Strings

JOANNA NERIUS - Violin & Viola

Violinist and music educator, Joanna  is dedicated to helping students develop and refine their music. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in violin performance. Joanna has been teaching violin and viola actively since 2011. She is a certified Suzuki teacher who incorporates both traditional and Suzuki methods into her curriculum. Joanna is currently on faculty at the Sforzando String Camp in Downers Grove, Illinois and has also taught at MusiCamp, a pilot program for Rockford Public Schools hosted in partnership with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. She also has an active freelance performance career.  She has performed as a guest soloist with several orchestras in the northern Illinois area and frequently gives solo and chamber recitals. MECA is proud to have this talented teacher and her love of music.

Joanna also teaches beginning cello lessons.

DANA BELLEW - Violin & Viola

Dana studied music education at Illinois State University and received her BA in Performing Arts Management from Columbia College in Chicago. In addition, she received her BM in Music Education in 2013 and also holds a K-12 Teaching License with a Music Content Endorsement. Dana did her student teaching at John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove where she worked with 6th - 8th grade string orchestras and taught small group lessons on violin, viola, and bass. She has also done clinical teaching for string orchestra at Yorkville High School, Haines Middle School, Huntley Middle School, and the Garage Orchestra Summer Program.

Dana also teaches beginning cello lessons.

LAURA HINKLE - Violin & Viola

Laura has played violin for over 40 years.  Secondary instrument include viola.  She holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in string pedagogy.  Laura began teaching private lessons part-time in high school.  She also participated in Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra for 6 years and spent 6 years teaching string programs for grades 4-12 for U-46 school district. 

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