Kathleen Klein Spring

Kathleen Spring is instructor of Suzuki violin pedagogy at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Lamont offers both a certificate and an M.Mus. in Suzuki pedagogy. In addition to her teaching at the university, she maintains an active violin studio in the metro Denver, Colorado, area. Advanced students from the studio form Spring Strings, a touring performing group.

Prior to beginning her work in Denver, she taught violin and directed the String Preparatory Division at Clara E. Rogers Elementary School, now Rogers Adventist School, for 27 years and assisted in the music program at Walla Walla College, now University. She and her husband, Glenn, a teacher at WWC, moved to Denver when he retired in 2001.

She implemented Suzuki's concepts in her teaching and preparatory division at Rogers with great success, and her program there grew to include over 140 students and four adult and student assistants, becoming one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest. A certified Suzuki Teacher Trainer and sought-after clinician in national workshops for the Suzuki Association of Americas, she was named Washington State’s Outstanding Private Studio Teacher in 1996, an award given biennially by the Washington chapter of the American String Teachers Association.      

A 1974 graduate of Walla Walla University, Spring also studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, with Eduard Melkus and with Alan Bodman at Washington State University. She received a M.Mus. in Violin performance with James Maurer at the Lamont School of Music, the University of Denver.

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Sources: Faculty Records, Walla Walla College, now University; WWC music department newsletter, Opus, Summer 1998, 2, 3, 13; and other 1990s issues; personal knowledge.