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Audition for the Texas State University School of Music.

  • Consider studying cello at Texas State University! You will be challenged, enriched, grow and develop as a young artist and participate in outstanding musical experiences in a nurturing and supportive environment!

  • Learn more about undergraduate and graduate degree courses at Texas State University School of Music.

Dr. Karla Hamelin - Professor

An engaging, energetic and versatile teacher, Karla Hamelin has become a highly sought after instructor who is committed to string pedagogy and music education. Dr. Hamelin has 30 years of experience and has been consistently praised for her concise and effective way of communicating musical ideas, discovering technical solutions to facilitate artistry while motivating and inspiring young cellists throughout their musical development. Many of her students have been accepted into highly respected music schools across the US and Canada, and regularly attend Interlochen, Brevard, and Meadowmount music camps in the summer months.

On faculty at Texas State University since 2011, Karla is equally dedicated to performing and pedagogy, as she is a popular clinician and guest lecturer. Through her direction and leadership, the cello area has grown to be a thriving, supportive and successful studio of both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Hamelin has presented master classes in Canada, the US and Mexico. While a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Hamelin was the teaching assistant to renowned cello pedagogue Phyllis Young, and was an instructor for the UT String Project where she taught private lessons, cello group class, directed the cello choir and taught music theory. Her qualifications in teaching young children include several levels of Orff and Kodaly certification as well as being a registered Suzuki Cello teacher in books 1 through 10. Throughout her Suzuki training she has worked extensively with Dr. Tanya Carey, Dr. Melissa Kraut and Dr. Laura Shaw. Dr. Hamelin has been recognized for her unique ability to teach both very young cellists and more advanced students at the high school and college level. As a mentor to both current and former students, she is tremendously dedicated to her students, helping them reach their highest potential.

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From 2011 – 2018, Karla was the Master Teacher for the Texas State String Project, a community based outreach program that offers string instruction to San Marcos area elementary school children. For this upcoming year, Karla will serve as the Director of this highly successful teacher-training program.


Equally interested in the scholarly aspects of performance, music education and the creative process, Dr. Hamelin continues to explore further studies in research in music and human learning. Most recently presenting a lecture and performance at the Women in Music Festival, (Mar. 2020). In 2006 and 2007 she presented lectures at the American String Teachers National Convention, as well as in 2017 at the Texas Music Educators Association convention.

Dr. Hamelin is an active member of the American String Teachers Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, Texas Music Educator Association and the Texas Cello Society.

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