After completing a Master's degree in Music History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ms. Hopkins moved to Florida to continue teaching strings, general music, chorus, and band. A teacher for over 30 years, she has taught at several schools in both Wisconsin and Florida. Most recently she studied at the University of Salamanca, Spain completing courses in Spanish guitar, Spanish music history, and conversational Spanish. Her main instruments are the cello and violin, although the cello is her main area of performance. Ms. Hopkins is currently a member of Vero Beach Chamber orchestra, and continues to teach violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, and beginning piano private lessons in the Treasure Coast area. She holds degrees in Music Education, Music History (musicology) and has completed the course work for a pre-vet degree. Other certifications include a teaching certificate in Orff-Schulwerk music education. Her memberships include NAFME, FEMA, and the Florida Orchestra Association. In her free time she enjoys her pets, and searching for fossils or rocks.
I believe it is our job as educators to find and foster the valuable talents of young musicians. This education includes learning about the diverse music styles of the world. It is important for music education to be an engaging, hands-on process that will ignite a life-long curiosity to continue learning.
Music is life; that's why our hearts have beats"