Rachel Carlton grew up in southeast Texas and began playing the violin at the age of 11 in the public schools of Beaumont, Texas. She graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in both Violin Performance and Music Education from Lamar University. While at Lamar, Rachel performed with the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra and studied with Dr. Eduard Schmieder, a Russian immigrant at the time. Professor Schmieder is now an imminent violin teacher who has since taught at Rice, SMU, UCLA and is currently teaching at Brown University.
After graduation Rachel went on to play professionally and teach in the public schools in the Houston area and remained there for 31 years. School districts she taught in include Spring Branch ISD, Deer Park ISD, Pasadena ISD and La Porte ISD.
While in public schools her orchestras consistently received UIL Sweepstakes awards and Outstanding Orchestra awards in festivals. Her teaching experience ranges from elementary to high school. She is also a sought-after orchestra clinician and solo and ensemble judge. Rachel is a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the Southeast Texas Suzuki Association.
Rachel is trained in Suzuki Violin through Unit 5 and has taught Suzuki to children as young as 3 years old. She taught Suzuki Violin in the Houston area for 4 years prior to her move to East Texas.