Mr. Bruce Erwin

Violin Teacher

Bruce Erwin

SAA Member

Bruce Erwin began playing the violin shortly after his father began making them. Since he began playing, he has performed in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the A.I.M.S. Orchestra in Graz, Austria and La Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico. After moving to Ohio in 1992, Bruce began teaching at Riverside Academy of Music and has continued teaching with that group after Riverside merged with the Beck Center for the Arts. Discovering the Ohio Scottish Games caused Bruce to develop an interest in traditional celtic music. He compiled and edited a collection of fiddle tunes from the Scottish tradition called The Fiddler’s Wrist, published by FJH Music in 2003. Currently, he performs celtic music with Forscythe Special throughout the Erie shores area.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Graduate String Quartet. His Master of Music degree was earned at Baylor University, where he was a grad. assistant and also performed in the Graduate String Quartet. He has completed coursework and two of four recitals for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where he was a studio teaching assistant. His relationship with the Suzuki Method began by being a student in one of John Kendall’s first demonstrations for the Texas Music Educator’s Association. He has taken and registered short term teacher training courses in all ten books, working with Yuko Honda, Sr. Pat D’Ercole, James Maurer, Alice Joy Lewis and Mark Bjork . He has taught in music camps sponsored by Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras, Suzuki Music Columbus, DFW WOW and Campamento Musical Juvenil de Panamá.

Mr. Erwin resides in Oberlin, Ohio with his wife Joanne, Pumpkin the cat and Kirby, the dog.