Dafna Low-Smith

Violin Teacher

Dafna Low-Smith

SAA Member


Star, ID
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I began studying the violin as a Suzuki student at the age of five. My teacher, Elizabeth Mills and my mother, Idell Low were pioneers of the Suzuki method in California. At the age of 12, I travelled to Japan, where I studied with Dr. Suzuki. I continued my studies at SDSU with Ted Brunson, both in violin and Suzuki pedagogy as well as with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
I have completed all levels of the Suzuki book teacher training, some more than once and have
attended many teacher training seminars.
I taught both private and group classes as a member of the Suzuki Program of Los Angeles for over thirty five years. I ran the violin program at Campbell Hall School for seventeen years and was the director of the Suzuki program at both Sweet Strings and Project Harmony, serving under privileged youth and their families.
My students often excel to a very high level of playing, many have performed as featured soloists in the annual Suzuki graduation ceremonies held at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. I have also had students perform as soloists with local orchestras, in chamber groups and after winning competitions.
I am very devoted to the students I teach, as well as their families. I do not expect that all of my students will become professional musicians, that was never Dr. Suzuki’s goal, but if a student, with the support of the parent, works hard, there is certainly no reason why they can’t play like one.
I am now living in Star Idaho with my family and am looking forward to building my studio.