Martha Bruce Ellerman
Violin, Viola Teacher
Martha Bruce graduated with a Master of Music in violin performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Maryland. Martha currently plays with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and maintains a studio in her home state of Vermont.
Martha was fortunate to grow up in a vibrant Suzuki Violin Community. Actively involved in Vermont Suzuki Violins since beginning the violin at age six, she was fortunate enough to be mentored by Pam Reit (winner of the SAA 2012 Creating Community Award). While pursuing degrees in violin performance, Martha discovered a great passion for teaching. Throughout her graduate degree, she held an internship with the Peabody Preparatory Department. After graduating with a master’s degree in violin performance and pedagogy, Martha also completed books 1-4 of her Suzuki Teacher Training. Through her Suzuki teaching, she strives to share her love of music with her students in a joyful and creative manner. Martha is an active performer of both chamber and orchestral music, and enjoys introducing ensemble playing to her students at an early age.
Her principle teachers include Ira Morris, Dr. James Stern, and Violaine Melancon. She has also coached with members of the Guarneri Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and Peabody Trio. She has participated in various summer festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Garth Newel. Martha previously taught at the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland, and was a co-founder of Tutti Suzuki Strings in Catonsville, MD. Martha currently is accepting new students of all ages in Hinesburg, Vermont.