Gretchen Rebar

Suzuki Violin and Viola Faculty; Musikgarten Faculty, Suzuki Events Coordinator
Musikgarten Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Group Lessons
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Master of Music in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy


Significant teachers and mentors: 

Ms. Rebar has been trained in the Suzuki method with Pat D’Ercole, Vera McCoy-Sulentic, Ronda Cole, Mark Mutter, and Ann Montzka-Smelser. She has participated in enrichment classes with Carey Beth Hockett, Ed Sprunger, and Joe Kaminsky. Her primary teachers have included Steve Bjella, Dr. Lenora Anop, and Rudy Perrault.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Every child can learn! All children have unlimited potential to play an instrument. I love finding fun and creative ways to help my students succeed.

Awards and achievements: 

Scholarship Quartet Recipient at Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (Registered Books 1-10, Violin Practicum, and Supplemental Courses)

Section Violnist in Festival Symphony

Symphony Section Violinist in Wisconsin Philharmonic

President of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin

String Department Chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Past President of the American String Teachers Association Student Chapter at UW-Stevens Point

Published in the American Suzuki Journal: “Creating Systems and Routines in the Classroom”

Published in the American Suzuki Journal: "Recruiting 101"

Presented at the SAA Biennial Conference: "Creating Systems and Routines in the Classroom."

Presented at the SAA Biennial Conference: "The Power of a Statewide Retreat"

Interests outside of music: 

I love to play with my chickens, scrapbook, and eat ice cream!

Favorite quote: 

“Beautiful tone, beautiful heart.” -Shinichi Suzuki

Favorite practice tip: 

Listen, Listen, Listen!

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

I love playing Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4!

Favorite musical moment: 

Playing for Midori.