Kathryn A. McLean

Violin Teacher

SAA Member

Kathryn McLean received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974. Inspired and coached by Suzuki vetern Marjory Aber, she attended the very first Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Having completed further training with Ms. Aber, Kathry taught in the Pre-College Division of the university in Madison.

Kathryn relocated to Greenville, SC in 1982 and has maintained a Suzuki studio for over 30 years. She was a founding member of the Suzuki Association of SC and remains a loyal supporter of that organization. In addition, she was co-director for the SC Suzuki Institute held at Furman University from 1998-2008, and was on the faculty of that same Institute in the summer of 2012. In 2009, Kathryn was awarded Studio Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association. Kathryn was a clinician for the SC ASTA Violin and Viola Workshop held in January, 2012. Her students performed on the Peggy Denny WGGS TV show, representing the Suzuki Association of South Carolina this past Dec., 2012.

Kathryn truly believes in Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s premise that all children are born with musical ability. With a positive home environment, supportive parental involvement and an encouraging teacher, each child can reach their own full potential.

Kathryn and her husband Bruce are members of the Greenville Symphony, the Hendersonville Symphony, the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium-GAMAC, and the Brevard Chamber Orchestra. Adult children, Jacob and Elsa, along with two grandsons, reside in South Carolina.