Especially for New Teachers

American Suzuki Journal 42.2

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 42.2. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Katie Bast

Beginning Suzuki violin in elementary school, Katie cannot remember life before the violin. After receiving her Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance at Southern Methodist University, she taught privately and free lanced in the Milwaukee area. In 2001, Katie finished her Masters of Music degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy with Mark Bjork at the University of Minnesota. That fall, she became faculty at MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis) where she taught and coordinated the Suzuki string groups and orchestras until moving to Holland, Michigan in 2013. In Holland, Katie maintains a Suzuki studio, is assistant concertmaster of the Holland Symphony and is a member of the West Michigan Symphony. Her other Suzuki trainers include Pat D’Ercole, Alice Joy Lewis, Kathy Wood and Beth Titterington. Katie is a Suzuki parent of two children (a cellist and violinist), and considers that part of her on going training.

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