Bill Kronenberg

Suzuki Violin Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Group Lessons
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

MA - Violin Performance - Western Illinois University

BS - Music Education - University of Illinois 

BA - Philosophy - University of Illinois

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Julian Aaron, Homer Schmidt, Almita Vamos, John Kendall

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Teach the child, not the instrument. Suzuki violin repertoire, introducing improvisation to string players, string orchestra conducting.

Awards and achievements: 

Guest clinician as improvisation teacher and conductor at many Suzuki institutes and orchestra camps throughout the country.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Suzuki Association of the Americas

New Philharmonic Orchestra

Interests outside of music: 

Hiking, photography, golf

Favorite quote: 

William Starr defining the Suzuki Method - “High standards in a pleasant environment.” George Shearing on the role of a musician in society - “To add to the amount of beauty in the world.”

Favorite practice tip: 

Having started Irish fiddle lessons, myself, this summer i realize the most basic tips are the most valuable - slow practice, small section practice, and listening.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

O’Carolan - Shebeg Shemor

Favorite musical moment: 

This was a four-hour moment last year. My orchestra accompanied all 5 Beethoven piano concertos in one concert. Although at first skeptical about the programming, I, and the audience, felt completely engaged by experiencing the development of the composer and witnessing the Herculean efforts of the soloist.