Lisa D. Toner

Violin Teacher

Lisa Toner

SAA Member


Seattle, WA
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2021 update: studio is full at this time. Thanks!

Lisa Toner finds great joy in teaching and learning and is committed to a career based on Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy. She earned a Bachelor’s in violin performance from Western Washington University in 2008, where she performed in the scholarship string quartet. Her interest in teaching and learning led her to graduate school at the University of Washington, where she completed a Master of Educational Psychology in 2011. She conducted an in-depth three-year research study about teacher-student interaction during violin lessons.

Lisa studied Suzuki pedagogy with Cathy Lee at the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute over a ten year period, and also took training with Teri Einfeldt, Mark Bjork, and Ed Sprunger. She has a special interest in helping students improve their alignment, release tension, reduce performance anxiety, and become aware of how they’re doing what they’re doing. She is completing the process of becoming a certified Alexander Technique teacher.

Lisa has a thriving home studio in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood, including individual lessons, group lessons, a teen chamber music program, guest clinicians, and five performance opportunities per year. She regularly adjudicates for local competitions, teaches at the annual Suzuki Association of Washington State Festival, and was on the faculty for the 2015 Walla Walla Summer Suzuki Institute. She performs with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. An active member of her professional community, she served for several years as scheduler for both the Seattle Young Artists Festival and the Suzuki Association of Washington State’s fall festival.