Ms. Potts holds a Master of Music with an Emphasis in Pedagogy from the Longy School of Music where she studied with Mark Lakirovich. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music, summa cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University where she also studied with faculty from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Potts serves as vice president Suzuki Association of Massachusetts and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Her Suzuki teacher trainers have included Moshe Neumann, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Nancy Jackson, Sherry Cadow, Joann Melvin, Thomas Wermuth, and Charles Krigbaum. Additional pedagogical studies have been with Clay Hoener, Valerie Bobbett Gardner, Ed Sprunger, Mark Mutter and Terry Durbin.
Ms. Potts currently maintains studios at the Cambridge Music Consortium and her home studio in North Framingham.
With a warm and inviting personality, Ms. Potts creates a positive environment where students feel comfortable and excited to be at their lessons. She loves sharing the enjoyment of music, violin, and simply beautiful sound with the students and families she meets. A cornerstone of her teaching philosophy is that people will enjoy what they do well, thus one of her primary goals in teaching is to develop ease of playing with solid technical skills. Students who are comfortable with their instrument enjoy playing their solo pieces skillfully and with great musicality.
Ms. Potts teaches using the Suzuki material as the core of her curriculum. She supplements the aural Suzuki method with a parallel track of note reading and standard etude materials as each student’s readiness develops. In addition to Suzuki Books 1-10, students at the Potts Violin Studio will use materials by Avsharian, Barber, Doflein, Kayser, Kreutzer, Martin, Mazas, Kreutzer, Sevcik, Trott, Wolfhart and pieces from the standard repertoire.
Master of Music
In Violin Performance with Emphasis in String Pedagogy
Long School of Music, Cambridge MA
Bachelor of Arts
In Music: General Music
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
SAA Certificate of Acheivement