Mrs. Kelly M. Christ
Violin, Viola Teacher
Kelly has been teaching violin and viola for 9 years and has experience teaching students aged 3-83. She started violin with the Suzuki method when she was 5 years old. She has taken both violin and viola lessons with Margaret Shimizu, Samuel Goh, and Elisa Boynton. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College (in Portland, OR), which she has found to be profoundly helpful in her teaching. Her training includes a 2 year apprenticeship with Martha Shackford (Violin Books 1-10 & Viola Books 1-3), Oregon Suzuki Institute training with Betsy Stuen-Walker (Viola Books 3-4), and the Suzuki Principles in Action course with Susan Baer. She performed professionally with dozens of groups in Portland, before relocating to her hometown of Sierra Madre. She is a proud member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Suzuki Music Association of California-Los Angeles, and the Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena. In addition to teaching in her private studio, she is also a violin coach for the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra and conductor for PYSO’s All City Orchestra. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, watching TV shows with her husband, and singing and dancing with her son.