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PPSI 2018 Faculty Biographies


Reagan Brasch Headshot Reagan Brasch, CT
Reagan Brasch grew up in the Suzuki method studying with Paula Woyton in Texas. She graduated with a bachelors of music in violin performance and received her masters in music with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Denver. After teaching with Denver Talent Education for five years with James Maurer, she moved to Chicago to teach at the Music Institute of Chicago under the direction of Gilda Barston. She has had additional Suzuki training from Linda Fiore, Joanne Bath, Ann Smelser, Pat D’Ercole, Michele George, and Doris Preucil. Mrs. Brasch currently teaches at the University of Hartford Community Division in CT giving both private and group instruction in Suzuki. She also is program coordinator of the early childhood classes. She was awarded Outstanding Teacher by the Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood. Mrs. Brasch has taught extensively at Suzuki institutes and workshops around the country.

Susan Crawford Headshot Susan Crawford, MN
Susan Crawford has been dedicated to teaching Suzuki private and group lessons for 20 years. She studied violin with Makoto Kaneshiro, Almita and Roland Vamos, Burton Kaplan and Jorja Fleezanis. A lover of music and life long learning, Susan has pursued her passion for enrichment through many music festivals and seminars such as Meadowmount, Aspen, Round Top, many years at Magic Mountain, and the Juilliard DeLay Symposium. After receiving her performance degree she continued to develop a passion for pedagogy through training with Mark Bjork, Kay Sloan, Craig Timmerman, Alice Joy Lewis, Pat D’Ercole, Carol Dallinger, Ronda Cole and supplemental courses with Brian Lewis, Nancy Lokken, John Kendall, Bill Starr, Doris Preucil, Barbra Barber, and others. It was the depth of creativity, positive life giving philosophy and love for music and children that she discovered within the wondrous Suzuki teaching Community that has continued over many years to fuel her love for teaching. She is very grateful to be a part of this community.
      Susan teaches at the Northern Lights School for Strings in St. Paul, MN, Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN and maintains her own studio. She is on the board of Suzuki Association of Minnesota and has managed the Performance Power Seminar given by Burton Kaplan. She taught at Texas State University Suzuki Institute for several summers. In addition she is a member of the chamber orchestra Minnesota Sinfonia, has been the concertmaster for many years at The Ordway Music Theater for their Broadway series and enjoys an active freelance career.

Shakeh Ghoukasian Headshot Shakeh Ghoukasian, NV
Shakeh Ghoukasian is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Nevada School of the Arts, and has been the driving force of the school’s new vision, new initiatives and community partnerships. Her vision and passion for NSA’s artistic and educational growth has inspired her to create many innovative programs for students and community alike. Ms. Ghoukasian has established Guest Artists, Musical Crossroads Concert series since 2009. These concerts establish guest artists short term residencies and introduce NSA and Clark County School District students to renowned classically trained musicians and educators who are equally well versed in performing in other genres and introducing students to concepts of jazz, rhythms of the tango and flavors of Latin music. Ms. Ghoukasian’s own curiosity in film music has also created a program called “Kids2Kids” concerts prepared and performed by students for students. These concerts have been received with great acclaim by administrators and student audiences.
      Ms. Ghoukasian is an active chamber music and orchestral musician. She is the Principal 2nd Violinist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 1998. Ms. Ghoukasian also performs with the Nevada Ballet and the Las Vegas Philharmonic Principals Quartet, presenting educational outreach and chamber music concerts in the community. She has performed with many notable classical and pop artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Boccelli, Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Itzhak Perlman and others. Her solo performances include appearances with Henderson Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic. Ms. Ghoukasian has received her early music training in Armenia. After moving to the United States she has received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in performance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has studied with Lori Ulanova, Haik Balian and Suzuki pedagogy with John Kendall.
      Ms. Ghoukasian is an established pedagogue. Consequently she has been invited to present master classes and teach workshops in Arizona, Utah, California, Idaho, South Dakota, Alaska, Oregon, New York and Las Vegas Summer Music Festival. Shakeh Ghoukasian was one of the presenters at the American String Teachers National Conference in February 2005. Suzuki Conference in 2006. She is a recipient of ASTA’s Studio Teacher Award in Nevada. Shakeh Ghoukasian is the founding member and Program Director of Green Valley Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Ghoukasian’s students are winners of several local and national competitions and have been chosen to participate in numerous notable summer music festivals and camps. She enjoys working with young musicians and guiding their musical and artistic development.

