...I am enthusiastic about teaching Suzuki violin! I strive to create fun, comfortable lessons that encourage both students and their parents. Helping students grow both technically and musically is rewarding. It is also wonderful to nurture quality practice habits and to watch students' confidence grow. I hope to share my own love of music, especially violin, with my students.
I've been teaching Suzuki method violin for 40 years. (How is that possible?!) I primarily teach through my small business, Musicmakers Center, which opened in 1993. My 28 students, ages 4-18, beginners to advanced, come to our Northville home for weekly private lessons and attend group lessons twice a month in Farmington Hills. I also enjoy working with their parents in the Suzuki Triangle ~ student, parent & teacher ~ helping the parent learn how to guide daily practice as "the home teacher" and, later, working to gradually reduce the parent's role and ease the student into independent practice.
I also enjoy teaching at Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp each June, and at Suzuki workshops in Southeast Michigan and beyond.
A member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), I studied Suzuki pedagogy with renowned Suzuki Teacher Trainers around the country. Jeffrey Cox, Books 1 & 2. Geri Arnold, Book 3. Mark Bjork, Book 4. Margery Aber, Book 5. Alice Joy Lewis, Book 6. Barbara Barber, Book 7. Cathryn Lee, Developing the Bow Arm from Pre-Twinkle to Book 10 & Beyond.
I learned a lot being a "Suzuki mom" to 2 daughters who studied violin from age 3 into middle school. Then they played flute and alto saxophone in their school bands, served as drum majors, sang in school and church youth choirs, studied piano, and participated in high school musicals. Suzuki studies can lead in many directions! And years of practicing with my own daughters still shapes my teaching today.
Performances with my husband, Eric, a talented musician, teacher, and pianist, are very special opportunities. His assistance as our accompanist at group lessons and performances is also invaluable!