Miss. Monica Johnston
Violin, Viola Teacher
Monica Johnston comes from South Carolina, where she started playing the violin in her school orchestra, and later found her true love, the viola! She went on to major in Music Education at the University of South Carolina (USC), where she also received a Viola Performance Certificate. While at USC, she was named a Magellan Scholar and received an Undergraduate Research Grant to conduct research in Baroque performance.
Although always interested in teaching music and working with young children, Miss Monica was not introduced to the Suzuki Method until 2008. She has since received SAA training from Patricia D’Ercole, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Carol Smith, Mary Cay Neal, Lan Ku Chen, and most recently Sarah Montzka and Elizabeth Stuen-Walker. Monica has attended Suzuki events in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Miss Monica has taught students of all ages, from infants to grandparents! She has been teaching at KinderU Suzuki Music Academy since August 2011, and previously taught Suzuki Method, private lessons, and conducted orchestras through the USC String Project and the USC Community Music School. Her biggest inspiration and greatest supporter is her mother, Ms. Tonya, a preschool teacher in South Carolina.
Alongside her instrumental teaching, Miss Monica loves her Music Play class, a program designed for children starting from birth! She worked with Dr. Wendy Valerio at USC and received her Early Childhood Music Mastership Certification, Level One from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning with Dr. Herbert Marshall and Natasha Sigmund.
Monica is an active performer in Hong Kong. She currently plays with Western District, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Early Music Ensemble, and the SAR Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed all around the world; in Italy, Austria, Canada, the United States, Hungary, and Hong Kong, as well as with pop stars such as Michael Buble, Hacken Lee and Angela Zhang.
Ms. Monica LOVES Hong Kong! Riding the ding ding, eating har gao and char siu bao, hiking and visiting the beautiful beaches, eating won ton mien, bargaining in the markets, eating dumplings (Ms. Monica loves eating), trying new things, eating egg waffles…the list goes on and on!
When not teaching or performing, she’s traveling!
Ms. Monica strives to be a lifelong learner! One way to always learn something new is to keep your mind open to new experiences. Traveling helps her experience the world in different ways, through different cultures, different foods, different landscapes, and it keeps her inspired to see the things through a student’s eyes, and to hear the world through a musician’s ears.