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Ryan Caparella is a dedicated educator of the violin and viola. Ryan's teaching philosophy is strongly rooted in the idea promoted by the great pedagogue and humanitarian Shin'ichi Suzuki that first and foremost, music be a tool to enrich the soul and create better humans beings; Ryan ascribes adamantly  to the idea that all children are capable of achieving great things when provided the right tools and a supportive environment.    

Ryan has served on the faculty of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School since 2012, where he maintains a studio of 40 students from ages 3-18, leads the school Viola Choir, and co-directs an annual Summer Chamber Music Camp. Ryan has also served on the faculty of the Atlanta Suzuki Institute since 2020, and is a frequent guest clinician and adjudicator around Chicagoland and the US. Before moving to Chicago, Ryan taught for the Elizabeth Faidley Studio. Ryan also maintains a small studio out of his home in Oak Park.

Ryan completed his Long Term Training in Suzuki Pedagogy with Teri Einfeldt at The Hartt School, and has pursued additional pedagogical study with Edward Kreitman, Elizabeth Faidley, Nancy Jackson, and Doris Preucil.  In 2013, Ryan was invited to present at the American String Teachers’ Association National Conference. In 2017, Ryan was a recipient of the Suzuki Association of America's Certificate of Achievement, a designation recognizing teachers with a commitment to life‐long learning and self‐improvement.

Ryan holds a Masters of Music in violin performance from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where he studied violin with Katie Lansdale and Elizabeth Faidley, and a Bachelors of Music in violin performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he studied with Glenn Basham and Scott Flavin. Ryan attended summer chamber music festivals across the country, collaborating with talented peers  under the tutelage of many accomplished artists, including current and former members of the Emerson Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber ​Orchestra, and Borodin Quartet.

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