Derek Kratzer earned his Master’s in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied string pedagogy under Dr. Brenda Brenner. While at IU, he taught extensively in the Fairview String Project and also assisted Mimi Zweig in the IU String Academy. As a double bass player, he performed in Indiana University orchestras and concert bands, and spent several years as a member of a bluegrass band and of various jazz combos. He has toured in the US and Ireland, and shared the stage with groups such as the Del McCoury Band, David Grisman Quintet, Rusted Root, and Hot Buttered Rum String Band. His love of teaching began with private bass and guitar lessons, and was deepened through an Americorps term in which he mentored middle school students and led an after-school guitar club. He loves spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, and running, and is excited to have the opportunity to be involved in Waldorf education.