Dr. Lani Hamilton

Violin, Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Lani Hamilton

SAA Member


Kansas City, MO
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Lani Hamilton is Assistant Professor in Music Education at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory where she teaches string techniques and undergraduate and graduate music pedagogy courses. An active teacher, Hamilton taught elementary and middle school strings in Florida and Texas. She has served on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin String Project, one of the finest programs for the training of teachers and the development of young string students within the U.S., where she taught ensemble classes, private lessons, and early childhood classes. She has also served as coordinator for the UT String Project outreach program at UT Elementary School, and co-founded the Suzuki violin program at Austin Montessori School in Texas.

Hamilton completed her doctoral work in Music and Human Learning at The Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. An active performer, teacher, and researcher, Hamilton also conducts research and presents on topics related to music learning, classroom education, and music practice. She has been invited to present her work at numerous meetings of regional, national, and international organizations, including The Neurosciences and Music Conference at Harvard Medical School, The International Symposium on Performance Science, The American String Teacher’s Association Conference, and The National Association for Music Education Conference. Prior to completing her doctorate, Hamilton was a violinists with the Southwest Florida Symphony and served as principal second violin of Opera Naples. She has performed at festivals throughout the United States, including the Sunflower Chamber Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center as a chamber music fellow.