Margie Salcedo Rice has been teaching violin for over 30 years. She has been trained in both Suzuki and traditional teaching methods and has attended teacher workshops at the Suzuki summer program in Santa Rosa. She also visited the Tokyo Suzuki School and Music Program in Tokyo, Japan, to observe first-hand the master teachers working with their students. Margie combines traditional note reading methods with the Suzuki Method using their repertoire for her beginning and intermediate students. Scales are the foundation of playing and are incorporated at each lesson. She has experience teaching students from age 3 to adults. She has two recitals a year for her students to gain performing experience.
Her students have gone on to win music scholarships and awards and have performed with orchestras in Carnegie Hall and other venues. Margie’s philosophy of teaching is that all students can learn to develop the skill of violin playing. Everyone learns at their own pace. Some may have a natural talent that speeds up their progress, but all can learn if they practice diligently. She has studios in her home and at Ukiah Junior Academy located in northern California. She can also teach over the internet using Skype.
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Concertmaster of the Ukiah Symphony, Margie is beginning her 25th season with the Ukiah Symphony Orchestra. She began violin lessons at age 7 and later studied with Claire Hodgkins, former assistant to world-renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz. She has played with the Riverside Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Guayaquil Symphony and later became Concertmaster of the Loma Linda University Orchestra where she received her degrees in Business Administration and Music, graduating magna cum laud.
In 2008 she performed the Mozart Symphony Concertante with Keith Lawrence, violist. She is first violinist in the Ukiah Symphony Quartet and enjoys performing chamber music. Her past musical accomplishments have including soloing with various orchestras including the Bruch Violin Concerto and Mozart G Major Concerto. In 2005 she debuted along with her students at Carnegie Hall and 2006 at the Kennedy Center. Margie has been teaching violin for more than 30 years and currently conducts the Ukiah Junior Academy Orchestra, K-6 Choirs and Ukiah Junior Academy Chorale. She has served as Choral director and Minister of Music for the Seventh-day Adventist Church conducting the annual “Christmas Cantata – The Glory of Christmas,” now in its 18th season.