Brenda Mitchell (D.M.A., Arizona State University, 1994) is an Associate Professor of Music at Miami University, where she teaches music education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and serves as the chair of Music Education. From 1977 to 1988 she taught strings, elementary through high school, in the Mesa Public Schools in Arizona. While in Arizona, she taught private violin and viola using Suzuki and traditional approaches. In addition to her active schedule as an adjudicator and string clinician, she has guest conducted honor orchestras at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She remains active as a violist, and her research interests center on string pedagogy for young students.