Alexandra Hadden, Suzuki Violin
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Alexandra Hadden

Suzuki Violin

Alexandra Hadden began her violin studies as a Suzuki student at the age of three. She holds a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, in violin performance from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, where she studied with Mitchell Stern and Katie Lansdale. She completed long-term Suzuki teacher training with Teri Einfeldt and has taken additional Suzuki courses with Linda Case and Christie Felsing. Hadden has also completed training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education with Lynn McCall. She has been a clinician at the Hartt Suzuki Institute, Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, and the Carlsbad String Education Suzuki workshop, as well as at string clinics at local public schools. In addition to teaching in the Hartt Suzuki program, Hadden is its general administrator and violin coordinator. She served as the chair of the Suzuki department at Powers Music School in Belmont, Mass., where she taught for over a decade. Hadden has been a member of the Cape Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic, and Cape Cod String Quartet, and has performed with the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra. She has freelanced extensively in California, Mexico, and the greater Boston area.

Teaching Philosophy

I firmly embrace the Suzuki philosophy in my teaching. I believe in the ability of each and every child to reach their full potential given the right environment in both lessons and at home. Suzuki believed in character first, ability second. I believe that we can help students develop into people of fine character through the study of music, so I strive to teach the whole child (including the family). I follow Suzuki’s approach of step-by-step learning, using repetition to gain thorough mastery so there is an ease in learning new skills and pieces. I work to not only create a good environment in the lessons, but to help families create that environment at home. This includes discussions about practice time and location, listening to the recording daily, helping the parent learn how to frame things in a positive manner, etc.