David & Jen

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David Strom

David Strom began as a Suzuki kid himself at age 3 in the studio of Glen Lebetkin.  At 10, he traveled to Matsumoto, Japan. for a week of intensive lessons with Dr. Suzuki.  At the same time, David began study with Eric Lewis- the first violinist of the Manhattan String Quartet and an enormous musical and personal influence.  He also studied with Katherine Dorn-Lewis, a constant and continuing source of loving encouragement. David went on to complete his BM in violin performance at the Hartt School where he was privileged to study under Katie Lansdale and receive coaching from the Emerson String Quartet as well as the late David Wells.Seeing how profoundly he had been shaped musically and personally by his great teachers, David became passionate about music education and child development. David went on to receive his MM from the University of Maryland in violin performance with a Suzuki Pedagogy specialization, where he first met Ronda Cole and felt immediately the synergy and spark that enliven their partnership today.After graduating, David was the founder and director of Suzuki Violin programs at the Academy of Music in Gaithersburg, the Flint Hill Program in Gaithersburg, and the Herndon Suzuki School (which he continues to direct).  In 2003, Ronda Cole invited him to be her co-teacher at Northern Virginia Suzuki Music School.Since then, David has been in demand as a clinician and lecturer at workshops throughout the country.  His students regularly win top prizes at NVMTA competitions and have been concertmaster of all four orchestras of the American Youth Philharmonic. His students have gone on to the top music conservatories, including Eastman, Cleveland Institute, and University of Michigan.  They have been accepted to the prestigious National Symphony Fellowship program and the National Youth Orchestra world tour and attended festivals such as Aspen, Heifetz Institute, Bowdoin, and Interlochen.  David’s dream for all of his students is the development of higher level functioning- sensitivity, expressiveness, persistence, communication, leadership, compassion, and empathy through the medium of the violin.

In a typical day of teaching David might be found helping a five year old with wandering eyes play on one string at a time, guiding a seven year old to break down “the tricky part” mindfully until it is clear, manageable, and easy, encouraging a ten year old to BE the feeling, story, and drama they are playing, and inviting a teenager to exchange the security of their fears for the power of their own voice.  David deeply honors each child’s unique journey through every step of the path.When not playing or teaching, David is also a composer and arranger in a wide variety of mediums.  David’s most important job is that of father to his beloved 5 year old daughter Juliet- the light of his life.  He is also now a joyful and dedicated Suzuki parent himself, as Juliet begins her journey on the flute.
Ronda Cole about David Strom
“David is a gifted teacher.  He is a precious combination of heart, instinct, intelligence and training.  He cares deeply about his students and is driven by the interest of partnering with their parents in developing their child into smart, focused, responsible, expressive, talented, sensitive and kind citizens in the world. When teaching, he is completely centered on the child. David is creative with imaginative and fun ways to present musical and technical concepts.  We share these things and are both growing as teachers, rising on the richness of sharing ideas.David was a conspicuous standout as one of my graduate students in the Master of Music in Violin with Specialization in Suzuki Violin Teaching at the University of Maryland.  After he finished his degree, he continued training with me for two more years.

David and I are of one mind in our teaching.  Our work together in combining our students in repertory class is seamless and powerful.  His students and mine are combined in repertory class. We see them as OUR students.”

–Ronda Cole






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Jen Furlong

Jen Furlong is a Suzuki mom of four kids, three of whom practice Suzuki violin. She has over a dozen collected years of practice parent experience and is now focusing the majority of her coaching life energy on coaching practice parents! She writes about Dr. Suzuki’s quotes and her own practice at Suzuki365.wordpress.com.

Jen is the Director of the Masterful Person Coaching and Training Company and creator of Willowmere Weekends retreats & events center in Stafford, Virginia.  She is a Master Life & Executive Coach and co-creator of The Evolution of Contentment Life Discovery Process. Jen has spoken and conducted workshops across the country using original tools and engaging, non-traditional methods. She has been the coaching consultant to the internet-based healthy lifestyle company Carpe Vita, Inc.

Her first career as an actor took her from the professional DC theatre to New York City and Los Angeles where she learned the business of film development and production as well as acting.  She had roles on t.v.’s cult hit Buffy: The Vampire Slayer among others and produced Cook’s Challenge, an original pilot for the Food Network.  DC Theatre goers would have seen her on stage at any of the DC theatres including Arena Stage, Source Theatre, Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre and the Kennedy Center.  She founded and led Circus Millennia, a modern theatrical circus company, through multiple original productions, tours and sold out performances on both East and West coasts until the early 2000’s.  She wrote an original circus, Circus of Night, with best-selling author, Neil Gaiman.

Jen is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT 200), Co-Owner of YourYoga, a customized, on-site yoga service, a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, creator of the Virginia Farm Project sustainable agriculture and farm preservation project, and holds a special major degree in Business in the Arts from UMW.  Presently, Jen is working on her first non-fiction book, Mind the GAP: A guide to self-fulfillment anyone can use to be published in the Spring of 2015.

After 25 years in the professional theatre, as a coach and speaker, Jen makes audiences feel personally addressed even in the largest groups.  She has offered the Evolution of Contentment and Masterful Person Company tools to a wide variety of clients including individuals, workshop clients in private and public groups, and corporate settings.  Her talks are funny, poignant and direct, offering an authentic honesty and experience that will create lasting impact.


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