Violin Teacher, Parent
I began the violin at age 4 with the Suzuki method. I grew up listening to and singing with my Suzuki CDs in the car, at home, and while playing. I absolutely love the Suzuki method and the way I learned the violin.
I have studied violin all my life and and graduated December 2012 from Brigham Young University with a BA in Music, emphasis in violin and a minor in Linguistics. My main studies while attending BYU were pedagogy, various teaching methods, and music acquisition. My violin teachers at BYU were Barbara Williams and Dr. LeeAnn Morgan. I maintained a private violin studio of 20 students during my university studies. My greatest passion is most definitely teaching.
I began teaching violin students in 2004 and started my Suzuki training courses in 2006. Since then I’ve had both small and large studios. I’ve attended countless Suzuki institutes and workshops as a student from the age of 4 and also practically every summer as an adult taking my teacher training courses. I love continuing education and attending these institutes, I always learn incredible new strategies and refine my teaching skills. I’ve begun teaching at institutes and workshops and love the fun atmosphere that comes when so many come together to learn and grow.
Growing up, my Mom practiced with me daily and kept music alive in my home as my siblings and I each learned a stringed instrument. Consistency is so key in learning to master anything and I’m grateful my Mom gave me such a rich foundation. Because of her, all my teachers, and wonderful colleagues, I love what I do and am so grateful I can live my dream by playing and teaching violin.
Because I moved so much as a child, I had the opportunity to learn from many incredible teachers throughout the United States as well as in England and Austria. I remember going to lessons with Nate when I was 5 years old. I loved going every week and am still grateful for the great start he gave me. Another teacher that I still refer back to and consider a great friend is Linda. A long time Suzuki teacher, she taught me what that really means by teaching the Suzuki method. Then there is Lois, whose expertise and skill helped me get into university on a music scholarship. I could go on and on about my teachers but that will be for another time.
We just moved back to Provo, Utah and are loving the mountains here! Outside of my love for music and teaching, I enjoy reading, studying new languages, being outdoors, and most of all spending time with my husband and children.