Part 4
The Joys and Benefits of Group Class

May 23, 2016, ASJ 44.3
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American Suzuki Journal 44.3

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 44.3. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2016 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Pat D’Ercole

Patricia D’Ercole is a Suzuki violin teacher and teacher trainer. She did long-term training with Margery Aber and studied with Dr. Suzuki. She has been a clinician in 23 states and 7 foreign countries. Pat has written numerous articles for the ASJ, was chair of the SAA Board of Directors, and a member of the Every Child Can! and Suzuki Principles in Action Committees. She was the founding president of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and has been co-coordinator for the International Research Symposium on Talent Education since 1995. Through her leadership, a collection of videos which chronicles Dr. Suzuki’s teaching at the American Suzuki Institute in 1976, is now preserved on the web. Pat created the UWSP Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program, a year-long online practicum for Suzuki teachers. Most recently, Pat is the Director Emerita of the Aber Suzuki Center at the UW-Stevens Point.

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Kate Einarson

Dr. Kate Einarson works in the research institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Her specialty is ensuring that child development research achieves the greatest possible impact for children, families, service providers, and across systems. She also conducts music pedagogy research as co-coordinator of the International Research Symposium for Talent Education (IRSTE). She has taught instrumental and early childhood music for over 15 years, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Ontario.

Kate holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University, where she conducted research as part of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. Her research interests include human development through infancy, childhood, and adolescence, with attention to the effect of environment on skill acquisition, prosocial behaviour, and health. She is an award-winning speaker and teacher, a dog lover, and co-host of the “art project disguised as a podcast” called Music for PhDs.

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Elizabeth Guerriero

Elizabeth M. Guerriero, Ph.D. (Penn State University, ‘11) consults for regional and national nonprofits across the United States.  Apt at leading organizational transformation, Dr. Guerriero served as Executive Director of Integrative Arts and subsequently as Interim Executive Director of Westrick Music Academy. In 2019, Dr. Guerriero was a Finalist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Ovation Award for Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education.

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Karin Hendricks is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Boston University, with previous positions held at Ball State University and the University of Illinois. At the university level, she has taught courses in music education research, sociology and psychology of music, string pedagogy, and contemporary and nontraditional practices in music education. Before moving to the collegiate level, she taught public school orchestra for 13 years. She is an active youth orchestra clinician and private string instructor, and has won several awards for her teaching. She currently serves as national secretary for the American String Teachers Association.

Dr. Hendricks has presented workshops at national and international conferences, and has published papers in a variety of academic journals. She has served in local, national, and international leadership capacities, and as a peer reviewer for professional and scholarly journals. Her research interests include social psychology and early childhood string pedagogy, with a particular focus on contextual and cultural influences upon motivation, self-belief, and musical engagement.

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Nancy Mitchell holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Toronto. She teaches K-8 music for the Durham District School Board and maintains an active private piano studio.

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