As the daughter of a Suzuki Violin teacher, I grew up in the Suzuki community. I began playing the violin at age 2 and some of my earliest memories are of group lessons or at summer music camp. Growing up we moved a few times, so we were exposed to Suzuki programs around the country. It was amazing to be able to plop down wherever we wound up and have an instant connection because Suzuki is the same
almost everywhere! Even when we returned to Oklahoma years later it was great to have old Suzuki friendships.
I have one
older sister, who also plays the violin and until this year and her second baby, taught private lessons in Edmond. She is an amazing musician and member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. We’ve always enjoyed playing the violin together and still regularly play at weddings and church services.
I have been teaching violin since I was a student myself. I taught some in high school, and all throughout college, at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Ok. I then spent 3 years working for LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, but always continued to teach on the side. My time at LifeChurch.tv was such a blessing, not only because I got to serve my church but also because that’s how I met my husband! In 2012 I married my best friend, Zach Gilliam. Zach is the Director of IT at LifeChurch.tv and has always loved the arts.
He may have played the french horn in high school but we don’t bring that up very often.
Dr. Suzuki’s goal was not simply to develop professional musicians, but to nurture loving human beings and help develop each child’s character through the study of music. The principles of the Suzuki method are very much a part of my life. Zach and I are both thrilled that I have the opportunity to teach full time and invest in the next generation of violin students!
“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”
– Shinichi Suzuki