Performer and Pedagogue
Isabelle Innocenti, a Chicago native and daughter of two Suzuki string teachers, started her violin studies at age three, and went on to study violin at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald and David Bowlin. A social justice advocate as well as musician, she also received a B.A. in Environmental Justice from Oberlin College. She is adept in both modern and baroque violin, and has played with many orchestras in the area such as Baroque Band, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. She also plays Viola da Gamba and has performed with Chicago's viol consort group, The Second City Musick.
An active teacher in the Chicago area, she has taught at The People’s Music School, Chicago West Community Music Center, and was owner and Faculty at South Side Suzuki Cooperative in Hyde Park for five years. Ms. Innocenti completed her Masters degree in Violin Performance at DePaul University, and went on to obtain her teaching license and Certificate in Music Education from DePaul.
An avid pedagogue, Ms. Innocenti has done extensive teacher training including Suzuki Violin books 1-10 with Ed Kreitman et al, Indiana University’s Violin and Viola Teacher’s Pedagogy training with Mimi Zweig, and Mark O’Connor Method Teacher Training with Pamela Wiley. Her teaching style is organized, structured and fun, balancing focused work with play and exploration. Also a trained yoga teacher, Ms. Innocenti incorporates awareness of body movement in her teaching, always seeking to help her students reach their potential with healthy habits.