Helen Higa Headshot Helen Higa, HI
Helen Higa comes from a family with 3 generations of Japanese and Western music teachers, and was born and raised in Honolulu. Her Suzuki Teacher training includes study with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki for two and a half years at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, where she received her Teacher Certification from him in 1973. She continued her Suzuki teacher training at the University of Tennessee with William Starr, and Louise Behrend at the School for Strings. In NYC, she also worked with Gerald Beal on violin performance skills. Since 2000, Helen has continued research and study with Felicity Lipman, violin professor and Coordinator of Chamber Music for London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Junior Department), on her visits to Hawaii.
      In 1983, Helen became a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City. She taught AT in the Center’s Teacher Training Program for 4 years, and violin for 5 years before returning to Hawaii in 1987. From 1990 -1998, she taught with the late Hiroko Primrose who founded the Suzuki Violin Program at Punahou Music School. Helen is currently the head of Punahou Music School’s Suzuki Violin Program, and privately teaches over 50 violin students. Other teaching positions have included the University of Tennessee’s Suzuki Program, New York’s School for Strings, and the Diller-Quaille School of Music.
      Helen enjoys exploring how Alexander Technique principles can complement Dr. Suzuki’s violin pedagogy and educational philosophy. In 2004, Helen was invited to give a presentation on this topic at the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference in Minneapolis. At the 2006, Conference, she and Hiroko Driver-Lippman, gave a Heritage Night Keynote Presentation, called Okagesamade (in your honorable shadow) Suzuki Sensei.
      Helen has been invited to teach at summer Institutes on the mainland, including the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute (UT), the Oregon Suzuki Institute, the Northern California Suzuki Institute (Santa Rosa), the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute (CO), the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute (WA), the Stanford Advanced Suzuki Institute (CA), and the Idaho Suzuki Institute (ID), Helen serves as the President of Suzuki Talent Education of Hawaii, is a member of the Honolulu Symphony, and serves as the part-time musicians’ representative on the Honolulu Symphony Musicians’ Orchestra Committee.

Leo Kitajima Headshot Leo Kitajima, CA
Leo Kitajima was born and raised in Los Angeles and received his early formal music training at the Colburn School of Performing Arts.
      Leo has always been interested in exploring and learning from all musical forms and genres. He pursued his musical exploration and studies at the University of Southern California, earning a B.M in Jazz Studies as the only violinist in the jazz program and performed with the orchestra, new music ensemble, jazz combo, and Latin-jazz band. His eclectic musical palate has given him the opportunity to perform alongside many legendary musicians, such as Tony Bennet, Arturo Sandoval, Christian McBride and Stevie Wonder.
      Passionate about promoting musical creativity to young students through music education, Leo has earned a Master in Music Education with an emphasis on improvisation and composition from Northwestern University. He has also organized several non-traditional improvisation and composition workshops with a group named, WE ARE LIKE MUSIC. Some of the workshops included learning to improvise by "reading" fish swimming at the Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA) or creating hip-hop beats using graphic notation and string instruments with Money Mark (Beastie Boys, Beck).
      Leo is currently the Director of Orchestra, Jazz, and Chamber Music at Menlo School in Atherton, CA. Past faculty positions include the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Westridge School in Pasadena, CA.

