In 2011, Karen Barich founded the Suzuki School of Violin to support and further develop a rapidly growing studio. Her vision for the school wholeheartedly embraces the Suzuki Philosophy of nurturing the whole child alongside their musical journey. Emphasis and importance lies heavily on musicality, artistry, and developing students’ technique so they can use music as a means of self-expression. Ultimately, Karen considers musical instruction an implicit lesson in how to recognize – and reproduce – ‘beauty’.
Karen studied seven years in her home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Suzuki violin teacher. During this time she played for many events and venues including fundraisers, conventions, private parties, nursing homes, South Ridge Mall, and the National Anthem for the Milwaukee Brewers games. She has won numerous awards and honors, including an alternate position to play the Bach Double Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in their annual ACE (Arts in Community Education) concert. Karen picked up the piano by ear several years after starting violin lessons. In 2018, she began her own formal training on the piano and now teaches to beginner students.
The Suzuki School of Violin is dedicated to excellent instruction, growing & nurturing happy hearts, giving back to the community, and fostering a more noble culture and society through the beauty of music.