Dr. Rafael R. Videira

Viola, Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher, Administrator

Rafael Videira

SAA Member


West Haven, CT
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Hello! My name is Rafael Videira and I hold 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 I completed a Long Term Training course in the Suzuki Violin method with Prof. Susan Kempter

Because of my interest in teaching, I’ve attended workshops and teacher development courses with Dr. Robert Duke, Dr. Robert Gillespie, Dr. Susan BaerElizabeth Stuen-WalkerTeri Einfeldt, William Preucil, Sr., and John Kendall. Besides my extensive training in the Suzuki Violin and Viola methods, my pedagogical training includes Music Mind Games training (Unit 1, with Michiko Yurko), and coursework on the pedagogy concepts of Paul Rolland, Kato Havas, D. C. Dounis and Ivan Galamian. If you’re interested in lessons, please read my teaching philosophy.

I have 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. I have been on the faculty of institutes and workshops in Brazil, Mexico, and the USA, and while still a student at the University of Oregon I served as Assistant Director at the Northwest Suzuki Institute.

My teaching and performance have been strongly influenced by my pedagogy mentors, as well as my main instrument teachers: Kim FredenburghDr. Leslie Straka, and Fritz Gearhart. I have also played in many master classes taught by Ori Kam, Richard Young, Wilfrid Strehle, Naomi Seiler, Soon-Mi Chung, Peter Borck, Maxine Neuman, and John Graham.

As a freelance performer, I have played in the Corvallis Symphony and Oregon Mozart Players (Oregon), Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica de São Paulo and Orquestra Sinfônica de Santos (Brazil), as well as many chamber music and solo recitals in Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. During the Summers of 2016 and 2017, I was an international audition winner to be part of an orchestra performing Cantatas by J. S. Bach with maestro Helmuth Rilling, in the cities of Weimar, Erfurt, Leipzig, and Eisenach, in Germany.

In 2018, I 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.

I have articles, videos and method books published with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (American Suzuki Journal and Parents as Partners Online), the Yost Family Trust, and the Alto & Treble Publications.

Currently I serve on the faculty of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange (www.suzukischools.org) and I am a conductor with the Norwalk Youth Symphony program in Connecticut.

If you would like to learn more about my work, please visit my website: www.RafaelVideira.com.