Dr. Rafael R. Videira

Viola, Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher, Administrator

Rafael Videira

SAA Member


Albuquerque, NM
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Rafael Videira, DMA, enjoys a prolific and multifaceted career as a pedagogue, performer, and conductor. He taught and performed across the USA, Mexico, Brazil, and Germany.

Dr. Videira has over a decade of experience teaching students of all levels, from Pre-Twinkle through advanced repertoire in both violin and viola. His students have won many competitions and they have also been accepted into prestigious institutions such as The Manhattan School of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Jacobs School of Music (University of Indiana), and The Hartt School (University of Hartford).

Most recently, before relocating to Albuquerque, Dr. Videira was on the faculty of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange, ACES Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School, and he was one of the conductors for the Norwalk Youth Symphony program, all 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).

In 2018, Dr. Videira 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 distinguished 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. In May, 2022 Dr. Videira was invited by the American Viola Society to be one of the recording artists featured in its inaugural album, promoting music by underrepresented composers, to be released in 2023.

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., and Elizabeth Stuen-Walker.

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

His teaching philosophy is available here.