Janelle Severson

Violin Teacher

Janelle Severson

SAA Member


Waunakee, WI
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Janelle Severson grew up in Stevens Point, WI as a Suzuki kid who started Talent Education in 1980 where she studied with Kyoko Fuller. Janelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Mark Bjork. She received a Master’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis on Suzuki Pedagogy in 2002, also receiving long-term training from Patricia D’Ercole at UW-Stevens Point. From 2002-2014, she was the director of Severson Suzuki Strings in Eau Claire, WI and she was a free-lance violinist performing with several orchestras and serving as an orchestra board member. In 2014, Janelle and her family moved to Waunakee, Wisconsin where she has continued her Suzuki program. Janelle served as the Vice President/President-Elect for the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and was honored as a 2018 Sensei Leadership Award recipient for Leadership and Caring. Janelle has been invited to teach at workshops and be a guest clinician throughout the United States and has been on the faculty at the American Suzuki Institute since 2002.