MaryLou Roberts

MaryLou Roberts

MaryLou Roberts teaches Suzuki Guitar and is Coordinator of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute. As a Suzuki Teacher Trainer in Guitar, she helps establish programs throughout the Americas and in Europe. She served for 4 years on the SAA Board of Directors, and is currently the ISA guitar committee chair, and a Board member of the Guitar Foundation of America. BM Guitar Performance, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, MM Cleveland Institute of Music, Pi Kappa Lambda and Valedictorian.

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Practical Advice for Video Assisted Instruction

March 17, 2020 by MaryLou Roberts

Never has there been a more important time to use the words of advice attributed to Theodore Roosevelt: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” There is something each of us can do! Students and families are… Read more ▶

Including Parents in the Lesson

Including Parents in the Lesson

Setting the Tone of the Lesson Using Tonalization

Setting the Tone of the Lesson Using Tonalization

Attending a Conference on a Budget

Attending a Conference on a Budget

Ethics Column Engaging Our Colleagues

Ethics Column: Engaging Our Colleagues

Nurturing Parents Ethics Part 4

Nurturing Parents: Ethics Part 4

Guitars Make History at the Conference

September 1, 2012 by MaryLou Roberts

There were many memorable moments at the 2012 SAA Conference, 40 and Forward! It was a great time to share our love and passion for teaching, try some new music for guitar ensemble, listen to our colleagues, and dream of… Read more ▶

The Suzuki Guitar Experience

April 4, 2012 by Mychal Gendron, MaryLou Roberts

Reprinted from Soundboard magazine, Volume XXXVII, No. 3, 2011, pg. 42-47, with the kind permission of the Guitar Foundation of America Angela walks confidentially to center stage, wearing her best concert clothes, carrying her prized guitar with her right hand low… Read more ▶

Leadership Retreat WrapUp

August 11, 2011 by Susan Baer, Sally Gross, Gail Lange, Deborah Moench, Patricia Purcell, MaryLou Roberts

S—T—R—E—T—C—H It’s been a long time coming. I hadn’t even considered the possibility that I might be one until relatively recently. And to actually take on the role and don the mantel, to embrace the responsibility was like diving into the… Read more ▶

Attending a Conference on a Budget

June 13, 2011 by MaryLou Roberts

I have to admit that before I attended my first conference, I wasn’t sure why everyone was so excited about it. My colleagues thought it was one of the most important Suzuki events for a teacher to attend, saying you… Read more ▶

Remembering Frank Longay

May 25, 2011 by Andrea Cannon, Mychal Gendron, Seth Himmelhoch, William Kossler, Andrew LaFreniere, David Madsen, Joseph Pecoraro, MaryLou Roberts

It is with difficulty and great sadness that the SAA Guitar Committee has attempted to put into words our sense of loss over the recent passing of Frank Longay. Read more ▶

Ask the Experts 18 Diversity

December 13, 2010 by MaryLou Roberts

How can the SAA help increase the racial and ethnic diversity of students and teachers attending institutes and conferences? Diversity begins in the studio of each teacher. Encouraging families that are less fortunate or with different cultural backgrounds can be handled… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts 17 Community

December 6, 2010 by MaryLou Roberts

How can the SAA help us to create a community in our home programs primarily among teachers? One of the most wonderful features among Suzuki teachers is the sense of community. I am always received positively by the teachers I meet… Read more ▶

Ask the Experts 15 Cost of Teacher Training

October 18, 2010 by MaryLou Roberts

In this troubled economy, how can teachers be expected to afford the high cost of teacher training? Every business expects to re-invest some of the profits back into that business. The percentage can vary, from 10% to 50%, with newer businesses… Read more ▶

Building Community The International Suzuki Guitar Festival

December 10, 2008 by MaryLou Roberts

On July 7, 2008 we began an exciting new event in the development of Suzuki Guitar in North America: the first International Suzuki Guitar Festival, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in sunny California. No one knew quite what… Read more ▶

XXII International Suzuki Festival

May 1, 2007 by Caroline Fraser, Doris Koppelman, MaryLou Roberts, Mary Halverson Waldo, Kelly Williamson

Lima, Peru, January 8-27, 2007 One of our most inspiring participants was Cecilia Zarate, a former Suzuki piano and violin student from Cordoba, Argentina, home to one of the oldest Suzuki programs in Latin America. Now a professional violinist and teacher,… Read more ▶


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