Suzuki of the triangle

The Suzuki Philosophy

“Suzuki” is an educational method which strives to create ability and beautiful character in students through a nurturing environment. The ‘nurture’ involved in the movement is modeled on a concept of early childhood that focuses on factors which Shinichi Suzuki observed in native language acquisition such as immersion, encouragement, small steps, and an unforced timetable for learning material based on each person’s developmental readiness to imitate examples and internalize principles.

About The Teachers

Dana Friedli

Dana Friedli was educated at Eastman and Mannes, receiving her MM from Mannes in 1990. Teachers included Fredell Lack, Sally Thomas, Ani Kavafian, Felix Galimir and Stuart Canin. Dana lived and freelanced in New York for 12 years, playing music ranging from Bach to Xenakis and everything in between! Dana Friedli was educated at Eastman and Mannes, receiving her MM from Mannes in 1990. Teachers included Fredell Lack, Sally Thomas, Ani Kavafian, Felix Galimir and Stuart Canin. Dana lived and freelanced in New York for 12 years, playing music ranging from Bach to Xenakis and everything in between! In 1998 Dana and her violin restorer husband Jerry Pasewicz relocated to Raleigh to open Triangle Strings. Dana taught at Meredith College for 12 years and at UNC Chapel Hill for 7 years. She is a dedicated teacher of 24 years with a thriving Suzuki Studio. Dana is a founding member of Suzuki of the Triangle, which sponsors TCI, a summer chamber music institute, and also a prep workshop for local youth orchestra auditions. In keeping with her dedication to teaching young children, she founded two Montessori pretwinkle programs for 3-6 year-olds- now in year 5! Dana has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony, Music-on-the-Hill series at UNC’s Memorial Hall, NC Opera, all things choral at Duke Chapel, and numerous other area groups. Triangle Strings presents a yearly instrument exhibition called ” Meritage”, in which Dana performs on fabulous instruments alongside her favorite colleagues.Dana loves to run, do yoga and make silver and dichroic glass jewelry in her “spare time”. Contact her at dana@tristrings.com

Lyda Cruden

Lyda Cruden has been teaching and performing in the Triangle area for over 15 years. A Suzuki-trained violinist herself, Lyda teaches using the Suzuki Method. Her violin and viola students range in age from as young as three years old through those who would rather not reveal their age. Lyda’s students are active in local youth, school and adult orchestras. Lyda believes that the study of music, at any level, develops the mind, enriches the soul, and should be fun. A native of Iowa, Lyda began violin lessons at age 5 at the Preucil School of Music with Betsy Stuen-Walker, and Doris Preucil, Past President of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and one of the first teachers to bring the Suzuki Method to the US. She has studied with Bill Preucil, Jr. at the Eastman School of Music, Charlie Castleman for three summers at The Quartet Program, and for two years with soloist and chamber musician Benny Kim. She has also had intensive chamber music coachings from members of the Cleveland, Orion, and Emerson Quartets, among others. She has been a member of and/or performed on violin with professional symphonies and free-lance groups across the country. Locally, she has performed with many groups including the North Carolina Symphony, NC Opera, and the Carolina Ballet. Lyda made her viola performance debut in July 2011. When she is not teaching or performing, Lyda spends her time traveling, working in the yard or running. Lyda holds a BA in Middle East studies from Occidental College and an MM in Violin Performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Contact her at lyda@tristrings.com. 

Please sign up and pay for lessons below

At any time, you may update payment information and manage your account details in the “My Account” section at the top of this website. Please email dana@tristrings.com with any questions regarding private lessons, Montessori, or group lessons.

All classes are full for the 2017 Spring Semester. Please stay tuned for Summer and Fall session information!

Heartwood Montessori:  Thursdays, 11:15am – 12:00pm (Ages 3 to 6)

Triangle Montessori:  Thursdays, 2:00pm – 2:30pm (Ages 3 to 6)

Renaissance Montessori:  Mondays, 11:00am – 11:45am (Ages 3 to 6)

Suzuki of the Triangle (SofT), Pretwinkle: Thursdays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm @ Triangle Strings. $120 per semester

Suzuki of the Triangle (SofT), Book 1 and 2: Thursdays, 5:00pm – 5:45pm @ Triangle Strings. $120 per semester

For private studio lessons please contact Dana Friedli and Lyda Cruden directly. For a comprehensive list of teachers in the Triangle, contact office@tristrings.com.