Teaching Experience

2008 - Present
Teacher & Director
Allegro Suzuki Violin Studio
Eugene, OR

2009 - 2013
Suzuki Violin Teacher (individual lessons and group class)
Community Music Institute
Eugene, OR

2009 - 2012
Children’s Capoeira Teacher
CTE Capoeiragem Eugene, Eugene, OR

2008 - 2011
Music Mind Games Teacher
Community Music Institute Eugene, OR

2001-2008
Suzuki Violin & Viola Teacher
Traditional Violin & Viola Teacher
Levine School of Music
Washington, DC

2002-2006
Chair of the Suzuki Strings Department
Levine School of Music Washington, DC

2001-2006
Music Mind Games Teacher
Levine School of Music Washington, DC

2001-2002
Suzuki Violin Teacher
Academy of Music
Gaithersburg, MD

1999-2001
Suzuki Violin Teacher
University of MD - Graduate School Program
College Park, MD

 

Workshop Teaching

2010
Guest Clinician (Masterclass & Group Class teaching)
Levine School of Music
Washington, DC

2010
Composition for Suzuki Violin Book 4 Students
Community Music Institute/Suzuki Strings Program
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

2006
World Music Workshop for Suzuki Teen Club
Levine School of Music
Washington, DC

2006-2008
Pre-Twinkle Group Class Teacher
Suzuki Association for the Greater Washington Area (S.A.G.W.A.) Spring workshops
Bethesda, MD

2005
Music Mind Games teacher
Alexandria Guitar Festival Suzuki Guitar Workshop
Alexandria, VA

2004
Guest Teacher (Group, Individual & Parent Class) Allegro School, Suzuki Violin Summer Workshop
Skalholt, Iceland

Heather Figi

 

Heather Figi (b.1975) began playing the violin at the age of 4 in a Suzuki Violin program led by Alison Lee Jewer in Janesville, Wisconsin. She went onto receive a BM in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison studying with Professor Tyrone Grieve. This was followed by a MM in violin performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of MD, College Park under the guidance of Ronda Cole. She has been a guest clinician at workshops in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Oregon and Iceland.

Heather is deeply committed and enthusiastic about sharing Suzuki's philosophy that every child has talent and every child can learn. Her energetic and organized teaching style create a supportive and dynamic environment for students to realize their potential. Over the course of her 20 years of teaching she has witnessed firsthand the power learning a musical instrument has to train focus, increase intelligence, and develop life skills such as perseverance, confidence, and step by step mastery.

In addition to teaching she has composed four books to date of music for young violinists: 178 Ways to Play Perpetual Motion, Twinkle: Duets, Trios & Quartets, and I Came Here to Play, Music for Four Violins, Volumes 1 & 2. Heather founded the Eugene Suzuki Strings Association in 2009 and is the former director of the Northwest Suzuki Institute at the University of Oregon.

When not teaching, playing or writing music you can find Heather playing with her two cats Dolce and Vegas, practicing yoga or in the kitchen trying out new recipes.

 

Additional Professional Experience

2009 - 2011
Director Northwest Suzuki Institute
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2008 - Present
Founder & Director of the Eugene Suzuki Strings Association

2002 - 2006
Chair of the Suzuki Strings Department
Levine School of Music Washington, DC

Education

2009
Suzuki Violin Book 4 with Vera McCoy-Sulentic
Northwest Suzuki Institute, University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

2007
Books 1-4 Group Class Teaching Techniques with Ed Sprunger
Greater Washington Suzuki Strings Institute
Falls Church, VA.

2001 & 2004
“How to Talk so Kids Listen and Listen so Kids Talk”
workshop presented by Mary Findley Levine School of Music
Washington, D.C.

2001 & 2004
Music Mind Games training
Michiko Yurko Levine School of Music
Washington, D.C.

2001
Overview with John Kendall
Greater Washington Suzuki Strings Institute
Washington, D.C.

2000
Group Class Teaching with Tom Wermuth
Greater Washington Suzuki Strings Institute
Washington, D.C.

1999-2001
Master of Music in Violin Performance with an Emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy
Ronda Cole, director
University of MD, College Park

1997
Book 1 Teacher Training
American Suzuki Institute
Stevens Point, WI

1994-1999
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Tyronne Grieve, teacher
University of WI, Madison