Dr. Sigrid Karlstrom

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Sigrid Karlstrom

SAA Member


Albuquerque, NM
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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 15 years of teaching experience include lessons for children and teens through the Neighborhood Music School, Suzuki School of Westport, Eugene Youth Symphony Program, 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).

Most recently, Sigrid registered long-term training in Suzuki violin books 1-6 at The Hartt School. In 2012, Sigrid received a Masters degree in String Pedagogy along with 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 Doctoral degree in viola from The Hartt School, 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).