Karen Barich began teaching the violin in 2006, and in 2011 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 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’.
As a child and teen, Karen studied Suzuki violin in her home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During this time she played for many events and venues including fundraisers, conventions, private parties, nursing homes, local malls, botanical gardens 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 learned the piano by ear several years after starting violin lessons. As an adult she began her own formal training on the piano and now teaches to beginner students, with the ability to take them to the intermediate level. Karen teaches violin and piano lessons out of her home studio in Orland Park, IL.
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.