Ms. Teresa M. Skinner
Violin, Viola Teacher
TERESA SKINNER, has resided on Maui since 1986, She began teaching and
playing professionally while still attending Hollywood High School in her native
home town in Southern California. While at Hollywood High, she was granted a
full four year scholarship to attend the Vienna Music Conservatory in Austria.
Much to her disappointment, she was unable to attend the conservatory due to
her father’s declining health and untimely passing. She therefore began playing
in various orchestras in the greater Los Angeles area, and played both viola and
violin in studios, for commercials, motion picture and television soundtracks.
On Maui, Ms. Skinner has performed with the Kapalua Music Festival (now the
Maui Classical Music Festival), was a member of the Honolulu Symphony and
Maui Symphony for which she also was a soloist. She currently plays as principal violist with the
Maui Pops Orchestra and the newly formed Maui Chamber Ensemble. She has
performed with well known local artists Barry Flannigan/Hapa, Amy Hanaialii
Gilliom, Willie K., Kealii Reichel and Uluwehi Guerrero. She has had the
opportunity to perform with world renown musicians including members of the
Ying Quartet, Edgar Meyer, John Kimura Parker, Benny Kim, Andres Cardenes,
Scott St. John, Marilyn Horne, Marvin Hamlish and Burt Bacharach. Ms. Skinner
has served on the board of directors of the Maui Classical Music Festival, The
Maui Symphony and currently serves on the board of the Musicians’ Association
of Hawaii, local 677 of the American Federation of Musicians.
“If I couldn’t play music, I don’t know what I would do”, says Skinner. An injury to
her neck in 2002 left her unable to use her left arm and fingers, thus ending her
career as a symphonic musician. Through caring and knowledgeable physicians,
surgeries, and physical therapy, Ms. Skinner was able to regain use of her left
arm and fingers and had to re-learn to play her instrument. Ms. Skinner’s career
path metamorphosed from being a performer to being a teacher/mentor. She
founded the Suzuki-Maui School of Talent Education and Ability Development,
fostering students to learn to play violin or viola in the Suzuki Method or Mother
Tongue” method of Talent Education. She has received her Suzuki Method training from Allen Lieb, Cathryn Lee, Linda Fiore and the late Yuko Honda. Students begin lessons as young as 2
years of age, though “Ms. T.” teaches all ages from youngsters to grandparents!
Now in it’s 10th year, Ms. Skinner has touched the lives of over 150 students.