Ms. Sharon M. Neufeld

Violin, Viola Teacher

Sharon Neufeld

SAA Member


Richmond, TX
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Sharon Neufeld is a trained Violin & Viola Instructor registered with The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). She operates her private studio in the Pecan Grove neighborhood of Richmond, TX, and the Cinco Ranch area of Katy, TX. Prior to moving back home to Houston, she operated private studios in Sioux Falls, SD; Luverne, MN; and Rochester, MN. She was also the Instrumental Ensembles Director at Schaeffer Academy in Rochester, MN. Between 2013-2017, Ms. Sharon was the Executive Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy (ISA), where she also served as ISA’s Director & Instructor of Violin and Viola Programs and directed special programs such as Chamber Music, Performance Groups, and the Master Class Series. Before moving to Indianapolis, Ms. Sharon was the Founder & Owner of The Suzuki Academy of Southwest Colorado (formerly Rose Haven Suzuki Academy) and Kindermusik at The Suzuki Academy of Southwest Colorado, both in Durango, CO. During her tenure in Durango, she also served as the Director of the Preparatory Strings Orchestra of the Four Corners Youth Symphony Association, and the Academic Director of the Durango Chamber Music Academy.

A lifelong musician who began Violin lessons at the age of 7, Ms. Sharon added the Viola to her musical life at the age of 12. She holds a Master of Music in Viola Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX; a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH; and graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. Her early training as a student, and later as a teacher, was with Master Suzuki Violin Teacher Judy Offman in Houston. She has registered SAA Violin/Viola Teacher Training Courses with Judy Offman (ECC, Violin Unit1), Martha Shackford (Violin/Viola Units 2-3), Nancy Jackson (Violin Units 4-7, Suzuki Principles in Action, and Bowing Skills through Book 6), William Preucil, Sr. (Viola Units 5-6), Pat D’Ercole (Violin Long-Term Practicum), and Ann Montzka-Smelser (Violin Teaching Strategies). She is also in the process of attaining her SAA Certificate of Achievement (Level 1), and is working towards certification to become an SAA Teacher Trainer for Violin and Viola.

Ms. Sharon has had close to 30 years of experience teaching Violin and Viola in public schools, music centers, and privately in her home. Her teaching is centered on The Suzuki Philosophy, specializing in working with young children (age 4 and up). She incorporates scales, technique development, basic music theory & history, and ear/rhythm training into each child’s musical education, and more advanced students are challenged with advanced scales, etudes and repertoire. All teaching is tailored to each student’s individual strengths and learning style(s).

Ms. Sharon has enjoyed extensive ensemble performing experience in different contexts and locations around the country and the world, beginning with attendance at HSPVA, and participation in the Houston All-Region and Texas All-State Orchestras during her high school years. Her post-college ensemble work has included chamber music groups and orchestras in Texas, South Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Southern Russia. While living in Durango, she was the Principal Violist of the San Juan Symphony, and often collaborated with other area professional musicians to bring great chamber music to the Four Corners region as part of the Durango Bach Festival, the Durango Chamber Music Festival, and other musical events in the area. She was also given the honor of Principal Violist of the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra in 2012.

Ms. Sharon loves to garden, cook, and tackle household DIY projects. She is studying to become an Integrative Health & Wellness Coach, and is also a certified dog trainer.

From the mom of a 5-year-old student: “Miss Sharon is a gem of a violin teacher—all we hoped to find when we first entrusted our nervous, excited and wiggly four-year-old to her instruction and care. She is both firm and kind, communicates clearly with parents and children alike, and has high, but achievable, expectations for our daughter. In her lessons, she quickly adapts to the needs and state of the child and finds creative ways to spark joy in the work required. Our daughter is not just learning to play the violin, she’s experiencing the satisfaction of meeting a challenge, developing self-discipline, and finding joy in creating a beautiful sound. We wholeheartedly recommend Sharon Neufeld!”

From the mom of 3 students, ages 5, 9, and 14: “Miss Sharon has a heart for developing the whole musician.  As a parent of three of her students, I appreciate her ability to understand that the goals in music education are not only met with certain outcomes, but also in how that progress is made.  She lovingly uses the context of music education to encourage mutual respect and accountability.  When that is established, skill development naturally follows at a pace that is appropriate for each student.”

From the mom of a 14-year-old student: “Ms Sharon has been a great teacher for my daughter. It is not always easy to teach a teenager, but Ms Sharon has been very understanding and accommodating. My daughter has improved so much that it prompted my husband to ask if we had purchased a new violin when in fact it was just the teaching from Ms Sharon!”

From the mom of 2 students, ages 12 & 17: “I really appreciate you setting expectations clearly and letting them know them. I appreciate you and all you do for them!”