Dr. Rafael R. Videira

Viola, Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher, Administrator

Rafael Videira

SAA Member


West Haven, CT
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Currently Dr. Rafael Videira serves on the faculty of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange and is one of the conductors for the Norwalk Youth Symphony program in Connecticut.

Prior to that, he taught violin, viola, group classes and orchestra at the University of New Mexico Violin Lab School, the University of Oregon Community Music Institute, and elementary school string classes through a program sponsored by the Eugene and Springfield Youth Orchestras (formerly ArtsUmbrella). Dr. Videira also serves as faculty member in many Summer Festivals in Brazil, Mexico and the USA, and served as Assistant Director for the Northwest Suzuki Institute.

In 2018, he was awarded the Suzuki Association of the America’s Certificate of Achievement, designed to recognize teachers committed to excellence in teaching and to establishing standards within the frameworks of the Suzuki philosophy.

As a performer, he played and recorded under the direction of many conductors – including Kurt Masur – and has been a member of many ensembles in his native Brazil and in the USA. During the Summers of 2016 and 2017, he was an international audition winner to be part of an orchestra performing works by J. S. Bach under the direction of Helmuth Rilling, in the cities of Weimar, Erfurt, Leipzig, and Eisenach, in Germany.

Dr. Videira holds a Doctoral degree (DMA) in viola performance with emphasis in violin/viola pedagogy from the University of Oregon and a Masters degree in performance from the University of New Mexico, where he completed his Long Term Training in the Suzuki Violin method with Prof. Susan Kempter. He also attended workshops and teacher development courses with Dr. Susan Baer, Dr. Robert Duke, Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, Dr. Robert Gillespie, John Kendall, Lynn McCall, William Preucil, Sr., Fábio dos Santos, and Elizabeth Stuen-Walker.

Besides his extensive training in the Suzuki method, his pedagogical training includes Music Mind Games (with Michiko Yurko) and graduate level coursework on the pedagogy concepts of Paul Rolland, Kato Havas, D. C. Dounis, and Ivan Galamian.

For more information and to read his teaching philosophy, visit www.RafaelVideira.com.