Lessons with Candice

Candice teaches viola at the University of Arizona School of Music and at her private studio in Tucson. She aims to support her students in the development of their own musical voice by guiding them in their artistic and physical understanding of the instrument. In addition to introducing young students to the joy of the viola or violin, she also mentors collegiate students as they find their path forward. She encourages students of every age to nourish their relationship with the viola through inquisitive yet deliberate practicing, frequent and varied performances, and a healthy appetite for experiencing music of all kinds.

Candice earned a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She has also trained with Noa Kageyama, performance psychologist on the faculty of the Juilliard School and author of the Bulletproof Musician blog, and Pamela Frank, noted pedagogue on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory and the Curtis Institute. Candice’s teaching philosophy is inspired by the work of Karen Tuttle, whose influence was passed down to her through her teacher, Carol Rodland. The principles of whole-body coordination, personal exploration, and the integration of physical freedom and deep musical knowledge are central to Candice’s teaching philosophy. 

Candice received Suzuki training from Mary Cay Neal at Buffalo Suzuki Strings and Ann Montzka-Smelser at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, where she studied both violin and viola Suzuki pedagogy. She is an enthusiastic teacher of the Suzuki Method for young students.

Info for Prospective Students

  • More information about the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music here.

  • Private violin or viola lessons are offered for young students and pre-college students.

  • Candice’s private studio is located in central Tucson, near the U of A.

  • To ask about openings at the University of Arizona or in Candice’s private studio, please use this contact form.