A Spotlight

February 1, 2014, ASJ 42.2
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American Suzuki Journal 42.2

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

Reagan Brasch

Reagan Brasch is a Suzuki violin teacher and Early Childhood Coordinator at the University of Hartford Community Division in CT. She taught Suzuki violin for 17 years at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she was the Events Coordinator for the Suzuki Program as well as the director of the Musikgarten program. Before moving into the Chicago area, Reagan taught in Denver, CO with James Maurer at the Denver Talent Education Program. She teaches at institutes and workshops around the country.

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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. Her book “This Will Help You Grow: Advice & Encouragement for Suzuki Parents” (available on has been warmly received by readers from Singapore to Australia, to the United States.

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, in addition to her studio, codirects the Amichevoli Cello Choir with Kelly McConkie Stewart 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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Lisa Guttenberg

Lisa Guttenberg is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where she received a BM (’98) in Violin Performance and a MM (’00) in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. At CIM, she was a student of Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Michele George. Lisa has also studied with Koji Toyoda at the Talent Education Institute in Japan. She has been a member of the faculty at the Preucil School of Music (2000-2005) and the University of Northern Iowa Suzuki School (2000-2003). She was Assistant Concertmaster of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and also subbed with the Cedar Rapids Symphony. From 2006-2010, she lived and taught in Valencia, Spain and from 2010-2014, she taught at All Newton Music School and Winchester Community Music School. She returned to Iowa in 2014 and is currently the Assistant Director at the Preucil School of Music.

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Megan Titensor

Megan Titensor is an influential cellist and devoted teacher based in Seattle, Washington where she has a private studio. She also teaches in a Suzuki program in Olympia, Washington.

Megan is sought-after as a clinician and has taught at Suzuki institutes and workshops in Peru, Mexico, UT, CA, TX, MI, NY, and OH. Megan has served in many leadership and administrative roles within the Suzuki community in local chapters and on institute boards. She has been contributor to the American Suzuki Journal and presenter at the SAA Conference and Parents as Partners Online.

Megan holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Cello Performance and is an active freelance cellist. She has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, recording artist, and is also an accomplished pianist.

Megan spends her leisure time on skis, on a bicycle, or rock climbing with her husband and exploring trails with her son and dog.

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