Significant teachers and mentors:
A few of Kate's most influential teachers and mentors include those with whom she studied during her time at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Japan, and a few others as well. Those that she studied with include: William Browning, Lorian Stein Schwaber, and Sanae Somada. Others include: Diana Galindo, Yasuko Joichi, Karl Johnson, and Robert Walker.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Ms. Nir's area of expertise is centered around the Suzuki Method.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Ms. Nir is a member of CAMTA (Chicago Music Teachers Association), MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), NSMTA (Northshore Music Teachers Association), SAA (Suzuki Association of American), SAM (The Society of American Musicians).
Currently, she is the choir director for Trinity Community Church in Berwyn, Illinois and is the Artistic Director of The Society of American Musicians in Chicago, Illinois
Favorite composer or piece to play:
There are too many pieces and composers to list...then, just a few of them. WTK by J.S.Bach, Concertino for Marimba by Paul Creston, New York State of Mind by Billy Joel, Clarinet Concerto, K622, A major, 2nd movement by W.A.Mozart, Sonata for Flute and Piano by Francis Poulenc, Hymn of Promise by Natalie Sleeth