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Carrie Reuning-Hummel began the study of the violin at the age of five with her parents, Joan and Sanford Reuning, in Ithaca, New York. She was one of the first Suzuki students in the U.S. and studied with Shinichi Suzuki on numerous occasions.
Carrie is very active as a Suzuki teacher and a registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer. She has taught at hundreds of institutes and workshops throughout the continental U.S. as well as in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Israel. In 1986 she was honored to receive the Shar Distinguished Young Teacher Award. She served on the national Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas for six years. Carrie is an adjunct Professor of Music at Ithaca College, where she leads the masters degree program in Suzuki Pedagogy formerly taught by her father, Sandy Reuning. She has been the Director of Ithaca Talent Education since 2016.
Carrie received a BA in Psychology from the University of Iowa and is a professional violist and an active performer. She recently completed a Master’s of Science degree in Communications at Ithaca College, writing a thesis on powerful learning experiences. Carrie home-schooled her two children and is interested in exploring parent/child practice partnerships with families. She has written a book called “Time to Practice: A Companion for Parents.”