Carlough Faulkner-Carroll discovered her love of teaching when she began tutoring younger violin students as a high school student. After 20 years teaching full-time, she still gets just as excited every time a student gets the shining look that says “I've got it!”
The director of Crescendo Suzuki Studio of Bedford, MA, Carlough is also a sought after clinician who is known for her ability to connect with children. She strives to help students reach their full potential and to enjoy the process with them. She is currently on on the faculty of the New England Suzuki Institute and the New Jersey Suzuki Workshop, and has taught at numerous other workshops.
In addition to performance degrees from New England Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a winner of the School of Music Concerto Competition, Carlough has pursued long-term Suzuki teacher training with Teri Einfeldt as well as short courses with Ronda Cole, Edmund Sprunger, and Ed Kreitman among others. She also has received training from Dorothy Jones in Suzuki Early Childhood Education, a curriculum for newborns through three year olds.
Early in her career, Carlough served as the director of the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, and the President of the board of Suzuki: MA (the Massachusetts Chapter of the Suzuki Association of the Americas). More recently, she has pursued a passionate interest in world music, dabbling in Transylvanian village music, Arabic music, Irish fiddle music, and attending the Silk Road Ensemble Global Musician’s Workshop where she had exposure to several other styles. She has brought that music to share with her students. Crescendo Suzuki Studio has performed with musicians from Uganda and Lebanon, and more cross-cultural explorations are planned. Carlough resides and teaches in Bedford, MA, with her husband and their two children, where she gets inspiration daily from her 35 students.
Kathy McHugh attended Ithaca College. It was during that time that she was first introduced to the Suzuki method and began her training with Sandy Reuning. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree, Kathy continued her studies with Sandy Reuning and began teaching for Ithaca Talent Education. She had additional teacher training with Teri Einfeldt, Linda Fiore, Mark Bjork and participated in teachers’ workshops with Dr. Suzuki. A family move created an opportunity for Kathy to establish her own studio and bring Suzuki method violin and viola instruction to Morristown, NJ. During her 10 years in Morristown, Kathy taught many students, began a string program in a private school, founded a training orchestra for area students, taught strings in the local public schools, and was an active freelance performer. In 1988, Kathy returned to ITE as a full-time faculty member. She accepted a position as strings instructor in the Lansing Central School district in 1993. Currently Kathy is the Lansing Middle School library media specialist and teaches violin, viola, and the Paganini repertory class part-time for ITE. She is on the faculty of the Ithaca College Suzuki Institute and has been a guest clinician at many workshops. Teaching music for Kathy is a treat. It is lots of fun and doesn’t feel like work. “I love teaching and am fortunate to work with so many wonderful students, families, and colleagues. I have been teaching using the Suzuki method for 30 years and hope that I can continue for another 30!”
Beth Guerriero completed her B.M. in violin performance at the Hartt School of Music (Suzuki Books 1–4) and M.M. in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy (Suzuki Books 1–9 and Practicum) from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Currently, Dr. Guerriero serves as Director of Education for the Harmony Program in New York City, an el-sistema inspired program that serves several of the cities boroughs for music education. Dr. Guerriero held previous appointments on the faculties of Rider University (strings) and Montgomery County Community College (strings and orchestra). She has also taught applied violin and music education courses at the Westminster Choir College, University of Denver, and Penn State University.
Abigail Grifa began her Suzuki training at age two, as her mother’s violin student. She later switched to cello because a friend of hers started playing cello and it seemed cool; she wanted to sit down while playing; and studying with one’s own mother can be tough. Eventually, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in cello performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron and began teaching students of her own. She has a second Master’s degree in Human Development from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Her dissertation research focused on how social relationships influence musical development, which confirmed her belief that every performance should be followed by an opportunity to eat cookies with fellow musicians.
Nancy Modell, an Ithaca College School of Music graduate in piano performance and education, pioneered the Suzuki Piano method in Israel in the 1980s where she taught students and trained local piano teachers in Jerusalem. Since 1992 she teaches in Springfield, NJ, inspiring students to reach their potential through innovative learning opportunities, including original composition, music events and field trips. Her students have earned the highest honors at both local and international festivals in performance and composition. She has trained Suzuki piano teachers in college courses, privately, and at Summer Institutes, and frequently teaches ECC!©. Nancy presented her original approach to teaching composition, at the 2014 and 2016 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference, as well as numerous national and state conferences, universities, and teachers’ forums. Under a MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant, Nancy studied ways to employ the Taubman Approach to enhance Suzuki Piano Pedagogy. Nancy is President of the MEA-NJ since 2016. Nancy thoroughly enjoys sharing her love of music with her students: children and adults.
Music lessons were a priority in Rebekah’s family. She began playing the piano as soon as she could reach the keys. Her musical training began at the age of three with Suzuki violin and then with traditional piano at age five, training under Joyce Odens Goodwin. In high school, she had many other interests but knew that teaching piano was what she really wanted to pursue. Rebekah has a Bachelor of Music degree from Bob Jones University in Piano Performance, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While in college, she studied under Alice Gingery (Taubman Institute) and David Lehman. She worked as a paid accompanist for private lessons, and rehearsals, recitals and competitions. After graduation, she continued training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (Katherine Monsour Barley & Sue Bakshi). She currently serves as the co-president of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association (GPSA). She has experience teaching with many different methods and with all ages of students. While not teaching, Rebekah enjoys performing pieces by living composers and accompanying. Her husband is also a musician trained in voice, and they have performed several recitals together.
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Enrichment: folk songs and movement
Violin/Viola, Chamber Music
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Piano, Chamber Music