Sigrid Karlstrom

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Sigrid Karlstrom

SAA Member


West Haven, CT
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Violinist and violist Sigrid Karlstrom possesses a great love for teaching and is an active private and group instructor for all ages and abilities. Her 10 years of teaching experience include lessons for children and teens through the Neighborhood Music School, Suzuki School of Westport, and University of New Mexico Lab School.

Sigrid’s teacher training is extensive and encompasses not only Suzuki philosophy and pedagogy but pedagogies of Ivan Galamian, Simon Fischer, John Kendall, and supplemental music education: string orchestra instruction (Dr. Robert Gillespie and Paul Rolland), music theory for children (Michiko Yurko and Fritz Gearhart), and jazz improvisation in the classroom (Stanley Chepaitis).

She holds a Masters degree in string pedagogy from the University of New Mexico, where she also received her Long Term Training in Suzuki violin books 1-10 (Susan Kempter). Sigrid also completed Suzuki viola training books 2-7 with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker.

An active performer, Sigrid was a tenured member of the New Mexico Philharmonic viola section and a member of Opera Southwest. She has appeared as a violinist and violist in solo and chamber recitals and orchestra concerts in Connecticut, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Italy, Brazil, and Australia.

Sigrid holds a Masters degree in violin from the University of Oregon and a Masters degree in viola from the University of New Mexico. Her major teachers include Rita Porfiris (The Hartt School), Ole Bohn (Sydney Conservatory of Music), Fritz Gearhart (University of Oregon), Guillermo Figueroa (Lynn University), and Kim Fredenburgh (University of New Mexico).