Muriel Bodley earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Crane School of Music. She has done further graduate work at Manhattan School of Music, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Ithaca College, and Syracuse University. She was co-founder and director of the Suzuki School of Syracuse for twenty years. Ms. Bodley is a past president of the New York State American String Teachers Association.
Ms. Bodley has achieved national recognition for her outstanding efforts in advancing public school string education. She was founder and conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Youth String Orchestra and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the SSYSO for seventeen years. In March 2003, the Chamber Orchestra of the SSYSO performed at the first National Conference of the American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra Association (ASTA with NSOA) at Ohio State University. She retired from Fayetteville-Manlius schools and most recently started a string program at Christian Brothers Academy.
In 1995, Ms. Bodley was awarded the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra's String Educator of the Year Award. She is also a recipient of the National School Orchestra Association's National School Orchestra Director of the Year Award, and in 1998 she received the Helen Hosmer Excellence in Teaching Award from the Crane School of Music.
Muriel Bodley also taught a graduate summer school course at Ithaca College for 12 years entitled, "Suzuki Techniques in the Public School." She is a former adjunct professor at Syracuse University in the music education department and a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda national honorary society of Syracuse University.
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