Significant teachers and mentors:
Bickel studied with Betty Monahan, Almita and Roland Vamos, Rachel Barton Pine, Simin Ganatra, Mathias Tacke, Vermeer Quartet, and Brian Lewis.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
My teaching philosophies are based on the Suzuki Method and my Christian faith. Bickel embraces the teaching philosophies of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, positing that every child is born with an innate ability to learn when provided a nurturing environment and exposure to high quality models. Bickel’s students focus on technique as a means of reaching their musical potential, but also grow in character development enabling them to become strong contributing members of society. Her students focus on service to their community thru music and service related activities such as Feed My Starving Children, Together We Rise, and Lutheran World Relief. Although her students achieve high levels of musical proficiency, her focus is on the student’s academic achievements with many pursuing careers other than music.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Bickel coordinated the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas for the 11th and 12th SAA Conferences. At the 13th and 16th SAA Conferences in 2008 and 2014, Vivaldi Strings was selected to perform for the International Ensembles Concerts.
Interests outside of music:
An avid quilter for Lutheran World Relief, Bickel enjoys spending time with husband Brian, daughters Lucy and Molly, and black lab Chloë.