Kathryn B. Drake

Violin Teacher

Kathryn Drake

SAA Member


Ithaca, NY

Kathryn Drake (they/them) is a violinist living and teaching in Ithaca, New York. They attended the long term Suzuki Pedagogy and Violin Performance program at Ithaca College. Drake’s work is focused on the use of violin mastery as a landscape for inner work from a very young age.

Drake began violin in the Suzuki Method at the age of four with Deanna Badgett, and later studied with Tim Washecka and Kristi Manno. They attended The University of Texas at Austin where they studied Violin Performance under the instruction of Sandy Yamamoto and the Miro Quartet while also completing dozens of hours of elective pedagogy courses with Dr. Laurie Scott and Dr. Robert Duke. While in Austin, Drake taught at Monarch Suzuki Academy and The University of Texas String Project, maintaining a studio of over 20 while also a full-time student.

Residing in community at Ithaca Zen Center, Drake is steeped in the natural world and a practice of the dharma daily. Their critical look into the teachings of Shinichi Suzuki (a Zen practitioner himself) through the lens of Zen philosophy has yielded an original approach to teaching the Suzuki Method, as well as writing on the subject.

If you are interested in taking violin lessons in Ithaca, New York please read about studio philosophy, policies, and practices on their website www.kathrynbdrake.com.