Welcome to the Studio of Carol Gwen Kiefer  

Talent Education for Children in Kindergarten Through High School and Adults


The ultimate goal is to produce "beautiful tone-beautiful heart" (Suzuki) creating joy in the learning process throughout life!

Each student receives personalized private weekly lessons tailored to match his or her needs and goals.  My 30+ years of experience as a Suzuki teacher allows me to bring a variety of music and tools that help students grow musically at an appropriate rate.  


As when a child learns to talk, parents model musical behaviors that influence young children's developing music aptitude. In the Suzuki Method, professional, well educated instrumental teachers help parents create an enriching environment conducive to enjoyable music making. Parents act as “home teachers” during the week framing practice time from notes taken at lessons. One parent learns to play the violin before the young child begins lessons. In this way, children are motivated to imitate what they hear and see. Parent and child learn along with the teacher in a structure termed "the Suzuki triangle". 


Rote learning is combined with listening to music for young children and parents willingness to guide the student through successive levels of learning. Suzuki Method music books and reference recordings are used to target the individual needs of each student. Traditional training using scales, etudes, and a varied repertoire suitable for the advancing student are layered with graded Suzuki repertoire and listening for a holistic music education.


Each month students meet twice for a 35 or 60 minute group class. As well as building a community through common experience, this class provides the needed opportunity to perform for each other in a supportive environment. We also play ensemble music, review technical skills, learn new skills, and play pieces not covered in the weekly lesson.