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Music Teacher Education

Music Faculty

Yvonne Davila-Cortes

Assistant Professor, Orchestra
 Director of String Music Education

Yvonne Davila-Cortes is originally from Chicago and began Suzuki violin at the age of five. She attended DePaul University and received her B.M. in Music Business and Violin Performance under Joseph Genualdi. During that time, she had the opportunity to substitute with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She received her M.M. in Violin Performance at UW-Madison under Vartan Manoogian. Dr. Davila-Cortes has appeared as a soloist at the AIMS Music Festival in Solsona, Spain and at the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Dr. Davila-Cortes was a member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and a substitute with The Madison Symphony Orchestra. She served as an Adjunct Instructor at Ripon College, conducted an elementary string orchestra in McFarland, Wisconsin and established Suzuki violin studios in both Madison and Spring Green, Wisconsin. Dr. Davila-Cortes moved to Texas to pursue her Teaching Certification and Doctorate in Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin.  During her time in Texas, Dr. Davila-Cortes was Orchestra Director of a middle school in Round Rock ISD. She was also the Director of the Austin Youth Concertante Orchestra. She maintained a private Suzuki studio and served on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin String Project, for which she has served as Preschool Coordinator and Assistant Director.  Dr. Davila-Cortes’ research interests focus on children’s musical development, parent education, and children’s musical achievement.  Dr. Davila-Cortes has presented her research at the Suzuki of the Americas Association, American String Teachers and Texas Music Educators Association conferences.


  • VCP Philharmonic Orchestra
  • MUS 214 High String Techniques
  • MUS 114 Low String Techniques
  • MED 414 String Methods
  • 534 Orchestral Conducting & Rehearsal Techniques
  • 548 Methods of Integrating Winds & Percussion into Orchestra
  • 551 A String Methods I: String Music Education for the 21st Century
  • 551 B String Methods II: Instructional & Performance Methods in Eclectic Styles
  • 549 Survey of String Repertoire


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