Carrie Albers - String Educator

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. -Plato -Instruction for any ability level of violin and viola students.
-Instruction for the beginning cello students.
-partnering with another teacher for advanced cellists
-Emphasis on the special learner, beginner, and middle school-aged student.

Operating as usual


And that’s a wrap! What a lovely week Arcola United Methodist Church summer in the arts. The arts Certainly have a home at AUMC. Proud to a be small part and look forward to growing the strings program!

Photos from Carrie Albers - String Educator's post 07/26/2022

These beginners are so full of joy (and questions) and energy (send ☕️)! Hand shake checks and cello hugs today 🤗 at Arcola United Methodist Church summer in the arts!!!!!


Girl you are ROCKING 🤩! Autumn is a brand new viola player who will be in 6th grade next year at Belmont Ridge! Look at that bow hold we learned today 🔥


Surprise!!! When friends end up with lessons next to each other hugs flow! Love these rising juniors from BWHS

Photos from Carrie Albers - String Educator's post 07/09/2022

Next week is vacation … and the week of the 17th is the last week to start summer session! So many new students this summer 🥰 but I have room to welcome a few more for summer!

Photos from Carrie Albers - String Educator's post 06/14/2022

It was a long weekend, but one that filled my music tank. To see so many students perform solo for the FIRST time, to see my school kids with their private teacher, and to see my grandfathered students, and to share the true gift that is my adult students with my young students … speechless. I sat next to my two youngest students the entire recital - and to hear there comments and questions just filled my soul. I cannot thank Ashley enough for sharing this weekend with me and to the Durbin family for being such a rock for me musically, spiritually, and as friends.


Yay! The schedule is being built, current studios are signing is time for NEW students!!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳 please share !

Photos from Carrie Albers - String Educator's post 06/11/2022

What a lovely morning with so many talented musicians. Looking forward to out joint studio recital with Ms Driscoll! Some Spartans in there too 🥰

Summer in the Arts Camp for Adults | Arcola United Methodist Church 06/09/2022

Summer in the Arts Camp for Adults | Arcola United Methodist Church

And...for the ADULTS :) Join me in the evenings for cello for the adult beginner!

Summer in the Arts Camp for Adults | Arcola United Methodist Church Our evening camp is offered for adults who have always wanted to explore new artistic endeavors through art, singing, or learning to play an instrument. Class offerings include art, beginning/intermediate guitar, A Drum Circle, and more! Class...

Summer in the Arts | Arcola United Methodist Church 06/09/2022

Summer in the Arts | Arcola United Methodist Church

Hello Friends! I'm thrilled to be back at this wonderful camp. If you are looking for an affordable, loving, and enriching experience for your kiddos - here it is!

Summer in the Arts | Arcola United Methodist Church Arcola United Methodist Church


My sweet adult students are recital ready !


I wish I had a before pic of that left hand! Cheers to Harsha for putting in the work!

Photos from Carrie Albers - String Educator's post 05/24/2022

Studio needs some TLC, organization, and a new rug. Lessons have been upstairs and this dog is 💯 taking advantage of the students melding into our family space 😂🤣 Spoiled is an understatement. Summer sign ups coming soon!


The spring 🌸 pics and intros continue:

Like Ben Folds says, “I am the luckiest” 🥰 Meet Les and Tony. These fabulous musicians came to me after years of playing Irish music for some technique work. I have learned so much from them and truly look forward to our lessons. We always joke about them being my adult “kids” - except they listen to me and practice exponentially more than any of my other students (let’s chalk it up to retirement perks lol).

They may hit me for this but maybe they will do us all favor and post some info about where to catch them playing at sessions or gigging!


Congrats to violist Andrew and his classmates from Harper Park MS for their performance of the star spangled banner at the school board meeting! Very well done!


Congrats to Ms E! She PASSED HER TWINKLES 🌟Oreo party for the whole family tonight! Maui for the photobomb 🙈


So proud of Stella (viola) ! Wonderful performance at All County Orchestra 😍

Photos from Carrie Albers - String Educator's post 03/19/2022

Please welcome Brielle (and Zoe and Dad!) to the studio! Girl, I am so grateful for the amazing Teaching from your teachers in Iowa!! What an amazing suzuki foundation you have - you’re ready to blossom 🌸


Wow! It had been awhile since I have posted any studio news!

1) welcome Liam AND congrats 🎉 on your recent successful youth orchestra audition!

2) I’m pleased to announce I have spring openings - both weekday and weekend

3) please note - we have MOVED! We are now in Ashburn 💃🏻

More news to come including new students to introduce this weekend!


