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KATHLEEN SPRING — VIOLIN & TEACHER TRAINING

Kathleen Spring, a 1974 graduate of Walla Walla University, has also studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna with Eduard Melkus and with Alan Bodman at Washington State University. She received a M.Mus. in Violin performance with James Maurer from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Honors include the ASTA Outstanding Studio Teacher Award for Washington State, 1996. Con Brio, her Jr. High string ensemble performed at the Washington MENC convention, 1998. Her violin studio performance group, Spring Strings, performs regularly in the Denver metro area and has participated studio exchange tours with both Swiss and Belgian Suzuki students in Switzerland.

A registered Teacher Trainer, Kathleen teaches workshops the US, has guest taught in both Europe and Asia. She teaches Suzuki Violin Pedagogy in the long-term Suzuki Pedagogy Program at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and maintains an active studio in the Denver metro area.

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GLENN SPRING — VIOLIN

Violinist/composer Glenn Spring spent most of his professional career in Washington State, before moving to Colorado in 2001. He maintains a studio in Aurora, where he composes and teaches violin, viola, and theory/composition. Together with his wife, Kathleen, he co-directs the student performance group, Spring Strings. 

Professor Emeritus at Walla Walla University, Dr. Spring is the principal author of the textbook Musical Form and Analysis, re-released in an updated version by Waveland Press in 2013. His music — for choir, orchestra, strings, keyboard, and chamber groups — is performed regularly throughout N. America, and in Europe and Asia.

Spring holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from La Sierra and Texas Christian Universities, and a DMA in composition from the University of Washington.

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LIZ TRUPP — PIANO

Growing up in Southern California, Liz Trupp earned a music degree from La Sierra University where she studied piano with Chicago Conservatory of Music graduate Anita Nørskov Olsen. She also earned a degree in nursing from Loma Linda University. After working part time as a nurse and part time teaching piano, she was introduced to the Suzuki method in 1989 and, quitting nursing, went on to complete teacher training for all seven books after extensive studies with Peggy Swingle and Mary Craig Powell. Ms. Trupp is passionate about helping children learn to play music beautifully and yet have fun while doing it. She maintains a private studio in Battle Ground, WA where students have group class every week in addition to their lesson. She is dedicated to providing her students with performance opportunities that include chamber music on the Spring Recital.

Over the years, Ms. Trupp has taught numerous students with various learning difficulties. This led to studying how brains process information differently and what can be done to maximize learning. After studying Bal-A-Vis-X with Bill Hubert, she has incorporated these fun brain-strengthening exercises at the beginning of every piano lesson and into the more advanced group class. Students are able to be more focused, have increased visual tracking and are better able to access information from both hemispheres of their brains. The best part is all the benefit gained while the student is begging 'Can we do it again?' 

When not teaching, Ms. Trupp enjoys hiking, gardening and spending time with her three grown wonderful children.

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HOLLY BLACKWELDER-CARPENTER — VIOLIN

 

Holly Blackwelder-Carpenter received her Bachelor of Music from Walla Walla University in 2000. She grew up as a Suzuki violin student in Walla Walla, Washington, under the tutelage of Kathleen Spring. Holly began her teaching career at Walla Walla University in the String Preparatory Program, taking a year out of college to start a string program at Universidad Peruana Union in Lima, Peru. She currently maintains a private violin studio in Seattle.