Charles Krigbaum is a Suzuki Talent Education specialist and is the founder and Co-Director of the North Texas School of Talent Education, a Suzuki violin and viola program located in Plano, Texas. Founded in 2001, NTSTE offers expert instruction in violin and viola, along with a full array of musical experiences designed to provide an extraordinary musical education for children ages 3 – 18, preparing students for a lifetime of music making at the highest level, regardless of professional aspirations. In 2010, Charles became one of the first teachers in the country to earn the Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas, an award given to teachers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to lifelong learning and excellence in their teaching. In 2014, Charles became a registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has taught at workshops and Institutes throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, England, and Germany; he is also past President of the North Texas Suzuki Association, a Chapter Affiliate of the SAA. As a professional musician, he has played viola and violin in a wide array of orchestras, chamber groups, and many other diverse performing ensembles across the country. His multi-faceted career includes teaching, performing, administration, conducting research in the field of string pedagogy, writing, and presenting lectures and workshops on various topics.