Ms. Aria Hartley

Violin, Viola Teacher, Parent

Aria Hartley

SAA Member


Bend, OR
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Ms. Aria
“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens, noble human beings. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth, and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart. The potential of every child is unlimited.” -Dr. Suzuki

Ms. Aria is a fourth generation music educator who started Suzuki violin at the age of two with her grandmother, Sonnhild F. Kitts, a pioneer Suzuki teacher who studied with Dr. Suzuki in the 1970s. Ms. Aria has a Master of Music degree in Suzuki Pedagogy from Northern Arizona University. In addition to Long-Term Suzuki Training in Books 1-10, Ms. Aria completed Unit 1 and 2 Teacher Training in Music Mind Games with Michiko Yurko and has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Florida.

Professionally, Ms. Aria was a violinist with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2015 and now performs with the Central Oregon Symphony and Bend Chamber Orchestra. She has taught choir to grades 4-6 as well as string classes to grades K-12. She has over ten years of experience teaching Suzuki lessons privately and in a group setting and over eight years teaching within the public school system.

As of September 2015 Ms. Aria relocated to Bend, Oregon with her family. Other than teaching music, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, disc golf and spending time with her family. She hopes to share her passion of music education to the families of Bend. Ms. Aria aspires to become a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher Trainer and help teachers all over the world to feel more confident as a music educator.

To learn more about Aria:
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