Suzuki Early Childhood Education
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American Suzuki Journal 38.4

Previously printed in American Suzuki Journal 38.4. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2010 Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Lynn McCall

Lynn McCall was named the first SAA teacher trainer for SECE in the US in 2015.  She received her Suzuki training and mentoring from Dorothy Jones and Leena Crothers. She is director and co-founder of Alyla Suzuki Early Childhood Music School in New Haven, CT, which was founded as the pilot program in Connecticut and the Northeast for SECE in 2006. She maintains an active piano studio since 1995. She is a clinician for national and international teacher workshops and institutes, including 2013 SECE faculty for the Suzuki World Conference in Matsumoto, Japan. Lynn is a founding member and serves on the SAA SECE committee. She is the proud mother of two grown sons and lives in Connecticut with her husband.

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Shirley Jamison Star

Shirley Jamison Star teaches violin/fiddle in the Ottawa (KS) Suzuki Strings, directs SECE, and is assistant to the director for Absolutely Ottawa! summer programs. She holds a BME, summa cum laude, from Houston Baptist University (violin performance, all-level music education, certification in ECE, LLD, Kindergarten). She studied with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan and completed SAA coursework in Books 1-10, advanced literature enrichment courses, SECE coursework. She has taught at Suzuki workshops/institutes across the US. From 1979-2004, Shirley taught Suzuki violin, viola, and ECE at Parker Music Academy (Houston ISD), worked with Texas student orchestras, maintained a private studio, and performed as a freelance violinist. She directed the US Olympic Festival Fiddlers for the 1986 US Olympic Festival Opening Ceremonies and has chaired several regional/national fiddling competitions. She was SAA Conference SECE Assistant Coordinator (2008), Coordinator (2010), and Presenter (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018).

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