Born in Seattle to a musical family, Katherine has lived in California since 1971.  Imprinted by 9 years as a Suzuki parent to her 3 children, she began her teacher training with master teacher Caroline Fraser at HNU Suzuki Institute.  Katherine has taught music reading and group music theory curricula from 2012-to the present.

Katherine raised her family in Clarice Leite's piano studio in 1995, and then with Jerry Kuderna.  She currently studies with Suzuki mentor Rebecca Boblack.  She earned her degree from Stanford in 1982, working in marketing and PR for architectural firms until 1993.  

In her spare time Katherine volunteers as a writing coach, gardens, studies Chinese, swims, kayaks or hikes.  Her home includes 2 cats and 3 children: her daughters have finished studies at Pratt Institute and Stanford and her son continues at the University of California.


From Katherine: Why I chose to teach music using the Suzuki approach:

"Most people have a set notion of 'inborn talent or ability' -- it is a misconception which is a delight to change. Anyone can develop ability or talent with the right environment."  

"Music provides enjoyment!  Importantly, music is a mind tonic:  for patience, calm, unwinding, intellectual challenge, pure entertainment and sidesplitting laughter.  I love working with small children and their parents to develop skills and the love of fine music."