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Dorothy Mackey

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Dorothy Mackey began playing violin at age 5 through the Suzuki program in her preschool on Long Island, New York. She pursued the violin further at the University of Dayton in Ohio, where she was awarded concertmaster in her second year. She added the viola to her repertoire at UD as well, and received a Bachelor’s degree in music performance. Dorothy went on to receive her Master’s Degree in String Pedagogy from Temple University, where she studied with Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra Meichen Barnes.

Dorothy has been teaching private lessons for the past 10 years and teaches group violin and viola classes for several programs throughout the Philadelphia area. As a Suzuki-Certified Educator, Dorothy enjoys teaching students of all ages, from pre-school age through adult. Dorothy strives to meet the individual needs of every student, and maintains the philosophy that every student is capable of excellence.

“Elizabeth has been taking lessons with Dorothy for a few years now and I just wanted to let you know how wonderful of a teacher she is. Elizabeth started violin lessons when she was 14 and I’m amazed at how much she has learned over these years. She loves her lessons and she loves Dorothy. I honestly don’t know how Elizabeth could have taken violin lessons with anyone else. She is so flexible and understanding of the reality of the life of a teenager. Elizabeth graduates from high school this year and is already asking how she will be able to keep taking lessons with Dorothy when she is away at college. Just wanted you to know what a great person and teacher she is. We appreciate her more than she will ever know.”

Cecilia McAveney
Accepting New Students:


In-Person Lessons:

(On site at Taylor’s)
Saturday 9:30-6:00 (full)

Remote Lessons:

By Appointment


30 min – $45.00
45 min – $60.00
60 min – $75.00
(Lesson fees are paid monthly)

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