Dr. Rachel M. Petite

Violin, Viola, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher, Parent

Rachel Petite

SAA Member


Missoula, MT
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Dr. Petite has had an extensive performance and teaching career. She received her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree as a fellow at Rutgers University, as a pupil of Arnold Steinhardt, the First Violin of the famed Guarneri Quartet. She has performed internationally as Concertmaster, soloist and chamber musician. Her studies also took her abroad. She worked with Isaac Stern and Josef Gingold, among other violin legends. Her first teacher brought Suzuki method to Germany. Dr. Petite began her teaching career as an Asst. Teacher, working with toddlers Dalcroze Eurythmics, and as a Violin teacher as an Assistant to Sally Thomas and Ann Setzer (Juilliard/ Mannes) at the well-known Meadowmount School for Strings. She has taught Chamber Music and Ensemble Classes at conservatories and community music schools. She has taught all ages and levels and has started two public school string programs in NY, which are now flourishing. She is the new Band/Orchestra Director for Los Arboles Middle School in Marina, CA.
Her teaching philosophy incorporates Suzuki, Traditional Galamian methods and elements of Off, Dalcroze. She has recently been Principal Second, (First Chair of the Second Violins.) in Missoula Symphony Orchestra and a member of String Orchestra of the Rockies in Montana.
She received her Suzuki training by Sally Potosky prior to teaching at the Montclair State Preparatory Division in NJ. She has also taught Suzuki at numerous conservatories and community schools throughout the New York Metropolitan area.