Suzuki Maven

Biography

Rhona Reagen has been a Suzuki method violin and viola instructor for over 35 years. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees with honor and distinction from DePaul University. She has also had advanced Suzuki pedogogy training with Betty Haag, Dr. Milton Goldberg, Gwen Furbee Ying, Rebecca Sandrok, and Julian Leviton. Rhona has attended Paul Rolland workshops working with internationally acclaimed teachers for the past two years and has incorporated several of their techniques into her pedagogy.

In July 2009, Rhona was in the first class of teachers in the United States to be certified to teach the Mark O'Connor String Method.  She plans to continue with this training as an adjunct to her current teaching. 

In 2013 Rhona published her book “60 Seconds to Excellence” which addresses left hand technical issues for violinists and violists.   Her daughter Jessie Reagen Mann has adapted her approach for the cello and all books are being published by Ovation Press.

Rhona is also on faculty at Midwest Young Artists where she conducts the Reading Orchestra and coaches chamber music. She has served on the board of directors of Midwest Young Artists since 1993 and is also a member of the executive committee.

In 2008, Rhona was chosen as the ASTA studio teacher of the year!  She is very grateful to her colleagues for their recognition.

Rhona is the former co-director of the Elmhurst College Suzuki Program and a former faculty member of National Louis University. Her broad educational background allows her to work effectively with students of all ability levels.

Rhona has been married to her husband Richard for over 35 years. Her daughter Jessie is a professional cellist based in New York, and her son Seth is an investment banker who also resides in New York.  Both are married to wonderful spouses who all appreciate classical music!

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