Larisa Marian’s biggest joy is to create meaningful  learning communities with her students. Miss Marian graduated Cum Laude from George Mason University’s Bachelor of Music Education program, where she studied violin with Dr. Laura Kobayashi and Dr. Elizabeth Adams. She is pursuing her Masters in Music Education from George Mason University.

Miss Marian was awarded the Virginia American Strings Teachers Association Outstanding New Strings/Orchestra Teacher Award for the year 2016-2017. She was the recipient of the George Bornoff Memorial Scholarship to attend the American Strings Teachers Association Conference in March 2017, has received a scholarship to attend the Bornoff Pedagogy Workshop in June 2017, and has received the PTA Teacher Recognition at Woodburn ES in 2016. During the summers, Miss Marian’s work has included: the Paul Rolland Kids on the Move Camp, Annandale Strings Camp, Future Music Educators Camp, and creating and directing the Woodburn Strings Camp.  Currently, Miss Marian is the director of Annandale Strings Camp.

Miss Marian’s two passions are pedagogy and community. She holds an active interest in Paul Rolland pedagogy, as well as certifications in Orff Schulwerk Level 1 and Bornoff Pedagogy Level 1. Her philosophy of music education is to build collaborative, dynamic music environments where students can be unafraid to make music.  A native from Romania, she remains engaged with the Romanian community in DC. She helps with the musical activities of the Sunday School of Holy Cross Church in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time she enjoys playing the violin, alternative musical styles, time with family, and adventures with friends.