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Alexandra Hadden

Suzuki Violin; Suzuki Early Childhood Education

HCD Music

Hartt Community Division
F 19

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 Hartt School where she studied with Mitchell Stern and Katie Lansdale. She completed long term Suzuki teacher training at The Hartt School with Teri Einfeldt as well as additional Suzuki training with Linda Case and Christie Felsing. Hadden also completed training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education with Lynn McCall. She has been on faculty at the Hartt Suzuki Institute, Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, the New England Suzuki Institute, and the Carlsbad String Education Suzuki workshop as well as being a regular clinician at public school strings clinics. She has been a speaker at the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) National Conference and a contributor to the SAA “Parents as Partners” video conference. In addition to giving private and group instruction 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, MA where she taught for over a decade. Hadden has freelanced extensively as a performer in California, Mexico and the greater Boston area.

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.