Courtney Castaneda is a cellist and graduate student in the Music and Human Learning program at UT Austin. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in cello performance and psychology from the University of California, Davis and her Master of Music degree in cello performance from Sacramento State University where she was a teacher in the Sacramento State String Project. Courtney began playing violin and cello thanks to her public elementary school in Houston, and is a strong supporter of public school music education. Courtney taught privately for seven years in northern California, coached chamber music for the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop, and attended festivals in Paris and Eisenstadt. Courtney was the Operations Manager for the Sacramento School of Music and served as the Business Administrator for the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas for two years. She has received Suzuki Cello Teacher Training from Carey Cheney and Tanya Carey, and Suzuki in the Schools training from Dr. Laurie Scott. In Spring 2015, Courtney received her K-12 teacher certification while simultaneously working on her graduate degree. Courtney is a faculty member in the University of Texas String Project and is a co-teacher for the UT Elementary School orchestra program.