Mrs. Laurie N. Niles

Violin Teacher

Laurie Niles

SAA Member


Pasadena, CA
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Laurie Niles believes in the talent and dignity of every child, and in Shinichi Suzuki’s idea that those best qualities can be cultivated, with love, through music. Laurie has been teaching for more than 25 years and currently teaches in Pasadena, Calif. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Gerardo Ribeiro, and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University, where she also studied violin with Henryk Kowalski. She studied Suzuki pedagogy with James Maurer, Helen Brunner, Mark Bjork, Enid Cleary and Ellie LeRoux. She has played in many symphony orchestras, including the Pasadena, New West, Long Beach, Redlands, Colorado Springs and Omaha Symphonies. She is also the editor and founder of, a community website that has been helping students, teachers and professionals learn and share information about the violin, viola and other stringed instruments since 1996. She has written articles for many publications, among them Strings Magazine, The Strad and Symphony Magazine.