Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher
I have been playing violin since I was nine years old, brought up in the Boulder (Colorado) Public Schools music program. Piano was my first, and main, instrument through high school, and by my teens I added recorder and guitar. I was a touring and recording solo folksinger and songwriter for almost two decades, and then I put my music career on the back burner while my husband and I raised our two daughters (presently in college and grad school studying violin.) During their childhood years I gave piano lessons to the children in the neighborhood.
I returned to violin in my late 40s, studying privately on both modern and baroque violin. I was so utterly inspired by and engaged in the Suzuki method, watching my daughters grow up in its loving pedagogy, I finally took the plunge and began my training as a Suzuki violin teacher, under the instruction of Nancy Lokken, Joanne Melvin, Kathleen Spring, and James Hutchins. I love it, and I love sharing it with my students and their parents. It has helped me develop my teaching skills, and improved my own technique on violin. I later added SECE training. I have served as a adjunct faculty member of Boulder Suzuki Strings, early childhood instructor with Prelude Music Classes, and taught parent ed sessions at Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute. Currently I perform with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado (bcocolorado.org), and with my baroque quartet Sémplice (semplicebaroque.com), as well as giving concerts in the folk/songwriter arena. I maintain a private Suzuki studio in my home and am the founder and director of Da Capo Suzuki Strings (dacaposuzukistrings.org). Must recently, I went back and took a refresher in Books 1 through 4 with Kathleen Spring.
Over the years, I attracted many students who came to me from another teacher, or who started without private instruction, so much of my teaching has revolved around correcting poor habits, while helping the student find the musician lurking underneath. I do enjoy the “detective” work of unraveling the physical habits, and always feel a thrill when we hear the first evidence of good ringing tone coming out! Over time, I have had more students come to me as beginners, and find I enjoy that part of the journey just as much! Working with my students and their parents continues to humble me. My life is so enriched through teaching them. Thank you, Dr. Suzuki!