Cecilia Pinto

Ceclia PintoViolin, Early Childhood Education

Originally from Peru, violinist Cecilia Pinto brings a wealth of teaching and performance experience to CCM. Trained in the Kodály, Suzuki, and Dalcroze methods, she’s well equipped to help her students. As an educator, Cecilia sees music education as a means to help each student grow as a person, believe in their potential, and find their own voice. She believes every student can learn and experience music—to develop their skills, creativity, originality, and love for music, all helpful in becoming a well-rounded person. Cecilia’s goal is to build a professional and positive environment where students can develop their musical abilities as well as personal skills.

She received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Peruvian National Conservatory of Music. Her Suzuki Method training includes books 1 to 10, two teaching practicum courses, and several enrichment courses with excellent Suzuki teacher trainers; Nancy Lokken, Charles Krigbaum, and Ann Montzka being the most influential in her teaching style.

For two years, Cecilia was Chair of the Strings Department of the Suzuki Association of Peru. She developed her own private lesson violin studio, led group classes, and toured around the country, in addition to working as an early childhood music teacher at the Kangurito Pre-School.

As a violinist, Cecilia played several times as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Andes in Colombia. She was awarded First (2004) and Second (2003) prizes in the National Violin Contest of Peru. Her experience also includes playing with the "Ciudad de los Reyes" Orchestra, University of Lima Philharmonic, the Opera and Zarzuela seasons, and Lima String Quartet. 

After her master’s degree, Cecilia relocated to Chicago where she worked as a violin instructor and early childhood music teacher for five years, and also was the Chair of their strings department at the Chicago Center for Music Education for two years. She successfully translated and adapted their early childhood music program. Ceclia also was the music director of the United in Harmony Ensemble, which provided an opportunity for students to play together and learn different genres. Cecilia led the Ensemble adapting the program to allow students of various skill levels to participate. To complete her Chicago experience, Cecilia also taught private violin lessons as well as early childhood music at Spanish immersion pre-schools.