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Teacher Workshop with Thalia Greenhalgh


Date: February 25, 2018 (Sunday)IMG_3446

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Location: 5711 N Echo Canyon Circle. Phoenix Az 85018

Course Description: Thalia’s class will discuss how she has built a sense of community within her own Suzuki studio through the many extra events she offers, including summer camp, pajama parties, special teen events, parents talks, practice-a-thons, etc. She also very passionate about having her students give back to the community.  Her performance group, The MetroGnomes, performs frequently in hospitals, nursing homes, museums, and parks as well as at charitable events and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local and international charities.  Thalia believes all of these extra events and especially the community service has created a very bonded and motivated group of students, and is key to keeping students from leaving a Suzuki program as they enter their teens and become more advanced.

BIO: Thalia Greenhalgh, violinist, pursued her music studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Evansville, Indiana University, and Hunter College.  She is a graduate of the two-year Suzuki teacher-training program at The School for Strings in New York City and was on faculty there for many years beginning in 1979.  She has also founded and directed Suzuki programs in New Jersey and Long Island, NY, where she moved with her family in 1985.  Her studio currently has about 60 students, each of whom she sees twice a week for individual and group lessons.  Her student performance group, The MetroGnomes, regularly performs throughout the New York metropolitan area and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for a variety of charities through its performances and recordings. Thalia is a frequent guest speaker and teacher at Suzuki workshops and institutes throughout the United States and abroad.  As a Suzuki parent to three now grown children, including a violinist, pianist, and cellist, Thalia brings much insight to her popular parent talks.

Info: The fee is $20. This class is open to all teachers (any instrument). Teachers must be current ASA members, or join ASA ($10/year). The Teacher will take place at the home of Leslie Turner (ASA violin teacher). All teachers must register by Friday, Feb. 23.


PAPER FORM (print and mail check): ASA Teacher Workshop 2.25.18


Step 1: Fill out online registration,

Step 2: Pay via PayPal, Teacher Workshop Payment

More info, please email

Pictures from 2017 Fall Workshop!

2017 Fall Workshop Pictures


Gail Acosta leads the violin groups at the final concert.


Kristina Beachell leads the orchestra

Cello Choir

Diana Parmeter and Cello Choir

Wesley Skinner gives a cello master class.

Wesley Skinner gives a cello master class.


Patrick Clark and Fiddling


Patrick Clark and Fiddling

Patrick Clark

Patrick Clark fiddles under the trees.


Kari Weldon teaches the singing class.


Jun Kaneko exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden.

Mary Wilkening at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Diana Parmeter at DBG.

Diana Parmeter at Jun Kaneko exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden.

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