“The Power of the Group”
Jul 31Aug 4, 2023 in West Hartford, CT
at Hartt Suzuki Institute


"The Power of the Group": Violin

Instructor: Edward Kreitman

Event Description

The Power of the Group is an interactive course for Suzuki teachers. It will cover all aspects of group class teaching, including how to implement and organize a home group class program.

In the course, Teacher Workshop Participants will play as members of the group class. The course will cover material from Pre-Twinkle through the Bach Double with lots of examples and exercises for developing students’ playing through the power of group teaching. Teachers will also have the opportunity to develop a group class teaching segment to present to the group and receive feedback on their group class teaching. The course will present a curriculum for Pre-Twinkle, Twinkle, and each book level (Books 1-4), including exploration of ways to keep students engaged in their playing through the advanced levels/teen years.

The prerequisites for the Power of the Group course are successful completion of Every Child Can! and Violin Unit 1. Teachers should have the following repertoire memorized for participation in the class:
Book 1: All
Book 2: Chorus, Musette, Hunters’ Chorus, Long Long Ago, Two Grenadiers, Witches’ Dance, and Minuet in G
Book 3: Martini Gavotte, Becker Gavotte, and Bach Bourree
Book 4: Seitz Concerto No. 2 3rd mvt, Vivaldi Concerto in a minor 1st mvt, and the Bach Double (either part)

About Edward Kreitman:
Edward Kreitman has taught over 7000 hours of group class in his 43 year career as the Director of Western Spring School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School and at Suzuki Summer Institutes and workshops across the globe. Mr. Kreitman is the founding Artistic Director of Allegro!!! String Performance Ensemble and the Executive Director of the Chicago Consort.

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Trainer Information

Edward Kreitman

Edward Kreitman was the founder and Director of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School from 1980 to 2024. Mr. Kreitman received his undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University where he studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Doris Preucil and Almita Vamos. In 1986 , he studied with Dr. Suzuki at the Talent Education Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan.

Mr. Kreitman has served the SAA in many capacities including a member of the Board of Directors, Violin Committee, and the Teacher Development team. Edward Kreitman enjoys an international reputation as a registered Teacher Trainer of the SAA and is the author of “Teaching from the Balance Point: A Guide for Suzuki Parents, Teachers and Students” and “Teaching with an Open Heart: A guide to developing Conscious Musicianship.” Edward Kreitman was the 2019 recipient of the IL ASTA Studio Teacher of the Year Award.


Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, , 2023


Hartt Suzuki Institute

200 Bloomfield Avenue
University of Hartford, The Hartt School Community Division
West Hartford CT 06117

Phone: 860-768-4451
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