Violist and violinist KC Still is active as a teacher and performer. She is currently on the faculty at the Crowden Music Center as a Suzuki and Traditional violin and viola teacher, and teaches both Suzuki and Traditional students at her private studio in Albany, CA. She teaches all ages and abilities, but specializes in working with children. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has been on the faculty of the Napa Valley Language Academy, Sycamore Strings Academy in Livermore, and Holy Names University in Oakland. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of Northern California, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and ASTA. KC was Assistant Director of The Crowden Suzuki Workshop, a four-day summer workshop for kids aged 3-18 at The Crowden Center in Berkeley, CA from 2010 through 2013. KC was the Crowden Summer Programs director in 2009.
Until January 2008, KC was active as a New York freelance orchestral and chamber music performer. Among the groups she performed with are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, New Haven and Stamford Symphony Orchestras in CT, the ballet orchestras for the Matsuyama, Australian, Royal and Kirov ballet companies, and the pit orchestras for various Broadway shows. KC toured Japan with the New York Pops, and opened a new concert hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil with the American Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the orchestra of the Sarasota Opera Association during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. KC can be heard on the ECM recording of pianist/composer Keith Jarrett with the Fairfield Orchestra, and on the Nonesuch recording of “Desert Music” by Steve Reich with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. A resident of the East Bay now, KC continues to perform in the New York area five or six times a year.
A graduate of Manhattan School of Music as a viola performance major, KC studied with Arianna Bronne and Raphael Bronstein. As a scholarship and fellowship recipient, she attended numerous master classes with notable viola teachers including Donald McInnes, Karen Tuttle, Walter Trampler, Robert Vernon and Gerald Stannick. On violin, KC studied with Leah Seykora, Vera Barstow, and Alice Schoenfeld.
KC discovered the Feldenkrais Method in 1990 while recovering from an old dance injury that was affecting her viola performance in a negative way. Realizing how effective the work is for performing artists, athletes, injury recovery, etc., she immediately joined a Teacher Training Program with master teacher Anat Baniel. Becoming a Feldenkrais Method teacher was a new beginning for KC’s teaching career. Learning how to learn, the amazing ability of the brain to relearn the most simple to the most complex of tasks in a smooth, easy manner, discovering how to listen, and the power of words have influenced KC’s approach to teaching ever since.
KC’s love of teaching violin and viola grew out of a desire to build the audiences of tomorrow and enrich the lives of children. Active as a teacher since 1988, she was introduced to the Suzuki Method in 2000, and immediately proceeded to study Books 1 through 3 in New York. She continued her education with Books 3 through 7 at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute during the summers of 2012 and 2013. Among the Suzuki teachers KC has studied with are Allen Lieb, Brian Lewis, Linda Wear Fiore, and Gail Johansen. She is certified as a Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. KC is also a member of ASTA, the American String Teachers Association.
KC combines Traditional and Suzuki methods of teaching tailored to each individual student, with an added dash of the Feldenkrais Method, and a lot of laughter!