Luciana Arraes, Suzuki and Traditional Violin
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Luciana Arraes

Suzuki and Traditional Violin

Luciana Arreas, Suzuki and Traditional Violin

Brazilian Violinist Luciana Arraes has a very diverse career, combining teaching, performing, and social change through music. Internationally, Luciana has been part of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), The World Orchestra (Spain), Orchestre de la Francophonie (Canada) and is also a graduate from YOA’s “Global Leaders” social entrepreneur training program. She has been a Teaching Artist at Hartford Symphony's El-Sistema inspired program CityMusic, as well as the founder of the “Projeto Cururu,” a social project for inner-city kids in its 11th year in her hometown of Belém do Pará, Brazil. She has taught workshops and master classes in different social projects around the world, including programs in Chicago, Washington D.C, Montreal, and Brazil. She is a regular faculty and performer in the Para International Music Festival, in Brazil.

Arraes is also part of a Violin and Piano duo with her husband, pianist Jonathan Moyer, and has frequent concerts around the country and in Brazil. Her former teachers include Alexander Serafimov, Nikolai Kith, Evguene Ratchev, Constanza Almeida Prado, Pablo de Leon, Elizabeth Chang, and Katie Lansdale. She has performed in master classes for violinists Julian Rachlin, Frank Huang, baroque violinist Rachel Podger, and chamber music master classes with the Borodin Quartet, Boromeo Quartet, Chiara Quartet, and former violist of The Guarnieri Quartet, Michael Tree. A Suzuki trained teacher, Arraes has done violin training with Alen Lieb, Pat D'Ecole, Mike Mutter, and Christie Felsing, as well as long-term training with Teri Einfeldt at The Hartt School.

Arraes holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from The Hartt School, a Masters in Music in Violin Performance from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Sao Paulo–Brazil. She is currently on the violin, viola, and chamber music faculty at The Hartt School Community Division and at the Kent School in Kent, Conn.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy relies on providing a beautiful experience to students at a high level of excellence. Every student has the potential to play an instrument well, to understand, to enjoy, and to commit to do it seriously. I make sure to not let any student leave the room without knowing and understanding exactly what should be done in their work at home. I commit fully to every single lesson and never let a student go by a mistake without fixing it. 

I do not have one way of teaching but strive to teach the student in front of me at that moment. I look to develop the student to the maximum of their abilities. If I have 30 students, I become 30 different teachers. Each student interacts with a teacher who carefully plans how to help the student’s individual self.  

I explain from the first day of lessons, and reinforce in every lesson, that our lesson is a safe space. There are no wrong answers, no judging, no discouragement. The student knows that they can count on me if they are not feeling well. I strongly believe that the relationship between teacher and student needs to be nurtured and fostered by both parties. 

Sharing knowledge is special. Being a teacher is special. I want to be a teacher that my students can remember in their years to come with a memory of someone that made their lives better, happier and presented music to them as a gateway to happiness and development of their human, physical, and intellectual abilities.