Lisa D. Toner

Violin Teacher

Lisa Toner

SAA Member


Bellingham, WA
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2022 update: I closed my Seattle studio of 13 years and we moved to Bellingham in January 2022. I may begin a regular teaching schedule again in the fall of 2022. For now, I’m available for more occasional lessons in person or by Zoom and Alexander Technique. Get in contact with me if you’d like! 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. Along the way, 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 move well so they can reach their fullest potential. She became a certified Alexander Technique teacher in 2020 and enjoys applying the principles to her lessons as well as working with adult musicians of any instrument.

From 2011 to 2021, Lisa had 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 has adjudicated for various local competitions, regularly teaches at the annual Suzuki Association of Washington State Festival, and was on the faculty for the 2015 Walla Walla Summer Suzuki Institute. She performed with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. 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. She has served on the board of SAWS for many years and enjoys staying connected to her wonderful community of colleagues.