As a young cellist, Katie studied with pedagogue Sally Gross at the Western Springs School for Talent Education, who served as a major influence for her to pursue Suzuki training. Katie received her Master of Music in Suzuki Cello Pedagogy at the University of Denver under the tutelage of Carol Tarr, president of the Suzuki Association of Colorado and former board member for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Katie currently runs an active private cello studio in Denver, CO, and also has the pleasure of serving as a guest teacher for El Sistema Colorado and a group class teacher for Denver Talent Education. Through these organizations, Katie hopes to bring quality cello instruction and music education to as many young people as possible, regardless of socioeconomic status.
With training in Suzuki Cello Pedagogy Books 1-10, I accept students ages 3 and up.
My teaching is influenced by the Suzuki philosophy of Every Child Can, asserting that musical enjoyment and excellence is available for every child (and human of any age!) through skill development, consistent exposure, and a positive learning environment. This means that when possible, the parent sits in on the student's lesson to take notes so that he or she can fill the role of "home teacher". Consistent exposure is accomplished through daily listening of the student's past/current/future repertoire, daily review of past repertoire, and participation in group class. For more information about the Suzuki Method, please visit
All students are encouraged to register for bi-weekly group lessons through Denver Talent Education (DTE). DTE is a cooperative of violin, viola, and cello Suzuki teachers with private studios across the Denver metro area who convene, along with their students, in a central location for Suzuki group classes throughout the school year. Program offerings include Suzuki group lessons, informal recitals, theory and note reading classes, orchestra, chamber music, and other special events. I currently teach Pre-Twinkle/Book 1 Cello.
Two recitals per school year (Winter and Spring) are open for participation to all students.
Montview Boulevard Prebyterian Church
1980 Dahlia St., Denver
Calvary Baptist Church
6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver
"Katie is a dedicated, motivational and kind Suzuki teacher and person. She is organized and communicates well with parents/students and makes individual and group lessons fun and engaging"
-Kellyn, student parent
"Katie is a deeply caring individual with beautiful character. She has a natural ability to listen and teach and works hard for her student’s success. She has an amazing ability to connect with her students and bring out the best in her students."
-Michelle, student parent
El Sistema Colorado
"El Sistema Colorado is a visionary movement that transforms the lives of children through music; a new model for social change.
Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility."
In August of 2014, I had the great opportunity to begin working with El Sistema Colorado, where I lead cello sectionals and assist with orchestra rehearsals. This organization is doing so much for the Denver community, musical and otherwise.
For more information about volunteering, employment, or donating, please visit the El Sistema Colorado website and Facebook page: