Some of the greatest reviews of my teaching come in the form of the wonderful letters from parents, happy students that have new confidence, and the excellent results & success that my students experience.

As my students learn to play their violins & fiddles with great skill, it is a testament to their hard work, and also a reflection of my teaching & guidance.  I have students both young and old who I am so proud of .

When I receive letters and emails from students or parents thanking me, it is always very rewarding to me. I take great pride in what I do, and love teaching the violin and sharing my passion for the instrument.

As a teacher, it is another proud moment for me when I get to congratulate some of my students for achieving the next higher chair in their school orchestra or symphony or perhaps auditioning for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies or Minnesota Youth Symphonies.

The youth Symphonies feature many great young classical musicians, and I am proud to say that some of those Symphonies have my students in them.

Below are a few notes of thanks and reference.

Reviews & Letter of Thanks

We are very fortunate to have Marnie as both our kids’ violin teacher! Our son started with Marnie when he was 5, almost seven years ago and always looks forward to his classes. Marnie researches a lot about multiple ways to deal with different kids. Also, she is very knowledgeable and patient. Would recommend Marnie for sure!!

–L. Narayanankutty

Marnie Thies is an excellent violin teacher. Our 7-year-old daughter currently takes lessons from Marnie using the Suzuki method. Marnie is very open to discussions on her progress and provides new and different methods to help our daughter grow, learn and stay engaged. She goes above and beyond to research on innovative teaching methods for different types of learners. She teaches kids as well as adults and is a patient and kind teacher. I highly recommend her.

She also offers violin rentals, repairs, and sales which is very convenient for new students.

–M. Hoelzel

“Elizabeth came in to see me this afternoon after school today. She played me a few songs I selected from her Book 2 orchestra method book. She did very well! I have seen an improvement with her bow distribution and her overall playing technique. She seems MUCH more confident than when I had her before. I really think the individual violin lessons with Marnie have been a GREAT thing for Elizabeth.”

“Elizabeth informed me that she and Marnie have started working into Book 3 and shifting. I recommend continuing with lessons with Marnie through the end of this school year, for sure, and if you can, into this summer!”

— Allison Johnson Orchestra Director, Lake & Cottage Grove Middle Schools (South Washington County Schools)

“I have found Marnie to have the highest education and certifications in her field both as a professional violinist, and as a teacher of the highest level. As a former educator myself, she exceeded my expectations as a student, and I was very impressed with her teaching ability. Marnie displays a high level of patience with new students and advanced students alike, which provides an excellent learning environment.”

— Michael J.C., third year student, age 69

“I am a Kindergarten- 5th Grade music teacher. I started taking lessons with Marnie last spring. I am impressed with her teaching skills and level of knowledge. Marnie is a very caring and intelligent teacher. She understands what her students need and meets them at their level. I highly recommend Marnie Thies for those searching for a violin teacher in the twin cities area!!”

–Stephanie M.