Eric Davenport, M.M.Ed

Eric wants children to enjoy the accomplishment of not only learning to play the violin, but learning to play it well.

He has experience teaching violin lessons at large music schools, public schools, private schools, private studios, and even a Suzuki School in Peru.  Although he has experience teaching middle and high school orchestra, elementary general music and chorus, his emphasis has always been on teaching the violin using both the traditional and the Suzuki Violin method.

Eric’s wide range of experience teaching Suzuki Violin lessons and his formal education in the Suzuki Violin method have convinced him that:

The very young, ages 2 1/2 to 5, benefit the most and are developmentally primed for violin lessons. 

Reasons for an early start: 

    • Most fundamental motor patterns emerge before the age of 5 and are merely stabilized beyond that age.
    • Young children love repetition and can be captivated by learning something new, slowly but thoroughly.
    • They love pleasing their parents with their new learning.
    • As young children learn the skills to play an instrument as challenging as a violin, they are working on their attention and memory skills, both valuable for academic learning.


University of Wisconsin-Madison – Bachelor of Arts

Shenandoah University Conservatory – Bachelor of Music

University of Georgia – Master of Music Education

Suzuki Training:

Eric is a registered Suzuki Violin teacher and has taken 14 Suzuki training workshops and classes.

Every Child Can! – Ronda Cole – 2004

Violin Unit 1 – Nancy Lokken  – 2003

Violin Unit 1 – Ronda Cole – 2004

Violin Unit 2 – Edmund Sprunger – 2005

Violin Unit 3 – Linda Case – 2009

Violin Unit 4 – Vera McCoy-Sulentic – 2009

Violin Unit 5 – Edward Kreitman – 2013

Violin Unit 6 – Alice Joy Lewis – 2014

Violin Unit 7 – Katherine Wood – 2017

Violin Unit 8 – Carol Dallinger – 2015

Fundamental Violin Technique and Overview Units 1-5 – Ronda Cole – 2010

The Development of Bowing Technique, Twinkles to Eccles: Violin – Alice Joy Lewis – 2014

The Development of Left Hand Techniques  from Twinkles thorough Eccles – Alice Joy Lewis – 2015

Practicum– Christie Felsing – 2016

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Prenatal and early Years, Stage 1 –  Sharon Jones – 2016

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Prenatal and early Years, Stage 2 –  Sharon Jones – 2017

Eric’s credentials with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Other Training:

Music Mind Games – Unit 1 – Michiko Yurko – 2015 (Music Theory)

Music Mind Games – Unit 2 – Michio Yurko – 2016

Professional Experiences:

Adjudicated music festivals for individual performers and orchestra performances.

Performed with many ensembles including the University of Richmond Orchestra and the Bon Air Chamber Players.

Taught Suzuki violin lessons in Peru at the Latin American Suzuki Institute in Lima and at a private Suzuki school in Cuzco in 2013 for eight months.

Published in the American Suzuki Journal, article entitled,Beckett and Suzuki.”

Eric’s Suzuki Violin studio in Reston serves students in Northern Virginia with easy access from Ashburn, Chantilly, Fairfax, Great Falls, Herndon, Manassas, and Sterling.

Suzuki Violin teacher