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Liz Arbus

Liz Arbus is an SAA Sanctioned Teacher Trainer. Liz received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Illinois State University and her Masters Degree in Violin Performance at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where she studied with the renowned Suzuki Teacher Trainer, John Kendall. Ms. Arbus taught Suzuki violin in Berkeley, Calif. for five years before moving to Pasadena. Liz taught with the Pasadena Suzuki Music Program 1985 - 2004. She is currently the director of Suzuki Talent Education in Pasadena (STEP). She teaches at several Suzuki Institutes all over the United States. Liz continues violin lessons with Zoya Leybin, coach and violinist in the San Francisco Symphony, as well as pursuing continuing studies in Baroque performance practice. In teaching children I see the hope and joy that learning brings. In learning the violin, children do a step-by-step process of discovery which carries over into every aspect of life. The Suzuki Method aids in this growth process with continual nurturing from both parent and teacher. Suzuki Institutes provide an enjoyable environment to motivate students, parents and teachers. Being able to produce music can create self-assurance and an inner joy. Listening to music can soothe our hearts and minds. I hope through my teaching I can create a lifelong connection to a marvelous musical tradition.

Laurie Niles

Laurie Niles is an educator who is certified through Suzuki Violin Book 10 by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, having trained in Suzuki pedagogy with James Maurer of the University of Denver, Enid Cleary of Chicago, Ill. Ellie LeRoux of Longmont, Colo., Helen Brunner of London and Mark Bjork of the University of Minnesota. Laurie holds a Bachelor's degree in music from Northwestern University and a Master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. She maintains a private studio of youth and adult violin students. She also started a large first-grade Suzuki program at McKinley School, a public school in Pasadena. She has has played the violin professionally for 15 years, most recently with the Pasadena and New West Symphonies. In addition to her music career, she has worked as a full-time news reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper and is currently the editor of the online publication Violinist.com. Laurie is married to Robert Niles, and they have two children.

Nonie Reesor

Leonora Marshall Reesor ("Nonie") has found great fulfillment in both playing and teaching the violin. A young Suzuki student herself, Nonie began her violin studies in Salt Lake City with Ramona Stirling, continuing later with Jack Ashton, Marjorie Bagley, and Jessica Guideri. In May 2004, Nonie earned her BM in violin performance from the Caine School of the Arts at Utah State University, where she served as concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra for the duration of her studies. Nonie has also been featured twice as a soloist on USU's Concerto Evening, and has been part of USU's Musica Viva contemporary music series, the 2002 Winter Olympics Orchestra, "Stadium of Fire" at Lavell Edwards Stadium, and played three seasons with the Utah Festival Opera. In April 2008, Nonie was honored to perform Sergio Bernal's Violin Concerto in Libby Gardner Hall (SLC) under the direction of the composer. Nonie has found an equal love for teaching the violin using the Suzuki approach, and has loved her Suzuki Teacher Trainers, who include Ed Sprunger, Teri Einfeldt, Cathy Lee, Joseph Kaminsky, and Doris Preucil. Nonie has used many of their ideas in maintaining her studio of roughly 35 students while in Logan. From 2006-2008, she acted as Artistic Director for the USU String Academy, a Suzuki training program for both students and teachers. During this time, Nonie also taught classes in the USU Music Department, including Music Theory, Aural Skills, and non-music major violin lessons. Nonie loves being married to her pianist, Keenan Reesor, and they enjoy chasing their curious toddler, Samuel.

Cheryl Scheidemantle

Violinist Cheryl Scheidemantle received her Ph.D. in violin performance at New York University. She earned a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York City, and her Bachelor of Music degree as a scholarship student at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Her teachers have included Dorothy Delay, Margaret Pardee, Paul Kantor, Amy Barlowe, and William Lincer. Ms. Scheidemantle currently is on the faculty of the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, teaches with Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena, and has held the position of Artist-in-Residence at Whittier College. Ms. Scheidemantle is past-president of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Music Association of California. Besides with music, Ms. Scheidemantle’s days are filled being a mother to her three children.

Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena, California