2015 Clinicians and Directors

Nancy Modell (Piano and Every Child Can! Course), an Ithaca College School of Music graduate in piano performance and education, first studied the Suzuki approach with Sanford Reuning, Carole Bigler, and Valery Lloyd-Watts.  Nancy pioneered the Suzuki Piano method in Israel in the 1980s where she taught students and trained local piano teachers in Jerusalem.  Since 1992 she teaches in Springfield, NJ, inspiring students to reach their potential through innovative learning opportunities, including original composition, music events and field trips.  Her students have earned the highest honors at both local and international festivals in performance and composition.  She has trained Suzuki piano teachers in college courses, privately, and at the 2015 Colorado Suzuki Institute, and frequently teaches ECC!©.  Under a MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant, Nancy studies ways to employ the Taubman Approach to enhance Suzuki Piano Pedagogy.  Nancy presented her original approach to teaching composition, Creative Composing: A Joyous Pathway to Musicianship, at the 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference, and she will present it again at the 2015 National Association for Music Educators Conference in Nashville this Fall.  Nancy is a VP of the MEA-NJ.  Nancy thoroughly enjoys sharing her love of music with her students: children and adults.

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. She also enjoys studying and performing Hungarian and Transylvanian village music. She resides and teaches in Bedford, MA, with her husband, their two children, and a pet corgi, where she gets inspiration daily from her 35 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.


John Krumm (Enrichment) has been teaching music and dance for over 40 years. Before his retirement from classroom music education, John taught for 27 years at the Miquon school in Pennsylvania. He is a regular teaching and performing staff member at the Ashokan fiddle and dance weeks and given workshops across the US, Canada, Denmark, and the British Isles.
John is a multi-instrumentalist with expertise in the traditional music and dance of various North American, European, and World Cultures. He is also well-versed in popular music and dance styles of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
He is also a composer who is most well known for his rounds, many of which have passed from person to person around the world.
John is a father of two children with Suzuki training, and currently works as an accompanist and enrichment specialist with, Suzuki violin teacher,.Chris Brennan-Hagy.

Gabe Remillard (Violin) Growing up in the small town of Vassalboro Maine, Gabriel was drawn to the philosophy of the Suzuki Method from an early age. In Maine Gabriel studied the Violin and Viola with Ellen Gawler and Betsy Kobayashi gaining a great understanding of the Suzuki Method and also fiddling. Later on Gabriel obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Hartford – Hartt School in Viola Performance where he studied with Steve Larson and Rita Porfiris. A few other teachers with whom Gabriel studied with were Stephen Wyrczynski, Heidi Castleman, David Holland, Jutta Puchammer, Chancy Paterson, David Dalton.  While studying at Hartt Gabriel simultaneously got his long term Suzuki training from Teri Einfeldt. Melinda Daestch has also been a strong influence in Gabriel’s pedagogical training as well. Having taught and performed through all of New England Gabriel is a frequent performer in the freelance scene. Gabriel has done work with NPR and CPTV. Internationally Gabriel has studied and performed extensively throughout Italy. Attending the La Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy and performing throughout much of the region. Gabriel has served as the Hartt Symphony principal violist and has subbed with the Hartford Symphony and New Britain Symphony. Gabriel teaches over sixty students throughout Central Connecticut and to relax enjoys road bike racing, skiing, mountain biking, frisbee and soccer.


Aimee Morrill Briant, Director

Barbara Greenberg, Assistant Director & Parent Education Coordinator

Louise McClure, Assistant Director & Volunteer Coordinator

Nancy Modell, Assistant Director, Piano Coordinator & ECC Coordinator






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