Vanessa Mio, Ph.D.
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 an Instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University (String Pedagogy and Applied Violin), and a Violin 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 pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner. Vanessa’s passion for teaching was sparked at Indiana University where she was appointed as an Associate Instructor with the Indiana University String Academy from 2005-2008. Vanessa established the first Canadian model of this preuniversity program at Wilfrid Laurier University, in addition to a unique string pedagogy course for postsecondary performance and music education students at both Wilfrid Laurier University and Western University.
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 chamber music 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 her current research interests, Vanessa hopes to contribute significantly to the field of string pedagogy as the scope of her research expands. In July of 2016, she served as the principal investigator of a qualitative study alongside Dr. Brenda Brenner at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. This research study expanded upon her doctoral research to investigate the perceptions, progress, self-efficacy, and motivation of adolescent violin students as they engaged in remedial pedagogy while studying at the Indiana University Summer String Academy.
In addition to teaching and performing, Vanessa has pursued a variety of professional development opportunities and has become a sought-after clinician, teacher, and adjudicator. 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 Journal of Research in Music Education and the International Journal of Music Education. Vanessa has also adjudicated various festivals across Canada, taught at the Nova Scotia Suzuki Violin Institute in Halifax, NS, attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, participated in a workshop led by Brian Lewis at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and attended a Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Vanessa has also presented string workshops and demonstrations at the Kitchener Public Library and at numerous public and high schools throughout the Kitchener-Waterloo region in order to foster music education within the community through outreach programming.
Vanessa is a member of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), 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).