Suzuki Teacher, Suzuki Mom
Finding Joy and Balance on Two Sides of the Triangle

American Suzuki Journal 46.2

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 46.2. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2018 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Brittany Gardner

Brittany Platt Gardner began her cello studies at the age of eight after receiving a cello as a birthday present.

An avid teacher and sought-after clinician and speaker, Ms. Gardner finds great joy in the study, sharing, and teaching of music to children and their families.

Ms. Gardner recently completed an 11-year tenure at the Gifted Music School, where she served as the school’s Suzuki Program Coordinator. She currently serves on the board of Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and maintains an active performing career, appearing with such groups as the Utah Symphony, Sinfonia Salt Lake, The Orchestra at Temple Square, and others.

Ms Gardner holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from the joint degree program between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

She and her husband live in Salt Lake City with their two daughters.

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Amy Norton

Amy was raised with the Suzuki Method beginning at age 5. Amy earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University Of Utah. Amy has completed SAA Violin Teacher Training through Violin Volume 6, Violin Basics with Gabe Bolkosky, and the SPA course with Pat D’ercole. Her pedagogy style has been influenced by her mother Katherine Kunz, Pat D’Ercole, Teri Einfeldt, Judy Bossuat, Linda Fiore, Ed Kreitman, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Cathy Lee, and numerous others. For the last 20 years, Amy has enjoyed teaching the Suzuki philosophy!

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Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith is the Faculty & Artistic Director of the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and is the Suzuki Program Director at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stacy served as president of the Suzuki Association of Utah, has taught at institutes and workshops across the country, presented at state, national, and international conventions, and is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Stacy has a degree in Violin Performance, and has completed Suzuki Training with Edmund Sprunger, Jeanne Grover, Linda Fiore, Carey Beth Hockett, Cathy Lee, Mark Mutter, and others. In 2018, Stacy was awarded the SAA’s Certificate of Achievement, an award given to recognize teachers with a commitment to excellence and life-long learning. She maintains a studio of 30 violin students and is raising five musical children, all of whom have provided her most in-depth teacher training.

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