Helena Protopapas began studying the violin at the age of four and was classically trained learning under the Suzuki method. She was Involved in orchestra, the York Symphony, and numerous music summer camps. From an early age, she trained in jazz, improvisation, classical Indian music, traditional folk and Fiddle among other genres. As a teacher and performer, Helena continues to broaden and deepen her knowledge and mastery of various genres and loves learning alongside her students!
After graduating highschool, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music industry and was signed to Warner Brothers records as a recording artist and songwriter. During this time, she led several songwriting camps in LA, began teaching violin, viola, and songwriting privately and discovered her true passion was teaching and sharing her passion for music.
In 2012, Helena moved back to the East coast to continue developing her private teaching practice as well as to pursue a degree in Art Education and contemporary Art History closer to her family and in beautiful rural Pennsylvania.
Helena currently teaches private violin, viola, and songwriting lessons,
as well as private and group fine art classes at
The Susquehanna Waldorf School of Marietta
The New School of Lancaster
Her home studios in York and Lancaster
Via Skype, Facetime, Google Chats etc.
Helena has taught all ages ( 4 years to 67 years old!) and experience levels.
She absolutely adores her students and love inspiring and sharing her passion for expression, music, and art with her students! She feels exceptionally grateful for the opportunity to nurture and support the process and journey that is beginning or continuing to learn and express oneself either on an instrument, through songwriting, or fine art.
Private lessons at your home or her studio.
$35 per half hour, $50 per hour ( includes travel)
2. Private lessons at The Susquehanna Waldorf School or
The New School of Lancaster.
$30 per half hour
Expertise/Points of Emphasis:
All ages 4 years + , Suzuki and Sassmanshaus method, ear training, creating a beautiful tone, improvisation, audition prep, different styles including (classical, middle eastern, jazz, tango, Scandinavian, Irish Fiddle), rhythm, composition, and playing with heart.
Violin and Viola Rentals
J S Fisher (Mount Joy, PA)
J R Judd (Williamsport, PA)
Violin and Viola Repairs
Amy Hopkins (New Freedom, PA)
Materials, Books, Strings, Accessories
All purchasable on Amazon
Everest Shoulder rests ( affordable, sturdy, and cushioned)
Suzuki Violin and Viola Books
Sassmanshaus Books ( Especially for very young students)
300 Fiddle Tunes ( Hal Leonard Corp.)
Ros Stephen books ( Russian Fiddle tunes, Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes, Klezmer Fiddle Tunes)
Hal Leonard Corp ( Eastern European Fiddle Tunes, Celtic Rock, Bluegrass)
Violinonline.com and Violaonline.com ( For Free printable Scales and Arpeggios)
Thomastik Dominant Strings