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Doris Harrel, SAA Teacher Trainer



Suzuki Association of the Americas  Piano Teacher Trainer

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Phone: 512-392-1666

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Dr. Doris Leland Harrel earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano from the Julliard School of Music and the Doctor’s Degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Her long career as a pianist-teacher has included appointments to the faculties of several colleges and universities, including the Universities of Texas as Austin, San Antonio, and Tyler, as well as Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.

Following extensive training in Suzuki pedagogy, she taught a large class of students ranging in age from three and one-half to eighteen in her private studio in San Marcos. Many of those students became consistent winners in piano competitions throughout Texas.

As a Suzuki teacher-trainer she has served in that capacity at workshops and institutes in Arizona, Florida, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, California, Washington, Minnesota, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and several locations in Texas. At present she conducts long-term teacher training programs in Houston and in Central Texas-Austin, San Antonio, San Marcos region. In January of 1993 she served as teacher-trainer for the Santiago, Chile, and Lima, Peru, Suzuki Teachers.

Dr. Harrel is the author of “A Plan for Better Sight Reading”, published in the spring 1978 issue of Piano Quarterly. The article described experiments in reading improvement with the use of a tachistoscope.

She has been active in professional I organizations in addition to the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has served as President of the San Antonio Music Teachers Association, and in 1988 was named “Teacher of the Year” by Austin Area Music Teachers’ Association.

Dr. Harrel was Chairperson for the Piano Sector of the 1994 Teachers’ Conference of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. At the 1996 Conference, she was Master Teacher for students in Books III through VII.

In May 1995, the Austin District Music Teachers’ Association nominated Doris Harrel for the Outstanding Pre-College Teaching Achievement Award of the Texas Music Teachers’ Association.