Isabelle Rozendaal, a Chicago native and daughter of two Suzuki string teachers, started her violin studies at age three, and went on to study violin at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald and David Bowlin. A social justice advocate as well as musician, she also received a B.A. in Environmental Justice from Oberlin College. She is adept in both modern and baroque violin, and has played with many orchestras in the area such as Baroque Band, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.
An active teacher in the Chicago area, she has taught at Merit School of Music, The People’s Music School, Chicago West Community Music Center, and has been faculty at South Side Suzuki Cooperative in Hyde Park since 2014. Ms. Rozendaal finished her Masters degree in Violin Performance at DePaul University, and is now pursuing further training through Music Education Teacher Certification/Licensure.
An avid pedagogue, Ms. Rozendaal has done extensive teacher training including Suzuki Violin books 1-8 with Ed Kreitman, Nancy Jackson et al, Indiana University’s Violin and Viola Teacher’s Pedagogy training with Mimi Zweig, and Mark O’Connor Method Teacher Training with Pamela Wiley. Her teaching style is organized, structured and fun, balancing focused work with play and exploration. Also a trained yoga teacher, Ms. Rozendaal incorporates awareness of body movement in her teaching, always seeking to help her students reach their potential with healthy habits.