Gary L. Fridley

Violin, Viola, Cello Teacher


Sioux City, IA
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My Suzuki training was with Dorothy Walker of Sioux City, Iowa and University of Illinois and also at the Suzuki Camp at Steven’s Point Wisconsin taking the Teacher Training Track with Shinichi Suzuki in 1977.

My experience in Suzuki teaching is from 1975 to the present in in Violin, Viola, ‘cello and ‘bass with emphasis on Violin and Viola. My experience with Suzuki in the Public School was in the early 80’s in the Sioux City Community Schools of Sioux City, Iowa for 5 years beginning with Kindergarten.

I am a high school graduate of the Burlington (Iowa) Community Schools, studying violin with Keylor Noland at Iowa Wesleyan College (Mt. Pleasant, IA) and Heimo Loya at Monmouth College (Monmouth, Illinois and a Bachelor of Music Education degree recipient from Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa) studying with Leo Kucinski, Laren Jakey, Isaac Ostrow and Howard Reitz.

I now teach an after school program at the Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools teaching lessons in all strings preK through 12 and have my private studio, SilverStringS School of String Teaching in Sioux City, IA.

I taught Orchestra and Strings for 31 years at the Sioux City Community Schools, Sioux City, Iowa, the Cherokee Community Schools for 1 year, Cherokee, Iowa and the Yankton Community Schools for 1 year, Yankton, SD.

My playing experience includes my string quartet, SilverStringS Quartet, over 40 years playing concerts, weddings, dinners, receptions, the Southeast Iowa Symphony, 5 years, Sioux Falls (South Dakota and now the South Dakota Symphony) Symphony, 8 years, the Cherokee (IA) Symphony Orchestra, 40+ years and the Sioux City (IA) Symphony Orchestra, now beginning my 51st season playing violin/viola.

I am also currently a licensed United Methodist Pastor serving the Danbury (IA) United Methodist Church and the Charter Oak (IA) United Methodist Church.

Other organizational affiliations are the American String Teachers Assn. (Iowa String Teachers Assn.), and a former member of the National Education Association.