Ronda Cole

Ronda Cole

Ronda Cole

Graduate of Eastman School of Music; Writer for the Violin Column of the American Suzuki Journal; recipient ASTA’s Leadership and Excellence award VA ASTA Teacher of the Year 2008; faculty of ASTA International Workshops in Austria, Switzerland, Hawaii, France, Scotland, Norway and Australia; Clinician in U.S., Canada, Central and South America; SAA Teacher Trainer; Presenter, Keynote speaker or Violin Coordinator at twelve S.A.A. Teacher’s Conferences: Presenter, Keynote speaker at Australian String Teachers Assn. in Cambura, Australia and Australian Suzuki Assn in Melbourne, Australia; Violin faculty at the University of Maryland; (formerly) Director of MM program in Performance with Specialization in Suzuki Pedagogy; Directs and teaches full time at the Northern Virginia Suzuki Music School. Director of the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute. Recently created a DVD called, “May I Help You Tune?”, to help parents/students learn to tune a violin, viola or cello.

Ronda believes in stimulating the development of expressive talent right from the beginning stages. Technique should be made easy using balance and release as key components, so that the player can have their heart invested in musical expression rather than on technique. Musical literacy can be fostered from the start, even in the Suzuki format.

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Ask the Experts 12 Musicality

January 20, 2010 by Ronda Cole

Last summer, focus groups at summer Institutes were asked to submit questions for a panel of “Suzuki Experts” to answer. This is the 12th installment. When and how do we start teaching musicianship and not just performance skills? This question deserves a… Read more ▶

New Violin Books and Recordings

August 1, 2008 by Ronda Cole, Lorraine Fink, Karen-Michele Kimmett, Allen Lieb, Doris Preucil, Sanford Reuning

The SAA Violin Committee presents a comprehensive overview of the newly published Suzuki Violin School Volumes 1, 2 and 3 and their recordings. The committee outlines the history and mechanics of the revision process, and the procedure for the compilation,… Read more ▶

The Courage to Make a Difference

The Courage to Make a Difference

Pinocchio Syndrome

Pinocchio Syndrome

Hug and Hug Back

Hug and Hug Back

Hold and Pull

Hold and Pull

Remedial Teaching

Remedial Teaching

Unit 1 Outline

Unit 1 Outline

annotated violin outline Read more ▶

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