Hilton Violin Studio
Private Violin Lessons
Now accepting students of all ages - beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Located in Cedar Park, Texas.
About Michael Hilton
Michael, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, began playing violin at the age of 5, and has over 10 years of teaching experience. He is well-versed in the Suzuki repertoire and teaching methods, and diversifies his teaching approach using other music and method books. A passionate chamber musician, Michael has attended various festivals throughout the United States, working with renowned performers and teachers such as Philip Setzer, Marilyn McDonald, and Janet Sung. He performs regularly with the Glacier Symphony Orchestra in Kalispell, Montana. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Utah State University where he studied with Robert Waters of the Fry Street Quartet, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in the studio of Sandy Yamamoto at at the University of Texas—Austin. When not playing the violin, Michael enjoys watersports and walking his dog, Shosty.
My teaching is based on the philosophies and techniques taught by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. I believe that every child can learn to love and enjoy music. With the right combination of a dedicated teacher and supportive parents, there is no limit to what can be achieved! As a young child, I was taught by a wonderful violinist who studied with Dr. Suzuki himself; the things I learned from her and that I have learned from certified Suzuki teacher trainers have enabled me to help young students succeed in learning to play this difficult instrument. Because every student is a unique individual, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning the violin. I believe it is important that I tailor my teaching to each student’s specific needs and challenges.
“Talent is not inherited or inborn, but learned and trained.”
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured By Love
The focus of my lessons constitutes a balance between technical training and the development of individual musicality. I seek to help students play with proper and comfortable technique while guiding them to make meaningful connections with the musical intent behind the notes on the page. I aim to instill students with the confidence to perform so they can express themselves freely through the music. My approach makes it possible for every student to progress at their own pace in a nurturing environment, while maintaining a disciplined work ethic that constantly produces positive results.