Instructor's Courses

John Glew

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

John holds Pre-College and Bachelor's Degrees in Music from The Julliard School, and has completed graduate training in Suzuki pedagogy at Ithaca College, receiving his Master's in Music.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Mr. Glew's significant teachers and mentors are mostly those with whom he did Suzuki Training with, including his primary instructors Sanford Reuning and Carrie Reuning-Hummel. In addition to Allen Lieb (Book 1), Edward Kreitman (Books 2 and 3), Edmund Sprunger (Book 4) and Gail Johansen (Book 5).

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

John likes to follow the Suzuki Method which is referred to as "Talent Education." In this approach, talent is identified as the latent ability found in EVERY child (instead of as an inborn trait inherited by a select few).

Awards and achievements: 

John was named a Ryochi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow through the Nippon Foundation (Japan). He was also awarded scholarships from the Edward John Noble Foundation and the Hearst Foundation. Furthermore, Mr. Glew has attained prizes in competitions held by the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

John has had premiere readings of works by Ali-Sade, Babbitt, Berio, Carter, Corigliano, Kolb, Kopytman, and Puumala, among others. Member: SUZUKI ASSOCIATION OF THE AMERICAS. To confirm John Glew's registered training, please see his member profile on the Suzuki Association website:

Favorite quote: 

“Good talent grows where good method and good efforts are present.” -Shin’ichi Suzuki


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle