Dannielle Weems-Elliott is a prominent Suzuki Violin teacher in Newport News, Virginia. She is the founder and visionary of The Elliott Family Quartet, the Elliott Violin Studio, and the Elliott Summer Chamber Workshop.
Dannielle earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University where she studied music and environmental sciences. She has served as a clinician and adjudicator at local Universities, and public and private schools. Dannielle is a member of the Suzuki Association of Americas and the National Association of Music Education.
Being brought up as a Suzuki Violin student, she has always been fascinated with how very young children can learn to play the violin with such high technical skill. This fascination inspired her to begin teaching her own children at very young ages. Dannielle has always wanted to have a family quartet. So once her youngest child, Sterling, was born, she put her plan into action by starting him on the cello. Dannielle’s strong and sometimes controversial ideas on how to raise musical children have resulted in three Elliott children with extraordinary talents. She balks at the suggestion that extraordinary talent is the result of children being natural “prodigies”, because she strongly believes that all children have the ability to reach “prodigious” levels of talent, given the right tools, environment, and hard work.