Violin Instructors

Mary Khattab

Khattab picMary Mathews Khattab, a Colorado native, has been playing violin since the age of five. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was a student o Connie Heard. Mary regularly performs in the MahlerFest Orchestra and the Vanderbilt Sinfonietta, Teaching violin is one of her passions. She has worked with students as young as four and loves teaching all ages. When she isn't teaching, Mary enjoys gigging and recording professionally as a violinist or volunteering her time leading high school orchestra sectionals.



Molly Reinker

Reinker violin picMolly Reinker holds a master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Denver, a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance, with a minor in piano, Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University, and has done graduate studies at the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna, Austria. She also received a Teaching Certificate in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy rom the University of Denver and is certified by the American Suzuki Institute in Violin Pedagogy for Levels 1 through 10.

Ms. Reinker has performed as a soloist with the Lakewood Symphony and in concerts and recitals in England and across Europe, including at the Salzburg Festival, as well as in Vienna, Prague, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and Warsaw.  She has performed as a chamber musician on both piano and violin, and as an orchestral musician, including a concert tour to Beijing and Shanghai, China.  She attended the Aspen Music Festival and the Manitou Springs Festvial.  She was a member of the Aviva String Quartet.  She performs regularly as a recitalist and moves audiences with her warm sound and engaging personality.  She is also a church musician, playing organ, violin, and piano.  She has won many awards on both violin and piano, and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.  In her spare time, Ms. Reinker enjoys horseback riding, running marathons, snowboarding, and traveling.

Ms. Reinker has over 15 years of teaching experience and enjoys working with students of all ages and levels, bringing her own energy and excitement to the learning of music, while teaching repertoire in various styles and correct technique.  She is an instructor in both violin and piano at Forté Academy of Music.



Paula Verdicchio

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Paula Verdicchio has over fifteen years of professional playing experience and has performed for audiences of over seven thousand people. Her experience includes lyric opera, symphonies, chamber orchestras, string ensembles, marimba bands, jazz combos, folk groups, celtic groups, singer songwriters and rock bands. She has a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Arizona State University. She has taught private lessons for twenty years, and has taught Kindergarten through 8th grade music in private schools for 8 years in addition to teaching workshops, festivals and adjudicating the Jefferson County Solo and Ensemble festival. She has directed musical events with nearly one thousand people in attendance, full scale musical theater productions and conducted chamber groups of all ages. Ms. Verdicchio believes in training each student as an individual, finding the correct synthesis of music pedagogy and repertoire to best inspire confidence and success. Her students have successfully auditioned for all-county and honor ensembles, earned superior ratings at festivals, created original musical compositions and arrangements, and gone on to music scholarships and majors in college.  She is an instructor of piano, violin, and guitar at the Forté Academy of Music.




“My 9-year-old son, Noah, is an amazing drummer, thanks to his patient teachers at Forte Academy of Music.  I myself started piano as a beginner at Forte and in no time my teacher had me reading music and playing songs.”