Ferrier, Karena

Sing Play Learn with MacPhail®

Karena Ferrier, has been with the Sing Play Learn with MacPhail™ program since 1998, teaching Musical Trolley at the downtown location. She also partners with a naturalist at the Minnesota Zoo, teaching ECM summer camps.  Karena, who plays the violin, viola and piano, is a Suzuki violin teacher and piano accompanist at the Augsburg College Suzuki Talent Education Program. In the past, she has taught violin with the Ascension School Community Partnership Program at MacPhail.

Karena enjoys teaching Musical Trolley because she loves the way it integrates different art forms to reinforce a single musical concept. She says it’s fun to see the kids run into class to see what surprises are in store and know they leave with new songs, vocabulary and ideas that feed them throughout the week. Her firm, yet gentle and kind nature, along with her active imagination, makes it fun for her to greet the children each week and experience with them their wonder and creativity.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College in Northfield and has done graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, studying violin performance and Suzuki Pedagogy.  She has also studied Suzuki Pedagogy at the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.