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 its policies. Thank You for understanding my policy.