Primary Suzuki teacher: Terry Peters
Suzuki pedagogy teachers: Beth Titterington, Christie Felsing
Kei is excited to be part of The Suzuki Alumni Project Team as a Suzuki kid and a music educator who incorporates the Suzuki Method into her teaching. She began her musical studies at the age of five with Terry Peters at a local Suzuki violin program in Connecticut. Even after completing all of the Suzuki books and being told she needed a teacher who could better serve her, Kei insisted on staying with Mrs. Peters and did so as she continued her violin studies in New York.
While her love for music and the desire to help others was deeply rooted during her formative years, it was not until college that Kei realized her potential to pursue a career that would use music performance and education to positively impact communities, particularly those that are underserved. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and music, she switched her focus back to studying the violin under the guidance of Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang, Ivan Chan, and Benny Kim. Kei has had the honor and pleasure of studying chamber music and collaborating with members of the Miami String Quartet. Equally passionate about orchestral playing, she performs regularly with Britt Music Festival, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, PA Ballet, and the Philly POPS and has also played in Kansas City Symphony, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, and Symphony in C. Kei has been dedicated to her work as a teaching artist at Play On, Philly! and Project 440 and is continuously exploring ways to use music education and performance as tools for inspiring, empowering, and uniting people of all backgrounds.