Jennifer Burton has been teaching Suzuki violin lessons since 1977 and currently has a private Suzuki studio in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She taught in Dallas from 1993 to 2006. Prior to this, Jennifer had been employed for 17 years at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she received her Master of Music Education Degree with Suzuki Emphasis with Margery Aber. She has a Bachelor of Music Degree with K-12 Instrumental Music Emphasis from UW-Eau Claire and took Post-Graduate violin studies with Vartan Manoogian at UW-Madison.
Jennifer has been a Suzuki violin clinician at over 150 workshops and institutes across the United States. She served 3-year term on the national board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) from 1996-1999. She served as the Chair of the SAA Regional and Local Associations Committee from 1992-1995, during which she wrote a column about Associations in the American Suzuki Journal. Jennifer presented on panels given at the 2002, 2003 and 2004 SAA Teachers Conferences. Ms. Burton is a Past President of the North Texas Suzuki Association (NTSA), which she helped form in 1994, and was the Co-Director of the TCU Suzuki Institute Fort Worth from 1999-2000. Ms. Burton was awarded the Outstanding Violin Teacher Award at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in June, 2001 and was given the Distinguished Service Award by the NTSA in October, 2005. She was the Co-Director of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin Retreat for 2007-2009. In 2006, she published Sharpen Your Tools, a practice companion for Suzuki parents and teachers. This book helps beginning students polish and refine techniques in Suzuki Book 1 through Etude. She is currently working on a sequel.
Ms. Burton enjoys walking, bird watching, gardening, softball, cats, scrabble, writing, collecting shells and papermaking. She has an extensive baseball card collection, including a 1970’s softball card of herself as an All-Star of the Stevens Point Softball Association. Ms. Burton is a member of the Order of St. Luke, a multi-denominational healing ministry and is a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.