Flori Muller has been teaching violin for over twenty years. She is enthusiastic about teaching and truly enjoys working with all ages and levels.
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 where she operated her own violin studio as well as accepted a position as the director of a Suzuki violin program in two elementary schools in the Spring Branch Area. She also directed “Fiddler’s Fair”, a week long summer camp for elementary aged students in the Houston area while in the schools. She and her husband and two children returned to Colorado in 2012; she rejoined the faculty of Boulder Suzuki Strings and also started the first SECE classes in Colorado (Prelude Music) with coteacher Stacey Brady.
She has led clinics and sectionals for schools, officiated at competitions, and has been a guest clinician in violin as well as a guest SECE clinician at various Suzuki Workshops (Parker Elementary, HASSA, and STXSA workshops) and the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute as well as coached chamber music in various summer programs. She is fully certified in Suzuki Violin books 1-10 and also certified in Stages One and Two of Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) classes for children birth-4 years old.
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, Carol Tarr, and Winifred Crock.
She considers herself quite fortunate to have been given the opportunity to travel to Japan in the summer of 1989 to participate as a student in both the World Conference and Summer School in Matsumoto. Taking group classes with Dr. Suzuki as well as other teachers alongside children from around the world was a life changing experience for her.
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 Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association (HASSA), now STXSA, and has also served on HASSA’s board as Vice President and Past President.
Besides teaching, her other passions include cooking, photography, reading, hiking, and running.