Metamorphosis from Student into Artist Teacher
Part I
Transitioning Smoothly from a Degree into the Workforce

American Suzuki Journal 42.4

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 42.4. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Carrie Grace Beisler

Living is Beirut, Lebanon, Carrie Beisler is founder and co-director of the American Lebanese Suzuki Talent Education Program. Founded in 2017 with co-director Tony Moussa, ALSTEP is the first Suzuki program developed in Lebanon. Carrie is passionate about expanding the Suzuki community with her work in Lebanon and loves the new experiences of teaching in a different culture. Her work with ALSTEP is committed to creating the opportunity of quality musical education for students across the world.
Carrie began her violin studies at age four with Nancy Lokken in Minneapolis, MN. She received a Masters of Music with a focus in Suzuki Pedagogy from The University of Minnesota and completed her Bachelor of Music from The University of Iowa. Carrie served on staff of the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Beaver Creek, CO for seven years and prior to moving to Lebanon she taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Suzuki Program.

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Dr. Colleen Ferguson has been playing and teaching violin nearly all of her life. After earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in music from UT Austin, where she was also a faculty member of the UT Austin String Project, Dr. Ferguson taught general music and orchestra in the El Paso, TX public schools and also played professionally as a member of several orchestras in the El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM area. An enthusiastic teacher of students of all ages, she has completed numerous teacher-training courses with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has given a number of presentations at the annual American String Teachers Association National Conferences across the United States as well as presenting at the Biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference. Dr. Ferguson is currently an active teacher and performer in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids areas.

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Lucy Lewis

Dr. Lucy Lewis enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, and teaching clinician, and has appeared in these roles throughout the United States and internationally. At California State University San Bernardino, Dr. Lewis is Assistant Professor of Orchestral Music Education, and oversees the instruction of applied violin and viola, conducting the orchestral studies program, coaching string chamber music, and teaching string methods and pedagogy. At Loma Linda Academy, Dr. Lewis is the Director of the String Program, she conducts the Loma Linda Academy Symphony Orchestra, and also maintains a small private studio. Previously, Dr. Lewis has been on the faculties of the Preucil School of Music, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory Preparatory Department, Southwestern and Lake Michigan Colleges, the Citadel Dance & Music Center, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Association’s Mentor Program.

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Emily Rolka

Emily Rolka received her B.M. from the University of Michigan while studying with Yehonatan Berick, her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa studying with Dr. Scott Conklin, and her D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota studying with Mark Bjork. All degrees are in violin performance. Dr. Rolka began her Suzuki Teacher training in 2006 and since then has studied with Christie Felsing, Ronda Cole, Nancy Lokken, Brian Lewis, Teri Einfeldt, and long-term training with Mark Bjork for books 1-10. She taught for 3 years at a Suzuki Program in St. Paul, MN and is currently the director of the Suzuki Talent Education Program in Williamsport, PA.

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