Maryanne Gilbert

Registered Suzuki Violin & Viola Teacher

Maryanne grew up as a Suzuki kid in Columbus, Ohio. The daughter of a Suzuki Piano and Violin teacher, she began taking lessons with her mom at the age of 3. A normal day of her childhood included practicing violin while sandwiched between two collies. It was through the love of the Suzuki philosophy and the support of her wonderful teachers that she decided to dedicate her life to teaching children. She owes her Suzuki influence to mom, Maryfrances Kirsh and forever teacher, Jim Van Reeth.


Maryanne received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Scott Conklin. While at Iowa, she served as a research fellow for the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program with professor Beth Oakes. Maryanne also was a section violinist with the Ottumwa Symphony and served as principal second violin in the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra as well as the UI Chamber Orchestra. She has completed Suzuki Violin teacher training for Books 1-4 and 6. She has trained with Ann Montzka Smelser, Martha Shackford, James Hutchins, and Allen Lieb. In 2017, she became a member of the Preucil School of Music faculty in Iowa City where she taught private lessons and coached chamber music groups.  

Recently relocating to Kennewick, Washington, Maryanne is playing with the Mid-Columbia Symphony and looking forward to building a Suzuki community in the Tri-Cities. 

And she still practices with her collie, Ollivander, on her feet.