Welcome to my studio! My name is Kendall Banks. I’ve been teaching Suzuki violin for thirteen years. I love working with both kids and adults. My current studio community has students ranging from 5 years old to 68.
I began studying violin when I was three years old in the Suzuki program at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. I began taking privately with Vera McCoy-Sulentic when I was four and spent the next eleven years growing under her tutelage. I graduated from the Suzuki program when I was fifteen and brought my time there to a close by performing Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in G major, 1st movement, after placing first in the senior concerto competition.
When I was sixteen I auditioned for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and joined them the same year. I spent the next three years with the youth orchestra, and discovered Dana Edson Myers, a member of the St. Louis Symphony. She became my new teacher and taught me for three years. Under her instruction I grew into a mature musician.
When I was eighteen I began studying to become a better Suzuki teacher. I started my instruction under Vera McCoy-Sulentic once more, this time as a student teacher! I completed units I and II in 2008, and then went on to teach for eight years, developing my private studio and gaining more teaching experience. In 2016 I continued my pedagogy training, adding units III and IV to my completed training.
I continue to teach privately, host student recitals, and take on playing gigs whenever I get the chance. I also continue my own education whenever I can, attending workshops, and learning from other brilliant Suzuki teachers. I hope to continue sharing my love for music and teaching with the community for many years to come.