Violin Teacher Workshop



With Dr. Cora Cooper

Learn the methods and reasoning for integrating the works of female composers into a Suzuki or traditional violin teaching curriculum! Examples of repertoire from the Violin Music By Women anthologies will be discussed, along with teaching points for each piece and suggestions for where to place them in a sequence of repertoire. The workshop will be led by Dr. Cora Cooper, Violin Professor at Kansas State University and Editor of the Violin Women By Music graded anthologies, and Claire Allen, Teaching Artist of Violin at Potomac Arts Academy.


AGES:  Adults
DATES:  August 15, 2017
TIME:  6:30 – 8:00 pm
FEE:  $35.00
LOCATION:  de Laski Performing Arts Bldg Room 3001, George Mason University, Fairfax VA

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Presenter:  Dr. Cora Cooper

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Cora Cooper has taught at Kansas State University since 1990, with violin, viola, chamber music and string pedagogy as her areas of focus. A life-long learner, since earning her doctorate in violin performance at Florida State University she has attended Juilliard’s Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies three times, become certified in the Sassmannshaus Method, and participated in the “Teaching Violin to Children” workshop with Darci Drexler and Mimi Zweig. Cooper’s research interests in performing music by and lecturing on women composers eventually led to the creation of her four-volume graded anthology, Violin Music by Women, and the “sister” anthology, Viola Music by Women, both of which she compiled and edited (published by Sleepy Puppy Press). She loves how music brings her in contact with the most wonderful people, and when not teaching, practicing, or finding great new music to publish, Cooper loves to read mysteries with her dog in her lap. Read Dr. Cooper’s blog here.  

Claire Allen, Violin teacher

Presenter: Claire Allen

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Claire Allen is an active performing violinist and private teacher in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a Teaching Artist at Potomac Arts Academy, where she has a private studio of students ages 4 through 18 and is the Faculty Coordinator. She teaches Violin Beginnings, a series of group classes for young children just starting to play violin, teaches supplemental Suzuki-style group classes for students already in private lessons, coordinates the chamber music program, and is a co-director of the summer Violin Bootcamp.

Before teaching for Potomac Arts Academy, Claire was a teaching assistant at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she coached chamber music, directed sectionals, and assisted with the orchestras. She also taught privately in an outreach program that provided free lessons to inner-city school children, To Work In Gaining Skills (TWIGS). She has also been on faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department. During her teacher training, Claire completed two levels of Suzuki teacher training at the Greater Washington Area Suzuki Institute and studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Conservatory. In summer 2013, she attended a pedagogy workshop at Indiana University directed by Mimi Zweig.

As a performer, Claire is a member of the first violin section in the McLean Orchestra. She is the second violinist in the Faculty String Quartet at Potomac Arts Academy. Highlights from the 2015- 2016 season include the debut recital of the Faculty String Quartet at George Mason University’s Harris Theater; solo recitals at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Calvary Silver Spring; orchestral performances with the McLean Orchestra, and chamber music performances as part of Fairfax City’s Spotlight on the Arts festival.

Claire created a recital to promote the music of female composers in June 2016, in which she and her students performed with pianist David Norfrey and Cora Cooper, the editor of the Violin Music By Women Anthologies. She performed works by Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann, and Amanda Maier. In addition to performance, Claire’s blog posts about the issue of gender equality in the violin studio have been featured on

Claire holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her primary teachers include Rebecca Henry, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Burton Kaplan, Julian Ross, and Lisa Cridge. She performs on a modern violin made by Tetsuo Matsuda.