Ann Montzka Smeler Headshot Ann Montzka Smelser, IL
Ann Montzka Smelser began playing violin at the age of 3 with the help of her mother and father, Marilyn and Arthur Montzka. Later she studied under Kazuko Numanami and Sarah Hersh at the Oberlin College Suzuki Program and later with Rebecca Sandrok and Pierre Menard. In between receiving her Bachelors of Music Education and Masters in Performance and Pedagogue at Northern Illinois University, Ann studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.
      After college, Ann toured extensively with the Ruggieri String Quartet to all four corners of the United States through Columbia Artists Management. Ann has performed in many orchestras and chamber ensembles and is currently principal 2nd violinist with Camerata Chicago and concertmaster of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In 2003 Ann received the Hester Byron Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2013 was inducted into the Sycamore Music Booster Hall of Fame and was honored to receive the Legacy Award.
      Ann is a lifetime member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has been invited to present at several SAA Conferences. Ann has served as coordinator of the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas in 2006 and 2008 and coordinator for Violin at the 2014 and 2016 National Suzuki Conferences held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
      Ann became a Registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer in 2005 and currently teaches Suzuki Pedagogy at both Northwestern University and Northern Illinois University. Ann teaches about 40 private students and is director of the NIU, CSA Suzuki Strings Program at NIU and a teacher at MIC in Winnetka. Ann enjoys working with Suzuki families and teachers at Suzuki Institutes and workshops throughout the United States. Ann was a guest teacher at the 2010 International String Conference in Singapore and has given Teacher Training courses in Lima, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico City.
      Ann lives in DeKalb, IL with her husband, Linc, and her Golden Retriever, Chloe. Linc and Ann are proud Suzuki parents of their daughter, Genevieve, and son, Benjamin, who are currently pursuing music in college.

Amanda Schubert Headshot Amanda Schubert, TX
Amanda Schubert studied Suzuki violin with her father, Lacy McLarry, from age three through college, receiving a bachelor’s of music degree in violin performance from Oklahoma City University. She received a master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Norman Paulu and was coached extensively by the Pro Arte String Quartet. Mrs. Schubert holds a Teaching Certificate from the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, where she studied with Shinichi Suzuki. She is also registered through the SAA in Suzuki violin books one through ten, and is a Teacher Trainer. From 1992 to 2009, Mrs. Schubert was a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. She served on the violin faculty of the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina from 1996 to 2011. Currently she performs with Waco Symphony and Temple Symphony, plays viola in the Temple Symphony String Quartet, and free lances. She has served on the violin faculty of the Central Texas String Academy since 2009. She resides in Waco, Texas with her husband and their two daughters.

Lucy Shaw Headshot Lucy Shaw, WA
Lucy Shaw is an active performer, Suzuki teacher and clinician currently based in the Seattle, WA area. A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, she received her Bachelor degree at the S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatte Conservatory of Music at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, and her Master of Music in Violin Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Important musical influences include Sergiu Luca, Francis Chaplin, Sydney Harth and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. For eighteen years Lucy was owner/director of the Village Violin School in Houston where she was an active member of the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association coordinating annual teacher development seminars, Suzuki graduations and workshops. As a guest teacher and clinician Lucy has taught at Workshops and Institutes in Canada, Mexico and throughout the continental United States. An ardent supporter of the SAA, Lucy was violin coordinator for the Suzuki Association of the America’s 2008 National Conference and served on the SAA Board of Directors 2011-2014. Lucy currently maintains a private studio, directs the State Suzuki Festival and serves as Vice President of the Suzuki Association of Washington State.

Oscar Soler Headshot Oscar Soler, TX
Oscar Soler is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. He was appointed to the faculty of the Aber Suzuki Center in 2011 where he teaches violin and viola students using the Suzuki method. Mr. Soler has taught in workshops and institutes both nationally and internationally. He earned a Bachelor of Music, and a Master of Music degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He studied with Paul Kantor and Kimberly Meier-Sims.


Jane Kutscher Reed Headshot Jane Kutscher-Reed, SC
Jane Kutscher Reed is a Suzuki Piano teacher and educator from Greenville, SC. She earned her degree in Piano Performance from the University of Findlay, in OH. In addition to her private studio she is a Suzuki Teacher Trainer, SPA Facilitator, ECC instructor, and teaches at workshops and institutes throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Bermuda and Asia. Jane also offers seminars in Suzuki parent education, the art of teaching, music reading games, and presents motivational lectures. Mrs. Reed is a facilitator for the internationally recognized Love and Logic Parenting Curriculum. Jane is also a certified Elite Life Coach with specialties in parenting and teaching. Through her website: Solutionary Insights.com, she offers blogs, seminars, speaking engagements and personal coaching sessions. These learning opportunities develop significant positive parenting and teaching skills by inviting inquiry-based, experiential learning.

