Lisa Barca-Hall

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

Lisa Barca-Hall

SAA Member


Monterey, CA
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I graduated from Yale University in 1982 with a psychology degree and have been a Suzuki teacher since 1974. I have seven kids (six boys and a girl, ages 21-41) and four grandkids. I was a Suzuki student, along with four younger siblings, starting in the mid-sixties in Harwich, Massachusetts. Susan Grilli, Sylvia Edmonds and Carol Sykes were my teachers . In 1978, in Connecticut, I established my first Suzuki School, the Suzuki Music School of New Haven, which grew to 430 students under my tenure in just four years. I established the Bethwood Suzuki School in Woodbridge, CT in 1988 which grew to 650 violin, piano and cello students under my tenure. There I developed a pre-twinkle music and movement program called Kinderhythms for ages 18 months to four years old. In 1995, my husband’s company moved to California and our family relocated to the Santa Cruz Mountains where I developed several private programs and established Suzuki programs in two elementary schools. I retired in 2010 but since moving to the Carmel/Monterey area four years ago, I have returned to teaching. My daughter-in-law is an elementary school music teacher and I volunteered to take over her school violin program where my grandkids are students . I love bringing the joy of music to such a wide audience, and have begun accepting private students again. After decades of teaching hundreds and hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to become performers or musicians or teachers, I am most proud of how many have gone on simply to love music and the arts. My training taught me to nurture by love, and my students grew into fine adults who love to nurture.