Current president of the Dalcroze Society of America, William R. Bauer, Ph.D. teaches music full time at City University of New York’s College of Staten Island and is a member of the CUNY Graduate Center’s musicology faculty. Before joining CSI in 2002, he served on the undergraduate and graduate faculties of Rutgers/Newark. He holds advanced degrees in composition from Columbia University and from the CUNY Graduate Center, and has studied composition with Robert Starer, Fred Lerdahl, and Tom Manoff. He also holds the Dalcroze certificate and license, earned in studies with Robert Abramson and Dr. Ruth Alperson at the Manhattan Dalcroze Institute. Dr. Bauer gives workshops in eurhythmics and jazz improvisation, and has served on the Summer Dalcroze Institute faculties of Carnegie-Mellon University and The Longy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recently he has led workshops for Star Island’s Star Arts and LitFest conferences, at the International Society for Improvised Music conference, for Dwight Englewood School’s String Society, and at Christ Church in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Bauer’s research on popular music and jazz studies focuses on understanding styles of vocal and instrumental improvisation in their historical and cultural context. In 2002 The University of Michigan Press published his book Open the Door: The Life and Music of Betty Carter. His essays on jazz singing have appeared in the pages of Jazz Perspectives, Current Musicology, and the Annual Review of Jazz Studies.
Carlough Carroll discovered her love of teaching when she began tutoring younger violin students as a high school student. After 15 years teaching full-time, she still gets just as excited every time a student gets the shining look that says, "I've got it!" A sought after clinician who is known for her ability to connect with children, Carlough strives to help students reach their full potential and to enjoy the process with them. She is 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. Carlough has been very active in the Boston area Suzuki community since 2001, when she first joined the board of the Massachusetts chapter of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has served as the director of the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, then as volunteer coordinator, and recently as the president of this regional organization. As a soloist, Carlough has performed the concertos of Barber and Sibelius among others, and has performed many recitals and chamber concerts. She also enjoys studying and performing Hungarian and Transylvanian village music. She 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 my family. I began playing the piano as soon as I could reach the keys! My 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, I had many other interests but knew that teaching piano was what I really wanted to pursue. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from Bob Jones University in Piano Performance, graduating Magna Cum Laud. While in college, I studied under Alice Gingery (Taubman Institute) and David Lehman. I worked as a paid accompanist for private lessons, and rehearsals, recitals and competitions. After graduation, I continued my training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (Katherine Monsour Barley & Sue Bakshi). I currently serve as the co-president of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association (GPSA). I have experience teaching with many different methods and with all ages of students. While not teaching, I enjoy performing pieces by living composers and accompanying. My husband is also a musician trained in voice, and we have performed several recitals together.
Heather Miller Lardin enjoys a diverse career performing and teaching on historical and modern double basses and viola da gamba. In Philadelphia, she appears with Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, and nearby Brandywine Baroque. Other recent engagements have brought Heather to perform with the Staunton Music Festival, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Dryden Ensemble, NYS Baroque, and Pegasus Early Music. Lardin is also the founder and director of Night Music, a "serenade" chamber ensemble that presents engaging performances of chamber music from the Revolutionary and Romantic eras on instruments of the time. As director of the Temple University Early Music Ensemble, Heather leads viol and recorder consorts, voices, lutes, and Baroque ensembles. She also directs the annual Amherst Early Music Winter Weekend Workshop held each January in Old City Philadelphia and Camden. In January 2018, Lardin will launch an in-school Suzuki double bass program sponsored by Musicopia at Andrew Jackson School in South Philadelphia. In her home studio, she teaches Suzuki double bass and viola da gamba to young students with her two Maine Coon cats assisting. Heather is the editor of the early bass feature “Rumblings” in Bass World, the journal of the International Society of Bassists (ISB), and regularly presents lectures and recitals at the ISB’s biannual conventions. She serves on the faculty of the Curtis Young Artists Summerfest and on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association. From 2006-2013 she served as Artistic Director of the Ithaca, NY-based period instrument ensemble NYS Baroque. Heather holds a DMA in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.
Musical Movement Class: Dalcroze movement
Violin/Viola, Chamber Music
Cello, Chamber Music
Piano Coordinator/Every Child Can!
Piano, Chamber Music