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Meet Violinist and Educator Dr. Lynn Kuo - Amateur Music Network Interview  

Meet Violinist and Educator Dr. Lynn Kuo 

Her motto: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” 

Interview by Nancy Friedman 
April 19, 2021 

What’s the secret to making music fearlessly and joyfully? In our April 24th online workshop, Dr. Lynn Kuo—assistant concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and founder of Violin with Dr. Lynn —will talk about what it means to be a “Musical Ninja”: how to harness harmony as your secret weapon in order to develop musicality. 

We reached Lynn at her family home in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where she returned as a professor in early 2020 and where she is currently staying during the pandemic-forced cancellation of the National Ballet of Canada season and of her freelance work in Toronto.


Lynn Kuo on The Violin Podcast 

The Violin Podcast with Eric Mrugala

 Ep. 17 Lynn Kuo

  • How Lynn took an audition 'for experience' ...and won the job 
  • Lynn celebrates 20 years at the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra
  • Lynn explains how studying karate and salsa dancing benefits hers as a violinist
  • How Lynn pivoted during pandemic and launched Violin with Dr. Lynn and her Violin Bootcamps
  • 'Lynnja' Sessions - and how she runs her group practice sessions in her Violin Bootcamp

Lynn Kuo on Crushing Classical Podcast 

Crushing Classical podcast with Tracy Friedlander 

Season 5: Hot Seat #3: Lynn Kuo, The Violin Ninja 

Lynn talks about her online business Violin with Dr. Lynn and Violin Bootcamps with host/business coach Tracy Friedlander. 

  • Strategizing social media for business building 
  • Strategizing lead magnets 
  • Discovering your personal brand as a musician  
  • Lynn's perspective on vanity metrics on social media

I’m not in it for vanity metrics. Vanity metrics doesn’t mean I’m a better person. I’m a better person because I’m a better person. Period. 

What does (having more followers) mean to you? Does that mean you’re a better person? Does it mean you’re more spiritual? Does it mean you’re more generous? No, it doesn’t. Numbers do not mean anything. What matters is how you grow as a human being.  So whatever number that’s attached to it… it’s not even attached to anything.  So, I don’t even care what the number says. What I’m more concerned about is if I’m growing as a human being, and by extension, if people around me are growing from my influence. That’s what’s most important to me. That’s why I’m in business. 

You know, they ask you: what’s your ‘why’ in your business? It’s to share! It’s to grow, to create, and it’s to connect. Those are my why’s: connect, share, grow, create. 

If I can do that and earn a living, then I’ve basically fulfilled my duty as a human being.” ~ L. Kuo

Lynn Kuo on The Scholarship Roadmap Podcast 

The Scholarship Roadmap Podcast with Trevor Jones 

Season 1, Episode 12: 

Performance Preparation: 

  • How to choose repertoire for your audition
  • The first step Lynn takes when she is preparing a new composition
  • Reverse engineering your audition preparation
  • The non-traditional settings where Lynn has performed mock auditions
  • Tapering before an audition   
  • Lynn’s day-of audition strategy

Lynn Kuo on The Practice Parlour  

The Practice Parlour with Gina Morgano 

Episode 4 with Lynn Kuo 

  • Lynn's advice on how to overcome fear, self-doubt, and Imposter Syndrome when creating a business
  • Lynn's signature Practice Ninja framework for deliberate/efficient practice    
  • Lynn on how to find musical inspiration
  • Lynn on how martial arts philosophy has influenced her as a violinist, educator, and human being 
  • Lynn on overcoming fear and building courage