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Kathleen Spring

Kathleen Spring (CO), received her Bachelor of Music degree from Walla Walla University, studied in Vienna with Eduard Melkus at the Universität für Musik and completed her Master of Music degree in violin performance with James Maurer at the University of Denver. 

A native of Washington State, Kathleen founded and directed a large Suzuki program there before moving to Denver in 2001.  A long-time member of the American String Teacher’s Association, she was honored by the Washington ASTA chapter in 1996 as the outstanding private studio music educator of the year.

As an SAA Teacher Trainer, Kathleen teaches at numerous summer institutes and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.  In this capacity, she teaches the pedagogy courses for Lamont’s Suzuki Pedagogy Masters and Suzuki Certificate programs. 

In 2015, Ms. Spring published Bunny Ballads: Pre-Twinkle Pieces for Young Violin Students.  This book is a resource for teachers and parents, while also being a book that delights and motivates young beginners.  In addition to being popular in the US, it is currently being used in Canada, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Australia, and Sweden.  Editions for Cello and Viola became available in 2017.

Kathleen maintains an active Suzuki studio in the Denver Metro area and directs the advanced performance group, Spring Strings, which tours both regionally and internationally.  Since 2015 she has directed the Suzuki school, Primavera Place: A Suzuki Music School, which consists of a group of teachers who work together to build a Suzuki community and share weekly group lessons.  Primavera Place became a non-profit school the fall of 2017.  This summer Kathleen plans to transition into retirement, but stay active as a musician and Suzuki Teacher Trainer.

In addition to teaching at Suzuki workshops in North America, Kathleen has guest taught in Europe and Asia.  She considers some of her best teacher training to have been supplied gratis by her own children!

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