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Faculty / Margaret Coote


Violin, Suzuki violin, Viola, Suzuki viola, Chamber

Margaret Ellen Coote is a native of Northern California. She graduated from San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California, where she was a member of the pre-professional Virtuoso Program for strings. Margaret is a dedicated teacher of violin and viola with a special love for chamber music, who loves teaching both children and adults. Margaret is interested in the creative process in all its forms. As a musician, visual artist, and writer, Margaret is fascinated by the intersection of all these art forms, in herself and in her students. She is also dedicated to promoting physical and emotional well-being in her students. Margaret practices yoga and is a student of the Alexander Technique. 

Margaret maintains a full violin and viola studio at the Kanack School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she also leads the Advanced Viola Ensemble and coaches chamber and orchestral music. She is a regular faculty member at the SCOR! chamber music camp for adults. She previously taught violin and viola at the Eastman Community Music School and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Margaret trained in Suzuki pedagogy with Judy Bossuat and Edmund Sprunger, and in Creative Ability Development with Alice Kanack. She also studied violin pedagogy with Zaven Melikian. While living in Berkeley, California, Margaret directed a violin education program for 4th and 5th graders at underserved public schools in the Bay Area, an outreach undertaking by the New Century Chamber Orchestra.


Margaret holds a masters degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with George Taylor. While at Eastman, Margaret was given the Jerald C. Graue award for excellence in musicology, and served as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Musicology. 


Margaret holds a Bachelors degree in German language and literature from Swarthmore College. Margaret received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English at the Nordpfalzgymnasium in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. Margaret is a translator who has worked on many diverse projects, including a translation of three Rilke poems which were set to music by contemporary composer Rachael Hutchings. Along with her mother Polly Coote, Margaret translated and adapted the opera Gomorra by Austrian composer HK Gruber. The translation was commissioned and staged by Contemporary Opera Marin. 


Margaret maintains a mostly-art blog, Margaret Creates, and takes commissions for artwork. She is a voice student of Teryle Watson, and is the lead singer for her mostly-jazz band, Flew the Coot. 


Creative Ability + Music = Musicality,
Musicality + Technical Facility = Artistry