Nashville Suzuki Institute

Enriching Your Suzuki Teaching with Fiddle and Controlled Improvisation
Jul 1314, 2019 in Nashville, TN
at Nashville Suzuki Institute


Enriching Your Suzuki Teaching with Fiddle and Controlled Improvisation: Violin

Instructor: Crystal Plohman Wiegman,

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Phone: 615-322-7665

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There is a $50 registration fee which is waived if you register before March 15.

Event Description

Come join us for a two-day (July 13 and 14) enrichment workshop with Suzuki teacher and fiddler Crystal Plohman Wiegman to learn how to incorporate various fiddle styles and repertoire into your Suzuki teaching. Using the carefully sequenced and correlated “Fiddle and Song” curriculum, and additional material, this hands on exploration will include tips and techniques to play each style authentically (Irish, bluegrass, etc.). The course will study how to use tunes to re-enforce teaching points throughout Suzuki books 1-4 and support technical and musical goals while having fun. Introduction to controlled improvisation, back-up techniques and chords and variation will be covered, as well as presenting ideas for supporting skills and creativity for multi-level group class and performances. Additionally, teacher trainees will have the opportunity to observe these teaching techniques in action during fiddle classes for Suzuki students at the institute from July 15-19.

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Trainer Information

Crystal Plohman Wiegman

Crystal Plohman Wiegman was raised in the Suzuki program as one of the first students of the late Alison Rhyles and the Brandon University Suzuki program. Crystal went on to follow in her father’s footsteps as champion Canadian fiddler. After successfully competing for 15 years across Canada and the US, Crystal moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1994 and is a Senior Artist Teacher of Suzuki Violin and Fiddling at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. She has worked with the late Chet Atkins and performed in Ireland, Japan, and China. Crystal is most widely known for her work with children and teachers in her clinic program, “Connecting the Strings” which has been presented at hundreds of schools and educator conferences across the country. She has served as the fiddle instructor at many weekend workshops and summer Suzuki institutes including Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, Maryland, Florida and Colorado.


Saturday, July 13 to Sunday, July 14, , 2019


Nashville Suzuki Institute

2400 Blakemore Ave.
Nashville TN 37212

Phone: 615-322-7665
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