violin lessons


Eun-Jin Chae Info
Pimmit Hills Neighborhood
Fairfax County (Tysons Corner area, VA)



Eun-Jin Chae

violin teacher, violin instructor

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Accompanied by Kyung Sook Chae

EducationManhattan School of Music,                                                             Violin, pre-college division

                         Brigham Young University                                                                B.S. Social Work
                                                      Management (minor)                                                             Ballroom Dance (minor)                                                  

Experience:  Giving violin lessons since 2003 to
                             children ages 3 and older and to adults

Passions:       People, Music, Fine Arts, Teaching

Languages:   English, Korean

Excerpts of the pieces in the playlist

  1. "Melodie" from Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald von Gluck
  2. Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
  3. Zigeunerweisen ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20 by Pablo Sarasate
Music Associations  
  • Currently working on Suzuki Pedagogy Teacher Training under Ronda Cole
  • Have given violin lessons since the year 2003 
  • Attended pre-college division of Manhattan School of Music in NYC   
  • Studied under John Kendall & Ronda Cole (well-known teachers in Suzuki Methods)
  • Studied under Kyung Sook Chae, more well-known as a pianist in the Northern Virginia area
  • Studied under Byung-Kook Kwak (a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Westchester Conservatory of Music)
  • Took a few lessons from David Salness (a faculty at University of Maryland) and Jenny Oaks Baker (recording artist)

  • 2004  Manhattan School of Music pre-college Division in NYC from 2003 to 2004
  • 2003  Judge's Prize, Washington Performing Arts Society's Fedal Memorial String
  • 2003  2nd Place, Landon Symponette Orchestra Competition
  • 2002  State Level Finalist, Lions of Virginia Multiple District 24th Music Scholarship
  • 2002  Finalist, James C. Macdonald Fine Arts Scholarship Competition
  • 2002  2nd Violin Section Leader,  All Virginia State Orchestra in 2002 (ranked 5th)
  • 2001  Finalist, Helen Inbar Arts Foundation Music Competition in 2001

Orchestra Experience
  • 2003 - 2004  Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2002 - 2003  Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra
  • 2002 - 2002  2nd Violin Section Leader in All Virginia State Orchestra
  • 2002 - 2003  Northern Virginia Regional Orchestra

Eun-Jin Chae (AKA Eun-Jin C. Carman) was surrounded by music as long as she can remember.  If her mother was not playing the piano, then classical music was playing in the background in her home.  At the age of 6, she started taking piano lessons from her mother, Kyung Sook Chae.  Eun-Jin realized through taking the piano lessons that she had perfect pitch.  She learned how to read music as well as how to practice and aim for perfection.  When she was 8 years old living in New York City, she wanted to pursue being a violinist when she saw children around her age playing the violin at pre-college division of Juilliard.  She had to beg her parents for violin lessons because they were skeptical whether or not she would continue to take lessons.  To show her parents that she was committed to learning the violin, she practiced 1-2 hours daily.  She also wanted to excel and be able to compete against children that had started at a young age and continued to develop their talents.  She attended School for Strings in NYC until her family moved to McLean, Virginia in Fairfax County.

In 6th grade, Eun-Jin joined an elementary strings class in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, and Ms. Virginia Gardner regarded her as a “child prodigy.”  At this time, Eun-Jin started to practice about 2-3 hours every day.  In the summers, she attended Suzuki Summers Institute for violin and an hour of piano practice was mandatory under her mother’s instruction.  During the school year, she studied with Kyung Sook Chae, Ronda Cole, and John Kendall.

While studying under Kyung Sook Chae, Eun-Jin placed in multiple state and local level competitions during her high school years with violin.  She has performed Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 accompanied by the Landon Symponette Orchestra in 2003.  She also took a few lessons from Jenny Oaks Baker and David Salness in preparation for her violin audition for the pre-college division of Manhattan School of Music.

In 2003, she started attending Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in New York City on scholarship.  She was placed in the Philharmonic Orchestra, the best orchestra in MSM.  She studied under Byung-Kook Kwak, Jonathan Strasser, and Krzysztof Kuznik.  On Saturdays, she remembers playing the violin as long as 7-10 hours because of her lesson, chamber music, and orchestra classes in addition to her own practice.  In the same year, she shared her love for music by teaching violin to students ranging from age 3 to adult in Tenafly, New Jersey in Bergen County.

In 2005, she decided that she wanted to explore the world outside of music and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah majoring in Social Work with minors in Ballroom Dance and Business Management.  Before she attended BYU, she had never danced ballroom in her life.  She credits her acceleration in learning how to dance to the values of hard work and principles of discipline she learned through years of violin training.  

Eun-Jin lives in Falls Church, VA in Fairfax County.  She plays on a 2003 Borman Violin made by Terry Borman.  Eun-Jin currently maintains a violin studio in Falls Church, Virginia (Tysons Corner area) teaching about 30 students and performs for special events in the Richmond, VA area, Northern Virginia area, Maryland, and D.C. area.  Many of her students have continued to pursue music through auditions for school orchestras as well as university music programs. She reports, “My greatest satisfactions come from sharing my love for music and seeing my students grow and develop their musical talents and abilities.”