We would like to give a huge shout-out to Ms. Mona Rashad who was nominated as the 2017 String Teacher of the Year by the American String Teachers Association.
Ms. Rashad has dedicated her life to sharing her love of the violin with children from underrepresented and diverse communities. Ms. Rashad currently teaches violin in Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Intensive Community Program, and in the Lynn Public Schools. One of the founding violin teachers at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, Mona has had 16 years of extensive teaching experience, including holding teaching posts in the Boston, Holyoke, and Marlborough Schools, and at the Community Music Center of Boston, and the Indian Hill Music School.
She studied Violin Performance and Music Education at Rice University and the New England Conservatory where she was a student of Kenneth Goldsmith and James Buswell and studied Pedagogy with Marylou Speaker Churchill and Maria Benotti. Mona grew up in Houston, TX and began her violin studies as a Suzuki student in the public schools. At the age of 12, she was invited to Japan to participate in an International Suzuki Festival and play for Dr. Suzuki. As a teenager, she performed in Carnegie Hall and throughout concert halls in Europe as a member of the orchestra of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts and the Houston Youth Symphony.
She studied Suzuki pedagogy with Carol Sykes, and uses Dr. Suzuki’s child development philosophies to inspire her daily teaching. She believes that all children can be nurtured to become accomplished, creative, and poised musicians, and also develop into positive role models in their communities through their love of making music together.
All of us at TMMS are so proud of you Ms. Rashad and all of the fine work you have done for our strings program at Thurgood Marshall, and in the City of Lynn.
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