Because I place the utmost importance on the continuation of our beautiful tradition of teaching string music, I decided to work for string teachers around the world. We have been working hard to build a new type of resource which connects us in a kind, personal, educational link designed to help teachers reach their goals and live their best lives. By connecting the main learning themes of life balance/mindset, tech, and pedagogy, the Royal String Teacher Association Worldwide delivers specially curated content in the form of SuperTopics through the monthly membership to teachers around the world. As much of what we do and struggle with are universal, I saw a need to create something that could serve every string teacher who wants to be their best who is willing to do so using English as the main learning language.
To be honest, growing up I had several teachers who were not prepared for teaching, which left a lasting negative effect on my early training, and I wished there were something like this that could have helped those teachers and me too as I started my career in teaching strings.
What colleagues and students say…
I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working next to Bonny for the past five years. During this time, I have seen her open students’ worlds through music by being patient, precise, and remarkably positive. Teaching comes as naturally to her as playing music. She has an innate ability for inspiring and motivating her students to stretch their imaginations (and their fingers) into the rhythms and melody of music. They are lucky to have her, and I’ve been fortunate to have worked beside her.
-Darcie O’Shea – Ex-military/veteran, teaching wonder/multi-tasking-organized-team-supporter who makes her own momentum
Bonny is a talented and competent musician and an experienced teacher in a variety of situations. She is intelligent, fearless, and sensitive to others. I have great faith in her ability to handle any teaching situation. She is a very valuable music educator. –
Ian Edlund – String Teacher; Owner, String Instrument Specialists in Olympia, WA (RIP)
I am pleased to write for Ms. Bonny Buckley as an administrator of the Livingston American School of Shanghai. I have known Bonny five years and am very aware of her work as a teacher of stringed instruments in Washington State. She is an accomplished violist, has many insights into educational process for developing strong performance skills, discipline and sense of purpose plus language skills unique among her peers. It seems to be a remarkable fit for your school.
-Bob Culver – Professor Emeritus at The University of Michigan; The School of Music, Theater and Dance
“I wanted to let you know that you seem to be the perfect fit for Katja. It’s amazing how patient you are with her and you’re so good at making her comfortable. I’m already seeing a difference in her confidence. She’s not as afraid of making mistakes. Thank you!”
Jessie – parent of a violin student
“Dear Mrs. Bonny, I would like to thank you for teaching me violin this year. I learned a lot.” Tom – former student
“Amazing Bonny! Thank you so much! And I also want to take a moment to extend my serious gratitude for your time in teaching me these last few months. This means the world to me. I used to have to memorize where to put my fingers when it came to chords but now I am starting to have a real understanding for the guitar. I have a lot of work ahead of me when it comes to singing/playing, but you’ve given me a stronger grasp of how to play than I ever thought I would have, again, this means the world to me.” Travis – former student
Orchestras in which Bonny has performed include
Shanghai Opera Orchestra
Nanjing National Orchestra (formerly Nanjing Song and Dance Theater)
Shanghai Baroque Soloists
Shanghai International Choral League Orchestra
American Festival Orchestra (China Tour 2019-2020)
Deutschordensmünster Kammerorchester (Heilbronn, Germany)
Junge Suddeutsch Philharmonie Orchester
Laudamus Te Orchester (Stuttgart, Germany)
Washington East Opera Company
Yakima Symphony Orchestra
Longy Chamber Orchestra
Central Washington University Orchestra
Why listen to Bonny?
Coming from a musical family, my mother taught accordion, organ, and piano and my grandmother played violin for many years in the Yakima Civic Symphony. I taught strings as an orchestra director and string teacher for grades 5-12 in the Sunnyside, WA school district (USA)–obtaining both the initial and professional teaching certificate through Washington State–music and strings at the high school, middle school and elementary levels as Director of Music and Fine Arts at the Shanghai Livingston American School in China; violin, viola, and guitar after school at the International School of Stuttgart in Sindelfingen; and privately in SuperStrings Studio, in Germany and worldwide. I pride myself not only on the success of my students’ musicianship, but on the relationships that learning, performing, and teaching strings brings to all of our lives.
Principal teachers whom I studied with include Peter Kaman (studied with Galamian), Dana Pomerantz-Mazurkevich (studied with David Oistrakh), Clayton Hoener (studied with Roman Totenberg). I was admitted to the Longy School of Music by Roman Totenberg, graduating with an Undergraduate Diploma as well as Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance cum Laude from Emerson College while the Longy School had a cooperative program with Emerson. Roman Totenberg’s comment after my audition was “Are you sure you are old enough for this program?” Working part time at Harvard University Division of Continuing Education while studying allowed me to eat, be insured, and take courses through Harvard and MIT that would count toward my degree. Prior to majoring in music, I studied physics at Central Washington University while playing in the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and taking lessons from Peter Kaman in the Seattle Symphony.
In 2007, through the Aardvark String Quartet in Central Washington State, I produced an album “Tranquillo: A Northwest Celebration” of light classics, the type of music often played at weddings and parties. I have also taught English for adults at the Volkshochschule Böblingen-Sindelfingen, in private companies in Germany, and for high school students at Cambridge International Education at the Nanjing Normal University Suzhou Experimental School. One of my first teaching jobs was actually in China, teaching violin to undergraduates at Nanjing Normal University.
Awards I have earned include the Boston Mayor’s Award for InternationalCultural Exchange with Irpinia, Italy; Teacher of the Year at Shanghai Livingston American School, and the Award for Distinguished Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty also at SLAS. Bonny has guided student groups who won prizes at the local and state level for large and small chamber ensembles.
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