Breanna Thornton

Violin, Viola Teacher

Breanna Thornton

SAA Member


Iowa City, IA
[javascript protected email address]

Breanna began Suzuki violin lessons when she was four years old. Most recently, she studied pedagogy under the esteemed music educator Dr. Robert Gillespie at the Ohio State University, receiving both an MA in String Pedagogy and MM in Violin Performance. Spring 2018, she was awarded the Iowa Performance Fellowship, and is pursuing doctoral studies in violin at the University of Iowa. Besides her academic achievements, she has about ten years of private teaching experience, and some chamber coaching and conducting experience. The past two summers she held a staff position at the Ohio State University Morning Strings Workshop. Above all, she strives to consistently apply Biblical principles to all aspects of life. As Bach wrote, Soli Deo Gloria. Her dedication to God took her overseas for 9 months, where she taught violin and helped administrate at a mission music school in Thailand. When Breanna is not playing music, she is traveling or exercising. Some of her favorite pastimes include sport climbing, hiking, swimming, and camping. She enjoys experiencing history, art, and nature around the world. Her favorite place to be is OUTSIDE :) “Suzuki repertoire and skill-based pedagogy is my approach to teaching violin and viola, while using a variety of other method books, and striving for both theoretical understanding of the music as well as high technical ability. Therefore, I incorporate music theory, note-reading, and repertoire playing into my private lessons. I challenge my students to grow in their musical skills—to expect more of themselves, to overcome difficulties, to develop an understanding deep enough to solve problems—principles pivotal to all areas of life. “