Martha D. Shackford

Martha D. Shackford

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42 years in business

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I have been a violin teacher for 50 years.  I hold a degree from Oberlin Music Conservatory, and am a Suzuki Association of the Americas violin Teacher Trainer.  I dearly love what I do!  Coming from 4 generations of teachers on both sides of my family, I eat, breathe and dream about teaching.   I love the way I experience the world as a teacher.  I have lived in Arkansas where I founded a Suzuki school, conducted a youth orchestra, and played in the North Arkansas Symphony.   My studio in Washington DC was very rewarding, going to Bolivia on a concert tour.  I directed the Suzuki Prep School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Living in Portland, OR, i had a violin studio, did a great deal of teacher training, and headed up a non-profit which served a low income public elemantary school.  I now live in Florida where I have a studio.  I have been fortunate to travel a lot in my job:  (Canada, Peru, Chile, China), and Bolivia where I started the first Suzuki program in 1987. Many of my students have gone on to major conservatories, and many more have gone on to enjoy a life time of violin playing.

My entire career is and has been pure joy!  Music is in my my bones.  I firmly know that music is not a frill of life, but a necessary part of being human.  With this in mind, I do not believe that there are some people for whom music will work and those for whom it will not.  I have taught thousands of students of all ages and love the variety I have been priviledged to share.  Each person learns in his/her own special style, and this fascinates me.  I hold each person with whom I am fortunate to teach with the utmost respect, and accept them where they are at the moment.  In short, I am a passionate teacher.

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