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Meet the Co-teachers - String Camp 2017

April 17, 2017


Meet our wonderful Co- Teachers for this years Songbird Rising String Camps. Each camp will feature a different Co- Teacher, making the two camps even more diverse. I am excited to be working with these highly qualified and experienced teachers, the students are in for a treat! First lets meet our Camp #1 Co - Teacher.





Marie Chhibber  


The founder and owner of the Suzuki Cello School of Austin, an active Suzuki cello studio of students aged preschool through adult. She holds Master's degree in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor's degree in cello performance, studying with Martha Gerschefski and Pamela Devenport. In addition, she also completed a comprehensive two-year Suzuki cello pedagogy program while completing her undergraduate studies. While completing her Masters degree, Marie studied topics in music education research, string pedagogy, cello technique, music in therapy and special education, classroom and behavior management, behavioral psychology and learning theory, and philosophies of music education.


While in Atlanta, Marie taught private lessons and group classes as well as technique classes, cello ensembles and held sectionals and orchestra rehearsals at many programs, including as the Waldorf School of Atlanta and the Atlanta International School. In addition to her active teaching schedule, Marie performed frequently in Atlanta and the Southeast as a freelance musician.


Marie has most recently served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin String Project and the University of Texas Elementary School in East Austin, where she taught private lessons, group classes, and a middle school string orchestra. Additionally, Marie served as the UT String Project Preschool Coordinator for the Preschool program violin, cello and bass students and served as the coordinator of the UT String Project Cello Workshop in October 2012. Marie has organized and presented lectures regarding different aspects of cello technique and pedagogy as well as the effects parent involvement in the music learning process.


When not teaching children and writing about music learning, Marie spends her free time experimenting in the kitchen, playing with her chickens, practicing yoga, and drinking coffee with her husband, Sono.  



Jessica Valls


A spirited and versatile performer, Jessica Valls enjoys submerging herself in musical projects that are both entertaining and thought-provoking. Living and working in Austin, Texas, ‘the Live Music Capital of the World’, Jessica is lucky to perform with chamber groups, in symphonies, jazz and tango bands, studio recordings and on various festival stages in Texas and throughout the US. Her most recent project, Color of Sound, is an all improvised experimental quartet of women from hugely diverse musical and cultural upbringings. Each CoS show is unique, where the creative process changes with the venue. If you’ve seen Jessica perform solo, you know the incorporation of her voice, theatrics, and the spoken word can sometimes induce a visceral reaction among audience members.  


A frequent performer and clinician at bass workshops and conventions, string conferences, and music research seminars, Jessica travels to Brazil regularly to perform and teach, and help maintain her above-average conversational Portuguese. A married mother of three energetic kids- all musicians-Jessica finds the time for running and yoga. She maintains a private studio and is on faculty at Southwestern University and The Girls School of Austin, where she’s convinced many young girls to play bass.


If you would like to enroll in this years program email with your interest.


For more camp info click HERE


See you in the summer y’all!

Laura Poyzer
Director or Songbird Rising Suzuki School



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