Saturday, September 8, 2007

About Virginia Dixon

As part of an ongoing series of articles related to the Suzuki Bass Program, an interview with Virginia Dixon (Suzuki bass teacher and teacher trainer) is about to be published. For those who have never heard of her, here's some background information:

Virginia Dixon teaches double bass at Wheaton and Elmhurst Colleges and the Suzuki School of Elgin as well as in her home studio. Summers find her teaching at Suzuki institutes which this year included Beaver Creek, CO, New Orleans, and Stevens Point, WI. A former Board Member of the International Society of Bassists, she still edits their journal's Child's Play Column. In 2005, she received the ISB Special Achievement Award as their Young Bassist Ambassador. As a member of the Suzuki Bass Committee she is collaborating on creating materials for the Suzuki Bass Method and is one of two Teacher Trainers for the Suzuki Association of the Americas actively training teachers from the United States and abroad. She holds two performance degrees from Indiana University and has studied with Julius Levine, Murray Grodner, and Georg Hortnagel. Her performances have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe and Japan.

In her spare time she loves to travel the world with her husband Mark Harbold and is a student of Japanese and Hindi. She is also an avid camper and hiker.

For more about the Suzuki Bass Program and Virginia Dixon, follow these links:

Interview with Virginia Dixon

How I became involved with the Suzuki Bass Program
Resources for Suzuki Bass Teachers and Students
How to Become a Suzuki Bass Instructor

Materials for Beginning Suzuki Bass Students and Teachers

1 comment:

Richard Prowse said...

Hey Stan,
Well done for getting all this info together. It is great to see you so motivated and focussed! I've had a quick 'skim through' but will definitely be taking a much more detailed look after work tonight... it's 7.20 am here at the moment.
ps. I played a 2 1/2 hour solo arco gig on the weekend at the Tawa Library. There were lots of little kids there with their parents so I also added an impro or two on the theme of 'Twinkle, Twinkle'. It's amazing how people come up and chat while you are playing... I got good at setting up little repeated patterns so that I could answer them.