New Teacher Hoping to Begin Suzuki Training

Renee Shaw said: Nov 12, 2013
Renee Shaw
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
19 posts

Hello everyone!
For the past two and a half years I have slowly begun teaching violin and piano in my area. I am currently completing my Bachelor of Music Education and want to teach privately full time after graduation in May. I have received training in Kodaly and Orff, but my primary goal is to receive training in the Suzuki method as soon as possible. I am hoping to attend an ECC course in January and Unit 1 over the summer. My studio is currently comprised of 17 students and I have used the Suzuki method violin books as much as possible, as well as implementing as much as I know about the method from my independent studies.
Until I can really get my training underway, is there any advice you would give to a teacher in my position?
Thank you in advance for your input!

Laura said: Dec 15, 2013
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Palm City, FL
105 posts

Good for You! you are on the right track! Short term training at summer Suzuki Institutes is a great way to get in a unit of training in one week. Since you are an SAA member take advantage of the articles in the Suzuki Journal. You can find much information and insite there. I created this page with information about the Suzuki Method that might be helpful. Also I just suggest that you read many books about the Suzuki Method. Here are some great books to start with.
Nurtured By Love (a must read for anyone involved in the Suzuki world)
The Suzuki Violinist
Young Children’s Talent Education & It’s Method
Ability Development

Jennifer Visick said: Jan 8, 2014
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

You might also want to check out Susan Kempter’s “Teaching Violin with the Body in Mind” and Ed Kreitman’s “Teaching from the Balance Point”, alongside Ed Sprunger’s “Helping Parents Practice”. These three books I inevitably find myself recommending and lending to parents in my studio so often that I’ve got more than one copy of each, and rarely have them on my bookshelf for very long.

Also, if you’re a member of the SAA, you should find valuable tips in the American Suzuki Journal that comes 4 times a year.

Renee Shaw said: Jan 12, 2014
Renee Shaw
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
19 posts

I have only just seen these great recommendations! I read “Nurtured by Love” last summer and was completely in awe the entire time. Since then I have acquired many of the books you both have recommended, I’m currently reading “The Suzuki Violinist” and plan on reading “Teaching Violin with the Body in Mind” next!

Barb said: Jan 13, 2014
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

I LOVE Teaching from the Balance Point by Ed Kreitman and Edmund Sprungers books (yespublishing.com, and one is available at the SAA bookstore): Helping Parents Practice and the newer Building Violin Skills.

DON’T MISS THESE GEMS! :-)

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Barb said: Jan 13, 2014
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Whoops—didn’t see that a few of those were already recommended! Well, there you go—double recommendation!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

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