About the Studio

Galamian Violin Studio was established in 2022 in Melbourne by Arash A’alaee, a violinist and composer with more than 30 years of experience as performer, teacher and composer. The studio is named after Ivan Galamian (1903 Iran – 1981 US) , the greatest violin teacher and pedagogue of 20th century.  Our goal in Galamian Violin Studio is to revive the old-school violin pedagogy heritage combined with the latest learning theories. The current trend in all education systems follows a quantity based approach, meaning that the number of intake is more important than the quality of output. This represents the commercial aspects of the system where no school would reject a new student regardless of the fact that they may know this particular student would fail for sure.
We, in Galamian Violin Studio do not believe that every child is to be a violinist. “ All children can play violin” is a quantity based approach and skips many other factors in learning an instrument and the main goal here is to recruit as many student as possible to feed to the system commercially. We believe that some are born to be a violinist and most are not, we believe in having a gift and hence we pick our students carefully. However, we may give a chance to some, but if we realize that it is not working, we will withdraw the student quickly to avoid a potentially gifted pianist to play the violin by force.
We also do not believe that for instance, listening to Mozart will increase the IQ of a baby in the future, rather we believe that buying Mozart CDs will increase the credit in the bank accounts of people behind such claims. We have concluded that all trends in music education are part of a commercial system in the music industry; most of the researches are funded by a few major corporations doing business in music and hence, they are misleading people for good!
Galamian Violin Studio is where we are honest with you and you will have a clear picture of your own capabilities in violin as a student.
NOTE: We advocate “Russian bow grip” and “No-shoulder rest violin hold” at Galamian Violin Studio as our principles. Should you play violin already, we would decide to keep you under your current Franco Belgian bow grip and using shoulder rest OR we will help you switch.

About the founder

Arash A’alaee was born in 1977 in Shiraz , Iran. He started to learn the violin at 11 and joined the Shiraz Chamber Orchestra at 15. He wrote his first piece at 16 which was performed  by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in 1994 in Vahdat Hall , Conducted by F. Nasseri (Parastoo for string orchestra). Arash has established two successful music schools before (Bariton music school / Shiraz) and ( Parmida Violin Club / Tehran) where he started to research violin pedagogy more closely and practically. Arash has also been the violin lecturer at the University of Sedaya (UCSI)  in Kuala Lumpur from 2008 to 2010. Arash has also had a master class with Anna Chumachenco in 2007. Arash established the Tehran Quartet in 2006 where he was playing violin II along with virtuoso violinist Ali Salehipour playing violin I, Kaveh Tasiry on viola and Nazanin Ghorrab playing cello. Arash has published a pedagogy book named “An introduction to violin instructions to children“ in 2007 and has two more books to be published soon.

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