Ms. Vivian E. Gonzalez

Violin, Viola Teacher, Parent, Administrator, Organization

Vivian Gonzalez

SAA Member


Miami, FL
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Vivian Gonzalez is a proud product of Miami Dade County Public Schools Magnet Programs and community music organizations. She is a 2014 Grammy Music Educator Award Top-Ten Finalist and orchestra magnet director at Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer (MAS). Ms. Gonzalez has presented at numerous state and national conferences on the topics of string education, recruitment and retention, and including students with disabilities in music classes and ensembles. She has presented for the National Association for Music Education, American String Teacher’s Association, Little Kids Rock Modern Band Summer, Magnet Schools of America, and the Florida Music Education Association. She has served as the NAfME IN-Ovations Council Southern Representative, the FL-ASTA President, FEMEA District 1 Chair, FOA 7/8 All-State Coordinator, FSMA Independent String Representative, FMEA Conference Planning Committee, and was a member of the editorial committee for the International Journal of Music Education: Practice. Ms. Gonzalez was recognized as a featured teacher for the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and named Magnet Schools of America 2016 Region 3 Teacher of the Year, National 2022 Music Teacher of Excellence by the Country Music Association Foundation, and was recently recognized as the FMEA Secondary Music Teacher of the Year and the National Federation of High Schools Section 3 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Gonzalez holds degrees in Violin Performance, Music Education, Curriculum and Instruction (Reading Education), School Leadership, and is currently completing her dissertation for her PhD in Teaching and Learning (Special Education).

Major violin teachers: Felicia Moye, Ivan Chan, Margaret Pardee, Linda Cerone, David Russell, Judy Frishman
Masterclass teachers: Pinchas Zuckerman, Josef Gingold, Mimi Zweig, Ida Haendel, Andres Cardenas, Benny Kim, Balint Vazsonyi, Judy Offman, Carol Dallinger, Terry Durbin, William Starr
Fiddling: Chuck Anton
Chamber Music: Miami String Quartet, Jascha Brodsky, Janos Starker, Salvatore Moltisanti, Richard Feischman, Tanya Carey