Institutes 2007

Jennifer Visick said: Jul 26, 2007
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Has anyone been to a Suzuki Summer Institute this summer? I’m planning to go to the American Suzuki Institute (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) over the next two weeks for teacher training courses. As I’ve always come away from past Institutes with a lot of new (or old!) ideas to try, it’s usually kind of exciting.

I wonder if anyone else has the same experience? If you’ve had a particularly good masterclass or just an idea that caught your interest from an Institute or other music camp, I’m interested in hearing about it—please post! :D

Have a good summer :cool:

Debbie said: Jul 26, 2007
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The Intermountain Suzuki Institute in Salt Lake City Ut was awesome! My entire teaching is much improved after my 10 days there!

Charles Krigbaum said: Jul 26, 2007
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I’m going to ASI, too. I’ve been the past 5 years…I LOVE it there :)

Hope to see you there,

CK

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Jennifer Visick said: Jul 27, 2007
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violinist, care to share any specific ideas that helped improve your teaching? Perhaps the best 3-5 tips or concepts—old or new to you?

Just this morning I was looking through old notes from past institutes, and a phrase I had written down while observing a repertoire class was “atmosphere of laughter”. After reading my page of notes I recall that the teacher had somehow managed to get the students to take her seriously (and she was demanding a high level of technique & musicianship), yet they were also all willing to laugh and work at the same time. That’s the kind of teaching I love watching, and I want to emulate it! That’s why institutes are so inspiring—getting to see all this excellent teaching and what’s possible when students and parents are motivated and ready to learn and practice daily….

Debbie said: Jul 27, 2007
Debbie MiViolin
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I would love to share—I will get some thoughts in order and make another post when I get a chance.

Debbie said: Aug 10, 2007
Debbie MiViolin
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Ok. Here are some of the really great things I learned at the Salt Lake Institute this year.

  1. Get students moving and bending knees while they play! I saw some wonderful students have their sound really open up when they got that element going!

  2. It was really fun to see all of the different teaching styles of the teachers there and realize there is not one “right style”. They were all very good and they were all very different!

  3. The Sight-Reading series by Denise Wiley is awesome! I think it is a book that is available through Day-Murray Music. It is meant to be used along with another reading series, such as “I Can Read Music” by Joanne Martin, and Denise gives wonderful specific instructions on how to build students’ music reading literacy. It is the best I have come across so far!

  4. It was so refreshing to revisit the idea that beautiful tone is what it is all about. My joy in playing was rekindled as many negative thoughts (i.e. feelings of superiority/inferiority based on silly things) were replaced with the fun of enjoying the sound of each note, improving the sound of each note, improving overall technique, and having fun making music with others.

These are only a few of the benefits that I got from going, and if you want to hear more, sign up to attend a Summer Institute in 2008! :) It will be an investment you will not regret!

:)

Debbie said: Aug 10, 2007
Debbie MiViolin
138 posts

Oh—the comment about signing up for an Institute in 2008 was meant as a general advertisement, not a specific comment to RainJen as it looks like she is already going to Institutes! :)

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 4, 2007
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A mnemonic I encountered at the Steven’s Point institute (for violin/viola/cello):

BACH

Bow speed
Arm weight
Contact point
Hair angle

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