Special Guest Speakers & Workshop Clinicians


Margaret Watts Romney

Real Colors Workshop
Wednesday, May 24, 7:00-9:30 PM (Repeats Thursday & Friday)

Your Suzuki “Elevator Pitch”: be prepared when someone asks, “What do you do?”
Wednesday, May 24, 4:30-6:00 PM, Repeats Saturday PM and Sunday AM

Presentation Skills: It’s all about body language
Friday, May 26, 3:30-5:00 PM

TED Talk Style: how to create impactful and memorable presentations
Satuday, May 27, 4:00 PM

Margaret Watts Romney

Margaret’s early professional life centered around all things related to the cello: performing, teaching, arranging music, and directing events. Awards included scholarships to attend Idyllwild Arts Academy, University of Arizona School of Music with Peter Rejto, and Westminster College’s Master of Strategic Communication Program as well. After years of connecting to people through music, she shifted to connecting people through words and ideas. Margaret has been nicknamed “The Benevolent Story Extractor” for her uncanny ability to be supportive, directive, and entertaining as she leads unforgettable workshops, writes, or interviews fascinating people. She is the producer and host of the SAA Podcast, “Building Noble Hearts: Inside a Teaching Community.” Her free time is filled with hiking, biking the paths of Boulder, CO, and reveling in her three grown daughters’ marvelous lives.


Almita Vamos

Sharing Important Thoughts on Teaching
Thursday, May 25, 9:00 AM

Almita Vamos

Almita Vamos is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music where she studied with Mischa Mischakoff and Louis Persinger. She was the winner of the Concert Artist Guild, Juilliard Orchestra, Chautauqua Concerto Competitions, and was chosen appear on the prestigious NYC Kaufman Auditorium Series. Her students have won top prizes including Tchaikovsky, Carl Flesch, Menuhin, Bach (Leipzig), Szigeti, Kreisler, Neilsen, Paganini, Montreal and most of the national and international competitions. Many of her former students are members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis, and most major orchestras in the world. She won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching six times, ASTA Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, Ars Viva Award for Excellence, and has been featured on “Sunday Morning” CBS. Previously, she taught at the Oberlin Conservatory and at Northwestern University. Presently, she teaches at the College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and the Music Institute of Chicago where she is co- recipient of the Rachel Barton Pine Violin Chair. She and her husband recently completed a recording of contemporary Chicago composers.


Carey Beth Hockett with William Bruce

Mastery and Moving On: Contributions on Excellence from Cellist Christopher Bunting
Thursday, May 25, 10:00-11:50 AM

William Bruce

 William Bruce studied with Christopher Bunting and took part in classes with Jacqueline du Pré and William Pleeth. He also attended chamber music courses at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies with the Amadeus Quartet. A passionate music educator, William is much in demand in the UK for masterclasses, workshops, summer schools and insets and he runs a residential summer school for cellists each year at Hindhead Music Centre. In addition to many years experience as an adjudicator, William is a Consultant Moderator for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music where he is involved in the training and moderating of examiners, syllabus development, presentations and tours. This work has taken him to Hong Kong, the West Indies, South America, Africa, Sri Lanka and Iceland. Publication collaborations include a cello tutor with Mary Cohen for Faber Music, the Fiddler Play-along Cello Collection for Boosey & Hawkes and More Time Pieces for ABRSM Publishing. He was Commissioning Editor for Fingerprints for Cello and Spectrum for Cello, a volume of contemporary pieces which has received worldwide acclaim. Recital performances have taken him all over the UK, Europe, Australia and the US. He made his Carnegie Hall debut recital in 2005. William has been a visiting professor at the University of South Carolina and a member of the orchestra of English National Opera since 1982.

Carey Beth Hockett

Carey B. Hockett graduated from the Eastman School of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction. From 1988 to 2006 she lived in London, England where she taught for the London Suzuki Group and in the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. Hockett was a member of the International Suzuki Association’s Cello Committee and served as repertoire consultant to the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music. She is recognized as a teacher trainer by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association, and has given numerous workshops across the Americas and Europe. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.


Edward Kreitman

Playing by Ear…unlocking the mystery
Understanding how to introduce and teach this important concept of Talent Education
Thursday, May 27, 1:00 PM

Edward Kreitman

Edward Kreitman is the founder and Director of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. 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 at the Talent Education Summer School with Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan.

Mr. Kreitman has served the Suzuki Teacher’s Association in many capacities including a member of the Board of Directors, Violin Committee, Teacher Development team and as Coordinator for several National Suzuki Teacher Conferences. Recently he served on the SAA team which developed the Every Child Can! introductory course. Edward Kreitman enjoys an international reputation as a guest clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops. Mr. Kreitman is a registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is the author ofTeaching from the Balance Point: A Guide for Suzuki Parents, Teachers and StudentsandTeaching with an Open Heart: A Guide for Developing Conscious Musicianship. In 2008, Mr. Kreitman was honored with the Suzuki Chair Award at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.


Alice Kay Kanack

Creative Ability Development Session I (Overview)
Thursday, May 25, 1:00 PM

Creative Ability Development Session II (3-hour, indepth workshop)**
Saturday, May 27, 1:00 PM

Alice Kay Kanack

Nicknamed “Mozart’s Mother” by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in 1984, Alice Kay Kanack has spent over 30 years researching, teaching, and writing about how the creative process works in the brain. With the Alfred Publishing Company, Alice published five books in the Creative Ability Development series. Her newest works, Improvising String Quartets and Basslines & Fantasies have been published through Creative Ability Development Press. She currently lives in Rochester, NY with her two children, Daphne and Alexander, directing The Kanack School of Musical Artistry. She tours internationally, speaking and demonstrating her methods through live performances and workshops, recently as the keynote speaker for the SAO Conference in Canada, pedagogy workshops for the Teachers College at Columbia University and the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center. Steven Doane, Professor of Cello, Eastman School of Music and The Royal Academy of London said, “Alice Kanack is an educator of true originality and inspiration, who has been at the forefront of the movement to encourage creativity through musical improvisation in young musicians. At her music school and through her training programs she encourages students of all ages to include improvisation skills in daily practice, as an organic part of one’s musical development. I’m inspired by her continuing exploration of the pedagogical potential of this movement.”


