Kathleen Lavengood
Lake Oswego, OR
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Kathleen Lavengood

Kathleen L.

Lake Oswego, OR
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
With a PhD in Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Violin Performance, I love teaching everything from Celtic fiddle tunes to classical concertos. I am a Suzuki certified instructor and registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

About Kathleen L.

With a PhD in Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Violin Performance, Kathleen teaches everything from Celtic fiddle tunes to classical concertos. Kathleen has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Indiana's Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and has served as concertmaster and soloist for the Chehalem Symphony Orchestra in Newberg, Oregon. She has lectured at Indiana University, Davis & Elkins College, Miami Dade College, and George Fox University, teaching World Music, Music History, and Music Appreciation courses, as well as string studio lessons and leading a string ensemble. Her festival performances include International Celtic Colours Festival, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas; and the Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado. She earned her Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Nevada, studying with Philip Ruder, and Bachelors of Music under Kathryn Lucktenberg at the University of Oregon. Additionally, she studied viola with Yuval Gotlibovitch at Indiana University during her doctoral program in Ethnomusicology.

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Andrea C.
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Posted Aug 3, 2020
Laurie Z.
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always terrific

Posted Jul 15, 2020
Laurie Z.
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wonderful exciting! what a great teacher

Posted Jul 1, 2020
Grace
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Posted Jun 12, 2020
Laurie
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a great teacher

Posted Jun 10, 2020
Laurie Z.
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very patient and supportive

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Katie C.
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It has been such a pleasure working with Kathleen! She is prompt and professional, and at the same time gentle and super encouraging. To see my child enjoying practicing and making music for the first time has been like parenting gold. I recommend Kathleen without hesitation. She is an absolute treasure!

Posted May 29, 2020
Jun H.
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Very very good instructor for violin learner, if you want to improve your violin skills, get better fingering and bowing. she must be your choice! She is professional!

Posted May 15, 2020
Jun H.
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Great! Thank you!

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Anna C.
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Posted Apr 16, 2020
Dagmara W.
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Posted Apr 7, 2020
Laura N.
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Posted Mar 21, 2020
Kim V.

Where do I begin. Kathleen is extremely patient with me and very encouraging. I have loved the violin for a long time. However, over the years I would get discouraged and quit. With Kathleen, I look forward to our sessions. She's very knowledgeable and I like that she will play along with me and send audio clips that reinforce the place where I struggle. I have learned so much in such a short period. She's a keeper! I'm truly blessed to have her in my (music) life. Thank you so much Kathleen.

Posted Oct 25, 2019
Tom B.
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Posted Jan 29, 2019
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Posted Jan 29, 2019
Lynn N.
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I am enjoying my lessons with Kathleen. She is very encouraging to me, an elderly beginner, which makes me enjoy the lessons and the practice!

Posted Jan 8, 2019
Lynn N.
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What a fun way to learn. Kathleen is great!

Posted Dec 4, 2018
Roslyn L.
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Posted Aug 21, 2018
Gabrielle H.
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The first lesson was great. She explained some of the fiddle's background, how to hold it, and how to play it all in an interactive way. The time flew by. My daughter is very enthusiastic about the lessons & even more excited about the fiddle than before the lesson. Kathleen is awesome.

Posted Aug 4, 2017
joseph
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Posted Apr 28, 2017
Jennifer B.
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Absolutely love Kathleen. She is a wonderful teacher, Patience
and always encouraging. I highly recommend her.

Posted Apr 5, 2017
Ute P.
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Posted Feb 15, 2017
Greg
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Posted Feb 9, 2017
Greg
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Posted Feb 9, 2017
Kate
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What a wonderful and enthusiastic teacher! My daughter has had fiddle lessons for 2 years in person, and to finally cut down on our two-hour commute I suggested on-line lessons. The computer had a few connection issues on our end that we will definitely iron out before our next session. Lucky for us, Kathleen worked patiently through the connectivity bumps and gave a very upbeat, challenging lesson with all the backup sheet music, recording, and plenty of thumbs up to keep my daughter motivated and practising. We are very happy we "found" Kathleen and highly recommend her as an instructor!!

