My name is Trina Christensen. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and began exploring music at the age of 5 when observing my friend's Suzuki violin lessons. At the age of 8 I began to play the violin studying traditionally through orchestra in school and later converting to the Suzuki Method when studies began with Esther Larsen. I have received Suzuki Method teacher training from Jeanne Grover, Ed Kreitman, Linda Fiore, Allen Lieb, Bill Starr and attended workshops with Cathy Lee, Michiko Yurko and Ronda Cole. I have been actively involved in the Suzuki Association of Utah serving as publicity chair, Salt Lake violin region chair, as President for three years and on the Celebration Concert committee in 2001 and 2004. I have also been co-chair and chair of the Salt Lake south region for the Utah Federation of Music Clubs. I am currently the Director for Sistema Utah, providing music for underprivileged students and am Director of Operations and Finance for the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute. I have a private violin studio in West Jordan, Utah. I am a member of the Suzuki Association of Utah and Suzuki Association of the Americas and El Sistema USA. I am also a past-presenter at conferences for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Suzuki Association of Utah and Utah Afterschool Network. I have served on the committee for the El Sistema USA Symposium for 2018, 2019 and am the Chair of the Virtual Symposium and Seminario 2021. I have been teaching the Suzuki Method for over 20 years and LOVE MY STUDENTS! I also taught elementary school orchestra for the Jordan School District. My goal in my teaching is to inspire my students to be the very best they can be and to play with "beautiful tone and a beautiful heart." I believe that anyone can learn to play the violin. I have taught students with special needs including high functioning autism, ADD/ADHD and dyslexia. The parent is key in your student's success which I have experienced first-hand as a Suzuki mom myself with my children. I incorporate fun, hard work and a variety of teaching methods to teach all of my students. Not only do you have private lessons monthly, but there are also group lessons, recitals and performances throughout the year. If you aren't able to afford full tuition, a discount program/trade is available. I have won four Utah Best of State awards: 2020 - Education Management and Training and Early Childhood Music Education; 2021 - Education Management/Training and Education Seminar Training. My husband Jeremy and I are the proud parents of five children Hannah (violinist), Gavin (cellist), Aiden (violist), Collin (trumpet) and Kallie (pianist).
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