"Without question I could recommend Cathy Hougland as a violin instructor for any child. She is an incredible teacher and an expert in her field, but as a parent what I feel is equally important is how she makes my child feel. She is by far the most patient teacher I have worked with and is truly a child centered educator. With calm, gentle and firm instruction she gets the very best out of my daughter and still makes sure there is joy in playing! Cathy is constantly researching new techniques to add to her deep repertoire of instructional strategies. She is a rare blend of meticulousness and flexibility. She stretches her students without stress and inspires her students to be better musicians and people. I love how she includes the parent as a part of the instruction and helps me feel like a competent assistant while working with my daughter during practice time. We feel so blessed to have found Cathy. My daughter and I are learning valuable lessons with Cathy about music and life."
"We have been so blessed to have Cathy as our children's violin teacher. I love how she works with every different personality to try to find out what works for that child. She has many positive, encouraging things to say to my children before she corrects the things they need to work on. They are learning to play beautifully. It is exciting to see them grow as Cathy encourages them to work hard and practice well. I love how she plans fun events for the kids, and my children love going to group lessons!"
"After studying under another violin teacher, my child was significantly behind in the fundamentals of violin. Mrs. Hougland was patient with us and allowed my child the opportunity to recover. While firm in her methods, she operates in kindness, patience, respect, and generosity."