Dr. Vanessa Mio
Upper Strings (Grades 6, 8-10, Diploma)
Dr. Vanessa Mio is currently an Assistant Professor – Music Education in the Western University Don Wright Faculty of Music, teaching Group String Instruction (Violin/Viola) and String Pedagogy. She is also a Sessional Instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University (Applied Violin/Viola and String Pedagogy), and a Violin/Viola Instructor (private and group class instruction) with the Wilfrid Laurier String Academy.
Vanessa completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies degree (with a focus on violin pedagogy) from the University of Windsor. Vanessa also earned a Master of Music, a Bachelor of Music, and a Performance Diploma in Violin Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied violin with Mimi Zweig, Kathleen Winkler, Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie, and string pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner. Vanessa’s passion for teaching was sparked at Indiana University where she was appointed as an Associate Instructor from 2005-2008.
Vanessa has spent summers touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; participating in the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy; teaching in Tuscany for a Professional Teachers Workshop alongside Mimi Zweig; and studying at the Banff Centre for the Arts with the Très Chic Piano Trio (Chamber Music Residency for Pre-Formed Ensembles). Recent performances have included concerts with the Penderecki String Quartet, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
As, a performer, pedagogue, and scholar, Vanessa is passionate about teacher training and string education research. She was awarded a prestigious national Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her doctoral research, where she investigated the remedial strategies of postsecondary violin instructors. Through current research projects, Vanessa hopes to contribute significantly to the field of string pedagogy as the scope of her research expands.
She has presented her research at provincial and international conferences (including the International Society for Music Education, the American String Teachers’ Association, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education), and has recently submitted articles to the International Journal of Music Education and the Journal of Research in Music Education. In addition, Vanessa has become a sought-after clinician, teacher, and adjudicator. Vanessa has adjudicated various festivals across Canada, recently taught at the Nova Scotia Suzuki Institute in Halifax, NS, and attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at The Juilliard School.
Vanessa is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association (CMFAA), Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA), Canadian Music Educators’ Association (CMEA), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), International Society for Music Education (ISME), and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).