Heather Williams is a certified Suzuki Piano teacher and Music Together® Center director with over 22 years experience in making music with the very young. She acquired a Bachelor of Arts with a Piano Emphasis from Brigham Young University in 1998. She taught a traditional piano studio in Pennsylvania from 1995 and adopted the Suzuki Method upon moving to Virginia in 1999 where she developed a four-studio Suzuki piano/guitar academy in Richmond. She has been certified through level 6 in the Suzuki Teacher Training courses and has taken both levels of the Suzuki Parent Education Course with Jeanne Luedke. She moved to Fair Oaks with her husband in 2007 and began working with students in the Folsom/El Dorado Hills area. In March of 2008, she opened the Fair Oaks location and in January 2011 she moved her studio to El Dorado Hills. She now has 4 children at home ages 11, 9, 7, and 3 whom she homeschooled for three years. She has transitioned to working with homeschooled students and kindergarteners during the day to accomodate her family's needs. Besides enjoying piano, she loves to sing and swing dance, having travelled in England, France and many parts of the U.S. to enjoy her hobbies. She also served an 18- month mission in Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk and Ufa, Russia. She loves to speak Russian and to teach it.
Aida Elkhanzade is a professional pianist and an experienced teacher. She holds a Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. Her teaching practice is based on a synthesis of Russian and American methods of piano schools. She is proficient in technique, theory, improvisation and accompaniment skills. She is a classical musician who constantly strives to improve her own and her students' musical skills. Aida is continually looking for performance opportunities in the community and also accompanies other accomplished singers, violinists and cellists in the Greater Sacramento region. She has been awarded numerous certificates from the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies for the "Best Interpretation of Russian Music".
David Grabowski has been playing piano since the age of six, and composing for just as long. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he has studied music with depth and appreciation from a standpoint of both composer and pianist. He brings his love of music to teaching to the Suzuki Method, hoping to inspire new performers and to instill in them the gifts of music—those which are obvious at the keyboard and those which last long after. Outside of his musical activities, David is an avid cook, gardener, and bibliophile. He enjoys yoga, long backpacking trips, cycling, and dancing to James Brown with his seventeen-month-old, Emmet.
Madeline Porter started playing violin at the age of six and was Suzukitrained for nine years, though she studied violin for thirteen years in total. She has played piano since she was ten, and oboe since she was sixteen. She has a double degree in Music Theory/Composition and Oboe Performance from Sacramento State University. She has played for various groups, including being the pianist for the St. John's Evening Choir, the Folsom Symphony on violin, and the Sacramento State Orchestra on oboe.
Cecelia Mamaligsa has been singing and playing piano since age 6. Born and raised in Seoul South Korea, she graduated from Taegu K.B. Arts High School and Arts College with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Voice and Music Education for children. Following graduation, she conducted a children’s choir and maintained a full studio of music students at the American Church in South Korea. Her husband and she travelled to Germany, where she attended international music classes and continued to study in her major. After four years in Germany, she moved to Arizona and then California where she has been teaching voice and piano students for over 17 years. Cecelia is sensitive to the very young and joyfully teaches to each individual child’s ability. Her passion, love and patience for her families is evident. She is a much-loved teacher in our Suzuki Academy!
Priscilla Finlayson has been teaching children through charter schools in both Spanish and Suzuki piano and other music classes for 14 years. She is certified with the Suzuki Association of America in the Every Child Can course through Caroline Fraser, master teacher trainer with the ESA, ARSO and SAA and serves as a liaison in South America. Priscilla holds a degree from Brigham Young University and is the proud mother of 4 children who have all been partakers of her teaching in both Suzuki piano and Spanish immersion classes. She has relocated recently from California to Utah and continues to teach.
Sierra Corbridge has been teaching Suzuki piano lessons and other music offerings for 15 years. She is the proud mother of 5 children all who have benefitted from her training and teaching efforts. She is certified with the Suzuki Association of America in the ECC (Every Child Can) course through Caroline Fraser, teacher trainer with the SAA and ESA and liaison for the Suzuki Association to South America. Sierra holds a degree
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