Flori Muller has been teaching violin for over fifteen years. She is enthusiastic about teaching and truly enjoys working with all ages and levels. Her students have won various competitions and have played with various chamber and orchestral groups.
Mrs. Muller has operated violin studios in Tennessee, Minnesota, Colorado, and Texas. She joined the faculty of Boulder Suzuki Strings in 1999 and taught there until 2004. She then relocated to her home town of Houston, Texas and accepted a position as the director of the violin program in two elementary schools in the Spring Branch Area, during which time she also directed “Fiddler’s Fair”, a summer violin camp for elementary aged students in the Houston area. She has led clinics for schools, officiated at competitions, and has been a guest clinician at Suzuki Workshops and Institutes as well as coached chamber music in various summer programs. She is fully certified in Suzuki Violin books 1-10 and also certified in stage one of Suzuki Early Childhood Education.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, a double Masters in Violin Performance and Suzuki Violin Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and earned candidacy for the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Her violin teachers have included Henry Rubin, Connie Heard, Sally O’Reilly, Jennifer John, and Y.C. Chen. She has received pedagogical training from Connie Heard, Sally O’Reilly, Mark Bjork, William Starr, and Judy Offman. She received her Suzuki Early Childhood Education training from both Dorothy Jones and Sharon Jones and has taken further teacher-development training sessions from Barbara Barber, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Edmund Sprunger, Teri Einfeldt, and Carol Tarr.
She considers herself quite fortunate to have been given the opportunity to travel to Japan in the summer of 1989 to participate in both the World Conference and Summer School in Matsumoto as a student. Taking group classes with Dr. Suzuki and other inspirational teachers from around the world with other children from around the world was life changing to say the least.
Mrs. Muller is a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association and has served as President of HASSA (Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association) and has also served on HASSA’s board as Vice President and Past President. These roles gave her the opportunity to plan, implement, and execute many events for Suzuki students and teachers in the Houston Area from group lessons to workshops to teacher development classes.
She spends the majority of her time with her husband and their two children. Other interests include cooking, photography, exercising, and being a girl scout leader for her daughter’s troop.