The How, What, When and Why of Tonalization and Review Components in the Suzuki Lesson
Viola, Violin
Aug 4 and 7, 2020 in Stevens Point, WI
at Studio of Pat D’Ercole


The How, What, When and Why of Tonalization and Review Components in the Suzuki Lesson: Viola, Violin

Instructor: Pat D'Ercole

Event Description

As Suzuki teachers we believe and are taught that there should be a tonalization and review components in each lesson, but how do we actually incorporate them into the lessons?  Is there a tonalization “curriculum” for each book?  If so, what is it?  If not, how do teachers decide what should be played and for what reason?  Is there a correlation between tonalization and review?   Are the reasons for playing review pieces or the process for practicing review at home always the same?  Do the systems we use change with age, advancement or purpose?  How much lesson time should we devote to the review component of the lesson?  How do we balance the review component with other parts of the lesson?  How do we choose which review piece(s) to work?  Is there a correlation between review and group lesson attendance? Answers to these questions will come primarily through facilitated dialogue and discussion with colleagues.

There will be a 60-90 minute pre-course requirement that will be sent to all enrolled.

Course full.

Trainer Information

Pat D’Ercole

Patricia D’Ercole is a Suzuki violin teacher and teacher trainer. She did long-term training with Margery Aber and studied with Dr. Suzuki. She has been a clinician in 23 states and 7 foreign countries. Pat has written numerous articles for the ASJ, was chair of the SAA Board of Directors, and a member of the Every Child Can! and Suzuki Principles in Action Committees. She was the founding president of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and has been co-coordinator for the International Research Symposium on Talent Education since 1995. Through her leadership, a collection of videos which chronicles Dr. Suzuki’s teaching at the American Suzuki Institute in 1976, is now preserved on the web. Pat created the UWSP Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program, a year-long online practicum for Suzuki teachers. Most recently, Pat is the Director Emerita of the Aber Suzuki Center at the UW-Stevens Point.


August 4 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM continuing August 7 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (GMT -6:00) Central Time


This event will be held online.

Studio of Pat D'Ercole

5457 Woodland St.
Stevens Point WI 54482

Phone: 715-340-9553
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