Studio of Martha Shackford

Building a Strong Suzuki Parent Program
Mar 526, 2023 in St. Petersburg, FL
at Studio of Martha Shackford


Building a Strong Suzuki Parent Program

Instructor: Martha Shackford

Additional Schedule Information

Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26
Sunday afternoons 3-6pm Eastern Time

Event Description

This course is offered to any Suzuki teacher of any instrument, any experience, and any
logistical environment. This extensive course focuses on how to set up an effective parent
program in private studios as well as larger Suzuki programs. Brand new teachers as well as
experienced ones will benefit. There will be time to share together our own experience as well
as focusing on each teacher’s studio. One goal is to set up a strong community among the
course participants.
Each 3-hour unit will focus on a topic, including but not limited to, setting up a brand-new
studio, what has worked and hasn’t worked when communicating with Suzuki parents, what all
parents want and need to successfully guide their child in home practice, and some of the ways
parenting has changed through the years as knowledge has been made available.

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Trainer Information

Martha Shackford

Martha Shackford, SAA violin teacher and teacher trainer, resides in St. Petersburg, FL where she has a private studio. Martha has taught literally all over the USA as well as in Latin America, China, and Canada. In 2000, she took her studio to Bolivia where in 1987 she spent 3 months helping to begin the first Suzuki program in that country. She has taught music in the public schools; founded a successful Suzuki School at the University of Arkansas; conducted youth orchestras; and has been a clinician throughout the United States at summer institutes and workshops. In addition she has trained hundreds of Suzuki violin teachers in the Suzuki approach to teaching. Martha has written many articles for the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Journal; has developed and taught Suzuki parent courses; and founded and run several Suzuki non-profits. She is still awed by the opportunity of teaching young children learn the violin or viola. It is through this one-on-one interaction where she feels most present and vital. It is in her interaction with a young child that she feels the most creative as a teacher, the most connected to the universe, and the most hopeful for the children of our planet. Her book, A Violin Surprise, helps families have fun together on their journey through the Twinkles.


Sunday, March 5 to Sunday, March 26, , 2023


This event will be held online.

Studio of Martha Shackford

6269 Dartmouth Ave. N.
St. Petersburg FL 33710

Phone: 503-430-7228
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Martha Shackford

Phone: 503-430-7228
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