Instructor Biography:


Shirley Klafter



Shirley Klafter started playing violin at age 7, and has maintained a regular interest in pursuing and participating in musical groups wherever her life has taken her. Highlights have been: Nebraska All State Orchestras throughout her high school years; UNL orchestra while pursuing pre-nursing classes; the Hastings (Nebraska) Civic Symphony; and the Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Community Orchestra. She currently is the principal 2nd violinist in the Wayne State College orchestra, and plays oboe parts (on violin) in the annual Dynamite Duo and the Sparklers July 4th concert!


Shirley has been teaching violin through Midwest Music since 2014, but her training for teaching comes through an informal route: 14 years as a pediatric nurse, which involved regular family instruction; 21 years of Home Education to her four children with different learning styles and needs; teaching home school co-op classes in science and writing; and various experiences with individual private students over the years. Her teaching style is student centered, and she uses Suzuki method books primarily, but supplements with O’Connor and various books to facilitate each student’s progress.


At this point, Shirley only teaches students age seven or older. Consideration will be given for the younger child who has already begun Suzuki training elsewhere and upon demonstration of a good readiness to continue.