Ms. Barbara Rylander

Violin, Viola Teacher

Barbara Rylander

SAA Member


Saline, MI
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Barbara Rylander

“Mrs. Barb”

Founder of Three by Three Musical Development, Inc.

Throughout a long career as a performer and teacher, Barb Rylander has investigated every aspect of the musical mind, both through ongoing study of the violin, SAA conferences, extensive training in Kindermusik and Musikgarten, and performance in orchestras and chamber ensembles. All but one of her five daughters played an instrument and studied privately through high school or beyond. The one holdout put her time and funds toward living her dream life, becoming a master at horsemanship.

Playing an instrument is one way to live your dreams. Knowing how to create, imagine, focus, work precisely, and have a vision for excellence are foundational for life itself.

Three by Three Musical Development seeks to be a multifaceted system for practicing an instrument.

Barbara (Horvath) Rylander began violin in a school program in a suburb of Cleveland, continuing her studies with Cleveland Orchestra violinists Edward Matey and Nate Snader. In junior high she added French Horn and studied under a Cleveland orchestra member on horn as well. Her degree is from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnnati, studying under Sigmund Effron and Jens Ellerman. In Chicago she studied under George Perlman.

A continuous SAA member since 1984 when she attended the Steven’s Point Suzuki Institute and took book one training under Rhonda Cole, Barbara has attended many conferences and SAA training which is listed elsewhere on this website.

Mrs. Barb is also trained in both Kindermusik and Musikgarten, developing a group class which incorporated these, adding beginning note reading, singing, and expressive movement with work on the violin in book 1.

Her orchestral experience includes Charleston, West Virginia Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic and various community orchestras. Presently she plays violin or viola with the Ypsilanti Symphony.

In 1993 Kaleidoscope Strings was founded by Barbara Rylander, both to create a Suzuki program in the Orland Park, Tinley Park, IL area and to provide string ensembles for events. Kaleidoscope Strings maintained a teaching studio in Tinley Park until the fall of 2004 when Kaleidoscope Strings and Piano opened in Orland Park under the auspices of Janet Kuester. Seven teachers, on violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano taught at the Kaleidoscope Strings studio. Many have continued on with Mrs. Kuester’s present studio The Music Connection.

Mrs. Barb’s students have ranged in age from 21/2 to almost 80.

Since coming to Michigan in 2009, Ms. Rylander has taught in her home studio in Saline. Recently she has incorporated Three by Three Music Musical Development Program to better communicate the essential tools of becoming a musician “from the inside out”