Margaret Shimizu has been a full-time faculty member at the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts since 1984.
Margaret Shimizu has been a full-time faculty member at the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts since 1984. Along with teaching violin and viola, Ms. Shimizu conducts Colburn’s String Ensemble and String Orchestra, and is active in the Colburn Suzuki Strings Program. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and California Teaching Credential from USC where she studied violin with Alice Schoenfeld. As an undergrad, Ms. Shimizu was mentored by music education pedagogue, Rosemarie Krovoza. After teaching elementary instrumental music in the Pasadena Unified School District and at the Community School as a part-time violin faculty member, Ms. Shimizu attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and completed her Master of Music in Violin Performance, with an emphasis in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy with John Kendall. She studied viola with Pamela Goldsmith through USC’s extension program, and was the violist in The Marina Ensemble from 1997-2015. Ms. Shimizu was a string coach for the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1988-2002 and has been a frequent clinician at music camps, Suzuki institutes, and workshops throughout the United States. She is a member of ASTA, SAA, SAI, SMAC/LA, and Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena.