Calvin Murasaki


Calvin Murasaki
is Music Director, Teacher and Founder of The Mission Dolores Academy String Instruction Program in San Francisco, CA based on Paul Rolland Pedagogy.  He is also on the String Faculty of the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley, CA and maintains an active Online Private Studio with an international presence.  He was a ‘New Tunes for Strings’ Presenter at the 2021 Paul Rolland Pedagogy Workshop online.

A student of Paul Rolland as both undergraduate and graduate at the University of Illinois Calvin includes Rolland Pedagogy in all aspects of his string teaching starting students as early as 3rd trimester prenatal.  At the U of Illinois John Rolland introduced him to Margaret Erlanger renown Dance Teacher and Choreographer.  Ms. Erlanger coordinated a presentation of musicians, composers, dancers and choreographers where Calvin performed as a violinist and composer demonstrating the Freedom of Motion and Energy in Dance and Music.

Calvin taught over 45 years across the U.S. including the North Carolina School of the Arts and Salem College, Paul Rolland Program.  He was faculty of Rolland Workshops at NCSA, University of North Carolina, Greensboro and at Arizona State University.

In San Francisco Calvin served as evaluator of ASTA-CAP and MTAC-CM and was a recipient of an ASTA Award for String Class Development.  He was Assistant Conductor and String Education Consultant of the Golden Gate Youth Orchestras, Inc.  Calvin was also Past President of the Suzuki Association of Northern California and was trained in all levels of Suzuki Teacher Training.

Calvin is a member of the Callisto String Quartet, Orinda Jazz Quartet, Blind Lemon Pledge Blues Band, Olomana Hawaiian Ensemble, Kim & Cal British Pop Duo.  He performed with the Salem College Artist-in-Residence String Quartet, Symphony Caritas, and served as concertmaster of the Bach Choral Society and Herald Chorale Orchestras.