Brookside Suzuki Strings is run by Christine Goodner, an experienced teacher with a 4 year degree in Education, and extensive training in Books 1-10 through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. It is our goal for all students to learn to play their instrument to the very best of their ability, while developing a love for music. Christine currently teaches students ages 3 to adult at her studio in Hillsboro, OR. She is an active member of the Suzuki Associations of the America, American String Teachers Association, and the Oregon Suzuki Association.

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • Oregon Suzuki Association
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas
  • American String Teachers Association

Serviced Areas

  • Hillsboro, Beaverton, Forest Grove, Aloha

Contact Details

  Person Mrs. Christine Goodner
  City Hillsboro, OR
  Zip Code 97123
  Address Brookside
  Phone Number (503) 913-3621

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Mrs. Christine Goodner

Music Teacher

Mrs. Christine Goodner started playing violin as a Suzuki student at the age of 3 and studied violin & viola through high school & college. Mrs. Goodner performed on violin and viola in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, her high school orchestra, and in the PSU symphony before starting her family. She currently teaches at the Valley Catholic Music School, in her own studio in Hillsboro, and is on the faculty at Northwest Chamber Camp at Catlin Gabel.

Mrs. Goodner holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from PSU and specializes in starting very young students and teaching them through the high school level. Her professional music training includes long term teacher training (Books 1-10) through the Suzuki Association of the Americas (an intensive 2 year program that includes student teaching and is the equivalent of a master's degree in pedagogy).

She has taught on the faculty of the Community Music Center, where she taught private lessons, adult violin clases, conducted orchestra and co-taught Suzuki group classes.

Customer Testimonials

"My son has grown to be wonderfully competent on the violin under Ms. Goodner's tutelage. More importantly he has learned to turn notes and technique into beautiful music. I am constantly amazed at the quality of sound she produces in my son. Ms. Goodner also has a brilliant way of connecting with her students. She knows who my son is and how to use that to challenge and motivate him."

We really appreciate Christine's interest in each of our girls. They are so different in their learning styles and Christine is able to work with both of them in their strengths. We appreciated Christine's willingness to broaden the girls outside of Suzuki music. She encouraged learning fiddling, hymns, Christmas pieces and more. She's a great resource for what's happening the in the broader community of music for camps, play groups, symphonies, and more. We loved having Christine as our teacher for so many years!

"Christine Goodner is a wonderful violin teacher. She is intelligent, constructive, compassionate and warm. I would entrust any of my students to her."

"Christine Goodner has been my daughter's violin theacher for 7 years. Zoe has flourished under her guidance. Christine teaches technique, music theory, proper ergonmics, and the joy of playing violin. She has been flexible with the school work load, which helps when times become stressful. Zoe relly enjoys Christine and I think she is a great teacher, too."

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Private lessons take place Monday - Thursdays each week in Hillsboro. Christine is currently not accepting new students but if you have a future student ages 0-4, you can join her Early Childhood Music class. Priority given to students who have taken the class when a lesson spot opens up. Violin & Viola students participate in weekly lessons, monthly group classes, & recitals and community performances each year. Christine Goodner has an education degree & extensive teacher training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Lessons are offered Monday - Thursday depending on your schedule and openings in Mrs. Goodner's teaching schedule. Students study at their own pace with an emphasis on technique & ear training. After learning the basics of holding the violin & playing with the best sound possible students will spend time studying note reading, rhythmic exercises, music theory & scales so that they develop into well rounded musicians, as well as string players. Parents are asked to attend lessons for students under age 12, taking notes and helping coach practice at home during the week (and are always welcome to attend lessons with older students).

Our classes this school year will run September 12th - May 28th. We take major school holidays off )see below) and have continuous enrollment, meaning you are welcome to join in at any time during the year (if there is space in the class). We hold classes for 32 weeks September - May & classes work out to be $16/class and families pay to hold their spot in class by either the month, or the quarter. Tuition can be paid by the month ($64/month) or by the quarter ($170 in September, December & March).

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I am so glad you're joining us for 2021! It's going to be a wonderful year and I'm so excited to get to support one another and find inspiration together.

You can come observe for free on Wednesday if you want to see what it's all about and attend next year!