Nancy Modell (Piano and Every Child Can! Course) earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Applied Piano from Ithaca College School of Music in NY, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education. It was there that she met Sanford Reuning and was first introduced to the Suzuki approach. Nancy has been a Teacher Trainer for the SAA since the early 80s. Until 1992, Nancy, who lived in Jerusalem with her husband and two children for 12 years, taught piano, first at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music, and then in her home studio. She has taught and trained Suzuki piano teachers in Israel, at Montclair State University, Westminster Choir College, and in her home studio. Nancy maintains a Suzuki piano studio in Springfield, NJ and also teaches Suzuki piano at Kent Place School in Summit. She is on the board of the NJ Music Educators Association. Her students have earned the highest honors at both local and international festivals in performance and composition.
Nancy was privileged to meet Dr. Suzuki and Mrs. Kataoka in London at the 1983 ISA conference. Nancy is indebted to her most wonderful mentors, Carole Bigler and Valery Lloyd-Watts, who are always her inspiration.
Carlough Faulkner-Carroll (Violin) discovered her love of teaching when she began tutoring younger violin students as a high school student. After 15 years teaching full-time, she still gets just as excited every time a student gets the shining look that says "I've got it!" A sought after clinician who is known for her ability to connect with children, Carlough strives to help students reach their full potential and to enjoy the process with them. She is on on the faculty of the New England Suzuki Institute and the New Jersey Suzuki Workshop, and has taught at numerous other workshops. In addition to performance degrees from New England Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a winner of the School of Music Concerto Competition, Carlough has pursued long-term Suzuki teacher training with Teri Einfeldt as well as short courses with Ronda Cole, Edmund Sprunger, and Ed Kreitman among others. She also has received training from Dorothy Jones in Suzuki Early Childhood Education, a curriculum for newborns through three year olds. Carlough has been very active in the Boston area Suzuki community since 2001, when she first joined the board of the Massachusetts chapter of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has served as the director of the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, then as volunteer coordinator, and recently as the president of this regional organization. As a soloist, Carlough has performed the concertos of Barber and Sibelius among others, and has performed many recitals and chamber concerts. At the moment, her performing is focused on Hungarian and Transylvanian village music. She resides and teaches in Bedford, MA, with her husband, her little boy, and pet corgi, where she gets inspiration daily from her 40 students.
Shelley Beard Schleigh (Violin) is currently the Suzuki Academy Department Head and Master Faculty member at The Music School of Delaware in Wilmington, DE. Ms. Schleigh has served as Vice President of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association and President of the Philadelphia Viola Society. Ms. Schleigh is a graduate of the Peabody Institute (BM) and Indiana University School of Music (MM). As an active chamber musician, Shelley Beard Schleigh was a former and founding member of both the Tononi Quartet and the prize-winning Mühlenberg Piano Quartet. As a member of these ensembles, Ms. Schleigh has performed at numerous concert venues including The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Westminster Choir College, the Samuel Barber International Chamber Music Festival at Westchester University, Temple University, Ramapo College, Wesley College, An Die Musik (Baltimore), Ursinus College, and for the Pottstown Symphony Chamber Music Series. Chamber music collaborations include performances with members of the Minnesota and Cleveland Orchestras, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and at summer music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and Credo Chamber Music Institute at Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Schleigh’s students have been accepted into numerous musical organizations including The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Peabody Conservatory and have performed at many regional venues including Lincoln Center in NYC and with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Most recently, Ms. Schleigh received the SAA's Certificate of Achievement.
Aimee Morrill Briant, Director
Barbara Greenberg, Assistant
Director & Parent Talk Leader
Louise McClure, Assistant Director & Volunteer Coordinator
Nancy Modell, Assistant Director, Piano Coordinator & ECC Coordinator
Chika Mimura, WCC Liaison