My name is Karin Loewen and I teach Suzuki cello, viola, and violin lessons and direct the Cape Cod Summer String Tune-Up, a week-long summer strings camp. I learned to play violin and cello using the Suzuki Method while attending Whitinsville Christian School in central Massachusetts. WCS is a K-12 school which has an extensive Suzuki program and I am thankful for the opportunities I had there.
I actually started on violin when I was five years old, but around age seven I decided I'd prefer an instrument that would allow me to sit down so I switched to cello! Music was a constant part of my life growing up. Our school orchestra toured annually to locations in the US, Canada, and Mexico. I was in third grade the first time I went on tour with the orchestra and continued to do so through high school. In high school I also participated in MA Central District and All-State orchestras and played in a youth orchestra at New England Conservatory. I attended Csehy Summer School of Music every summer in junior high and high school.
I eventually went on to get a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music just outside Chicago, IL. Wheaton has a very large Suzuki pre-college program and it was through that that I was trained to be a Suzuki teacher. My pedagogy teacher was Rebecca Sandrok, who grew up in Japan and was taught by Shinichi Suzuki himself. During one summer in college I was able to visit the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan and see where Suzuki taught. Another summer in college I studied at the Aspen Summer Music Festival in Colorado. After graduating from Wheaton, I set up my first cello studio of twenty students near Chicago, played in the Oak Park/River Forest Symphony Orchestra, and taught a String Techniques class to music majors at Concordia University in River Forest, IL. In the summer of 2001, I moved to New York and completed my training for Musikgarten and continued to teach Suzuki cello. In 2007 I moved to Cape Cod. I taught preschool music classes for two years at Cape Cod Conservatory and opened my studio at home. I also teach private lessons on violin, viola, and cello at St. John Paul II School in Hyannis and offer an after-school string ensemble there.
My favorite part about teaching is getting to know each individual child. I love the challenge of figuring out how each specific mind works so I can cater to every child's style of learning. It's so exciting to see the joy on their faces when they learn something new and I'm happy to be a part of each child's development as a person as they learn not only to enjoy music, but get to experience the satisfaction of putting time and energy into a skill and being able to do it well. Music is enriching and I teach as Suzuki did, using music education as a way to help children become all-around beautiful people.