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ABOUT MS. ARIA HARTLEY

Ms. Aria is a fourth generation music educator who started Suzuki violin at the age of two with her grandmother, Sonnhild F. Kitts, a pioneer Suzuki teacher who studied with Dr. Suzuki in the 1970s. Ms. Aria earned a Master of Music degree in Suzuki Pedagogy from Northern Arizona University in 2011. In addition to Long-Term Suzuki Training in Books 1-10 with Dr. Louise Scott and Karin Hallberg, Ms. Aria completed Unit 1 and 2 Teacher Training in Music Mind Games with Michiko Yurko and has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Florida. She also received Music Together teacher training in Hopewell, NJ in December 2017 with Dr. Lili Levinowitz and was approved as a Music Together Center Director for 2018 class offerings.

Professionally, Ms. Aria was on faculty at the Intermountain Suzuki Strings Institute in Utah from 2016 to 2018. This summer she looks forward to join the faculty at the Oregon Suzuki Institute in Newberg. She was a violinist with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2015 and now performs with the Central Oregon Symphony and Bend Chamber Orchestra. 

Before moving to Bend in 2015, she was the Choir and Strings Director at BASIS Flagstaff from 2012-2015 where she taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade choir as well as string orchestra classes to grades 6-12. She also taught Suzuki violin parent, group and individual lessons through Northern Arizona University's Suzuki program from 2009-2015. Additionally, she has over fifteen years of experience teaching Suzuki lessons privately and in a group setting and over nine years teaching within the school system. 

Other than teaching music, Ms. Aria enjoys hiking, snowboarding, disc golf, Mexican food and spending time outdoors with her family. She is excited to share her passion of music education with the Central Oregon community and hopefully make Bend even more musical! 

Ms. Aria aspires to become a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher Trainer and help teachers all over the world to feel more confident as a music educator.