Tami Osborne Pederson

Violin Teacher

Tami Osborne Pederson

SAA Member


Rocky River, OH
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Tami Osborne Pederson has combined a career of professional excellence as a violinist in the Omaha Symphony, the Lincoln Symphony, Ballet Metropolitan (Columbus, Ohio), the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with 30 years of teaching excellence, where she has shaped and changed the lives of young people.  Her talent was evident early when she became the youngest musician ever to join the Omaha Symphony at just 16 years of age.  She continued to play professionally as she earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and a Master of Music Performance Degree at the University of Nebraska, where she studied with Dr. Robert Emile.  She studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Francia Birdsall Mann and Marilyn O’Boyle.

While performing with symphonies, chamber orchestras, and quartets across the country, Tami’s teaching includes tenures at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Capital University (Columbus, Ohio), and the University of Tennessee.  At the same time, her love of teaching Suzuki violin to young students remained a priority.  She built studios in Lincoln, Omaha, Columbus, Knoxville, and Pittsburgh.  In addition, she taught at numerous Suzuki clinics and institutes as well as chamber music camps.  Tami’s current ensemble, the Giambelli String Quartet, is one of the most sought-after professional quartets in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.  Tami now lives in Rocky River with her husband, Steve, and their Golden Retrievers, Bussi and Daisy.  They have 3 married children and 5 grandchildren.

The Suzuki Method of teaching was conceived by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki in the 1940s.  Dr. Suzuki desired to bring beauty and joy to the lives of children in his country after the devastation of World War II.  In Dr. Suzuki’s words, “Teaching music is not my main purpose.  If children hear music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, high intellect, and noble hearts.”  What makes the Suzuki approach unique is that children begin lessons at a young age, learning initially by rote, with parental participation, and in a nurturing atmosphere.  Dr. Suzuki stressed, “All children can play the violin if the environment is right.”  Millions of children and families around the world have been influenced by the incredible Dr. Suzuki.