Mika has been teaching violin to students of all ages for over ten years. She received her Suzuki teacher training at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute in Waterloo in 2007 (Level 1) and 2008 (Level 2 and 3) and studied "Creative Ability Development," a fun and effective way to teach improvisation and sound exploration, in 2017.
While living in Toronto, Mika was a faculty member of the Toronto Suzuki Studio, the Strings teacher for grades 1-8 at Fieldstone Day School, and a regular substitute at Sistema Toronto. She currently resides in Ottawa where she teaches with Orkidstra and maintains a private studio at her home in Lowertown.
Private lessons with Mika are firmly rooted in the Suzuki method and place a strong emphasis on classical music, but she always leaves room for her students to explore other genres that might interest them (fiddling, folk music, popular music).
Also central to her teaching philosophy is the incorporation of a group music-making activity to supplement private lessons; while private instruction and individual practice are essential to learning the violin, group playing is essential to understanding what music is really about. It's also a whole lot of fun! This year, Mika is thrilled to be partnering with Teaching Artist Kathryn Cobbler to provide group classes every second Saturday, from 2-3pm, at the Trinity Anglican Church (1230 Bank St). Each group class will work on building posture, developing playing skills, and exploring different repertoire.
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