ProfileAugust 3, 2020 2020-08-03 17:54
Monica Johnston comes from South Carolina, where she started playing the violin in her school orchestra, and later found her true love, the viola! She went on to major in Music Education at the University of South Carolina (USC), where she also received a Viola Performance Certificate. While at USC, she was named a Magellan Scholar and received an Undergraduate Research Grant to conduct research in Baroque performance.
Miss Monica has taught students of all ages, from infants to grandparents! She has been teaching at Suzuki Music Academy of Hong Kong since 2011, and previously taught Suzuki Method, private lessons, and conducted orchestras through the USC String Project and the USC Community Music School. She has attended Suzuki events in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the US, Europe, and Asia.
Alongside her instrumental teaching, Miss Monica loves singing and moving with young children in her Early Childhood Music classes. She has received both Level I and Level II Early Childhood Music Mastership Certification from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.
Monica is an active performer in Hong Kong. She currently plays with the SAR Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Early Music Ensemble. She has performed all around the world; in Italy, Austria, Canada, the United States, Hungary, and Hong Kong, as well as with pop stars such as Michael Buble, Hacken Lee and Angela Chang.
Ms. Monica LOVES Hong Kong! Riding the ding ding, eating har gao and char siu bao, hiking and visiting the beautiful beaches, eating won ton mien, bargaining in the markets, eating dumplings (Ms. Monica loves eating), trying new things, eating egg waffles…the list goes on and on!
Ms. Monica strives to be a lifelong learner! One way to always learn something new is to keep your mind open to new experiences. Traveling helps her experience the world in different ways, through different cultures, different foods, different landscapes, and it keeps her inspired to see the things through a student’s eyes, and to hear the world through a musician’s ears.