Lani Hamilton is a doctoral candidate and an assistant instructor in Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches String Techniques and assists with undergraduate and graduate pedagogy classes. An active performer, teacher, and researcher, she also conducts research and presents on topics related to music learning, classroom education, and practicing. She has been invited to present her work at numerous meetings of regional and national organizations, including the Texas Music Educators Association, the American String Teacher’s Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
Prior to moving to Texas, she was a member of the Southwest Florida Symphony and served as principal second violin of Opera Naples. She has been invited to perform at festivals throughout the country, including the Sunflower Chamber Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center as a chamber music fellow. An active teacher, she taught elementary strings and middle school orchestra in the Lee County Public Schools in Florida and in Manor ISD in Texas. She served as a consultant in both districts and assisted with growing orchestra and chamber music programs at various schools.
Lani is currently part of The University of Texas String Project, where she teaches ensembles classes, private lessons, and early childhood classes. She has also served as coordinator for the UT String Project outreach program at UT Elementary School, and co-founded the Suzuki violin program at Austin Montessori School in Austin, TX.