Director & Master teacher--studio locations, S.E. Aurora and Lamont School of Music
Director, Kathleen Spring, brings over 40 years of teaching experience to her studio. Her training as a violinist and teacher includes an undergraduate degree in music from Walla Walla University as well as violin study with Eduard Melkus at the Universität fur Musik and Darstellende Künst, in Vienna, Austria and with Alan Bodman at Washington State University. She received a M. Mus. in Violin performance with James Maurer from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
Kathleen was honored with the American String Teachers Association’s, Outstanding Studio Teacher Award for Washington state, 1996. On three separate occasions her students have received the Emerson Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. They have also won concerto competitions with Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Young Sinfonia, the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Many are members of DYAO, CYSO, and DYS.
A registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Kathleen teaches workshops in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. She teaches Suzuki Violin Pedagogy in the long-term Suzuki Pedagogy Program at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
Master teacher—studio location, S.E. Aurora
Dr. Spring has been teaching music to young people for over a half century. For 36 years he was a university professor (Otterbein & Walla Walla Universities) teaching violin, viola, theory/composition, orchestra & chamber music. He holds degrees in violin, theory, and composition from La Sierra and Texas Christian Universities, and the University of Washington. Among his teachers were William Kroll & Emanuel Zetlin (violin) and John Verrall, Robert Suderberg, Ralph Guenther & Perry Beach (composition.)
During the 1990’s Spring began to add summer teaching of younger students to his activities, and found it very much to his liking. After retiring from university professorship in 2001, pre-college music teaching became his primary professional focus, along with composing on commission from various artists and ensembles.
Instructor level II--studio location, DU area
Brittany is a violinist in Denver, Colorado. She has been playing violin for 18 years and holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of South Florida. She studied with Carolyn Stuart and Monica Germino while at USF. Currently residing in Denver, she is earning a Certificate in Violin Suzuki Pedagogy with Kathleen Spring, as well as studying with Mark Rush at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music .
She has a diverse performing background including performances with Michael Buble, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Ten Tenors, as well as University of South Florida faculty and students in the “Radiance” tour in 2012. She performed with many chamber ensembles while at USF as well as at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont.
Brittany is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. and has SAA registered teacher training for violin books 1 through 4. She will complete her training in Spring 2016.
Instructor level II--studio location, Highlands area, Denver
Leah started the violin at age 5 under the guidance of the Black Hills Suzuki School. She continued to cultivate her musical skills by twice studying at the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute and participating in several Suzuki and other strings camps. While a sophomore in high school, Leah successfully competed in the Rapid City Young Artist competition and performed solo with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, Leah earned a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and received the Instrumental Performance Award and the Academic Achievement Award from CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.
In addition to performing in many classical settings, Leah has tracked violin on multiple albums and played live with numerous bands. Throughout this time, Leah has held a passion for teaching violin. Having taught for 14 years, Leah is currently pursuing a Certificate in Suzuki Teaching through the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music under the guidance of Kathleen Spring. Leah is excited to more fully implement her beliefs in Suzuki Violin methodology through the Primavera Place Suzuki School.
Instructor level I--studio location,City Park & DU, Denver
Ronnie Crisp received his musical education from the University of South Carolina (Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Honors College, Graduate Certificate in Performance) and the University of Denver (Master of Music Suzuki Violin Pedagogy). He studied violin under William Terwilliger and Mark Rush, as well as being mentored by Rebecca Hunter, Katherine Knight, Eli Kalman, and Jameson Cooper - among others - in chamber music. Additionally, Mr. Crisp received a majority of his pedagogical approach from Kathleen Spring during his study at the University of Denver.
An avid reader, Mr. Crisp researches the impact previous pedagogical figures have had on present day, implementing philosophies and pedagogical approaches to his students. Papers regarding the subject include his honors’ thesis, Left Hand Violin Technique: A Comparative Study of three significant 20th century treatises, and his masters’ project, Violin Pedagogical Trends in Western Art Music.
Mr. Crisp believes that music provides children the opportunity to learn and grow through play and having fun. This opportunity helps to develop the curiosity and inquisitive spirit in children that will serve them well in every walk of life.
Instructor level I--studio location,City Park & DU, Denver
Raven Underwood is a Colorado-native violinist and educator. Her studies have taken her to several esteemed festivals, notably: Interlochen, Montecito, Interharmony Italy, and Domaine Forget international festivals. Raven has appeared in master classes with Vadim Repin, Midori, Brian Lewis, Vadim Gluzman, and Paul Kantor.
Determined to shift the paradigm of violin performance, Raven has collaborated on several non-traditional projects. She appears on albums with the bands Manon Ward and The Northern Empty, and she also presents all-female composer performances to further introduce women composers into the violin canon. Raven is currently working with Chappell Kingsland, performing virtuosic covers of Pop and Rock music. Raven holds a Bachelor degree in violin performance, as well as a Suzuki Violin Pedagogy certificate from Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
Apprentice teachers are Suzuki Pedagogy Masters or Certificate students at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. They will be teaching primarily at the Lamont School of Music located in the Newman Center for the Performing
Instructor Apprentice--studio location, Highlands Ranch
Kate Swanson is a Denver musician and Colorado native. She has played the violin for over twenty years
and has performed in many instrumental ensembles including works for local composer Francis J. Pierson
and in vocal ensembles specializing in Renaissance liturgical masterworks. She currently performs in the
Littleton Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Swanson studied Suzuki Every Child Can! with Dr. William Starr,
Suzuki Early Childhood Education under the program’s founder Dorothy Jones, the Ward Method under
Dr. Alise Brown at the University of Northern Colorado, and received her Licentiate of Royal Schools of
Music, UK in Violin Performance. She has enjoyed teaching since 2011 and will complete her Suzuki
Pedagogy studies under Kathleen Spring at the University of Denver in the spring of 2018.