American violinist and composer Clarence Cameron White is included in the ABRSM 2020
-2024 Syllabus. The work has recently been performed on London Symphony Orchestra’s Digital Hall
platform by the orchestra’s concertmaster, Carmine Lauri.
Dunja is fascinated by improvisation - both in music and in life. She received extensive improvisation
tuition throughout her musical studies - both at school and at the Royal College. Dunja frequently
includes improvisation in her own concert performances. Dunja’s PhD thesis proposal largely focuses
on improvisation - both in musical performance and as a philosophical concept.
Dunja is currently a violin tutor at Bialik College, Melbourne (groups and individuals, years 4-6).
Previous appointments have included Millfields Community School (London) and Ealing Junior Music
School (London), among others.
Please read Dunja’s official biography by visiting www.dunjalavrova.com/about
Dunja’s students’ testimonials and school references are available via her teaching website:
www.dunjalavrovateaching.com/testimonials. Professional recommendations are available upon
Dunja holds a valid Working with Children Check, recent Police Certificate (Australia and U.K.) and
First Aid Certificate (including CRP and Provide Basic Life Support).
PLEASE NOTE: 60-mins lessons will be charged at 110 AUD (payments accepted by PayPal or via Bank Transfer)
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