Karin Hallberg is currently Coordinator of the Suzuki String Program at Northern Arizona University and instructor of String Pedagogy and violin at Northern Arizona University. During 2007-2008, Karin was the Interim Director of the Community Music Institute and String Pedagogy Instructor at University of Oregon in Eugene. She is Principal Violin II and Assistant Concertmaster in the Flagstaff Symphony and a regular performer with the NAU Faculty Chamber Music Series. Karin was an instructor of violin at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis before moving to Flagstaff in 1994. There she regularly performed with Minnesota Opera and the Plymouth Music Series under Philip Brunelle.
Karin also has been a regular instructor, grant writer, and coordinator for a K-2 string program at Marshall Magnet Elementary School, a Title 1 elementary school, in Flagstaff from 2001-2011. When Karin began her work at Marshall, she found that a methodology for teaching Suzuki violin to Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students did not exist. So, Karin and her colleague, Kari Barton (a Viola Award winner in 2012), created that methodology on their own. The Marshall Suzuki program is featured in the ASTA publication String Teaching in America: Strategies for a Diverse Society (2005).
Karin received her Master of Arts degree with a Suzuki Pedagogy emphasis from the University of Denver. Her major teachers were James Maurer, Paul Rolland, Stephen Clapp, and Sergiu Luca. She attended University of Illinois, the University of Denver, and Aspen Music Festival. Dr. Louise Scott, William Starr, John Kendall, Louise Behrend, James and Jacquelyn Maurer, and Mark Bjork have influenced her Suzuki training. Karin was a recipient of the Shar Distinguished Young Teacher Award in 1986. Karin has been a clinician at Suzuki Workshops in Bermuda, Nevada, Montana, Hawaii, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Illinois, and Puerto Rico. Karin completed the M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Relations from Northern Arizona University and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Learning and Instruction. Her research is on the impact of musical instruction on working memory and attention in young children. In her spare time, she is an Arizona Site Steward and enjoys hiking in the areas in the Southwest.