Gail Gebhart Headshot Gail Gebhart, MI
Gail Gebhart maintains an active private studio, as well as teaching at Wayne State University and accompanying extensively throughout the Detroit metropolitan area.


Blake Brasch Headshot Blake Brasch, CT
Blake Brasch is cello teacher at the Music Institute of Chicago and admin. Director of the Chicago Suzuki Institute. He studied with Alan Harris at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Mark Schroeder at Ohio University. He did his pre-college studies with Carol Tarr and Gilda Barston. He teaches at workshops and institutes around the country throughout the year. His students have placed and/or received top prizes in regional competitions such as the Society of American competition, Walgreens Competition and the Depaul Concerto Competition. He is a certified Suzuki CelloTeacher Trainer from the Suzuki Association of Americas. He began his Suzuki training at the age of 6 and attended MANY Suzuki institutes with his family growing up and is very proud to now attend them as a parent.

Margaret Watts Romney Headshot Margaret Watts Romney, CO
Margaret’s early professional life centered around all things related to the cello: performing, teaching, arranging music, and directing events. Awards included scholarships to attend Idyllwild Arts Academy, University of Arizona School of Music with Peter Rejto, and Westminster College’s Master of Strategic Communication Program as well. After years of connecting to people through music, she shifted to connecting people through words and ideas. Margaret has been nicknamed “The Benevolent Story Extractor” for her uncanny ability to be supportive, directive, and entertaining as she leads unforgettable workshops, writes, or interviews fascinating people. She is the producer and host of the SAA Podcast, “Building Noble Hearts: Inside a Teaching Community.” Her free time is filled with hiking, biking the paths of Boulder, CO, and reveling in her three grown daughters’ marvelous

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)

Danette Schuh Headshot Danette Schuh, TX
Danette Schuh is the Director of Dolce Music Studio, home of Dolce Strings and Dolce Babies, where she teaches violin, viola and Suzuki Early Childhood classes. She also co-directs the Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble. She is an SAA Registered SECE Teacher Trainer. As one of the teachers who taught SECE classes at the 16th World Convention in Japan, she also had the privilege of speaking and presenting the SECE curriculum in depth. A sought-after clinician at institutes, workshops, festivals and schools, she has been teaching for over 30 years, and has held positions such as President of the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association (now Southeast Texas Suzuki Association), and state board member of Texas Music Teachers Association. She has received the Houston Music Teachers Association President’s “Bravo” award and was also awarded “Teacher of the Year”. She has been published in the American Suzuki Journal, contributed a video to Parents and Partners Online, and has presented at numerous SAA Conferences and Leadership Retreats. She is currently the SECE Coordinator for the 2018 SAA Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Indiana University, where she studied violin with Tadeusz Wronski and Josef Gingold. She has had the great privilege of studying SECE with the creators of the curriculum, Dorothy Jones and Sharon Jones. Mrs. Schuh also performs with the Möbius Chamber Ensemble and as a freelance violinist and violist in the greater Houston area. She and her husband, Todd, reside in Sugar Land, Texas.

Stacy Brady Headshot Stacey Brady, CO
Having taught Suzuki method for almost 25 years now, Stacey Brady maintains an active studio of 40 Violin students with Boulder Suzuki Strings in Boulder and Broomfield Colorado. Stacey completed her long term Suzuki training with Dr. William Starr while obtaining her Bachelor of Music degree and Elementary Education Certification from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Later, she received her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy and went on to do post-graduate work at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Ian Swenson. Stacey is now a trained SECE teacher after completing Stage 1 training with Dorothy and Sharon Jones. As a result, Stacey teaches multiple SECE classes each week with her partner and co-owner of Prelude Music, Flori Muller. Stacey has presented at conferences and has taught at Winter Workshops across the US, including the Chicago Institute and STXSA in Houston. During the summers, Stacey enjoys teaching at Institutes and has been a regular faculty member at the Intermountain Suzuki Strings Institute in Utah and the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute in Colorado. Stacey is also a professional player and performs throughout the Denver Metro area on both modern and baroque instruments. She recently soloed with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. Stacey is currently living in Broomfield, CO with her very supportive husband and their three wonderful children!

