Studio of Sarah Montzka

Working with Parents
A Fearless Teacher’s Guide: Viola, Violin
Jun 17 and 19, 2020 in Chicago, IL
at Studio of Sarah Montzka


Working with Parents: A Fearless Teacher’s Guide: Viola, Violin

Instructor: Sarah Bylander Montzka,

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Event Description

Join Sarah Bylander-Montzka for Working with Parents: A Fearless Teacher’s Guide!

This lively exploration of teacher-parent relationships features a mix of powerpoint presentation, role playing, group discussion and paired breakouts combined with individual reflection and vision work.

We will consider topics including:

  • The role of empathy and cultivating an “API” (assumed positive intention) perspective
  • Tips for Hard Conversations: how to prepare and how to have them
  • Clearly defining your vision of what you need from your studio parents
  • Applying Suzuki philosophical strategies in teacher-parent interactions
  • Creating a clear and vision-oriented set of studio policies
  • Graceful endings/Studio exits
  • Parent-to-parent mentoring and growing a proactive parent volunteer base
  • Practice consultations
  • Resources for teachers re: working with parents

A portion of Ms. Bylander-Montzka’s fee will be donated to the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute.

Course full.

Trainer Information

Sarah Bylander Montzka

Sarah Bylander Montzka (viola/violin) is the Associate Director of the Suzuki program at the Music Institute of Chicago. She is a graduate of Northwestern University (MM) and The Cleveland Institute of Music (BM). Sarah is a past chair of the SAA Board of Directors and a past board member of the Society of American Musicians. Sarah was the recipient of the 2018-19 IL ASTA “Outstanding Studio Teacher” award, given annually to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the teaching of strings in a one-on-one setting. She is the founder of MIC’s Violapalooza! workshop and teaches at workshops and institutes from Duluth to Tanzania. Previously, Sarah worked in the administrative field as Coordinator of Education Programs for the Jacksonville Symphony and Associate Director of the Colorado Suzuki Institute. Sarah has performed as a section violist in orchestras including the Jacksonville, Charleston and Savannah Symphonies.


June 17 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM continuing June 19 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (GMT -6:00) Central Time


This event will be held online.

Studio of Sarah Montzka

2040 W. Fargo Ave.
Chicago IL 60645

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