Nora G. Friedman
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher
Nora Friedman holds a Masters of Music in Violin Performance. She has extensive teacher training, including Suzuki training with Edward Kreitman and Edmund Sprunger and many years working alongside Roberta Guaspari, who inspired the movie, “Music of the Heart.” Ms. Friedman founded the violin program at the Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant and the High School for Violin and Dance. She has held faculty positions at the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, at the Elisabeth Morrow School, and at the Thurnauer School of Music, where she was also co-director of groups. She is currently the Assistant Violin Department Head at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, teaches at Opus 118 Harlem School of the Arts, and runs a private studio.
Ms. Friedman is committed to providing superlative instrumental education to all socio-economic backgrounds due to spending many years teaching violin to disadvantaged children in inner-city schools. She offers a scholarship program in her private studio open to Black and Latino families in the Brooklyn area (please see Joyful-violin.com/scholarship/ for more information).
In addition to having a passion for playing and teaching children, Ms. Friedman holds a special love for old time fiddling and improvisation, and traveled extensively in North America learning and playing roots music. She has been involved with many musical projects, including New York City orchestras, indie bands, and other ensembles. She lives in a quirky old brownstone in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with her dog Honey, who is the real reason her students come so happily to lessons.