About Meghan

Meghan Coil started Suzuki violin lessons in kindergarten, in a public Montessori school in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and studied violin and fiddle with Dr. Andy Carlson, performing regularly and in various ensembles, most notably in the bluegrass band “The Granvillbillies” and the college orchestra, serving as section leader and eventually concertmaster.  In 2002, she and Dr. Carlson co-presented “Fiddling for Classical Violinists” at the Suzuki Association of the Americas biennial conference in Minneapolis.   Meghan graduated from Denison with a B.A. in English and a Performer’s Certificate in violin. 

After graduation, Meghan began her Suzuki teacher training and taught violin in the Denison University Suzuki Program.  In 2004, Meghan moved to Pennsylvania to teach in State College Suzuki Program.  One of the highlights of her tenure at SCSP was the opportunity to accompany a group of advanced students to the 14th World Suzuki Convention in Turin, Italy in 2006.  While teaching in State College, Meghan was a member of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and played the fiddle in the three-piece Crabapple String Band.  She also played the occasional contra dance and served as a volunteer host/DJ for "The Folk Show” on the local NPR station, WPSU fm.   

Meghan took a break from teaching in 2007 to pursue interests in food and farming.  After a magical six-month internship on an organic beef and hay farm in rural Pennsylvania, and a year of culinary school in Cincinnati, Ohio, however, she found herself working in education again, this time in a public Montessori high school as a one-on-one aid for a student with autism. 

Over the years, Meghan has enjoyed performing in theatrical productions needing switch-hitting fiddler/violinists for shows such as I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, James Joyce’s “The Dead,” Cotton Patch Gospel,  and Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  In 2012 she performed in the Oregon Children’s Theatre’s world premiere production of The Storm in the Barn, with original music composed by Portland band Black Prairie.

Meghan moved to Portland in 2010 and in 2012 resumed violin teaching in the Portland Suzuki Project at Beach Elementary School.  In January 2013 she started her private studio, Breathe Suzuki Studio, in North Portland.  Locally she has performed with Mr. Ben, bluegrass band The Barnburners, and Red Yarn

Meghan has taught preschool, elementary, middle, and high school age students, as well as adults.  She has completed Suzuki Teacher Training with Carrie Reuning-Hummel (Units 1A and 1B), Edward Kreitman (Units 2&3), Edmund Sprunger (Unit 4), Teri Einfeldt (Practicum), and Betsy Stuen-Walker (Viola Units 1&2) and in 2006 was awarded a scholarship by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.   She maintains active membership in the SAA and the Oregon Suzuki Association.   In 2015 Meghan was invited to teach as a guest clinician at the annual Suzuki Violin workshop at Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle. 

Meghan is committed to ongoing professional development.  In 2013 she became certified in the O’Connor Violin Method in order to blend best practices from both the Suzuki and O’Connor methods in her teaching.  In 2015 she completed "Suzuki Principles in Action," a course that guides teachers in evaluating their effectiveness and identifies specific avenues for growth.