To empower students and build a lifelong appreciation of music by developing their skills in violin.
Beginning violin as a Suzuki student at the age of 5, violin has always been a part of my life. In high school, I studied at Augsburg college with Mary Horozaniecki and then attended the University of Minnesota where I continued my studies with Mark Bjork. While my training is classical, my passion is improvisation. One of my greatest joys has been performing in an annual weekend of concerts with bandmates of nearly 20 years to raise money for a local food shelf. I have continued to expand my knowledge and training through a graduate course in Suzuki Pedagogy at the University of Minnesota where I was trained in Suzuki books 1- 4 by Mark Bjork who began and directed the MacPhail Suzuki program. Additionally, I spent over 30 hours observing other teachers in the field teach both private and group lessons.
With a MA in Counseling Psychology, and as a mom of 3 boys, I focus on students first. I believe kids learn best when they feel understood, challenged, and encouraged. Music is a powerful tool for expressing ourselves and gaining a better understanding of the world around us. Because violin is my favorite means of expressing myself, my goal for my studio is two-fold: to make music accessible through fun and hard work and to help students develop their own lifelong love of music.
about the studio
I provide 30 and 45 minute lessons for beginning and intermediate students of all ages focusing on technique, musicianship, ear training, sight reading and basic music theory. For younger students, I teach a 25 minute lesson and spend the last 5 minutes discussing the practice assignment and technique development with the parent or guardian. After an introductory book, students are free to choose from a range of styles that interest them, including classical, folk, blue-grass and pop.
There are 2 recitals per year, winter and spring, hosted at a local assisted living facility. We enjoy performing for and visiting with family, friends and residents alike as we celebrate our progress.
I love Shinichi Suzuki's approach to educating kids. Because he believed that all kids can learn, even from (especially from!) each other, and he believed in the importance of community, he required group lessons for all kids. While not a requirement in my studio, I do offer monthly ensemble groups where the violin students have the opportunity to play 2 or 3 part harmonies together. It's a relaxed time to explore different music, laugh and play together.
I love my job! I consider teaching violin to kids & adults a joy and a privilege. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy hiking and canoeing with my husband and 3 sons, cheering on my kids' sports and music endeavors, volunteering in our church and school, reading and traveling.