Calli Barton Clark

Violin Teacher

Calli Barton Clark

SAA Member


Salt Lake City, UT
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I have been teaching private violin lessons for more than ten years. I am also a private art teacher and an elementary music teacher. Teaching is my greatest passion! I have completed the training for Suzuki Violin Method Books 1-8 and plan to continue my teaching education every year.

My Suzuki foundation began with Natalie Rayback and Ramona Stirling. I went on to study with Natalie Reed, a student of the legendary Josef Gingold. I fell in love with chamber music at ISSI’s Chamber Days with the Fry Street Quartet. I pursued this passion of chamber music as concert master of Jack Ashton’s Young Artist Chamber Players, and eventually followed the Fry Street Quartet to USU. I graduated with a BA in Violin Performance at Utah State University where I had the opportunity to study with Robert Waters and the Fry Street Quartet.

I had the privilege of being the first violinist for the USU Caine Quartet my senior year. We did outreach programs with Cache Valley elementary schools. One focus of this outreach was creating music workshops for special education classes.

I love music theory! I was an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for several professors and classes, including Fundamentals of Music Theory, Music Theory I, Music Theory II, and Music Theory III. This involved designing music theory lesson plans for all levels, grading advanced music theory exams and papers, and tutoring students privately. I had the chance to teach in tandem with music theory professors whose primary focus was pedagogy research. This greatly refined my understanding of music theory and my teaching methods.

As part of my degree, I chose to study Elementary Music Education with Jill DeVilbiss.  This inspired me to get a job teaching music at Wilson Elementary for kindergarten through fifth grade. This gave me the opportunity to receive additional training in Elementary Music Education and a wealth of experience working with elementary students.

During my time in Cache Valley, I also volunteered as a group instructor for the Young Musicians of St. Thomas Aquinas, a sister group to El Sistema. I worked closely with Dr. Sergio Bernal (conductor of the USU Symphony Orchestra) to provide free music instruction to underprivileged children that normally would not be able to afford lessons.

I love teaching violin and I am excited to be back in Salt Lake!