While we firmly believe that your child's first and most important teacher is you, their parent, we bring plenty of experience to help you out.
Christine Goodner began her studies on the violin as a Suzuki student before the age of 3. She performed on both the violin & viola all the way through High School and College: in her high school orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and the PSU Symphony before starting her family.
Mrs. Goodner has taught on the faculty of the Community Music Center, Northwest Chamber Camp, Gymboree Play & Music and Valley Catholic's Music School (2002 - 2012). Christine currently runs her own studio in Hillsboro, OR.
In addition, to her studio Chritsine is co-director of Summer Strings & Woodwind Camp, Brookside's Young Musician's Camp & serves as President on the board of the Oregon Suzuki Association (OSA). Christine is passionate about teaching students & helping them achieve their musical goals as well as collaborating with other teachers and with the parents in her studio.
Education: Christine holds a 4 year degree in the field of Early Childhood Education and has completed extensive violin teacher training in Books 1-10 from the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). She is an Active member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) as well as the OSA & SAA. Christine enjoys writing about her experience teaching - recently having an article published in the American Suzuki Journal.
Originally from Dallas, TX, Karen Huffman began her music training on the piano with Cathy Hargrave (student of Dr Shinichi Suzuki and Dr Haruko Kataoka). She continued studying piano through high school and college where she minored in Piano Performance. She went on to obtain her Masters in Music Education - Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University while apprenticing in Suzuki Teacher Training with her childhood teacher, Cathy Hargrave. She has also traveled twice to Matsumoto, Japan to train at Dr Suzuki's Talent Education School.
Karen Huffman ran a full piano studio in Dallas, TX for 6 years. She has also been on the faculty of the Las Vegas Suzuki Institute, the Suzuki Piano Resource Group's 5 Piano and Chamber Workshop, and Music Together Dallas. After 6 years of teaching in Dallas, TX, Mrs. Huffman moved to Portland, OR in 2014 and opened up a new piano studio. She brings extensive Suzuki training and experience to her teaching.
Mrs. Huffman is an active member of the Oregon Suzuki Association, Suzuki Piano Basics and the Oregon Music Teacher's Association. She recently had an article published in the Piano Basics Newsletter.