Suzuki Principles in Action, January 14 – 15, 2017

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Instructor: Joanne Melvin

Registration and more info at the SAA website,

Schedule:  Jan 14 (Sat) 9:00am-4:00pm and Jan 15 (Sun) 9:00am-3:00pm.

Saturday lunch provided by ASA.

Location: Northern Arizona University North Valley Campus
15451 N 28th Ave
Phoenix AZ 85053

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.

Topics include:

  • 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!

Registration Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Price: $175.00

Register at the SAA Website:

Minimum number of participants needed for course to run, please register early and share with your friends!

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