Meet Dr. Barrett

Dr. Carolyn M. Barrett

Director of our music school in Reston and author of The Magic of Matsumoto: The Suzuki Method of Education, Dr. Carolyn M. Barrett has also founded Suzuki method studios in Lagos, Nigeria, and Seoul, Korea. Backed by more than 30 years of teaching experience, Dr. Barrett has traveled three times to Matsumoto, Japan, to study directly with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. She gives group and individual instruction in violin, viola, cello, and piano using both traditional and Suzuki educational strategies.

Successful Seoul Studio

The Seoul studio trained 60 students weekly and instructed British, Korean, and American educators in using the Suzuki approach in teaching stringed instruments, especially violin. In addition, Dr. Suzuki directly supervised the studio, with students sending him tapes to judge for their graduation certification.

The Magic of Matsumoto: The Suzuki Method of Education

Book CoverWhen Dr. Barrett sent the final manuscript of her book to Dr. Suzuki in October of 1989 as a birthday present for his 91st birthday, she was thrilled to receive a letter with his thanks. Dr. Suzuki said, “I am pleased that you have a profound understanding of my method.” In addition, Dr. Suzuki endorsed the book, saying “I believe that this book will deepen the understanding of the Suzuki philosophy and movement and will be of help to parents and the worldwide movement for all children’s happiness.”

The book chronicles the biography and history of Dr. Suzuki. It also shares some of the psychology and spiritual elements at play in the Suzuki approach.

Bringing the Suzuki Method to Reston

Students from our Reston studio present recitals and perform throughout the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Students have soloed with the Washington Symphony, concertized at Presidents Park, and participated in concerts at Wolf Trap, Constitution Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

Dr. Barrett’s Credentials

Dr. Barrett holds SAA and Piano Basics certification in violin and piano and has done special advanced studies in viola and cello.  As a performer, Dr. Barrett has been a choral and instrumental conductor, violinist, pianist, and violist. She is a piano accompanist for Suzuki recitals and accompanied performances and classes at the Cassarno Ballet Studios in Portland and Lake Oswego, Oregon. Dr. Barrett has a PhD in English and was a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, teaching advanced English Composition, along with English and American Literature. She used the Suzuki Method to teach English Composition.

She was a violinist with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and a member of piano trio Twenty-First Century. Additionally, she was a violinist for Pro Musica Lagos in Nigeria and the Chairman of the Yongsan Chamber Music Society in Korea.
Dr. Carolyn M. Barrett

Performing & Teaching

In addition to training a full schedule of music students in her Reston studio, Dr. Barrett is also currently performing as well. She is a violist with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and is principal cellist with the Loudoun Symphony String Workshop.

Dr. Barrett’s Accomplishments

Dr. Barrett is the past president of the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area, and she has served as director of the 1998 Suzuki Centennial Celebration at Constitution Hall. Dr. Barrett has performed at the White House and the Executive Mansion with the Washington Symphony Orchestra. She has also written “Reinforcement in Suzuki Education,” a white paper presented to the Association for Behavior Analysis.

Contact us today to join us in educating your child on how to play an instrument. The staff at our music school teaches kids from all over Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Springfield, Great Falls, and Fair Oaks, Virginia.