To Suzuki or Not to Suzuki: That is the Question!

To Suzuki or Not to Suzuki: That is the Question!

Studio Teacher Meeting with Mark Pfannschmidt and Leslie Smile Hoyle

Wednesday, October 23, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

NOTE LOCATION: Home of Mark Pfannschmidt:

8246 Castanea Lane
Derwood, MD 20855

We invite you to join in this discussion of the difference, similarities, and evolution of these two schools of thought. Come share your insights and help broaden the general understanding of the goals of our teaching community!

Violist Mark Pfannschmidt is a member of the National Philharmonic in Rockville, MD and former principal violist of the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the US Marine Chamber Orchestra, he performed for many functions at the White House, US Department of State and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Mr. Pfannschmidt has given solo and chamber music performances in Maryland, Michigan and Minnesota. He is a
graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Peabody Conservatory and the Catholic University of America. Bonnie Melting, David Holland, Karen Tuttle, Jody Gatwood and Gerald Fischbach were his principal teachers.At his private studio in Derwood, Maryland, he teaches violin and viola. Also a professional accompanist, he accompanies students for many events, including over 20 studio recitals each year.

Leslie Smile Hoyle received her B.M. in Violin Performance with Michael Davis and Charles Wetherbee at the Ohio State University in 2005. She received her M.M. in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy with Ronda Cole at the University of Maryland in 2007, also serving as the University of Maryland Suzuki Violin Program Administrator in 2007 and 2008. Ms. Hoyle served as Suzuki Instructor and Co-Administrator of the
Animato Suzuki Violin Program from 2008-2012. She has also served as Private and Group Violin Instructor through Music Kids at Henson Valley Montessori School, Highland Park Christian Academy, St. Mary’s of Piscataway Catholic School, Evergreen Montessori School, and The Harbor School. Ms. Hoyle has served as a professional sectionals coach for Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Orchestra and as a volunteer sectionals coach for the College Park Youth Symphony. In addition to Suzuki training, Ms. Hoyle has had training in Every Child Can and Music Mind Games. She currently serves as Music Mind Games Instructor and Suzuki Violin Instructor/Program
Administrator for the Academy of Fine Arts Suzuki Violin Program in Gaithersburg, MD and the Cadence Suzuki Violin Program in Mount Airy, MD.

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  • To Suzuki or Not to Suzuki
    October 23, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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