Ms. Hakel has been teaching Suzuki violin and viola since 1996 in public and private schools, the University of Houston and in a private studio, as well as numerous Suzuki workshops and institutes. She has had Suzuki teacher training classes with teachers from across the nation, as well as long term teacher training with Judy Offman in Houston, and has served as director of the Waterford Community Talent Education program, president of the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association (HASSA), and founding president of the Richmond Area Suzuki Strings Association.
Her principal teachers include Yitzhak Schotten and Lawrence Wheeler. A graduate of the University of Michigan (BM) and the University of Houston (MM), Teresa has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Michigan, Texas, and Virginia, enjoys playing Irish and other folk music, and performs regularly throughout Texas in contra dance bands. Her husband, Steve, is a performing violinist and she has two children who also love to play and listen to music. When she is not teaching or playing, Ms. Hakel loves to travel, cook and eat.