Accomodating gifted students in music education
In my studio it happens through music, but it is my goal for the student to continue that expression in everything they do.” Amanda Clarke: Music has always been a defining element of Amanda’s life. She feels that understanding the principles of music will not only establish commitment and a driving passion for aspiring musicians, but also contribute a great deal to the development of society.At 4-years-old, she began her musical journey in the Southern Utah Suzuki Strings program with Sara Penny. Amanda has been teaching for 15 years and currently has a studio of 30 students in Cedar City.Kristiana Henderson: Her energy and passion for music-making has led to orchestra positions and solo performances on a national level.She currently performs as Associate Principal Second Violin with the Ballet West Orchestra, has played full-time with the Utah Symphony, as a finalist with the New World Symphony in Miami and has been assistant concertmaster in the South Dakota Symphony.He successfully graduated from all ten Suzuki books under the guidance of Richard Hoyt in Salt Lake City, and competed in the Utah State Fair six consecutive years, receiving an honorable mention at age 13 for his performance of the Saint-Seans concerto in A minor.
Winner: Young Artists Piano Competition, Hanshin, Japan. Dalcroze Faculty: Hoff Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale in NY, The Lucy Moses Music School and the Special Music School (New York City Public School for musically gifted children) in the Kaufman Music Center in NYC. Timothy (Terry) Durbin’s unique brand of teaching excellence makes him one of the most sought-after clinicians/conductors in the country.With infectious enthusiasm and inspired musicianship, he brings smiles and laughter to students throughout the United States and around the world.She has studied the violin with Dorothy Baldwin and at age 16, began taking lessons at Southern Utah University with Dr. Within the last several years, she has taken particular interest in the WHY of music—why should we invest in it? She delights in watching these individuals progress not only through musical development, but most especially through the development of their fine character.Russell Wulfenstein is an accomplished performer and composer specialized in traditional American and International folk music.