Mrs. Kathryn A. Schatz

Violin Teacher

Kathryn Schatz

SAA Member


Columbia, MD
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Kathryn Schatz is a graduate of Ithaca College Schools of Music (1971). She has been teaching the Suzuki Violin Method since that time. Highlights of her education in the Suzuki Method and her teaching experience include:

Kathryn studied the Suzuki Violin Method with Sanford Reuning in Ithaca, NY, for seven years. During that time she received training in all ten Books of the Suzuki Violin Method. Sanford Reuning is a former president of the Suzuki Association of America and until his retirement was the Director of Ithaca Talent Education in Ithaca, NY. Kathryn taught private lessons at ITE for five years, both at their school in Ithaca and at their branch school in Syracuse, NY.

Kathryn travelled to Matsumoto and Tokyo Japan in 1973 to study directly with Dr. Suzuki, as well as observing and studying with Dr. Suzuki on a number of his visits to the U.S.

In addition, Kathryn attended many workshops to observe and study with the early masters of the Suzuki Method in the U.S., including John Kendall (Books 4—8), William Starr (Books 1—3), and Louise Behrend.

In 1971 Kathryn founded the Cortland Suzuki Violin School in Cortland, NY, and private private and group lessons to over a hundred students during the years 1971—1979. In 1979 Kathryn moved to Columbia, MD, where she started a private studio for the Suzuki Violin Method. Kathryn has been teaching in Columbia, MD since that time, except for the years 1990—1993, during which time she lived in Cheltenham, England, and played first violin in the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra.

Kathryn has been a faculty member at numerous Suzuki Violin Institutes, including the summer institutes at: Ithaca College, Catholic University of America, New Hampshire University, the Maine Institute, the Atlanta Institute, and the institute at Snow Mass, Colorado. She also taught the Suzuki Violin Method for three months at The Hague Summer Institute in Holland.

Kathryn has a wealth of experience in starting children in the Suzuki Method from age three on. She is extremely creative with her students and brings a lifetime of ideas and teaching tools to each lesson, including unique methods for learning sight reading, intonation, rhythm, and vibrato. She has also developed methods to alleviate performance anxiety.

In addition to a lifetime of teaching the Suzuki Method, Kathryn has extensive training in the New Approach of Kato Havas. Kathryn studied with Kato on her visits to Vermont over eight years, as well as traveling to England twice to study with her.