I am at present, a retired Suzuki Violin/Viola instructor and active blogger. I live in Arvada, Colorado with my son and his family.
I grew up in the middle of Iowa where I had the good fortune to study violin from the age of seven with Ilza Niemack, at Iowa State University. At the age of 12, I soloed with the Iowa State University (back then, Iowa State College) Symphony Orchestra, doing the first movement of the Paganini Concerto in D for violin and orchestra. I played with them through my Jr. and Sr. High School years. After that, I did my Bachelor of Music Education and not far into my teaching years, got into the Suzuki teaching method and have enjoyed that ever since.
My past work experience includes:
- 25 years private teaching in the Toronto area (Canada), as well as working in affiliation with the Royal Conservatory of Music and for some years working in their Suzuki Plus Program.
- 6 years private teaching in Ames, Iowa.
- 11 years private teaching in Fort Collins, Colorado.
My Teaching Style
Over the course of my career, I used the Suzuki Method and also brought in elements of music theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In Canada, I prepared students for their Royal Conservatory of Music exams and in Colorado, I prepared students for their ASTA certificate advancement program.
In my violin studio, my program included:
- Private violin lessons
- Group lessons
- Ear training
- Music theory
- Scales and technical studies
- Parental involvement
I enjoyed giving my students a well-rounded program, where a wide range of skills was fostered.
During these years of teaching, I also continued to expand my Suzuki Teacher Training studies at Summer Institutes. I achieved the level of Teacher Trainer.
I have also worked with students from school orchestra programs who wanted to further their skills in a private violin lesson setting. I have been active in the Suzuki Association of the Americas, local groups and likewise the American String Teachers Association.
For student and parent testimonials, check out the testimonials page.