Kyra McCarthy began playing the violin at age seven with violinist Rebeca Rose at the East Bay Waldorf School in Berkeley, California. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Oregon studying with Dr. Leslie Straka. While at the University of Oregon, Ms. McCarthy studied an overview of Suzuki Violin Books 1-4 with Shelley Rich. She has studied violin and viola with: Don Ehrlich, Vladimir Khalikulov, Sharon Wood, Kathy Marshall and Ann Kadarauch. Her studies of the Suzuki method have been with pedagogy teachers: Susan Kempter, Shelley Rich, Louise Scott, Judy Bossuat, Edmund Sprunger and Susan Baer. Ms. McCarthy is registered through Suzuki violin volumes 1-4 with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Ms. McCarthy began teaching in 1998 as an adjunct professor with the University of Oregon Community Music Institute Suzuki Strings Program where she instructed private and group Suzuki violin and viola lessons for four years. In 2002 she relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where Ms. McCarthy taught Suzuki violin for two years in a public school that had implemented a “Suzuki in the Schools” program for their second and third grade classes. She was also an active member with the Valley of the Sun Suzuki Association, teaching both private and group lessons. Since moving to Austin, Texas in 2005 Ms. McCarthy has taught private violin and viola lessons with the Armstrong Community Music School, Austin International School and Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Currently she maintains a private studio at Blackerby Violin Shop as well as teaching violin and viola lessons in the Fine Arts Academy at Lamar Middle School and McCallum High School.