“Burn with the Obligation to Save the World” Adapting the Suzuki philosophy to best serve low-income students

American Suzuki Journal 45.2

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 45.2. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2017 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Laura Eakman

In addition to maintaining a private Suzuki studio in Denver, Colorado, Laura Eakman currently serves as Music Director at Strive Prep. Ruby Hill where she founded an El-Sistema and Suzuki-inspired strings program. Her 2016 doctoral thesis entitled, Teaching the Violin with Purpose: Strategies Designed to Foster Musical, Cognitive, and Social Development in Low-income Students, explored the ways in which music can most greatly benefit students of low socioeconomic status.

An avid chamber musician, Laura has performed internationally, has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, and regularly performs with new music ensembles throughout Colorado.

Dr. Eakman received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northern Illinois University in music performance and pedagogy. In 2016, Laura earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she served as Erika Eckert’s teaching assistant.

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