ROSE THOMPSON founded Harding's Strings Program in 2015, where she teaches Chamber Strings, curricular middle school strings classes, and private lessons. For 8 years, she has taught violin students of all ages and levels, as well as piano and voice students, in Nashville, TN and Naperville, IL. Many have gone on to win competitions, All-State seats, and even become music teachers themselves. Rose is earning her Master in Music Education from Vanderbilt’s Peabody School through the MA5 Program. There she serves as Alto Section Leader in Vanderbilt’s premier Chorale, President of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, Secretary of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and is on the founding board of the Vanderbilt chapter of Harmonies for the Elderly. Additionally, she won the Best Teacher award at Appel Farm Arts Camp for her work in starting a world music choral ensemble, as well as the Mike Curb Creativity Scholarship for creativity in education, and an opportunity to attend InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy.
Her violin training began at a young age, and she has studied from nationally-renowned educators such as Dr. Mark Liu (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Sylvia Samis (Concertmaster of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), and Susan Starrett (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, student of Paul Rolland). Above all, Rose is grateful for the privilege to teach students to love music, themselves, and their world.