Katherine Wood former director of Suzuki Talent Education at MacPhail Center for Music, teaches Suzuki violin. She is both an accomplished musician and music educator. Katherine has been at MacPhail since 1999 and has been teaching Suzuki violin for more than 40 years. As a teacher, she enjoys the process of figuring out what specific steps each student needs in order to move to the next level.
She has taught music in the Denver Public Schools, at Salem College, the New England Suzuki Institute, was director of the Suzuki Talent Education Society of Calgary, Canada, and taught music theory at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.
Katherine is a freelance musician and performer, having played violin with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, as well as in many string quartets and chamber groups. As a pianist, she has done professional accompanying.
She completed her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Nebraska, and continued her studies at the University of West Virginia, receiving a Master of Arts in violin performance. Katherine is also a Suzuki Association of the Americas certified teacher trainer and teaches Suzuki workshops and institutes in the United States and Canada. Her Suzuki training was with Dr. Suzuki, Alice Joy Lewis, Sanford Reuning, John Kendall, Ronda Cole and others.
“Kathy is engaging, respectful, amazingly musical, and challenges my child to think, play, and strive for more.” –MacPhail Parent