Patricia Licetti has been teaching in the Princeton area since 1985. She studied the Suzuki Method under the direction of Linda Fiore, Dr. William Starr, Dr. John Kendall, and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. She has served as Suzuki String Department Head at Westminster Conservatory, Director of Instrumental Music at Stuart Day School, and Co-Director of the State-Wide Suzuki Festival from 1985-2001. She taught at music festivals across the country in CA, CO, GA, NC, NY, PA, TN, VA and UT. Her students hosted the Ottawa Strings on a Friendship Tour, which included performances in Philadelphia and the United Nations, and were selected to perform at the Governors Awards, televised from McCarter Theatre with Governor Kean.
Patricia Licetti started the Giocoso String Program in 1997. After opening, she had a contest among the students to name the program. They knew her favorite Book 1 piece was “The Happy Farmer” which is marked Giocoso (the musical term meaning playful, joyful, exuberant). The program was named after this term, and the rest was history!
As my returning students are fully aware of this, I need to let new students know. I was attacked while walking my dog in July 2012, by a dog who was on an invisible fence containment system. I have not been able to stand to perform or walk without a cane ever since. I love teaching your children to play the violin as well as they can. I must ask that any students’ family who adds a pet to their family not use one of these systems. I can not teach a student whose family is shocking a dog just to stay in their yard. If you are thinking of getting a pet dog or have one of these systems, please see me, I can give you information on the best trainers in the area and the best ways to keep your dog and all your neighbors safe. If you live in a neighborhood whose association only allows electric shock fences, I challenge you to seek out the best legal experts and get your association to change their policies. Thank You for understanding my policy.
After receiving her B.A. in Music Education, Barbara Greenberg took the two-year teacher training course in Suzuki violin with Louise Behrend at The School for Strings in New York, completing it in 1977. She has taken subsequent training with numerous teachers such as Miss Mori, John Kendall, Helen Brunner, Ronda Cole, and Linda Case. Other pedagogy teachers have been Mimi Zweig and teachers trained by Paul Rolland. She has studied Alexander Technique and Body Mapping with Barbara Conable, Heather Buchanan, and Jennifer Johnson. Having recovered from an arm injury, she brings a personal perspective on body issues to her playing and teaching. Barbara created the West Windsor-Plainsboro Community Education Suzuki Program, directing it for 24 years. She has also taught and directed the Suzuki Program at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ. She has been a clinician for and co-directed numerous weekend Suzuki workshops in NJ and has taught at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute. In 2010 and 2011 she presented at the national ASTA Conference on violin and viola setups, with emphasis on the needs of younger students. Barbara has been quoted in STRINGS magazine on instrument sizing and chinrest/shoulder pad set up. She currently works with Frisch and Denig Chinrests fitting violinists and violists of all ages. Barbara is active as a fiddler for Contra and English Country dance, performing in the U.S, U.K. and Europe, and she has recorded 7 albums of dance music. Her goals as a teacher are to bring out the musical potential in each child, with good technique and a love for creating beauty. Ms. Greenberg teaches in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Peter Pezzino has his BM in Violin & Viola Performance sums cum laude from the Berklee College of Music where he was the winner of the Berklee College of Music Grant and North American Scholarship Tour. He also received his MA in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a special interest in Traditional Scottish Music. His love of performing has led him to many opportunities. He wrote, arranged, produced and performed as a Soloist with the MSO’s Celtic Concert. He was an instructor, clinician for the Peter Rollands Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. Mr. Pezzino is a Visiting Artist at the Berklee College of Music in Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton Traditional Music. He is on the Editorial Board of Berklee’s FUSION Magazine and performs on Violin, Harp, and Voice with the Donnelly Band – a Group exploring Sounds in Celtic and Old Time Music. He has taught at Desert Ridge High School in Arizona, Cornerstone Music Studios, Musical Arts, and Bordentown Regional School District. Mr. Pezzino is a Music Performer for the Farmingdale United Methodist Church and is Director of the Bloomfield High School Orchestra Program. Mr. Pezzino was recently featured on Irish Public Radio!