Margaret Coote has been a teacher of violin, viola and chamber music for over 15 years. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (MM) and Swarthmore College (BA). She has taught at the Eastman Community Music School, the Kanack School of Musical Artistry, and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. She currently teaches at her home studio in the city of Rochester.
Margaret is committed to helping her students develop excellence through sustained, focused, playful, enjoyable work on the instrument. She believes that music is a lifelong gift, and with her teaching she aims to connect her students with their instruments and music in a deep, sustainable, joyful way.
Margaret teaches all ages. She is trained in the Suzuki method, as well as in more traditional pedagogical methods and creative/improvisational methods. To this blend of influences she brings a wealth of experience in teaching and music-making, as well as a particular love of the visual arts, language and literature.
Margaret is also a student of yoga and the Alexander Technique. She is an avid reader, enjoys a practice of painting and drawing, and is an active performing musician. She is proficient at the keyboard, and enjoys singing.