Flori Muller Headshot Flori Muller, CO
Flori Muller is an active violin and SECE teacher in Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance (magna cum laude) from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, a double Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Violin Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and earned candidacy for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in Violin Performance and Violin Pedagogy. She has registered training in Suzuki Violin books 1-10 and also Stages 1 and 2 of SECE (Suzuki Early Childhood Education) classes for children ages birth-4.
      In addition to maintaining her private studio in Broomfield and Boulder, where she teaches on the faculty of Boulder Suzuki Strings, she also co-owns Prelude Music, where she partner teaches weekly SECE classes. She has also maintained violin studios in Tennessee, Minnesota, and Texas, and directed and taught Suzuki Violin at a Suzuki in the Schools program in two elementary schools in Spring Branch, Texas. While in Spring Branch, she also directed the week long summer festival, Fiddler’s Fair, that is held there each summer.
      She is currently the Assistant SECE Coordinator for the 2018 SAA Conference. She has led clinics and sectionals for schools, officiated at competitions, been published in the American Suzuki Journal, featured in various SAA video sessions recorded for their online seminar -Parents as Partners Online, has been a guest clinician (violin, SECE teacher, and presented parent talks) for various Suzuki workshops (including HASSA, Parker Elementary, and STXSA) and the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute. She has served as Vice President, President, and Past President on the board of HASSA (Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association), now STXSA.
      Among the many memories she cherishes growing up a Suzuki violinist herself, there is one she will never forget- in the summer of 1989 she was invited to travel with a group of other Suzuki students and teachers from Houston to attend and participate in The Suzuki World Conference and Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan. Meeting Dr. Suzuki and taking group classes with him as well as other international faculty, alongside Suzuki students from around the world continues to inspire her teaching today.
Flori has been teaching for over twenty years and truly loves working with students of all ages and levels. Her other passions include spending time with her husband and their two children, hiking, taking photographs, reading, and cooking.


David Sullivan Headshot Art – David Sullivan, CO
Dave is an Artist and Cartoonist from Arvada, Colorado. He is currently teaching a variety of programs for the Science Discovery program at the University of Colorado, plus Technical Cartooning and Art programs for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Dave also teaches workshops for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo, as well as programs for many of the local Libraries. Besides working as a freelance graphic illustrator Dave enjoys spending time the rest of his time with his wife, two sons and daughter; though he often dreams of tricking fish with bits of string and feathers.

Emma Shubin Headshot Dalcroze – Emma Shubin, CO
Flutist Emma Shubin is a Suzuki, Dalcroze, and Integrative Educator, and has been joyfully making music since the age of six. Ms. Shubin can be found enjoying the Rocky Mountain Region from her home in Louisville, CO where she works on various projects from composing and recording, performing and collaborating, to community engagement and artistic integrative education events. A proponent of integrative education, Ms. Shubin is the co-founder and director of the Colorado based non-profit Integral Steps (www.integralsteps.org), which strives to bring integrative education and balanced development to individuals, families, and communities through music, movement, psychotherapy, ecology and creative arts. She travels throughout the year performing, giving workshops and masterclasses on audience engagement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Integrative education, and teaches not only in person across the US and abroad, but also via virtual platforms like Skype, FaceTime, and Livestream. She has served as the co-director of the Musical Arts Program with the Sounds of Lyons in Lyons, CO (SOL MAP) and has toured with the Arts Evolution and BenFeng Music Festival throughout Taiwan with guitarist Alfredo Muro. Currently, Ms. Shubin serves as the coordinator for new programming and an instructor with the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, and partners Integral Steps with the theater program for youth Reel Kids, the Longmont Dance Theater, and Rocky Ridge Music Academy in Colorado. Her first collaborative album of original compositions was created and recorded in Cabris France with musicians from France, England, & Colorado will be released in the fall. www.emmashubin.com.

