Connie Aiken is an Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Northwestern with previous teaching experience with St. Paul Public Schools – inner city music magnet, Private Suzuki Studio, Mounds View Public Schools, Concordia Academy, Private Violin and Viola Studio Lessons, and as the Augsburg Suzuki Orchestra Teacher and Accompanist. Aiken is a string specialist in violin, viola, cello, and bass. Aiken has been a guest clinician for MN String and Orchestra Teachers Association and is part of the American String Teachers Association. She also serves as a church pianist and organist.
Aiken is an avid vegetable gardener, enjoys studying the Bible with friends and spending time with family, running, and swimming. She is married with one daughter and a growing bundle of grandkids.
Aiken believes, "Everyone can learn to play a stringed instrument with the proper pedagogy," and she hopes "that students will have a greater love for music, stringed instruments, the joy of teaching, and more importantly, the Lord who has blessed us with these gifts."
Romans 5:1-2, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
Minnesota Orchestra Teacher of the Year 2010
Middle Level Educator of the Year Finalist 2007
Education MN State Teacher of the Year Finalist 2007
American String Teacher’s Best Chapter National Award while serving as president of the MN branch of ASTA. 2007
Superior Ratings and honorary concerts at Orchestra Hall for her middle school orchestras