Faculty

Shana Guidi owns and operates the Monarch Suzuki Academy. In addition to maintaining the daily operations of the school, she has a violin studio, teaches early childhood music classes at Monarch. She is a regular performer and workshop clinician in the central Texas area.

Before opening MSA in 2008, Shana taught orchestra and Suzuki violin at McKelvey elementary school in the Parkway School district in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2004, she recieved her Masters degree in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied violin with Brian Lewis and music education and research with Dr. Robert Duke, Dr. Laurie Scott, and Dr. Eugenia Costa-Giomi. While at the University of Texas, Shana was involved with the UT string project, where she was the director of the Suzuki preschool program in addition to teaching music theory, technique and repertoire classes, and private lessons.

Shana received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and completed her long-term Suzuki teacher training with Carol Dallinger at the University of Evansville. Shana is a registered teacher for books one through eight and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Before beginning her undergraduate studies, Shana studied with Winifred Crock in St. Louis, where she began playing Suzuki violin at the age of three. Currently, she is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Texas Music Educators Association, and the American String Teachers Association.

In her free time, Shana enjoys spending time with her husband, David, who is a teacher and administrator at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and their two daughters, Charlotte, who is five years old and plays the violin and Eleanor, who is one year old and a boisterous and joyful participant in Monarch’s early childhood music classes!

Beth Ringel holds the degree of Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, Connecticut).   While at Hartt, Beth received her first exposure to the Suzuki method as well as the successes a well-organized program could have, and was motivated to complete the two-year teacher training course for Suzuki Cello with Pamela Devenport.  She continued her musical education at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she received the Master of Music in Cello Performance in 2006. While in Colorado, Beth maintained a private Suzuki studio, as well as teaching cello through Continuing Education at CU and the Parlando School for the Arts and chamber music for Boulder Suzuki Strings.

Beth performs as a duo with her husband, pianist Alex Maynegre, and has performed in orchestras in Texas, Colorado, North Carolina and Connecticut.  As a strong believer in life-long learning, she is currently studying the banjo. She also participates in Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes with her two-year old son, Oscar.  Beth is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and a registered teacher for Suzuki Cello Books 1-10.

Rixi Rosenberg-Melton has more than 25 years of music study and performance experience in Austin. She began with 7 years classical training on piano with Dr. Betsy Parker (just around the block from Monarch) leading into a long relationship with the guitar. She has also, since, revisited the violin. Rixi holds Suzuki guitar certification, books 1-3 under the expertise of Suzuki guitar teacher-trainer, Andrea Cannon. She began studying the classical guitar amidst a decade’s long pursuit of traditional music, in which time she won second place in a mountain flat-picking competition. She continues to travel to music festivals to learn and share various styles of music.

Rixi earned a B.A. of liberal arts with a focus in classical civilizations at U.T., Austin.  She has been teaching guitar for over two years and has enjoyed being a Monarch Suzuki parent for more than four years.  She brings that parent experience to her teaching, with first-hand knowledge of the teacher-student-parent triangle.

Alex Caplis-Tuttle PhotoAlexandra Caplis-Tuttle receives her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas in August 2014. Alex has acted as Concertmaster of both the Texas State Symphony and the Texas State Opera Orchestras and enjoys performing with the Myriad String Quartet.

Alex instructs group classes and conducts private lessons for the Texas State University Strings Project, where she led their first preschool class. In addition to maintaining her own private studio and leading beginning technique classes for groups of the Mariachi Infantil, she acts as an annual guest clinician at Judson Middle School. During the summer, she acts as a counselor for the Texas State Strings Camp, where she has had the opportunity to coach chamber music, lead violin sectionals, assist in the preparation of All-State etudes, and teach classes in Music History and Music Theory.

Alex is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American String Teacher’s Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association. She completed the Suzuki Book 1 teacher training course with Dr. Laurie Scott, Pedagogy Professor at University of Texas, and plans on pursuing certifications for all of the Suzuki violin books. Alex recently participated in a masterclass conducted by Dr. Steven Redfield, and has participated in masterclasses conducted by performers from the Juilliard School both as a chamber musician and solo violinist. She has studied privately with Dr. Lynn F. Ledbetter at Texas State, Mr. Long Zhou of the San Antonio Symphony, and the late Mr. Clive Amor.

GetFileAttachmentBorn and raised in Cuba in a family of musicians, Ivette Gomez Capote started her piano studies at the age of 5 years. During her piano studies, she participated in several contests and festivals graduating in the class of the pianist and Cuban composer Andres Alen.
Ivette received her Bachelor degree of Music with a concentration in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Arts in Havana in 2005.
From 2002 to 2008 she collaborated with important orchestras in Cuba, choirs, soloists as well as children and young pianists. For three years she worked as a Conductor assistant of the Holguin Symphony Orchestra.
Her experience as a piano teacher began at the age eighteen as an assistant of the professor Rosalia Capote in Havana. As a teacher, she is very demanding and focused in each goal, considers the individual needs of each student, and involves  parents as a part of the education as way to obtain the best result. Ivette enjoys teaching the Suzuki Method so she has focused on pedagogy in the last few years. She is a registered teacher and member of the Suzuki association of the Americas since 2013.