Mrs. Anna Ventura
Violin Teacher, Parent
Anna Maria Ventura has been a Suzuki student for over 35 years, a Suzuki teacher for 15 years and a Suzuki parent for 8 years.
Mrs. Ventura began taking lessons at the age of 6, at a public school Suzuki Violin program in Puerto Rico. She graduated from Escuela Libre de Musica high school and attended the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, where she majored in violin performance and studied with renowned violinists Jaime Medina and Jose “Pepito” Figueroa. During her sophomore year, University of Miami violin professor Thomas Moore auditioned her in Puerto Rico and subsequently offered her a full tuition scholarship to attend the University of Miami and study with him. While at the University of Miami, she also studied with Violin Professor Glenn Basham until she completed her BA degree in 1996.
She has performed with Epcot Center’s All American College Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, The Miami Symphony and Sociedad Pro Arte Grateli, among others. She often performs for commercial recordings as well as chamber music.
Anna was a Miami Dade County middle school orchestra teacher for 6 years until her first child was born. Since then she has taught privately from her home studio, as well as worked as a string orchestra consultant for various area schools and conservatories.
Mrs. Ventura completed her music education courses at Florida International University and has been a certified Dade County K-12 music teacher since 1999. She has completed the Every Child Can! Course with Dr. Timothy Durbin, the Violin 1 book training with Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Violin book 2 training with Ann Montzka-Smelser and Violin book 4 with Kimberly Meier-Sims. Anna believes that every child can learn to play the violin, with the encouraging and positive approach that is at the core of the Suzuki method.