Ms. Virginia completed the “Long Term Suzuki Pedagogy” training at the University of Tennessee under teacher trainer Debbie Goolsby. Over the years she has continued “Short Term Training” with world renowned teachers such as Doris Pruecil, Dr. William Starr, Ed Krietman, Louise Wear and Linda Fore.
Virginia Sloan, a violinist and native Atlantan, considers herself a specialist in Early Childhood Suzuki Method. While using other styles and methods as well, Ms. Virginia incorporates a wealth of performing experience, training and her love for children into her approach. Though she teaches all levels, she has found her niche with younger children.
Ms. Virginia was a section violinist with the Knoxville Symphony under the direction of Kirk Trevor (1985-1990) where she performed with such greats as Joshua Bell, Midori, Nadjia Salerno Sonnenburg, Ray Charles and Luciano Pavarotti. After moving back to her native Atlanta she has played with area orchestras and ensembles including Cobb Symphony and the Gwinnett Philharmonic.
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In 1991 Ms. Virginia founded and directed Atlanta Suzuki Violin in Buckhead where she also directed “Musical Mornings Summer Day Camp” and taught Kindermusik Classes. In 1992 she auditioned for the prestigious position of teacher to the grandson of Raphael Hillyer, founding member of the Julliard String Quartet. After Hillyer observed her teaching and she was awarded the position, he then presented her a “letter of recommendation”.
In 1999 Ms. Virginia hosted the Georgia Suzuki “Play-In” witch was part of an international event held in honor of Shinichi Suzuki after he died at the age of 99. Virginia has served on the board of the Suzuki Association of Georgia and is currently a member.