What!?!? That is NOT studio cat 🐈‍⬛ Isaiah or 🐈 Midge!! Meet Maui, the newest member of the family. He and the kitties are still working on sharing the studio and Maui is still learning manners - so for the next few weeks we may have him meet you outside then have him hang out in the basement where he is happiest. The good news is he LOVES music ❤️


These girls made my DAY ❤️ both have been so busy that that practicing our usual rep didn’t make sense, but they wanted to keep up with some lessons this summer - - so…it was chamber music sight reading!!! They played so well, had fun, and we had lots of laughter…and they are so darn cute!

Arcola Church Summer in the Arts Camps 2021 06/22/2021

Arcola Church Summer in the Arts Camps 2021

Looking for a wonderful, in-person arts camp? Please check out Arcola UM's Summer in the Arts Camp! I am piloting string elective classes there this year - a beginners boot camp, an alternative styles pop/rock class, AND an ADULT beginner cello class! I can't tell you how wonderful the staff is here - such kind, talented, and dedicated teachers! Please share out and let me know if you have any questions!

Arcola Church Summer in the Arts Camps 2021 Summer in the Arts Camp is back for 2021!


Grumpy girl Midge only likes viola students. Today her FAVORITE student came for an in person lesson for the first time in a year and she literally watched her leave and cried a little 😂. It was so cute to see Midge sniff and then “remember” her favorite student.

Timeline photos 01/16/2021

Due to a desire to keep the peace 😂🤣 this one is NOT my private student, but I am his practice partner. Daniel is a 7th grader at Farmwell and his favorite music teachers are Ms Geiger, Ms Kauffmann, then me 😂🤣. Daniel has recently come back from a scary left finger injury and has big goals to finish Book 2 .. 7 minutes of practice at a time.

Timeline photos 01/16/2021

Roll call! Welcome to the studio Georgia! Georgia is an 8th grade cellist at Harmony MS. Although we have just started working together, Georgia is quickly gaining confidence and musical maturity every week. She is analytical and intuitive which keeps me on my toes! Don’t forget girl , I work for YOU 🤣😂

Timeline photos 01/16/2021

Winter roll continues! Ellie is a senior 😭😭😭 violinist. Ellie is sweet, thoughtful, and is my favorite way to end Monday lessons. Fun fact -Ellie was a baby the first time I met her-her older brother was one of my FIRST students in LCPS waaaaaaay back in the day !

Timeline photos 01/06/2021

Roll call! Meet Zoe, freshman viola player from LCHS! Fun fact: she is “ridiculously” good at hoola hooping!

Timeline photos 01/05/2021

I don’t often have the pleasure of teaching elementary students, so teaching Paul is a gift! Fun fact: Paul’s new puppy 🐶 accompanies him to lessons and I love seeing her grow.

Timeline photos 01/04/2021

Roll call week! Stop by daily to meet my fantastic musicians! Up first - Andrew, an awesome 7th grader at Harper Park. Fun fact : I almost (accidentally) pulled Andrew off his chair today and he still (joyfully)stayed for his lesson 🤪🥳🤩


Wow was November busy! Weekday availability is now FULL and Saturday availability is down to two spots. Thank you to my colleagues and friends for the referrals! Erin Stavropulos, Amanda Smith, - text me so I can send you your referral gifts

Timeline photos 10/05/2020

Sometimes ya just need a Disney Day and some bouncing on a physio ball 😂😜


Isaiah is such a good studio kitty. He loves everyone. Midge on the other hand literally only likes my two viola girls....cheers on a great lesson P 🥰❤️

Photos from Carrie Albers - String Educator's post 08/06/2020

Funny scenes from zoom 😂 and a studio kitty who is so happy to see some of you in person! ❤️ Up next-outdoor lessons!!! 🌳 🎻 🌲


There is an extra level of satisfaction when I slay a child virtually 🤣😂 thanks to dad who is also practice partner of the YEAR for being able to sing the first 4 Suzuki songs and kinda fake his way thru alto clef


Oh my goodness! Katie Richardson Myers, Donna Hancock...messenger JUST alerted me to your messages from May! Silliness. Katie - will do! Donna - yes! I'll message you my cell #

Timeline photos 03/26/2020

I would love to support your child's music education during this unique time. Special rates are available and as always, materials are included.


Welcome Andrew!!! Andrew is fantastic 6th grade violist. What a lovely way to start my day. Thank you for you lovely bow hold, intense focus, and joyful spirit!

Photos from Carrie Albers - String Educator's post 10/19/2019

Studio kitty was up to no good this entire house and she insists on supervising lessons and “helping” print JRO music 🙄


Weekend availability now! Weekday coming soon!

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