Kelly Wallace


Preferred student age:


Musical styles offered:


Teaching philosophy/style:

My emphasis is primarily on the Suzuki method, but for students who have already begun to play the violin without using the Suzuki method I can continue their training with a more standard method of teaching if desired.

Materials needed:

Violin, bow, shoulder pad, rosin and Suzuki book with CD

Parent policy:

The parent should attend the lessons and bring a pen and notebook to take notes so they can help the student with practicing at home.

With very young students age 3 to about 7 or 8, I like to teach the parents some hands-on basics about playing the violin. This helps the parent to know what their child is experiencing which helps the parent to understand more thoroughly how to assist their child with practice at home.




Kelly began learning to play the violin at age 7, and was taught with the Suzuki method under the instruction of the well-distinguished Suzuki educator, Milton Goldberg, in Winnetka. Growing up as a Suzuki student was a wonderful experience for her. She was fortunate enough to have a lesson with Dr. Suzuki himself at a Suzuki institute master class and is thrilled to be teaching now as a Suzuki instructor! She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and has completed certification for “Every Child Can!”, Violin Unit 1 and “Recharge and Renew our Standards of Excellence!” with Charles Krigbaum.

Kelly’s later private teachers included Almita Vamos, Sylvia Rosenberg and Catherine Tait and she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in applied Violin from the Eastman School of Music. Although she has studied and performed a great deal of solo and chamber repertoire, her music career has been primarily as an orchestral violinist where she has been a member of the Florida Naples Philharmonic and the New World Symphony Orchestra (as frequent concertmaster). She has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chicagoland groups such as the Lake Forest Symphony, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Ballet. It was her great privilege to play under the baton of such renowned conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Michael Tilson Thomas and Andre Previn and has performed as an orchestral member with a variety of artists ranging from world renowned violinist Joshua Bell and Opera legend Luciano Pavarotti to Pop music’s Gloria Estefan Country music’s and Eddy Arnold. She had also played in televised performances and on CD recordings.

Kelly believes it is important for students to remember every one will progress at his or her own pace. She enjoys teaching all ages and likes to make lessons fun and enjoyable while encouraging her students to be patient while first learning to play the violin. Each step in the learning process is meant to build upon the last, and although it takes time, she hopes her students find the reward is well worth the perseverance!