About Lisa

Lisa Toner is a highly trained Suzuki violin teacher who has a lifelong passion for music, teaching, and learning. She has been teaching for more than ten years and currently has a thriving studio in Seattle's Wedgwood neighborhood.

After earning her Bachelor's in Violin Performance from Western Washington University, where she performed in the Scholarship String Quartet, her interest in teaching and learning led her to graduate school at the University of Washington. She completed a Masters in Educational Psychology, synthesizing philosophy, research, and learning theory. For her thesis, she filmed herself teaching over three years and completed an in-depth research study about student-teacher interaction. Analyzing 100+ lesson videos helped her identify patterns, become more observant of her students, and gain expertise in tailoring instruction to each child's unique development.

Lisa has taken Suzuki teacher training for Books 1-10 with Cathy Lee, Teri Einfeldt, and Mark Bjork. She studied traditional pedagogy with Margaret Pressley attended Mimi Zweig's summer pedagogy workshop at Indiana University. She has taught at the Suzuki Association of Washington State fall festival, private workshops, and at the Walla Walla Suzuki Summer Institute. As a committed member of her professional community, she has spent many hours working for the Suzuki Association of Washington State and the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Association.

Body alignment, coordination, and release of habitual tension are a priority for Lisa. She has spent years studying the Alexander Technique, a practical method for teaching people to use their mind and body together to release habitual tension and move with greater coordination and ease. Currently, she's finishing a three-year Alexander Technique teacher training program and plans to become a certified Alexander Technique teacher in 2019. Outside of music, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Jon and their new baby Ellie!

Download playing samples and a published academic article at the bottom of this page.