David Sullivan Headshot World Fiddling – Emily Bowman, CO
Emily Anne Bowman is an active performer and educator. Ms. Bowman is a founding member and principal violist of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and has performed as guest artist with Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Parish House Baroque, Baroque Out of Bounds and the Early Music Happy Hour Chamber Concert series. Ms. Bowman especially enjoys working with young musicians and keeps a regular schedule as Artistic Director of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra and conductor of the GBYO Philharmonic, as faculty with Boulder Suzuki Strings where she teaches violin, viola, fiddle and conducts the Senior Solo Orchestra, and as school teacher for grades 3-12 violin, viola and orchestra at Shining Mountain Waldorf School. Ms. Bowman has been recognized with the "Exemplary Teacher" award four times by the American Strings Teachers Association of Colorado. Interested in sharing her love and enthusiasm for baroque performance practice, she guest coaches youth symphonies, school orchestras and chamber groups in period performance practice and has presented and led workshops at state and national educator conferences. Ms. Bowman also loves to fiddle! Ms. Bowman graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Viola Performance from the University of Colorado, receiving the Gabor Ormai Viola Award. She lives with her husband David Crowe in beautiful Boulder, Colorado where in addition to making music she delights in eating and spending time outdoors.

André Mallinger Headshot Marimba - André Mallinger, CO
André Mallinger’s musical study began as a young child with classical piano and orchestral percussion. She studied percussion performance at Ithaca College and received her M.A. in cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado. For over 20 years, André has studied, taught, and performed traditional and contemporary music from southern Africa, playing marimba, hand drums, drum kit, mbira and percussion with Zimbabwean-style marimba ensembles throughout Colorado. She currently has a private teaching studio of young aspiring pianists, directs the Afro-pop ensemble, Nokuthula, and is the principle accompanist of the Peak to Peak Chorale. In recent years, André has enjoyed studying the music of Frank Zappa and has become the Denver area’s go-to xylophonist for Zappa tribute bands. André’s recordings include Tobatana Marimba’s Zin’anga (2007) and the Low Flying Knobs’ Sahwira: Friends Across the Water (2002), both of which she co-produced, as well as guest performances on Natural Fire: Humanspiration (2006); Tryptych: In the Cold Morning Mist (2002); and Marimba Ava Murewa: Mazuva Ano (1997). Last year, André co-guided two groups of musicians and artists to Cuba to study traditional Afro-Cuban drumming, dance and religion from notable Cuban teachers and ensembles. With the success of these trips, André now has her sights on Africa!

Kristen Rubow Movement - Kristen Rubow, CO
Kristen Rubow developed the Matrix curriculum over the past three years, drawing from the 35 year harp performance and teaching career. The years of teaching and performing exposed her to aspects of music training in Suzuki, Dalcroze, Orff, and Music Mind Games. Courses in Brain Gym, Executive Function, TBI rehabilitation, brain wiring, dyspraxia, PTSD, and anxiety, grew in response to the unique needs and challenges presented by her students and family. Through intentional movement and musical concepts we can integrate aspects of ourselves not easily accessed through singularly cognitive endeavors or isolated physical activities.

Gary Jugert Ukulele - Gary Jugert, CO
Gary started his musical career as a 5th grade trumpeter, and since then he’s dedicated his later years to making sense out of the guitar, piano, and of course, the ukulele for students. He founded and conducted the Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra which is now the largest orchestra in the area. He also founded the Denver Guitar Orchestra this year. He is honored to offer ukulele as an enrichment course at the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute.



Martha Albrecht, CO - Martha Albrecht received a Bachelor degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Utah State University, and later received a Master of Music degree and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado.  She has taught piano for twenty-eight years and currently has a private studio in Superior, Colorado.  In addition to her teaching, Martha is an active accompanist, playing for numerous auditions, competitions, and recitals, involving local organizations such as the Young Musician’s Foundation of Colorado, Boulder Suzuki Strings, and several Suzuki Workshops.



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