Mrs. Natalie I. Coots

Violin, Viola Teacher

Natalie Coots

SAA Member


Wilton, CT

Natalie Coots began her Suzuki violin studies at age 7 in Manlius, New York, under the loving instruction of Nancy Fennessy. After 11 years of learning from Nancy, Natalie attended Ithaca College where she pursued a double Bachelor’s Degree of music education and violin performance, all with the intention of continuing onto her Master’s Degree at IC in Suzuki Pedagogy. Sanford Reuning and Carrie Reuning- Hummel were Natalie’s mentors throughout her Master’s Degree.

Having delved into the Suzuki viola world, Natalie now teaches Suzuki violin and viola at Ithaca Talent Education in Ithaca, NY, and has taken teacher training in all 10 Suzuki violin volumes. She also teaches from her home in Kirkville, NY. Her teacher trainers include Tom Wermuth, Ed Kreitman, Nancy Lokken, Kimberly Meier- Simms, Susan Baer, Sanford Reuning, and Carrie Reuning- Hummel.

Natalie recently became the co-director of the Ithaca Suzuki Institute, along with Carrie Reuning- Hummel. She has had the opportunity to teach in workshops at Hartt, Fort Lauderdale, and in New Zealand, and loves to teach in workshop and institute settings. Natalie hopes to share the incomparable community, mentorship, friendship and musicianship that she received from her Suzuki upbringing with as many students and families as she can.