Eunice Elaine Kirk Badiere
Elaine Badiere resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she is a teacher in a Suzuki string program affiliated with the Colorado Suzuki Association of Colorado, for which she serves as Membership Coordinator. She was raised in a home in which music was a way of life. Born in Iowa, she graduated from Oak Park Academy, where her mother, Grace Buck Kirk, taught music. A gifted violinist, she attended Atlantic Union College in the early 1960s and completed a B.Mus.Ed at Emmanuel Missionary College, now Andrews University, in 1962.
Following graduation, Badiere traveled to Europe to study but began teaching English in a Berlitz school program. During this time she met and married a Frenchman. They then settled in Canada, where she was affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, for 25 of the 30 years they resided there.
In her association with RCM, she worked in their Suzuki Plus program, giving private and group lessons, teaching ear training, and preparing students to meet core requirements for the RCM's graded exam program. She enjoyed her work in that program because of its focus in developing a wide range of skills.
After she moved to Ames, Iowa, where she lived for six years, she continued to teach and work on her ratings as a teacher in the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is now registered to teach violin, books one through ten.
Sources: Email Exchanges, May-August 2007; Ancestory.com; personal knowledge.