“Teaching is a performing art.” This is the motto of the music department at my alma mater, Central Washington University. For me, this quote says all I need to say about myself as a musician. I am a teacher and because of that I am also a performer. As a music teacher to a student, I will always be performing for you. I believe that it is my job to teach a student about life as well as music. Taking private violin or viola lessons includes learning responsibility, respect, initiative, preparedness, as well as how to play the violin or viola.
Kathryn Kibbe is a very bright musician, always eager to learn new things and also eager to teach. Kathryn started playing the violin when she was 9 years old and eventually switched to the viola at age 13. After a year or so playing the viola in her youth symphony, Kathryn made the official switch to the viola as her primary instrument that she would take through college.
Ms. Kibbe received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Central Washington University in 2015 where she studied with Timothy Betts. She then went on to complete her Master's Degree in Viola Performance at Bowling Green State University in 2018 under the tutelage of Matthew McBride-Daline. During her time at Bowling Green, Ms. Kibbe performed in masterclasses with Yizhak Schotten, Caroline Coade, and Rachel Barton-Pine.
Although Ms. Kibbe has only 5 years of teaching under her belt, she teaches with the patience and tenacity of a life-long teacher. The books that she uses for her students include the Suzuki Method, Mazas and Kreutzer, Wohlfahrt and Whistler, Flesch and Primrose, and many more. She spends a lot of time on getting her students set up correctly so that they are able to progress faster and with more ease as they become more advanced. Through her private lessons, Ms. Kibbe gives her students as much advice on the art of practicing so they will someday be able to learn music without any help.
Currently, Ms. Kibbe enjoys taking on both violin and viola students of all ages, beginning level through advanced. She also performs as a member of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and substitutes on both instruments with many other regional ensembles . Ms. Kibbe loves to crochet, powerlift, garden, fish, and take her dog Lady on walks in her spare time.