Violin Instructor Biography
Nora Bellows enjoys a life-long relationship with the Suzuki Method. Enrolled at the age of three in the University of Arkansas' Fayetteville Suzuki School, under the guidance of Martha Shackford, Mrs. Bellows received her foundation in Suzuki Methodology. She continued her instruction with traditional teachers upon moving to Maine at age 14. As a teenager, Mrs. Bellows enjoyed playing in the local youth orchestra and joined the University of Maine orchestra at 16. While earning her B.S. in Education, Mrs. Bellows studied under Dr. Anatole Wieck, an international performer educated at Julliard. Dr. Wieck's insightful instruction on technique and musical interpretation further educated Mrs. Bellows as a teacher and performer.
Mrs. Bellows began her career in Suzuki instruction at RDL Strings Studio in Bangor, Maine in 1997. In addition to her private students she created and implemented introductory Suzuki violin programs for two local Montessori schools. Mrs. Bellows was also an instructor at the Norfolk Virginia Academy of Music instructing Suzuki violin lessons, both private and group, as well as daily pre-school music classes.
After relocating to St. Louis Missouri, in 2005, Mrs. Bellows joined the Kirkwood Academy of Music as a private Suzuki violin teacher. In 2006 Mrs. Bellows opened a violin studio in Washington to provide quality education and performance opportunities for the children of Franklin County MO. Currently Mrs. Bellows is a faculty member of the Kirkwood Academy of Music, General Music Teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Union Mo and the Owner/ resident Violin Instructor of Washington Academy of Music. Her love of music and children continues to create a nurturing environment that inspires musical excellence.
Mrs. Bellows is a Registered Suzuki Violin Instructor with training from Capital University, Columbus Ohio, the Chicago Suzuki Institute, IL and two apprenticeships with Suzuki Teacher Trainer Joesph Kaminksy, St. Louis MO. Other Suzuki Teacher Trainers have included Linda Steig and Michelle George. Mrs. Bellows is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Currently Mrs. Bellows is the Vice President of the Saint Louis Metro Violin Association.
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