We have connections with the best music programs and instructors in Eastern Iowa. Please contact us if you want a recommendation or contact information. We have several of the most experienced teachers right at our Cedar Rapids location. Please contact us for more information about these and other instructors!

John Schultz, violin/viola and chamber music


John holds a Master of Music degree from the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music. While there he was a member of the Arreaux String Quartet. Prior to this he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied on full scholarship with Myron Kartman. A strong proponent of the Talent Education Method, John has studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with Nancy Jackson, Alice Joy Lewis, Mark Bjork, and has studied viola pedagogy with William Preucil. In addition to owning Schultz Strings, John is on faculty at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City as well and as a faculty member at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. John has developed many music festivals and is currently the executive director of the Corridor Honors Orchestra and Hilltop Chamber Music Festival. When not teaching and administrating he often plays chamber music concerts throughout the corridor area and occasionally performs with Orchestra Iowa and other professional orchestras. Away from music John enjoys spending many happy hours participating as a member of Rotary International working in training, leadership development and youth exchange. He is also an avid cyclist recently completing a cross country ride from San Francisco to Virginia Beach with his wife Rebecca and two young children. To connect with john for lessons please call Schultz Strings or write to:

Tyler Hendrickson, viola/violin and chamber music


Tyler Hendrickson began as a Suzuki student at age six. He holds a B.A. in Music from Luther College and a M.M. from Wichita State University. He was a fellowship recipient at the internationally renowned Aspen Music Festival and School. He has held positions with the Wichita Symphony and LaCrosse Symphony Orchestras. He recently played viola with the Spiritoso Quartet. Hendrickson is deeply versed in Suzuki Pedagogy, having registered 20 core training units with the Suzuki Association of the Americas including multiple units with William Preucil, Sr (Recording Artist of the Suzuki Viola School) . He has been praised not only for his playing, but also his ideas, energy and understanding of Suzuki pedagogy leading to presentations at the 16th and 17th Biennial Conference of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Hendrickson has taught across the country and worked with students aged 3 through 80. He has taught college students at Wichita State University and the University of Oregon. His students have gone on to honor orchestras, All-State orchestras, and performed at University of Oregon Basketball Games, the Iowa State Fair, and Carnegie Hall. To connect with Tyler please call Schultz Strings or write to:

Carey Bostian, cello


Carey has been conductor of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra since 1998. Born and raised in Granville, Ohio, he came to study at the University of Iowa in 1993. He holds a MFA in orchestral conducting as the last student of James Dixon, and a DMA in cello as a student of Charles Wendt. Carey is the incoming Artistic Director of Red Cedar Chamber Music and is the former Principal Cellist of Orchestra Iowa. He is a member of the conducting faculty at the Preucil School of Music, and has served as conductor at Coe College, Grinnell College and Lawrence University. Carey is an active clinician as both conductor and cellist throughout the region and actively promotes new music. Carey lives in Iowa City with his wife, Miera Kim, a violinist, and their two sons, Oliver and Adrian. To contact Carey for lessons please write to:

Diane Platte, cello


Diane has enjoyed teaching private students since 2000. She earned her bachelor's degree, in cello performance with teacher certification, is from the University of Michigan, where she studied cello with Anthony Elliott, and strings pedagogy and viola with Robert Culver. University of Michigan is also where she earned her master's degree in music education, with research on service learning, active citizenship, and issues social justice in the orchestra classroom. Diane began her musical studies at age four, with Suzuki violin lessons in her hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia. Five years later, she added cello, studying with Kathleen Caballero and David Premo. As a student, Diane attended Interlochen Arts Camp and Chatauqua Music festival. As an orchestra teacher, she has conducted the Dearborn Youth Symphony and worked in Detroit Cornerstone Schools, Ann Arbor Public Schools, and, presently, Regina Catholic Education Center. Suzuki training is a current interest: Diane has taken courses in Cello Books 1 and 2. I am a member of Orchestra Iowa and Iowa City Community String Orchestra, and performs regularly with several regional ensembles in addition to teaching. Diane pursues her passion and loves what she does! Music is a shared passion in their family; her husband is a musicology professor at UI, their son plays flute and daughter plays cello. Diane looks forward to meeting you and your family! For more information please visit

Andrew Acosta, viola


Andrew is an aspiring violist and has participated in and has earned leadership roles in major music festivals. Andrew was recently awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholar at Coe College where he will study music education. Aside from being a fine player and very knowledgeable about accessories and supplies Andrew is developing as a luthier. Andrew is currently accepting students at our location and may be reached by writing to

Cameron Gattenby, violin


Originally from Archie, Missouri, Mr. Gattenby has been studying and performing on violin for five years, among other instruments. During his first year of studies he was accepted into the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Orchestra and performed well-known pieces such as Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre". He continued to perform standard repertoire such as Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" with the group throughout his high school career and went on to tour with them in Ireland June of 2016.

Aside from performing in a large ensemble, he has made accomplishments in soloistic endeavors as well, going to State level Solo and Ensemble Music Festival all four years of high school, receiving I ratings and one II rating on pieces such as Paganini's Caprice no. 16 and Bach's Partita no. 2 in D minor.

Having taught privately on trumpet for two years and given assistance in directing his hometown concert band, he is now pursuing a Music Education Degree at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as working towards obtaining his Performer's Certificate. For more information you may contact Cameron at:

Cedar Rapids Suzuki Academy, violin/viola/cello/double bass


The mission of the Cedar Rapids Suzuki Academy (CSA) is to develop character through high-quality musical training. CSA provides private lesson and Suzuki group class instruction for students ages 3 through adult in violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Faculty information can be found at (319) 540-7798

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