Kay Collier McLaughlin

Safeguarding the legacy;what makes Suzuki unique and special? (one of 5 panelists)
Thursday, May 25, 8:00 PM

Maximizing the Suzuki Triangle Through a Family Systems Lens
Friday, May 26, 8:00-9:30 AM

How strengthening communications enables creativity and collaboration in programs
Saturday, May 27, 9:45 AM-11:00 AM

What the World Needs Now
Closing Presentation
Sunday, May 28, 10:00 AM

Kay Collier McLaughlin

Kay Collier McLaughlin (formerly Kay Collier-Slone) describes herself as a Suzuki teacher specializing in social change. She holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The Union Institute with sub-specialities in single adult development, leadership development, group dynamics and bereavement. The author of the Talent Education classic, They’re Rarely Too Young and Never Too Old to ‘Twinkle,’ her most recent book is entitled Talking Together: how to get beyond polarization and see and hear each other through civil dialogue, and is deeply rooted in the philosophy and methodology of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. One of the early Suzuki teachers in the United States, Collier McLaughlin founded the Lexington Talent Education Association, and with her daughter Diane Slone and Joanna Binford, cofounded Suzuki Talent Education of the Bluegrass. A former member of the Board of Suzuki Talent Education, teacher trainer, workshop leader both nationally and internationally, it was her work with the psychology of the Suzuki triangle and method which led her to doctoral studies in psychology, and subsequently, to her work in leadership development with special interest in family systems, emotional intelligence and other important theories and practices.

Kay currently travels the country as a leadership consultant with special focus on teaching civil dialogue. She lives on a small lake in Central Kentucky with her master woodworker husband Raymond, where she has a studio for her writing and her work as a collage artist known as L’ art du Papier

She is the proud grandmother of Virginia, 21, a recent musical theater graduate who performed on Broadway this winter with Kristin Chenowith; Drew, 15, who keeps her busy attending baseball and football games and Mary Chun, soon to be 13, who is currently in an international school in HongKong and great at guiding her grandmother around when she visits. In her spare time, she is teaching herself to play the folk harp.


Robert Duke

Plenary Session: Expressive goals guide the development of fundamental skills     
Friday, May 26, 2017, 10 AM

Robert Duke

Dr. Bob Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where heis University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also a clinical professor in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas and director of the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Dr. Duke’s research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning, cognitive psychology, andneuroscience. His most recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of visual gaze in teacher-learner interactions. A former studiomusician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is theauthor ofScribe 4behavior analysis software, and his most recent books areIntelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction,The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University, andBrain Briefs, which he co-authored with Art Markman, his co-host on the public radio program and podcast Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT Radio in Austin.


Pandora Bryce

Convince me: Adult Learning in Action
Friday, May 26

Convince me: Make Your Teaching Memorable (This is a separate session!)
Saturday, May 27

Adult Learning Q&A with Pandora Bryce
Saturday, May 28

Pandora Bryce

Pandora Bryce holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto, where she has been a lecturer since 1985. She is a registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association, and has given recitals, masterclasses, pedagogy courses and teacher development workshops in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico and the U.S. Her recordings include scores for film and television, and ten CDs on the Solitudes and Avalon labels. In recent years, she has published over sixty articles in academic journals and magazines. A concert flutist, educator, trainer, and coach, Dr. Bryce is also active outside of the Suzuki world, working with managers, educators, salespeople, and athletes in academic and business settings. She currently designs and delivers training at one of Canada’s largest banks. Her role includes designing face-to-face and e-learning programs, doing one-on-one business coaching, and training other trainers in corporate settings and in the virtual classroom. Her seminars have been called “inspiring” and “densely packed with useful information.”


Kate Einarson

1-2-”Ready”-Play: When are young children ready for music lessons?
Saturday, May 27, 1:00 PM

Kate Einarson

Kate Einarson has been teaching music for more than a decade, and earned a PhD studying musical development. Before moving to Ontario in 2009, she taught for the University of Manitoba Suzuki Program and maintained a studio from her home in Winnipeg. Now living in Toronto, she teaches violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Music for the Oakville Suzuki Association, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Ontario. In addition to teacher training from the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Kate also has training in the Orff-Schulwerk Method of music instruction. She specializes in teaching young beginners, and is a member of the Suzuki Association of Ontario, the Early Childhood Music Educators Association of Ontario, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the International Society for Music Education.

Kate completed her Ph.D. at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind studying the development of musical knowledge in infants and children, and the effects of music training on children’s abilities. When she is not teaching, she also conducts Suzuki-related research as part of the International Research Symposium on Talent Education.


Cellissimo

Cellissimo! 
Performance: Saturday, May 27, 8:00 PM, Deer Creek Ballroom

Cellissimo 2016

Cellissimo is the senior performing cello ensemble from the joint schools of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. The group is co-directed by Sally Gross and Alex Revoal and is accompanied by Jon Neuhoff. Formed in 2009, the group’s first out of state performance was at the 2010 SAA Conference. Since then, the group has performed extensively in the northern Illinois area as well as on tour to southwestern Ontario, Ottawa, Montreal and more locally to St. Louis and Madison/Milwaukee. Cellissimo performs a mixture of classical and pop repertoire in unison and ensemble formats, varying from original compositions to arrangements and ranging from two to nine parts.