What is SPA?
Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The course focuses on how to teach, not what to teach. It allows for the sharing of ideas among all instrument areas. SPA is based on Dr. Suzuki’s belief that knowledge is an important first step, but “knowledge plus 10,000 times” is what produces ability. This important principle, which teachers frequently explain to their students, applies equally to the art of teaching.
What are the principles that SPA reinforces?
The inspiration for SPA came from a need, identified by both Trainers and Teacher Workshop Participants, to deal with the challenges of implementing the knowledge gained from Unit courses into the reality of day-to-day studio teaching.
Setting standards of excellence for students at all levels
Identifying the appropriate time to move ahead in the repertoire
Incorporating regular, productive review work in daily teaching and practicing
Incorporating ear training and learning by ear in daily teaching
Focusing attention on tone development
Giving productive, balanced, frequent feedback to students
Communicating effectively and working productively with parents
Structuring lessons to facilitate successful progress
These are all issues that surface repeatedly in Teacher Workshop courses and in communications among colleagues. The course offers thoughtful exploration of these topics—topics that spring from the Suzuki principles that have been articulated in the Every Child Can! course and other Teacher Workshop courses—to help us to move towards a realization of the potential that Suzuki education offers.
Who should attend?
Any teacher—from the very experienced to the novice—who has completed training through Book 1, is an SAA member, and has taught a minimum of one year. Teachers of all Suzuki instruments are welcome!
What special values result from taking the course?
SPA is required for those applying for the SAA’s Certificate of Achievement and is highly recommended to those working toward becoming Teacher Trainers. SPA provides tools for assessing and evaluating one’s own teaching. Course materials include guides, articles and activities to reinforce and expand on the ideas presented in the class.
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