Carrie Reuning-Hummel serves as the coordinator of the graduate Suzuki Pedagogy degree at Ithaca College. She is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).
Carrie has a long history within the Suzuki movement. She began the study of the violin at the age of five with her parents, Joan and Sanford Reuning, as one of the first Suzuki students in the U.S. She was fortunate to have numerous opportunities to study with Shinichi Suzuki as a child.
Carrie has taught at hundreds of institutes and workshops throughout the continental U.S. as well as in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Israel. In 1986 she was honored to receive the Shar Distinguished Young Teacher Award. She served on the national Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas for six years and currently teaches privately at the Ithaca Talent Education Suzuki School in Ithaca, NY.
Carrie received a BA in Psychology from the University of Iowa and an MS in Communications from Ithaca College. She is a professional violinist and violist, and an active performer, having studied with violin and viola teachers such as Pamela Gearhart, Louise Behrend, and William Preucil Sr. In addition, she has studied at various summer programs such as The Quartet Program with Charles Castleman, The Round Top Festival with Ida Kavafian and Donald Weilerstein, and the Taos Chamber Music Festival, with coachings from the American String Quartet and pianist Robert McDonald.
Carrie currently performs on viola with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and supervises the orchestra’s outreach program – visiting 35 second-grade classrooms each year.
Carrie home-schooled her two children and is especially interested in exploring parent/child practice partnerships with families. She has written a book called Time To Practice: A Companion for Parents.