Let’s Play!

Wendy Goodwin violin demo

I started playing the violin at age 3. I loved the instrument and I adored hanging out with my teacher, my fellow students and my brother who was also learning to play. My first switch from student to teacher was as a Freshman at George Fox University when my junior high math teacher asked if I would begin teaching her 5 year old daughter to play. That little girl is now in med school and over the years I’ve had the privilege of teaching a multitude of young music lovers both in private studio settings as well as in ensembles and chamber groups from the very tiniest pupils to college students. My oldest student to date was 84 years old. I love helping anyone who is passionate about music or interested in discovering that passion.

If you are interested in connecting about private lessons or group settings, use the contact page to drop me a line.


Violin Lessons: A Few Openings This Fall


I am passionate about inspiring children to explore their love of music through violin.  Many programs are one size fits all …you’re paying for a lease.  You’re paying for marketing.  This is not always the best for families as a whole.  

My lesson studio is tailored to the unique interests and learning style of your child.  You don’t have to be an expert musician yourself in order for your child to succeed at violin nor do you have to drop all of your other obligations so that violin dominates your family’s life.
Music lessons are about building confidence, creativity, relationships with both child and family, commitment to goals and…fun!

With 14 years of experience as a private instructor, I am also an active performing musician and recording artist in not just Classical, but Jazz, Celtic and Folk.  I hold a Master’s degree in Violin and have taught in public, private and collegiate school settings.  I have a very low turnover rate amongst my students and can provide many references.  Best of all, I am a mama and I understand intimately the privilege it is to be an influence in a child’s life.  I only want the best for my daughter and know that you feel the same about your child.

I welcome enthusiastic beginner, intermediate and advanced students from age 4-19 to my NW Portland studio.  For more information including references please e-mail me or give me a call! 

Fall schedule begins the week after Labor Day!