About Kailyn

In a nutshell: 

I’ve played the violin my whole life. From fourth through twelfth grade I played in orchestras and took private lessons. After graduating from high school I joined a live band. We wrote original music, performed locally, recorded an album, and went on tour - I was hooked! I haven’t stopped working with live bands and exploring alternative playing styles since.

In 2018 I graduated from UW-Superior with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Earning my music degree helped me grow as a musician, of course, but perhaps more importantly I learned how to teach the violin to others. I started my own private lesson studio in 2016 and enjoy bringing both my formal classical training and my fiddling experience to my teaching.  

Keep reading if you want to learn about my musical background in more detail.

Teaching Experience

Kailyn began tutoring beginner students and assisting with group lessons at the Hovland Conservatory while she was a student there. While living in Minneapolis, she taught private lessons to beginner students in their homes.

In 2016, she started teaching individual private lessons at the UW-Superior Conservatory and at Hamlin Music Academy in West Duluth. In 2018 Kailyn formalized her studio and moved to her own space. During the pandemic she continued teaching lessons virtually over Zoom. Today, she teaches mostly in person out of her home studio.

Education and Credentials

Kailyn started playing the violin when she was nine years old. In addition to participating in school orchestra every year from 4th - 12th grade, she played in her school’s auditioned chamber orchestra and in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS). 


Soon after picking up the violin, Kailyn started private lessons with Andrew Hovland through the Hovland Conservatory in the Twin Cities, MN. After advancing through the beginner repertoire, she began lessons with Dzintars Josts. She continued lessons until graduating from High School.

Years after earning her first Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Minnesota, Kailyn decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in music. She studied classical violin at the University of Wisconsin-Superior with Erin Aldridge, concertmaster of the DSSO. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Music with a minor in Business in the Spring of 2018.

The University of Wisconsin - Superior awarded Kailyn a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant in 2017 to study violin pedagogy, which enabled her to spend the entire summer studying and implementing various methods of teaching the violin.

Part of this research included attending the Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers, a 10-day workshop held at the the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Led by renowned violin pedagogue Mimi Zweig, the "retreat" featured over 60 hours of instruction. In addition to the course Teaching the Violin to Children, Kailyn attended lectures, masterclasses, lessons, and spent many hours observing some of the best teachers in the country. Both her teaching and playing methods were profoundly impacted by this summer of study! 

Performance Background

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