Our Teachers


Sue Mann

Founder and Violin Teacher

After training with Betty Haag and receiving her Suzuki teacher certification, Sue taught in Berlin, Germany for over 20 years, privately as well as at the Musikschule Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Other teachers included David Moll (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Professor Robert Bergt (Southern Illinois University), Alexander Labko (Concertmaster, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin), and Stephan Schulze (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). Master classes and workshops with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, Professor Klaus Hertel (Music Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany), Anniko Baberkoff (Germany), and Sheila Nelson (England), rounded out her pedagogical training.

Invitations to be a guest clinician at string workshops brought her on numerous occasions throughout Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland. Performance experience included 12 years as a violinist with the Brandenburg Chamber Orchestra and 7 years in the Billroth String Quartet.

From 1999 to 2010 she taught students in the Chicago area, in her private studio as well as at the renowned Betty Haag Academy.

Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, Sue has been building the Sue Mann Violin program at her private Palo Alto studio and is the founder and musical director of Magical Strings West.

Cassie Price

Violinist and Teacher

Cassie Price is a graduate of San Jose State University with a BM in violin performance. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she has been playing the violin since childhood and participated at an early age in several of the area’s many youth orchestras and chamber groups. At university, she received coaching as well as private instruction from members of the San Francisco Symphony and Philharmonia Baroque, took part in a rigorous chamber music program, and performed both as a pit musician in several opera productions and as an orchestral player with the San Jose State Symphony (of which she was principal second for her final year).

Since graduating in June, Cassie has been working as a freelance violinist and teacher in the East and South Bay. She currently works as an Associate Teacher with the Sue Mann Violin Studio and as a teaching aide with the orchestras at Jordan Middle School.

Note from Sue: Cassie is a rare find, being a dedicated teacher bringing experience, patience, talent and joy to our studio. We work closely together, and I know my students are in good hands when I ask Cassie to step in and take over when needed. I consider myself very lucky to have her on board with us!

Chris Mann with guitar

Christopher Mann

Classical Guitarist and Teacher, Music Theory & Ear Training Teacher, SMV Program Administrator

Christopher Mann, born 1985 in Berlin, Germany, received his first guitar instruction at age 3. At age 7, he won first place in the solo guitar competition “Jugend Musiziert”. In following years he won various local competitions in Berlin. At age 12 he was admitted to the Julius-Stern-Institute, the program for young musicians at the University of the Arts in Berlin, as a student of Professor Martin Rennert.

1999-2003 he continued lessons as a high school student with Professor Anne Waller at Northwestern University near Chicago. During this period he participated in various chamber ensembles as well as winning first and second prizes in the Society of American Musicians competition in the category solo guitar. He also participated in solo and ensemble performances on his secondary instrument, cello.

After returning to Germany in 2003, he resumed studies with Professor Rennert in Berlin as well as with Professor Thomas Mueller-Pering in Weimar. He has appeared in numerous performances with other instrumentalists, in particular violin and voice, in addition to his solo work. He has participated in master classes and workshops with classical guitarists Carlo Marchione, Michael Langer, Frank Bungarten and others.

While obtaining his artist diploma, Chris discovered his love for teaching and has been on the staff of the Musikschule City-West (formerly Berlin-Wilmersdorf), the Musikschule Hans-Werner Henze Berlin, the Caspar-David-Friedrich Oberschule Berlin, Wetzlar Grundschule Berlin and the Waldschule City-West in Berlin.

He has been a member of the jury for the competition “Jugend Musiziert” and recently joined the board of the South Bay Guitar Society.

In summer 2015, Chris relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where as a toddler, he had met and played for now-deceased guitarist Frank Longay. Anyone interested in classical guitar lessons can contact Chris at chris@chrismannguitar.com or to find out more visit chrismannguitar.com. In addition to offering theory and ear training classes for students of the Sue Mann Violin Studio, he is also the SMV program administrator.

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