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Mrs. Murphy is in her 19th year teaching orchestra in Troy. She began her teaching at the elementary level, and has taught in all 12 of the elementary schools in Troy at one point or another. Mrs. Murphy has spent the last 6 years teaching not only elementary strings but also orchestra at Larson Middle School. This is her first year teaching orchestra at Smith Middle School.

Mrs. Murphy received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan in Violin Performance and Music Education and her Master degree from Eastern Michigan University in Music Education. In addition to these degrees Mrs. Murphy also hold certification as a Suzuki teacher in violin and cello.

Mrs. Murphy still performs on her violin, as a soloist and in smaller ensembles (often with her sister and brother). She enjoys spending time with her husband Tim and daughter Gabriella, who is 4. (Gabriella also plays the violin).