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Teacher/Director

Stephanie E Brown is the Founder and Director of Bella Quattro Strings, LLC. She brings her passion for teaching music from Sydney, Australia to Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. Stephanie combines this with knowledge gained from 6 years tertiary study and over 25 years experience working in the field of Early Childhood Music Education. 

 

Stephanie studied violin from 4 1/2 years old to 15 years old under the tutelage of John Speer who taught the Suzuki Method of instruction. During Stephanie's final 3 years of high school and throughout university, she studied the traditional method of violin instruction with Phillipa Paige, former member of Sydney Symphony Orchestra. 

 

Stephanie holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Macquarie University (NSW, Australia) and an Associate Diploma in Music Teaching from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (NSW, Australia).

 

Stephanie is accredited as a private violin instructor through the Music Teachers’ Association of California and is licensed to teach the Worldwide Music Together Program®. She is also a member of the licensee leadership group at Music Together®. 

 

Stephanie's teaching experience in Australia spans 13 years working at one of Sydney’s most prestigious private co-educational grammar schools (S.C.E.C.G.S Redlands). She was a music scholar at Redlands and was invited back shortly after graduating as the Preparatory Music Specialist (K-1). Stephanie has also taught the general school curriculum (K-2) across various State schools throughout NSW, Australia. 

 

Since arriving in California, Stephanie has taught specialist music classes at the Central Coast Learning and Language Center in Monterey, Carmelo School in Carmel Valley & The Children’s School in Carmel Valley. She has also been a private violin instructor at Stevenson High School in Pebble Beach. 

 

Stephanie currently offers individual violin instruction to students aged 4 and up. She also offers early childhood music classes through the Worldwide Music Together® program.

 

Stephanie's performance experience in California includes orchestral performances with the Monterey Peninsula College Orchestra, weddings,  library demonstrations and also regular appearances during the Sunday Services at Church of the Wayfarer.

 

Stephanie's first album endeavor titled, "Californian Journey" was released globally on June 3, 2011. The album is a collection of soothing Classical music, American fiddle favorites and an Aussie classic.  

Our daughter has been taking violin lessons from Stephanie since the age of 5 and has been with her for over 6 years now. We could not recommend any teacher or program more. Stephanie's program and approach are wonderful. Her passion and individual attention brings out the best in her students.

 

Violin is a simple but demanding instrument. It is a perfect instrument for young children to learn because of its scale-able size and fun songs that they can learn. Stephanie is extremely compassionate and patient and makes the challenging parts fun and rewarding.

 

Our daughter just absolutely adores her. Our family has also participated in the Music Together Classes over the years when our children were younger. This program brings such joy to our community and teaches children the love of music. It is all because of Stephanie's incredible gift as a teacher and the fact that she is an amazing musician herself.
Aimee McDonald