Christa Muller Hendricks is one of the most highly-trained Suzuki teachers in America. She received long-term teacher training in the Suzuki method at The Hartt School, one of the nation’s pre-eminent programs for Suzuki pedagogy. Long-term teacher training is available at only a few institutions in America, and requires a longer period of study than short-term teacher training covering one specific book level. Christa completed The Hartt School’s concentrated two-year program curriculum, including in-depth study of the repertoire in volumes 1-8 of the Suzuki Violin School, over 75 hours of lesson observation, a year-long teaching mentorship with Hartt Suzuki faculty member Donna Ngai, and the completion of a lecture recital tracing a specific pedagogical concept throughout the Suzuki repertoire.
Committed to continue learning whenever possible, Christa has completed advanced teacher training units including Suzuki Principles in Action and a year-long teaching Practicum with professor Pat D'Ercole at The Aber Suzuki Center (University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point). In Spring 2017, Christa will finish a second complete round of long-term training (Units 1-8) with Pat D'Ercole via Skype audit. She has also attended the Delay-Starling Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference, the Ithaca Suzuki Institute, and the Hartt Suzuki Institute.
Christa has been a member of the violin faculty at The Northampton Community Music Center since Fall 2011, where she maintains a studio of around 20 students in Suzuki Books 1-7, leads two weekly group classes, and coaches chamber music. At this time, she is accepting students ages four and older in the Pioneer Valley Area.