• Meet Amber

    joyful, creative, energetic educator

    Amber Dolphin

    violinist, violist, conductor

    Amber Dolphin is wholeheartedly committed when it comes to teaching. And she has been doing it for 20 years! Amber enjoys teaching classical, fiddle, jazz and Latin styles, to name a few.


    Currently she invests in her students at her private studio in Madison, WI and previously at Beloit College. There she led a pedagogy course that helped students volunteer-teach in their community. Amber also directed the Creative Strings Collective, a string ensemble that thinks outside the box when it comes to musical genres.


    Other past university appointments include the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Viterbo.


    Past orchestral appointments include Madison, Green Bay, Dubuque and LaCrosse Symphonies.


    Amber has connected with Madison's community for the past 16 years and enjoys adventures with her husband Steve and two daughters Maya and Ivy.



    *Performer's Certificate (violin)

    Northern Illinois University - 2010


    *Master of Music (violin)

    University of WI - Madison - 2006


    *Bachelor of Arts

    Luther College - 2004


    (Resumé and/or references available upon request.)

  • What I Believe

    My mission as a private studio teacher is to instruct and assist students in their technical and musical growth in ways that are inspiring, challenging, rewarding and fun. Music lessons should be a vehicle for your journey; using music in joy, to reflect, to escape, to be a better human being and to share success and happiness in every community you are a part of.

    Teaching philosophies

    *Teach the individual

    *Ask questions; allow the student to journey at their natural learning pace

    *Train student how to practice independently

    *Set high but reachable expectations

    *Allow musical choices/interpretations

    *Explain reason(s) for method

    *Have a kind but firm attitude

    *Support overall well-being of individual






    Student/Teacher Chemistry

    Finding a teacher that is a good fit is important. Past students with one or more of the following qualities have worked well with me.

    *Hard worker (regardless of level or ability)


    *Eager individual


    Age: 3rd grade-college

    Level: Continuing (1-2 years of experience) to advanced

    Music involvement: Being in a music ensemble (school, WYSO, church, MadFiddle, etc.) pairs well with private lessons

    Other involvement: Balanced load (in a few activities but not overburdened by them)

    Tuition Rates

    $36/40 minute lesson

    $51/1 hour lesson

    Studio Location & Contact Info

    626 Shearwater St.

    Madison, WI



  • Who I'm playing with

    I hope you'll get to hear one of these fantastic ensembles soon!


    I currently perform with Charanga Agozá (old-school Cuban salsa) and the Pecatonica String Quartet. Previously I was a part of two tango groups, Quinteto Yzafa and Istmo Tango Trio as well as a gypsy swing ensemble, The Gadjo Players.

  • Let's be in touch

    Need to reach me? Send an e-mail, text or give me a ring!