Teacher Profile: Nate McLean

Nate McLean

Nate McLean

Instrument(s): Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin

City: Washington, DC


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About Nate McLean

Nate McLean is an accomplished teacher, performer, and music engineer based in the Northern VA area. He began learning violin at the age of five with Susan Katserelis, studying the Suzuki Method. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria VA, where he played in the orchestra for all four years he was there. During this time he was also a member of the American Youth Philharmonic and was awarded first place in the Levine Honors Senior Instrumental competition and second place in the WPAS Feder String Competition Intermediate division. During his summers he attended the Luzerne Music Camp based in Lake Luzerne, NY where he studied under Elbert Tsai, member of the San Francisco Symphony.

Nate received a minor in music education at George Mason University, specializing in Suzuki training for beginner students. Working closely with June Huang, an experienced Suzuki teacher and the founder of the Levine String Plus summer institute, he learned various techniques for incorporating games and fun into basic violin technique for students aged 3-7. In addition, he studied specialized strategies for improving sound quality and tone for advanced students. During his time at George Mason, he was a member of the GMU Symphony Orchestra and the chamber music program. During this time he also began playing gigs around the area and taking part in studio recording sessions for various projects.

With an energetic and fun teaching style, Nate loves to challenge students in a positive way. Nate is an experienced violin instructor who has worked with a wide range of age groups, especially elementary age students. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Nate has taught an after-school violin program for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at a Washington DC public charter school. Nate's university training was focused on utilizing the Suzuki method, though he uses more of a hybrid approach to combine early note reading He also enjoys using studies such as Sevcick and Kreutzer with later beginners and intermediate students in order to train more complex techniques such as shifting and double-stops.

In addition to teaching, Nate is a freelance performer and music producer- using digital software and working with other instrumentalists and vocalists. He has released work to Spotify and Apple Music under the name 'Nate McLean'. He has a deep passion for music that he loves to inspire his students with.

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