Elizabeth Cunha, Director & Violin

IMG 3388 mediumElizabeth began her Suzuki journey at the age of 3 under Nicole DiCecco in the Suzuki Program in conjunction with Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Catholic University of America where she studied violin performance, musical theater and music education with Jody Gatwood, Piotr Gajewski, Jane Pesci-Townsend and Dr. Robert Garofalo respectively. Elizabeth went on to receive her Master’s in Music Education at The University of Maryland, with en emphasis in Suzuki String Pedagogy under the tutelage of Ronda Cole.

As an violinist and singer, Elizabeth has had a wide range of performance opportunities in and out of the Washington DC metro area, including theater credits with: The 2001 National tour of Cabaret, Shakespeare TheaterSignature Theater, and Toby’s .

Above all else, Elizabeth’s passion is for teaching. As a recognized Suzuki teacher in the Washington D.C. metro area, Elizabeth has maintained a private studio for over a decade, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association for Greater Washington Area. Her recognized training includes the following courses and programs through the Suzuki Association of the Americas:

  • Suzuki Books 1-8 with Ronda Cole, The University of Maryland, College Park MD
  • Suzuki Violin Book 2, Ed Kreitman, MI 
  • Every Child Can with Ronda Cole, Greater Washington String Institute, Washington DC
  • Group Class Teaching Techniques Books 1-4 with Edmund Sprunger, Greater Washington String Institute, Falls Church VA
  • Suzuki Violin Book 1 with Ronda Cole, Greater Washington String Institute, Washington DC
  • Wrap Your Brain Around Music with Dr. Timothy Durbin, Greater Washington String Institute, Falls Church, VA
  • Teaching from the Inside Out, Ed Sprunger, VAIMG 0879 medium

Elizabeth’s teaching and clinician work include:

Suzuki/Violin

  • Silver Strings Suzuki Studio – Program Director, 2009 - present
    • Annual Winter & Spring Solo and Group Recitals
    • Informal performances: Farmer’s Markets, Community Celebrations, SAGWA Suzuki Play-ins, Senior Centers, and Festivals
    • Silver String students have participated in:
      • Montgomery County Youth Orchestras
      • Washington Preludio Strings, 2017 Germany/Austria/Italy
      • The Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C.
      • Garden of Lights, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton MD
      • The Kensington Fall Festival, MD
  • Washington Preludio Strings International Touring Ensemble, Co-Music Director, 2017-Present
  • Northern Illinois University Suzuki Workshop, Violin Clinician 2016
  • Maryland Music Educator’s Association All State Adjudicator, 2015
  • Suzuki Association for the Greater Washington Area String Festival, Violin & Music Mind Games guest clinician, 2013, 2014
  • Greater Washington Suzuki Institute – Music Mind Games teacher/trainer
  • Musical Expressions Music School, Suzuki Violin Teacher 2005-2009
  • Teaching & Shifting for Strings Session, Prince George’s County Public Schools MD Professional Development , 2008

Classroom

  • Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 2008 - present
    • Orchestra Director - Middle and Upper School, Beginning Strings 4th Grade 2009-Present
      • Initiation of the instrumental music program, which now includes Orchestra and Band at the Middle & High School Levels, and Beginning Instruments Classes in 4th grade
    • General Music - Middle School 2008-2015
      • Development of the General Music curriculum for Middle School which includes a blend of Music Mind Games, Orff Shulwerk and World Music Drumming, music history & technology
    • Initiation of the after music lesson program
    • Liturgical Music/Cantor, Violinist
    • Director of Dear Edwina Jr. the Musical 2013
    • Chorus Director - Middle School 2009-2011
    • Musical Director for Ms. Nelson is Missing the Musical, 2012
  • The University of Maryland, College Park MD 2007-2008
    • Graduate Assistant, taught Music Integration in the Classroom for Undergraduate, Education Majors
  • St. Catherine Laboure School, Wheaton MD, 2004-2006
    • General Music Grades K-8
  • St. Mary’s School, Rockville MD 2003-2004
    • General Music Grades 1-8

Music Mind Games

  • Music Mind Games, Teacher Trainer Certification: Unit 1 and Unit 2, 2010/2015
  • Music Mind Games Student Classes and Teacher-Training:
    • Annual Unit 1 Workshops, Teacher-Trainer Bethesda MD 2010-2016
    • Greater Washington Suzuki Institute Student Classes 2013-2017
    • Intro 2 MMG 1 Day Workshop, Teacher-Trainer & student classes, Northern Illinois University 2016
    • Unit 2 Teacher Trainer Retreat, Aalborg Denmark Kultureskole, 2015
    • Unit 1A Workshop,Teacher-Trainer, Greater Washington Suzuki Institute 2015
    • Intro 2 Music Mind Games Session, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Orff Schulwerk, 2015
    • Unit 1 London, Teacher-Trainer Suzuki Hub School 2014
    • Suzuki Association for the Greater Washington Area String Festival, Music Mind Games guest clinician, 2013, 2014
    • Intro 2 MMG 1 Day Workshop, Teacher-Trainer, Harmonium Choral Society, New Jersey 2014
    • Unit 1A and 1B Workshops, Teacher-Trainer Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association Texas 2013
    • Unit 1 Teacher Trainer Retreat, Rehobeth MD, 2010
    • Unit 1 & Unit 2 Workshops Apprentice to creator Michiko Yurko, 2007-2015

Other Notable Training and Performances 

  • Orff Schulwerk Levels 1 and 2, George Mason University
  • Dalcroze Training with Dr. Jeremy Dittus
  • World Music Drumming Levels 1 and 2
  • Various courses in Music Technology with Katie Wardrobe and Sound Tree
  • Delfest Academy Band Scramble Competition Winner, 2015
  • Cabaret, Rosie Ogunquit Playhouse 2006
  • National Tour of Cabaret, Rosie/US Fraulein Kost 2001-2002
  • The Last Five Years, Violin Metro Stage 2005
  • Always, Patsy Cline, Violin 2005
  • Mack & Mabel, Signature Theater 2004
  • Pirates of Penzance, Swing 2004
  • Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Toby’s 2000
  • Crazy For You, Irene Roth/US Polly Burn Brae Dinner Theater, 2000
  • American Anthem Musical Review, Navy Memorial Washington DC 2000

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