Miss. Danielle Charboneau

Violin, Viola Teacher

Danielle Charboneau

SAA Member


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Danielle Charboneau, director of Charboneau Collaborative Strings, is a transplant to the California Bay Area after years of teaching in Chicago, IL and a number of programs in her native Michigan. With a Bachelors and Masters in Violin performance, a Specialization in Dance, Pedagogy study with Judy Palac, and the completion of her Suzuki teacher training with a variety of trainers including Linda Fiore, James Maurer, and Almita Vamos, Danielle integrates concepts from many pedagogical, body use, and communication modalities.

While Danielle’s teaching began with the encouragement of her then teacher, Katie Lortz, long before attending university, the bulk of her first teaching experiences began at the Michigan State University Community Music Program where she developed a number teaching aids, etudes, and curriculums. While teaching at MSU Danielle was a member of a number of symphony orchestras including Lansing Symphony, Midland Symphony, and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. After moving to Chicago, Danielle continued performing with the addition of more frequent larger chamber music groups, quartets and quintets, including Neun Solisten while teaching at both the DePaul Community Music Department and the Music Institute of Chicago. 

Beyond teaching and in support of her beliefs in the power of community as a tool for elevating the reach of educational initiatives, Danielle has held a number of administrative and board positions. Danielle’s board positions include president of the Chicago Area Suzuki Association and the Suzuki Association of Northern California branch of the Suzuki Music Association of California. Some of her administrative positions include Director of the Michigan State University Community Music School Tour Group, Movement for Musicians, and Chamber Music Program. And at the Music Institute of Chicago, Danielle was the chair of the faculty committee, string coordinator, and liaison between faculty, administration, and board. Most recently Danielle held the position of Director of the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford and the President of the Sun Francisco branch of ASTA and is currently the director of a collaborative and whole child chamber music partnership program, Integrative Chamber Music, in the San Francisco bay area. 

In support of Danielle’s belief that music education is whole child education, Danielle completed mediation training with the Chicago Center for Conflict Resolution, the Non Violent Communication Leadership Training with BayNVC, and UC Berkeley. From this, she draws many of her ideas for helping parents work with their children and chamber groups work with each other. With her training in Alexander Technique, Integrative Manual Therapy, Body Mapping, and other modalities she draws material for research and exploration of strategies for injury prevention and technical development facilitation.

At present, Danielle focuses her efforts on bringing together her training as a Suzuki teacher, her experience teaching more traditional pedagogy, her exploration of body use treatments and practices, as well as mediation and communication practices to teach the whole child whether the child is partnering with their parent, independent, or engaged in ensemble playing. Danielle continues to be an advocate for learning that supports the child’s heart, not just their skill level. And as such continues to explore healthy strategies for more easeful learning and communication skills for more joy filled and peaceful engagement with their parents, other students, and themselves.