The Promise…The Challenge: A Suzuki Teacher’s Pledge
Video: 12 minutes
This photo was taken at the first annual Cedar Rapids Suzuki Strings Concert in February 2015. For the first time in our area, Suzuki programs have come together as one to celebrate our common roots and all that our students and families have accomplished. While plans are already in the works for future collaborations, this first event will always be special to us!
Image by Jessica Altfillisch
Jessica Altfillisch is the director or the Cedar Rapids Suzuki Academy, LLC, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jessica has 18 years of Suzuki violin and viola teaching experience with all age groups and has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Teri Einfeldt, Allen Lieb, Marilyn O’Boyle, William Preucil, Sr., Martha Shackford, and Sonja Zeithamel. During her tenure at the Cedar Rapids Symphony School, she directed the Suzuki program, created the Ceolas Irish Ensemble, trained educators in music theory curriculum, and taught early childhood music classes. Currently Jessica is a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa, where she has served as the violist for Aiyanna Piano Quartet and Center for New Music Ensemble. In addition to teaching, Jessica has spent the last 3 years researching early childhood physiology and violin pedagogy toward the completion of her doctoral essay.
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