Faculty

We believe in the innate potential of every child.

Austin Suzuki Music School is a community music school founded to provide quality music instruction to all students. Our teaching follows the philosophy, principles, and pedagogy of Japanese violin teacher, Shin’ichi Suzuki. We believe that the purpose of Suzuki music lessons extend beyond teaching a child musical skills, but to use music as a medium to foster development of the whole child. The ASMS faculty is committed to lifelong learning regularly participating in continuing education to provide the best instructional practices to students.

Daniel Gee, Director

Daniel Gee

Director, Violin, Viola, & ECE Instructor

SAA Certificate of Achievement

Daniel Gee is founder and director of the Austin Suzuki Music School. He has extensively studied the Suzuki Method in Violin, Viola and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with a broad scope of teachers. He holds degrees from the Crane School of Music - SUNY Potsdam and the University of Texas at Austin.

In May 2012, Daniel was awarded the Suzuki Association of the America’s Certificate of Achievement, a recognition given to teachers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to excellence in their teaching.

Mr. Gee has been the Orchestra Director at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Round Rock ISD since 2009, which serves middle school violin, viola, cello, bass and harp students. As a fervent believer and advocate for the Suzuki in the Schools movement, Daniel uses his Suzuki background to influence the school curriculum with Suzuki Method principles and pedagogy.

Daniel is an active clinician giving presentations at National Conferences as well as guest teacher at workshops around the country. He has presented at the Suzuki Association of the Americas conferences (2010, 2012) ASTA conference (2010), Texas Music Educator's Conference (2014, 2016), Texas Orchestra Director's Association Conference (2015, 2016), and did web conference presentations for the SAA Parents As Partners (2012, 2013, 2016) Daniel has been invited to guest conduct the Texas Region Middle School String Orchestras for Region 11 in San Antonio and Region 18 in Austin.

In the summers, Daniel serves a Director for the Greater Austin Suzuki Institute and has been on faculty for Intermountain Suzuki String Institute in UT, the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute, the Ozark Suzuki Institute, Acadiana Suzuki Institute, and the Chicago Suzuki Institute.

Daniel also performs regularly serving as Assistant Principal Viola with the Austin Opera. Outside of teaching and performing, Daniel enjoys spending time with his terriers Bamboo and Tristan, and finding the best tacos in Austin.

Connor Bell received his Bachelor of Music in Music Studies and teacher certification in Music Early Childhood through 12th grade at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. His principal violin instructors include Dr. Eugene Gratovich, Dr. Laurie Scott and William Dick. He has taken extensive Suzuki teacher training from esteemed teachers including Doris Preucil, Dr. Laurie Scott, William Dick, Christie Felsing, Nancy Lokken, Ed Kreitman, Edmond Sprunger, and Mark Mutter. He received training in the first stage of the Early Childhood Education class with Dorothy and Sharon Jones. Connor teaches 6-8th grade violin, viola, cello, bass and harp students at Deerpark and Canyon Vista Middle Schools in Round Rock ISD using a Suzuki in the Schools curriculum.

Additionally, Connor continually goes to enrichment courses to develop and expand his teaching and is an active member of The American String Teachers’ Association, The Suzuki Association of the Americas, The Texas Music Educators Association, Greater Austin Suzuki Association and The North Texas Suzuki Association. Connor has performed with the University of Texas University Orchestra, the Round Rock Symphony and the Prince George’s Philharmonic. Connor has served as guest clinician for the Manor ISD String Festival, Longhorn Music Camp, and the Greater Austin  Suzuki Institute.

