Workshop/Institute Skill Set

Rigo Murillo said: Jan 17, 2012
Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Rowlett, TX
16 posts

I was wondering if any of my fellow teachers has compiled a set of skills to look for in hiring teachers for institutes and workshops. I am writing an article on the benefits of institutes geared toward parents and would like to list the approaches and skills that would benefit students from attending a Suzuki Institute. I would appreciate some feedback from workshop and institute directors or teachers with experience teaching in institutes.

Thanks!

Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Strings Specialist

Paula Bird said: Jan 17, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

When I ran the Texas State University Suzuki Institute, I personally observed every one of the teachers that I hired. If there was a teacher I was unfamiliar with, I made sure that I had several recommendations from other teachers that I respected. Then during the Institute, I paid close attention to observations, institute evaluations, and any complaints or problems that arose during the Institute. I could not say that I had an actual list of requirements or skill sets that I was looking for. I was looking mainly for someone who was an excellent teacher and would make institute fun for students and helpful for parents, and wrap it all up in a fabulous learning experience as well. It just seemed a little bit more complex to me then making up a list. There were so many variables to consider such as getting along with other faculty and espousing the individual institute’s philosophy. I also tried to include at least one faculty member who had never had an opportunity to teach at an institute before. I would receive resumes during the year, and I would look them over and make a few phone calls to check up on the person. It worked out great and it gave an opportunity to newer teachers to get a foot in the door of institute teaching. I myself would love to teach at an institute but have never had the opportunity to do so.

Hope this helps.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Rigo Murillo said: Jan 17, 2012
Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Rowlett, TX
16 posts

Thanks, Paula! Very good points to mention. I think what you said about making a great learning experience is valuable. Also, your efforts about great teachers who never have taught at institutes is great. There is a tendency with many institutes to hire the “same-ole” teachers every year and never take a look at excellent teachers who may not have had the opportunity to be included in the institute’s faculty list. One never knows if a teacher would be good teaching at an institute until someone invites him/her. Many times there are territorial fights on teacher circles that may cause this.

It is interesting that teachers like you, Pula, who have extensive experience and have run a school don’t get to teach at summer institutes. I have taught in many Suzuki workshops and festivals but have not taught at a full-blown summer institute, myself. While I see other teachers who may not have the extensive training and skills I have, but get to teach at summer institutes all the time. I even know of summer institute directors and main faculty at those who have very minimum Suzuki training. Hopefully, the new generation of teachers (us) will get that opportunity sooner than later.

I appreciate your feedback and will post details on the article when is ready.

Rigo Murillo
Suzuki Strings Specialist

Paula Bird said: Jan 17, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Thanks for those kind words. If anybody wants to hire us, give us a call.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Teri said: Jan 20, 2012
Teri EinfeldtTeacher Trainer
Institute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
West Hartford, CT
367 posts

Hi Rigo,
Not sure if this will be helpful to you but this was from a session I gave at one of the May Conferences in Minneapolis.

https://suzukiassociation.org/media/playing-by-rules-in-institute-teaching/

Feel free to contact me for clarification.

Best of luck,
Teri Einfeldt

Nicolette Solomon said: Mar 13, 2012
Nicolette Solomon
Suzuki Association Member
8 posts

While I was still living in South Africa, I sent many of my students to Suzuki camps in the USA. It was a good way for teachers and Institute Directors to get to see students of people they did not know, and then the parents of these students were my best “ambassadors”. It’s also good to send students to participate in the SAA conference orchestras, to have them audition for SAA events, and for oneself, to attend as many of the good conferences as part of ‘ongoing education’. Teri Einfeldt’s session in MN was excellent and something that I personally found so helpful.

André said: Mar 14, 2012
André AugensteinViolin, Piano
55 posts

Well as i give violin lessons(music)long,and i am in an underdeveloped country
where crysis is a natural situation here … For my protection i do this quiz to my
prospective students:
Because you want to take this course?
What is your expectation for the course?
Define your own words what is music?
Had experience in the artist?whom?
Write a letter of interest relating to the course to be held
Greetings
André Gomes Augenstein
Violin Teacher

Violin Student(International Suzuki Association) in Germany 1987
Violin teacher (International Suzuki Association) in Dublin 1995

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