With more than 20 years of teaching experience, Katie is a sought after pedagogue, chamber coach and workshop clinician. In 2020, she joined the music teaching staff at Durham University (UK), and is Co-Creator of Cello Power, an interactive online community of cellists with a fun and accessible educational emphasis. In 2011, Katie was invited to be the cellist of the quartet in Residence at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, and has led workshops and masterclasses in the US, Europe and Asia with students ages 6 to 80.
Her teaching draws upon many influences and styles, but she feels especially indebted to her immersion in the school of cello playing of legendary cellist, Janos Starker from her studies at Indiana University.
A graduate of the Sato Center in Cleveland, Ohio, she received a second/double Masters Degree in Suzuki Pedagogy which also informs her teaching style. She has a strong foundation and deep understanding of psychological aspects of performing which is widely incorporated in her work with most students, as is her extensive knowledge of both historical and theoretical aspects of Western music.
Katie is available for teaching, coaching in chamber music and music theory/history and workshops both online and in person.
Please contact her via the contact page if you are interested in lessons.
Teaching Credentials & Experience
Teaching positions held
Adjunct staff, Durham University
Temporary maternity cover, Barnard Castle School
Private tuition experience:
maintained a private teaching studio since 2010 in Manchester, Dublin and Newcastle area
students regularly receive Disctinction and Merit marks in ABRSM exams
teaches all ages and levels
BM High Distinction, Indiana University
Teaching assistant at Indiana University Summer String Academy
MM Highest Distinction, Cleveland Institute of Music.
Double masters degree in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy
Taught privately and in conjunction at Sato center as part of the course
Invited to teach as member of "Quartet in Residence" at Interlochen Arts Camp (Vera Quartet)
PGDip, Royal Northern College of Music
Advanced Independent Study Degree, Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Independent Research in:
centering, sports psychology
professional audition preparation
Western Music History
Coaching and Instruction on courses and masterclasses, including in Utah, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Germany, Ireland, UK etc.