Created by violinist and educator Mary-Elizabeth Brown, Strings Around The World makes high quality music education possible anywhere there's an internet connection.


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How this all started...

After spending more than a decade playing, teaching, speaking, adjudicating, facilitating workshops and coaching young musicians in all corners of the world, I found myself in the Persian Gulf, surrounded by sand, sun and many expat and military families. Having moved from posting to posting myself, I knew their feelings of homesickness well. While expat and military life has amazing and unique benefits, it’s tough to uproot and move from place to place, especially when it means leaving people you know and care about behind. 

There is a lot to love about being a private studio teacher in the traditional sense - it’s an amazing experience to help kids and parents learn, watch students grow from little “twinklers” into accomplished young adults, and to cultivate the sense of family, support and warmth that comes with building a community, however big or small. As I prepared to leave the Gulf and the people I had met during my stay there, I set to work finding a way build that same sense of continuity and community from a distance. The result? Strings Around The World.

What started as a small group of primarily expat and military families has grown into a community of music lovers from all corners of the world and all walks of life. Thanks to technology, advancing music software, some nifty gadgets and Skype, you can now be a part of a community of students and parents regardless of where you live or how many times you relocate. All you need is a webcam and an internet connection. Let us take care of the rest!

We are pleased to offer special pricing to families of active military personnel. Contact us for more details. 

I’m glad you stopped by and look forward to welcoming you to the family!

Mary-Elizabeth Brown 


Founder & CEO, Strings Around The World Inc.



  • 15 years of experience as a music educator has made Mary-Elizabeth a go-to curriculum consultant, speaker, adjudicator and teacher for students of all ages.

  • SATW has been providing high-quality virtual music education since 2012.

  • SATW connects with students on FOUR continents every week!

  • SATW's youngest student is 3 years old.

  • SATW's oldest student started playing the violin by Skype as a retirement project in her 60s. 

What makes us different?

  • All our teachers go through a very rigorous audition and interview process. 

  •  Once they're a part of the team, Strings Around The World's teachers continually engage in ongoing professional development. 

  • SATW's students are like family - that means caring teachers, personal attention and a genuine concern for your (or your child's) development.

Available Methods

  • Traditional lessons

  • Suzuki Method

  • Preparation for RCM Exams

  • Preparation for ARBSM Exams

  • Audition coaching

  • Orchestral Excerpts