Session Schedule

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This year’s We are Suzuki event will include highlights from the 2024 conference (for any members who couldn’t attend—or wished they could be 15 places at once!), in addition to a Community Gathering and Teacher Trainer gathering. This page will continue to be updated, please reference it for the most up-to-date schedule!

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Christine Goodner

From Opponents to Teammates: Helping Parents and Caregivers Reduce Conflict in the Practice Room

Christine Goodner

10:30 am—11:30 am PT on 5/29

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Looking for ways to help families reduce conflict during home practice? Inviting parents and caregivers to adopt a teamwork approach to practice, and helping them develop it along the way, can make a huge difference. We will explore the concepts of scaffolding, supporting executive function skills, and working with a student’s strengths so that later they learn to work with themselves in independent practice. Come build your toolbox of strategies for supporting home practice!

Merlin Thompson

Times Have Changed: Navigating Change for Suzuki Teachers in 2024

Merlin Thompson

1:30 pm—2:30 pm PT on 5/29

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Today’s Suzuki Method music teachers teach in an era of unprecedented change. Join this session to explore: impact of changes on music teaching; strategies for music teachers to navigate change; where music teaching may be headed.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Panel Discussion: Big Ideas facing our Suzuki Community

Carrie Reuning-Hummel

Carrie Reuning Hummel

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Kathryn Drake


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Gabriel Kitayama-Bolkosky

Gabriel Kitayama-Bolkosky

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8:45a PT—9:45a PT on 5/30

Join us for a discussion about the big ideas that we debate as Suzuki community members regularly! What are the big subjects facing our Suzuki future, and what is it that we agree on—and disagree on?

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Wendy Stern
Studio of Kelly Williamson

Plays Well with Others: Creating Opportunities for Cross-Instrument Collaboration

Wendy Stern & Kelly Williamson:

10:00 am—11:00 am PT on 5/30

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Creating opportunities for building musical communities by creating cross-instrument collaboration. Part discussion, part collaboration, Kelly Williamson and Wendy Stern will share their ideas and experiences in combining flutes with other instruments.

Caroline Salisbury

Creative Music Literacy

Carrie Salisbury

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11:30 am—12:30 pm PT on 5/30

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Innovative workshop of applied music theory for new arrangements, compositions, and the full expression of music literacy as inspired by the mother-tongue approach to music education.

Manuela Iparraguirre

Experiences as a Suzuki Alumni and Teacher

Manuela Iparraguirre

12:45 —1:45 pm PT on 5/30

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Charla “Experiencias como alumna y profesora del Método Suzuki” y Concierto de Guitarra latinoamericana—Talk “Experiencies as Suzuki Method student and teacher” and Latinamerican Guitar performance concert.

Teacher Training Meeting

with Angelica Cortez & Erin Rushforth

2:00 pm—3:00 pm PT

Please note: This session is for Teacher Trainers.

Teacher Trainers: Access Zoom Link