Erin Rushforth is a registered Suzuki teacher for violin and Early Childhood Education. She was a Suzuki kid and is now a Suzuki parent. Erin earned her MA in French studies from Brigham Young University before changing her teaching focus to Suzuki violin. Erin has studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with Liz Arbus, Linda Fiore, Cathy Lee, and Pat D'Ercole; she has played under the baton of Henry Charles Smith, Neeme Jarvi, Larry Rachleff, Timothy Russell, and Clynn Barrus, as well as sharing a stage with Itzhak Perlman. Erin is a freelance violinist and performs often as a soloist and chamber musician for weddings, church services, and other events. In 2018, she became the Director of the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute. 

"My wish is that my students experience the joy of making music and the satisfaction of doing hard things, and that they develop a kind heart, the will to persevere through challenges, and the desire to serve others with their unique gifts."

When she doesn't have a violin under her chin, Erin can be found supervising music practice with her children, walking the dog, reading, planning a trip, or otherwise avoiding the laundry.