Weinstein, Mary Helen

Weinstein, Mary Helen

Education and Background

Mary Helen holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance from Eastman School of Music, as well as teaching credentials in Music and Multiple Subject from National University in San Jose. She studied violin with Charles Meacham, Zvi Zeitlin, and Virginia Voigtlander Baker, chamber music with Stuart Canin, Gabor Rejto, and Don Weilerstein, and improvisation with Peter Spitzer.

Mary Helen has been a member of the CSMA Music Faculty since 1998. She currently teaches violin, fiddle, and beginning viola. Mary Helen is a frequent performer at CSMA’s jazz jams, and a student in a jazz combo. She has played with New Millennium Quartet, String Thing jazztet, and In the Pocket (Brazilian choros and jazz).

Mary Helen currently plays classical and jazz violin.

Teaching Philosophy

Mary Helen’s teaching style is an individualized approach, emphasizing technique and musicianship, strong rhythmic training, practice strategies, and student choice of music—from classical to bluegrass, and from Charlie Parker to movie themes.