Institute Faculty

Oregon Suzuki Institute: Directors and Teacher Workshop Faculty for 2020

Oregon Suzuki Institute Directors

Christine Goodner, Co-Director

Christine Goodner is a Suzuki Violin, Viola & Early Childhood Education teacher from Hillsboro OR. She was a Suzuki student from under the age of 3, the mom to two girls , now in their 20's, who she practiced with as a Suzuki parent, and has been teaching private students for the last 20 years in Oregon. She is a former faculty member of the Community Music Center and the Valley Catholic Music School before starting her own studio Brookside Suzuki Strings.

Christine has been on the board of the Oregon Suzuki Association for the past 6 years, and is a frequent speaker at workshops and conferences especially on the topic of how parents can help their children be successful in music lessons. Christine is the author of Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families and Positive Practice: 5 Ways to Help Your Child Develop a Love of Music. For two years she has co-hosted the podcast Beyond the Music Lesson with Suzuki teacher Abigail Peterson. She is passionate about helping parents have an easier time practicing with their children more productively with less conflict.

Cynthia Scott, Co-Director

Cynthia Scott received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Lewis and Clark College and a Masters of Music in a self-designed degree program in violin and viola pedagogy with an emphasis on the Suzuki approach from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She began teaching Suzuki violin in 1974 as an assistant to Sr. Jeanette Wood in the Suzuki program at Marylhurst Education Center for Life-Long Learning. After earning her masters, she taught in the Suzuki pedagogy program at CCM-UC and started a Suzuki violin program in Batesville, Indiana. After returning to the Portland area, she taught at Marylhurst College for four years before leaving to start her own studio. Cynthia has been on the Suzuki faculty at the Portland Community Music Center since 1995, has taught in the Lake Oswego Public School District elementary strings program since 1988, and has given Suzuki-based group classes in the Oregon City District home-school program since 2000. She has performed on violin and viola with the Portland Opera, the Portland Ballet, West Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and the Chehalem String Quartet. She is currently principal violist in the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and principal second violinist in Sinfonia Concertante.

Rebekah Hanson, Chamber Music Coordinator & Assistant Director 

Rebekah Hanson teaches violin, viola, music history and chamber music at George Fox University.  She holds a Masters and a Doctorate in Music from the University of Oregon.  Her students have won many awards, and she has been a guest teacher and lecturer at Suzuki, chamber music and orchestral workshops as well as SAA, ASTA and NafME Conferences.

Directors of the Oregon Suzuki Insitute

Teacher Workshop Faculty 2020

Heather Hadley, Cello Unit 1

Heather Hadley maintains a thriving studio of young cellists of all levels, and as a SAA registered Teacher Trainer conducts the cello long-term training program at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. She teaches at workshops and institutes across the country, and has contributed to the SAA’s Parents as Partners video series and the American Suzuki Journal.  Her degrees include a BM from Lawrence University in Performance, a MM from the University of Colorado in Performance and Pedagogy, and a Suzuki Certificate from the University of Denver.  She has been a member of the faculty of Boulder Suzuki Strings since 2003, and also currently teaches group classes with Denver Talent Education. Heather is passionate about helping all students and families experience the full benefits of a Suzuki education.  

Danette Schuh, Every Child Can!

Danette Schuh is the Director of Dolce Music Studio, home of Dolce Strings and Dolce Babies, where she teaches violin, viola and Suzuki Early Childhood classes. She also co-directs the Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble. She is an SAA Registered SECE Teacher Trainer. As one of the teachers who taught SECE classes at the 16th World Convention in Japan, she also had the privilege of speaking and presenting the SECE curriculum in depth. A sought-after clinician at institutes, workshops, festivals and schools, she has been teaching for over 30 years, and has held positions such as President of the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association (now Southeast Texas Suzuki Association), and state board member of Texas Music Teachers Association. She has received the Houston Music Teachers Association President’s “Bravo” award and was also awarded “Teacher of the Year“ She has been published in the American Suzuki Journal, contributed a video to Parents as Partners Online, and has presented at numerous SAA Conferences and Leadership Retreats. She is currently the SECE Coordinator for the 2018 SAA Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Indiana University, where she studied violin with Tadeusz Wronski and Josef Gingold. She has had the great privilege of studying SECE with the creators of the curriculum, Dorothy Jones and Sharon Jones. Mrs. Schuh also performs with the Möbius Chamber Ensemble and as a freelance violinist and violist in the greater Houston area. She and her husband, Todd, reside in Sugar Land, Texas.

Betsy Stuen-Walker, Viola Unit 3

Betsy Stuen-Walker is a well-known clinician who maintains a studio in Bellingham, Washington, where she teaches viola and violin in addition to her roles as a church choir director and performer. She has received degrees from Eastman School of Music and Yale University School of Music. She is a recent past Board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas where she served as secretary. She has published arrangements for viola ensembles and a treble clef book for violists.

Cello Teacher Workshop