Flori Muller is an active violin and SECE (Suzuki Early Childhood Education) teacher. Born and raised in Houston, TX, she began her violin studies as a Suzuki student at Parker Elementary (a Suzuki in the Schools elementary school). Having taught violin for more than twenty years, Flori has previously maintained violin studios in Tennessee, Minnesota, and Texas, and directed and taught Suzuki Violin at a Suzuki in the Schools program in two elementary schools in Spring Branch, Texas. While in Spring Branch, she also directed the week long summer festival, Fiddler’s Fair, that is held there each summer.
Flori currently teaches violin on the faculty of Boulder Suzuki Strings and co-owns Prelude Music, LLC, where she partner teaches weekly SECE classes. In addition, she served as the Assistant SECE Coordinator for the 2018 SAA Conference and will serve as the SECE Coordinator for the 2020 Conference.
She has led clinics and sectionals for schools, officiated at competitions, been published in the American Suzuki Journal, featured in various SAA video sessions for their online seminar Parents and Partners Online, presented sessions at the SAA conference, has been a guest clinician (violin, SECE teacher, and presented parent talks) for many Suzuki workshops across the US as well as at Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute. She has also served as Vice President, President, and Past President on the board of HASSA (Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association), now STXSA.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance (magna cum laude) from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, a double Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Violin Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and earned candidacy for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in Violin Performance and Violin Pedagogy. Her collegiate violin teachers include Henry Rubin, Connie Heard, Sally O’Reilly, and Jennifer John. She has SAA registered training in Suzuki Violin books 1-10 and Stages 1-5 SECE training. She is honored to have studied pedagogy with Connie Heard, Sally O’Reilly, Mark Bjork, William Starr, Dorothy Jones, Sharon Jones, and Danette Schuh.
Among the many memories she cherishes growing up a Suzuki violinist herself, there is one she will never forget- in the summer of 1989 she was invited to travel with a group of Suzuki students and teachers to participate in the 9th Suzuki Method International Conference and Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan. Traveling to Japan, meeting Dr. Suzuki and taking group classes with him as well as with other international faculty, alongside Suzuki students from around the world, continues to inspire her and her teaching.
Flori lives in beautiful Broomfield, CO with her husband and two children. In addition to teaching, her passions include photography, reading, hiking, and cooking.