Posted Feb 8, 2017
Alice H.
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I have had 3 lessons with Kathleen and they have been great and full of information. She is always very encouraging and is very friendly.

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Kathy
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Great personality and very encouraging

Posted Dec 6, 2016
Mitchell
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I was very impressed with my lesson with Kathleen. She started from the beginning, leaving nothing out, but she always had a sense of urgency. I felt like she treated our lesson time as very valuable and wanted to pack as much good stuff into the lesson as possible. Kathleen was also extremely friendly and encouraging. It was an all-around great experience.

Posted Nov 12, 2016
Laurie A B.
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She is amazing! My 6 year old started at 5 in Germany and in 6 lessons he learned more and is better than he did in a whole year. She is SO sweet and soft spoken. She praises all the time and has all kinds of neat tricks or tools to make it fun especially for an almost 6 year old! We can not thank her enough for being part of our lives! Our son adores her and now calls the violin the God of Music because of her!

Posted Oct 16, 2015
Kelley B.
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Kathleen is truly an answered prayer! Her credentials are impeccable, so we know that Karli is receiving superior instruction. However, it is her sweet and lovely spirit that we love. Initially unsure of how well "online" lessons would go, we are so thankful for the convenience, coupled with excellence, that we are privileged to have with Kathleen.

Posted Dec 3, 2014

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Experience

Suzuki Violin Teacher
Aug 2018 - Present

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Registered Suzuki Teacher and member of the North Carolina Suzuki Association

College Lecturer
Jun 2000 - Present

Indiana University, George Fox University, Davis & Elkins University

Festivals include International Celtic Colours Festival, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia;International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas; Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado. Performance experience includes: Miami Symphony Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, Cape Breton Chamber Orchestra, Lafayette Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Reno Symphony Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Newport Oregon Chamber Orchestra. Teaching experience includes: Miami Dade College, George Fox University, Davis & Elkins College, Indiana University, University of Nevada.

Education

PhD Ethnomusicology
Sep 2000 - Sep 2004

Indiana University

MM Violin Performance
Aug 1998 - May 2000

University of Nevada

BM Violin Performance
Sep 1993 - May 1998

University of Oregon

Certifications

Suzuki Violin Teacher
May 2018

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Certified Suzuki Teacher in books one through four. Studied at the Nashville Suzuki Institute, the North Carolina Suzuki Institute, the University of Tennessee Suzuki Institute, and with James Hutchins, Amanda Schubert, and Teri Einfeldt.
Symphonic Violinist
Dec 2000

Miami Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Richmond Indiana Symphony

Festivals include International Celtic Colours Festival, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia;International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas; Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado. Performance experience includes: Fort Smith Symphony, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, Cape Breton Chamber Orchestra, Lafayette Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Reno Symphony Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Newport Oregon Chamber Orchestra. Teaching experience includes: Miami Dade College, George Fox University, Davis & Elkins College, Indiana University, University of Nevada.

Awards

First in Open Class Scottish Fiddle
Sep 2018

Virginia Highland Games

First in Open Class Scottish Fiddle
Aug 2008

Portland Highland Games

US Fulbright, NEA Grant, Aspen Music Scholarships
Sep 2000

United States Fulbright Commission, NEA, Aspen Music School

Affiliations

Suzuki Association of the Americas
May 2016
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.
College Music Society, The
May 2008
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
Society for Ethnomusicology
Sep 2000
SEM is a U.S.-based organization with an international membership of approximately 1,750 individuals dedicated to the study of all forms of music from diverse humanistic and social scientific perspectives. We examine music as central to human experience throughout space and time, and explore its profound relationship to cognition, emotion, language, dance, visual arts, spiritual belief, social organization, collective identity, politics, conflict and peace, economics, the physical body, and mental health. Through SEM programs and the work of our individual members, we seek to advance academic and public understanding and appreciation of music as a cultural phenomenon of unlimited variety and as a resource that is fundamental to the well being of individuals and communities.

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