Karin Hallberg, Ph.D.

Principal Lecturer in Violin Pedagogy
Coordinator of the Suzuki Strings Program
Northern Arizona University School of Music


Karin Hallberg, Ph. D. is Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Violin II of the Flagstaff Symphony and a regular performer in the NAU Faculty Chamber Music Series.   While living in Minneapolis, she regularly performed with the Minnesota Opera, the Plymouth Music Series, and the Minnesota Composer's Forum.  Her teachers include James Maurer, Paul Rolland, Stephen Clapp, Sergiu Luca, James and Jacquelyn Maurer, William Starr, John Kendall, Louise Behrand, Mark Bjork, and Dr. Louise Scott.  


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Educational Background

Dr. Hallberg aquired her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Learning and Instruction from Northern Arizona University.  She received her Master of Education in Counseling and Human Relations from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts  degree with a Suzuki Pedagogy emphasis from the University of Denver.  She earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver. 


Teaching Experience

Dr. Hallberg is currently Senior Lecturer of violin, Suzuki Pedagogy.  She is also the coordinator of the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy Suzuki Strings Program.   Additionally, Dr. Hallberg is an adjunct instructor in the NAU College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology.  She teaches applied theories of learning to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Her research is on the impact of early instrumental musical instruction using the Suzuki approach on working memory and attention in kindergarten children.

Dr. Hallberg is coordinator, instructor, and grant writer for a K-2 Suzuki String Program at Marshall Magnet Elementary School, a Title 1 elementary school.  The Marshall Suzuki program is featured in the ASTA publication String Teaching in America: Strategies for a Diverse Society (2005).  This program received the Arizona Governor arts Award in 2012, and is funded by the Catherine B. Adel Foundation.  From 2007 - 2008, she was the Interim Director of the Community Music Institute and String Pedagogy Instructor at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  Dr. Hallberg was an instructor of violin at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis from 1986 - 1994. 

Dr. Hallberg was a recipient of the VIOLA Arts Educator award from the Flagstaff Arts Council in 2014.  Adittionally, she received the Shar Distinguished Young Teacher Award in 1986.


Music Mind Games Conference Presentations

Creating Music Literacy through Games with Kari Lapins, Kristen Tourville, and Michiko Yurko, creator of Music Mind Games: Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference Presentation, May 2018 in Minneapolis, MN


Music Mind Games Teacher Training and Student Workshops

Music Mind Games Unit 1.1 curriculum to NAU students and children's classes at the Community Music Suzuki Strings Program, 2016 - present.

Suzuki Association of Minnesota Unit 1.1 with Michiko Yurko, Dr. Karin Hallberg, and Kristin Tourville: Teacher and Student Classes, October 2017 in Minneapolis, MN


Music Mind Games Training 

Unit 1 Retreat: June 2016 in Kensington, MD

Unit 2 with Michiko Yurko, Creator: January 2012 in Sedona, AZ

Unit 1 with Michiko Yurko, Creator: March - April 2011 in Flagstaff, AZ


Guest Clinician and Workshops

Dr. Hallberg has taught as a guest clinician at Suzuki Workshops in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.  She has also taught in Bermuda and Puerto Rico. In June 2018, she presented a paper at an International Symposium in Athens, Greece.