Connor Bell Violin and Viola Instructor

Connor Bell

Violin, Viola, & ECE Instructor

Jonathan Carbin

Cello Instructor

Jonathan Carbin is an adventurous and versatile professional cellist based in Austin, Texas. An avid chamber musician, Jonathan serves on the faculty of the Austin Chamber Music Center and frequently collaborates with artists from Austin and across the country. Recent projects have included concerts throughout Texas with his trio, Triple Take (with violinist Javier Chaparro and pianist Maimy Fong), premiering newly composed works for voice and cello with his brother Christopher Carbin in Missouri, New York, and Vermont, and collaborating with Rolling Stone acclaimed Jesse Woods in performances in Austin, New York, and Los Angeles. Highlights of the 2014-15 season include serving as artistic director for the Silver Lake Chamber Music Festival in Vermont and concerts in Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania with Kludge, as well as chamber music performances in Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and California, and Texas. As an orchestral player, Jonathan has performed with the symphonies of Austin, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Laredo, and Round Rock.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in performance from University of Texas at Austin. Among his former teachers and mentors are world-class artists Joshua Gindele (of the Miró Quartet), Carter Enyeart, and Gregory Sauer.

Jonathan takes great pride in the accomplishments of his private cello students, which include numerous regional and statewide accolades and acceptances to nationally and internationally renowned festivals and workshops. 

Rachel Ringeisen serves as Lower and Middle School Strings Teacher at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Previously, she served as head orchestra director at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock ISD, earning sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. Ms. Ringeisen also maintains a private Suzuki Method violin and viola studio, serves as Secretary of the Greater Austin Suzuki Association, and is a regular clinician at the Austin Suzuki Institute and Suzuki music festivals throughout Texas. Additionally, she conducts the Camerata Orchestra in the Austin Youth Orchestra program. Ms. Ringeisen enjoys performing regularly in the Austin area and with the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Ringeisen completed her Music and Human Learning degree (M.M) as a Sarah and Ernest Butler Excellence scholar, where she was the Preschool Coordinator for the University of Texas String Project and taught in a pilot string program at UT Elementary School. Additionally, Ms. Ringeisen developed an interdisciplinary curriculum in music and phonemic awareness as her master’s thesis. Ms. Ringeisen has studied topics in music research, string pedagogy and literature, school organization, classroom management, and music in therapy and special education. She was chosen as the UT representative to attend the 2011 Global Music Camp in Ghana.

Ms. Ringeisen received a B.M. in violin performance and pedagogy from the Wheaton College Conservatory (IL), where she was Concertmaster of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Senior Class Representative, a Presidential Honors Award recipient and a Memorial Merit Scholar. She served as an intern faculty member at Wheaton’s Community School of the Arts.Ms. Ringeisen has studied the violin with Professors Sandy Yamamoto, Anne Akiko Meyers, Paul Zafer, Dr. Lee Joiner, and Elizabeth Suh-Lane. A scholarship recipient of the SAA, she trained with Rebecca Sandrok, Ann Montzka-Smelser, Nancy Jackson, Alice Joy Lewis, Dr. Laurie Scott, and Doris Preucil. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Texas Music Educators Association, and the American String Teachers Association.

Rachel Ringeisen, Violin and Viola Instructor

Rachel Ringeisen

Violin & Viola Instructor

Grace Youn Violin Instructor

Grace Youn

Violin Instructor

A native of Tacoma, Washington, Grace began violin studies at age 7. She earned her Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Texas – Austin, where she studied with Professor Brian Lewis, and her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Puget Sound, studying under Dr. Maria Sampen. Her performing engagements have taken her across the United States, with performances in Seattle/Tacoma, Denver, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Honolulu, Chicago, Formula 1, and South by Southwest. She has performed with the Balcones Community Orchestra, Montecito International Music Festival Orchestra, Austin Civic Orchestra, the University of Puget Sound Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and the Tacoma Youth Symphony. Grace was a prize winner in the Texas Rising Stars Competition, the Beatrice Hermann Young Artist Competition, the International Rockin' Fiddle Challenge, and the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition.

In 2011, Grace launched her YouTube channel, graceyounviolin, where she explores various musical genres, combing classical traditions and techniques with other musical styles. Her videos have accumulated thousands of subscribers and millions of views. She has worked and collaborated with many artists and was featured in the Katy Perry documentary, Part of Me. Grace is on faculty at the Austin Suzuki Music School and Huston-Tillotson University.

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