University of Northern Iowa (Music Education)
Talent Education Research Institute, Matsumoto (Other)
As inspiring as it is to work with my most advanced students, I never lose my enthusiasm for starting my newest students from the very beginning. From age 3 to 90, every new student is a mystery musician waiting to be discovered. Whatever their age or ability, each one is going to have something unique and valuable to contribute to their family and their community through music. My goal is to create a musically supportive community for the whole family where parents can nurture their children.
Since I have a vested interest in the personal development of my students I encourage them to participate in the musical life of their communities. You can find Suzuki Students and Alumni from both of my Sister Suzuki Programs in local school string programs, OC youth orchestras, festivals, jazz, fiddle camps, community events, churches, college ensembles, occasionally master classes with Julliard-trained Professors. Some of her adult students have even had the thrill of playing in side by side concerts with the Pacific Symphony. 'Can You Play' concerts with the local Pacific Symphony. Her violin students of all ages have even been spotted doing local community service projects using their musical leadership skills. They have played for local City Council Meetings, Sister Cities Meetings, Educational Conventions, Charities and Cultural Festivals at parks and malls. They constantly surprise her with their own initiatives.
Studying Japanese and using it in Japan has made me very aware of the difficulty of learning a new language. I took some ESL training at ISU when I was working in their Library. I was fascinated by the relationships between learning a language and learning music.
Having the opportunity to study daily with Dr. Suzuki in Japan was a mind opening experience. It was a privilege to graduate from his teacher training institute in Matsumoto. I feel so much obligation to pass on his musical legacy. I also have experience teaching Montessori and Early Childhood Music in addition to a BA in Music Education. As inspiring as it is to work with my most advanced students, I never lose my enthusiasm for starting my newest students from the very beginning. From age 3 to 90, every new student is a mystery musician waiting to be discovered. Whatever their age or ability, each one is going to have something unique and valuable to contribute to their family
Children ages 5 to 8 may study at a family rate if they study year round. $80 per hour or $40 per 30 min. weekly lessons.
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I have a BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Music Education. I have completed teacher training for Suzuki Violin Method Books I-X with SAA. I have studied in Japan with Dr. Suzuki for 3 years and graduated from TERI in Matsumoto. I have experience and training in Montessori and Kindermusik.