Hi there! I'd like to take up this space of internet to tell you a bit about me. I began my violin journey at the age of four when I had a profound conversation with my parents. It went something like this: Them: "Do you want to play the violin?" Me: "Sure!" We had no idea where any of it would lead.
Thankfully, I eventually fell in love with the instrument and pursued a Bachelor's of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, studying under the tutelage of John McGrosso and David Gillham, graduating in 2009.
Fast forward a few years. In May of 2017, I graduated with a Master's of Music in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy (try saying that five times fast).
For many years, my dream was to provide violin lessons to every student that wanted them, not only for those that could afford them. Suzuki Harmony STL is the realization of that dream and I could not be more excited to see where this journey takes us. When I am not teaching, I can be found hiking with my husband and two sons or reading a book in a coffee shop (or at least dreaming about doing so). Thanks for taking your time to learn about me and Suzuki Harmony STL!
Sammy is our cello instructor here at Suzuki Harmony STL. He has had quite an untraditional musical upbringing and cello was not his first instrument. Alto saxophone was first and then guitar came next. Several other instruments found there way into the mix including drum set, trombone, electric bass and several other stringed instruments. He always wanted to try every instrument he could touch and had a knack for figuring out how to play them.
Eventually he got his hands on a cello and decided to study music in college. During college he had an opportunity to teach beginner string players which made him realize he wanted to teach others how to play cello. He changed his major to cello performance, participated in an internship with ViBravo's 4th grade - 8th grade strings program in Clayton, and after graduating in 2017, he spent a year with Americorps as a music teacher in rural Oregon. In addition to teaching at Suzuki Harmony STL, Sammy teaches 4th grade strings after school in Webster Groves and has a handful of private cello students.
When Sammy isn't teaching, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, and camping or going out for Indian food.
Haydn Jones began violin lessons at the age of six, showing an early aptitude and passion for her instrument. Haydn competed in regional, state, and nation-wide fiddle contests, placing first in her division at the California State Fiddle Contest and third place at the National Fiddle Contest. She became the youngest member of the Tehachapi Junior Orchestra, served as concertmaster for two years and made her solo debut. In 2009, Haydn became a Rose Hills scholar at The Colburn School of Performing Arts. In 2011, Haydn's family moved to Saint Louis, where she served as concertmaster of Webster Community Music School's Young People's Concert Orchestra and Young People's Symphonic Orchestra. In 2015, she began studying with John McGrosso of the Arianna String Quartet and became a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2019, she began teaching private violin students and became an intern for Suzuki Harmony STL, where she developed a love for teaching students who would otherwise be unable to study at a private level. Haydn is now a senior violin performance major at The University of Missouri-Saint Louis.
James Young has been a music educator for 13 years, including 10 in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. He has experience teaching vocal music, band and guitar to grades K-12. James currently resides in Ferguson, MO and loves being connected to his community through teaching music. He has his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Missouri- St. Louis and is currently working toward Suzuki Guitar method certification. He is also currently a board member and assists with group violin classes for Suzuki Harmony STL.