Sylvie Zakarian is a classically trained musician, with all-around capabilities on all percussion instruments. Throughout her teaching career she has taught at various levels of playing in various genres including orchestral, solo, contemporary, and modern. She works both individually in private settings, as well as in ensembles and instrumental labs.  

Sylvie’s deep classical background, coupled with her rigorous pedagogy, is a winning recipe that has turned out dozens of students with strong, well-rounded fundamentals in all major categories of percussion instruments. Several of her high school students have been awarded Massachusetts District and/or All-State appointments in all 4 percussion categories -- snare drum, drum set, mallets, and timpani.  

Many others have participated in local youth orchestras including the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

To discuss an evaluation or programs of study, please fill out the contact form.




Every semester there are a limited number of openings for Ms. Zakarian’s private studio. The emphasis is on mallet training and grounding in music theory, but there is ample opportunity to create an individualized program in all percussion studies depending upon the student’s abilities and interests. The studio schedule is 30 - 35 weeks long and follows the Winchester, MA school calendar. For further information, please use our contact page.


...thank you so much for all you have taught me. I sound so ‘musical’ thanks to your input. Your style has opened up a side of marimba playing I never really understood.
— Chris, Graduate Student, Longy 2014


Ms. Zakarian is on the faculty at The Longy School, in Cambridge, MA, now part of Bard College. Students pursuing advanced degrees are encouraged to contact the school directly, or the artist.