About Edie


During her many trips to Japan, Edie has trained extensively with Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki Method.  Although some of her students have chosen music as a career, Edie's main goals are to help her students to love the violin, play well, enjoy music, and for music to enrich their lives. 

Edie currently offers the following on a weekly basis:

  • Introductory Group lessons
  • Private lessons
  • Sibling lessons
  • Parent/child lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • Advanced Ensemble
Edie Bennett with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
Edie Bennett with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
Matsumoto, Japan

Over 35 years Suzuki Method teaching experience

  • Bennett Suzuki Violin Studio of Portland
  • Beaverton Schools: elementary string specialist


Additional experience working with children:

  • Cherub Choir Director:  Rose City Park United Methodist Church for several years
  • English Teacher:  Foreign Language School (Japan) for one year


Private Teachers:


Education and Teacher Training:

  • Long-term teacher training with Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan
  • Bachelors Degree with Double major: Arts & Letters (Music) & Elementary Education
  • Teaching License: Music & Classroom
  • Masters Degree: Education


Professional Performances


  • Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  • Oregon Symphony
  • Sapporo Symphony
  • Salem Symphony
  • Portland Festival Symphony
  • Portland Opera Orchestra
  • West Coast Champber Orchestra
  • Oregon Ballet Theater
  • Winnipeg Ballet
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Peter Britt Music Festival