String Methods Instructor
BME, Ohio University
Ashley Clark is an active educator and strings advocate in the Mid-Ohio Valley. A native of Rochester, New York, she studied violin from the age of 5 with Virginia Wensel. She earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Ohio University while studying under Marjorie Bagley. Upon moving to Williamstown with her husband, Ashley became passionate about expanding the opportunities for local youth to become involved in strings. She currently teaches orchestra in three of the Wood County Schools, where she aided in the reintroduction of the string program to the curriculum. Along with teaching in the schools, Ashley maintains a private Suzuki violin studio, is the adjunct violin instructor at WVUP, co-founded and conducts the Evergreen Youth Strings, plays with the River Cities Symphony, and fiddles with bluegrass band Laurel Creek.
A string pedagogy enthusiast, Ashley is an active member of the American String Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She regularly attends ASTA conferences and has taken SAA Teacher Training Courses for Suzuki Books 1-5 with notable instructors Teri Einfeldt, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Pat D’Ercole and Edward Kreitman. Ashley also enjoys alternative styles, and recently spent a week studying bluegrass with Darol Anger.