Katherine Baird, M.M., has been a passionate music educator for over twenty-five years, including ten years as a public and private classroom music teacher, and over ten years\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' experience as an organizational leader. In her capacity as director and cello instructor in a large, urban community music school, she became an advocate for equity in the arts, wanting high quality music education to be accessible to all students, regardless of income or background. Katherine is registered by the Suzuki Association of the Americas for Suzuki cello levels (Books 1-10) and loves teaching all ages and levels, from 3 year-old beginners through advanced teens, and adults at every stage!
Registered Suzuki Teacher-Training:
Every Child Can!
Cello Unit 1 (x2)
Cello Unit 2 (x2)
Cello Unit 3 (x2)
Cello Units 4-10
Bass Unit 1
Teaching Strategies, Shu-Yi Scott (x2)
Additional Training and Certification
Orff-Schulwerk Certification Levels 1-3
Arts Management Certification Program, University of Massachusetts
Teachers include Jennifer Culp (Kronos Quartet), Peter Wyrick, Andrew Luchansky
Alexander Technique, Jon Bernie
Body Mapping, Cathy Allen Aird
Feldenkrais Method, Elisabeth Marshall Reed
Professional Affiliations and Activities
Piedmont (CA) East Bay Childrens Choir Board of Directors Member-at-large, 2020-21
Kodaly Foundation for Music Education, 2020-present
Advisory Committee Member-at-large
Suzuki Music Association of California, 1993-2021
American String Teachers Association, present
Suzuki Association of Utah, present
I have been a passionate music educator for thirty years, as a private and group cello instructor as well as a public and private school general music classroom teacher, and as director of a community music school.
I am registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in cello teacher-training levels 1-10 (twice for Books 1-3), and string bass level 1.
My favorite aspects of teaching are getting to know each student and their family, seeing students learn and develop their skills, and building community through group classes and chamber music. My teaching has been deeply impacted by my experiences with Alexander Technique, Body Mapping and Feldenkrais, all of them modalities that help musicians learn to play with greater physical ease. My masters is in Kodaly music education, which has shaped how I teach students to read and develop musicianship skills at all ages and stages.