Violinist Shelby Dems is a Suzuki & Traditional violin teacher from Syracuse NY who strives to inspire students and parents to enjoy practicing while learning how to problem-solve and find their voice. She encompasses breathing & stretching to guide students in bringing calming awareness to their body for improved performances and mental clarity. Shelby has 20+ years of performing and teaching experience where she’s traveled to perform, teach, and study in New York, Rhode Island, Texas, & internationally in Bermuda, France, among more. She received her Master’s degree at Ithaca College in Suzuki Pedagogy and Violin Performance, and her Bachelor’s from Syracuse University in Violin Performance. Her phenomenal teachers include Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Calvin Wiersma, Harumi Rhodes, Ed Kreitman, Kimberly Meier-Sims, and James Hutchins.