ASA Fall Workshop

September 23, 2023

What: ASA Fall Workshop

Who: Suzuki violin, viola, cello, guitar of all ages and levels

When: Saturday, Sept 23, 2023 from 9:00am-3:00pm

Where: Orangewood Church, 7321 N 10th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020

Why: Play music together and have fun!!!


  • 8:30am Arrive and check-in (you will receive your schedule for the day)
  • 9:00-12:00pm Classes
  • 12:00pm Bring your own lunch and eat in the courtyard
  • 12:35-12:50 Lunch-time fiddle concert featuring Patrick Clark in the courtyard
  • Classes
  • 2:00-3:00 Workshop Celebration Concert

Classes: Students will have a Master Class (semi private lesson), Group Class (Suzuki Repertoire, see review lists), and Orchestra (Bk 2 and up) or Enrichment (Bk 1) Class.

Pre-Twinkle Students: Pre-Twinkle students are invited to join for morning classes only. Each student will have 3 classes: Master Class (semi private lesson), Group Class and Enrichment Class. Pre-Twinkle students will be done at 12pm, but are welcome to stay and watch the 2pm Celebration Concert in the Sanctuary.

Friday Session with Dr. Louise Scott: This class is FULL!

Dr. Louise Scott will offer master classes for Suzuki violin and viola students and teachers on Friday at Orangewood Church in Phoenix. Each student will play for no more than 20 minutes, any age or level is welcome, limited to first 8 students to sign up. The teacher of the student is required to attend, all teachers are welcome to observe. Students are encouraged to stay and observe other students.

Orchestra: Students in Book 2 and up will have an orchestra class. After your registration is received, you and your teacher will be emailed the orchestra music. Please print and practice the music before workshop day, ask your teacher for help learning the music if needed.  Bring your music and a music stand with your child’s name on it to workshop.

Lunch: Families will provide their own lunches. While there are restaurants in the area, we encourage you to bring your own lunch so that we can enjoy them together in the courtyard! ASA will provide water and snacks.

Parents: A parent or responsible adult must attend workshop with their student. As a Suzuki workshop, the Suzuki Triangle student – parent – teacher, participation is important.

Registration deadlines: Early-bird discount deadline is Sept. 9, regular deadline is Sept. 16. No same day registrations.

Workshop Fees:

Early-bird discount $65 (includes ASA family membership). Additional students are $55. Pre-twinkle class is $40.  Friday Master class is $20. Friday class is FULL.

After Sept 9: Regular fee is $75 (includes ASA family membership). Additional students are $65. Pre-twinkle class is $50.  Friday Session with Dr. Louise Scott is $20.

Registration fee includes one year ASA family membership.

Registration Instructions

Registration is closed

Workshop Review Lists


Violin review list:

Suzuki Violin Review List

Book 1: Twinkles, Lightly Row, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Allegro, Perpetual Motion, The Happy Farmer

Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus, Theme from Witches’ Dance

Book 3: Humoresque

Book 4: Concerto No 2 in G Major, 3rd Mvt. by Seitz

Book 5: Country Dance

Book 8: Tambourin


Book 1: Twinkles, French Folk Song, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Perpetual Motion, Rigadoon, Minuet 2 (Bk 1 viola students add May Song)

Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus, March in G

Book 3: Lully Gavotte

Book 4: Chanson Triste

Book 5: Vivaldi E Minor 2nd movement

Book 6: Tarantella


Book 1: Twinkles, Lightly Row, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Perpetual Motion, Are You Sleeping, Brother John? French Folk Song 

Book 2: Suzuki Allegro, A Toye, Paganini Corrente, Calatayud Waltz 

Book 3: Nonesuch, Greensleeves, Packington’s Pound, Paganini Waltz

Book 4: Sor Etude

Book 7: Vivaldi RV 93 II. Largo & III. Allegro  

Workshop Teachers

Gail Acosta (Violin & Viola)

Gail A. Acosta, violin, viola, a native of Indiana, began her musical studies at the age of 5. Coming from a family of violinists, she was awarded scholarships to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, University of Illinois String Festival, Miami University in Ohio, Bay View Chamber Music Festival, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and the University of Southern California. A B.M. was awarded from UNC-Greensboro where she studied with Marla Mutschler and performed with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Acosta was also awarded the Tom J. Stone Award for performance excellence and was winner of the University Concerto Competition. The University of Southern California granted her a teaching assistantship to study with Eudice Shapiro and perform with the USC Graduate String Quartet coached by Gabor Rejto. She received an M.M. summa cum laude and was honored the String Chamber Music Ensemble Award. As an active performer, Ms. Acosta has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, The Orchestra of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mozart Camerata, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, Oregon, the Ojai Music Festival, California, Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival, California and La Folia Chamber Ensemble.

An avid teacher and supporter of music education for young students, Ms. Acosta has taught across the United States at many major string workshops and universities.

She is a member of the American String Teachers Association, Suzuki Music Association of California-
Los Angeles Branch, Suzuki Association of the Americas and Musician’s Union Local 47. Gail lives in Valley Village, CA, where she is Suzuki String Coordinator at Evergreen Music Conservatory, maintains a private studio of violin and viola students, coordinates and teaches the Kindergarten/1st Grade Suzuki String Program at Colfax Charter Elementary (180 little violinists!) and is an Adjunct Violin/Viola Professor at Glendale Community College. Her home in Valley Village, CA with her husband, Jerry and son, Michael is filled with music!

Mary Beth Tyndall (Cello)

Mary Beth Tyndall teaches cello in Tucson, Arizona. Her students range in age from 4 to 74 years of age.
From the youngest Suzuki families to the mature beginners they are held together by their love for
music, the amazing voice of the cello and the sense of community she tries to foster in her studio.
Recently retired from a 38-year career in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Mary Beth still is an active
member of the Southwest String Quartet, and regularly coaches for local youth and community
orchestras. She is co-chair of the annual Tucson Cello Congress at the University of Arizona, and in 2016
she was named Outstanding Studio Teacher by the Arizona Chapter of the American String Teachers
She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and cello performance from Ball State University and a
master’s degree in cello performance from the University of Arizona. She began her Suzuki teacher
training in 1983 with Yvonne Tait in Tucson and completed the series at many summer institutes.
Her students have performed solos with local orchestras and a few have gone on to conservatory level
study and national awards. She feels privileged to work with wonderful individuals and families and to
help them express themselves and grow emotionally and intellectually.

Dr. Louise Scott (Violin Masterclass for students and teachers)

Louise Scott is Violin and Pedagogy Professor Emerita in the School of Music at Northern Arizona University. She received a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Master of Music in Violin Performance with Walter Verdehr at Michigan State with further work at Indiana University with Josef Gingold, and Tadeusz Wronski. In 1980, she completed her doctorate in Violin Performance at the University of Arizona where she studied with John Ferrell. In addition, she completed teacher training in the Suzuki Method with John Kendall at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

During her music career, she has been a member of many orchestras including the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Tucson Symphony and she has been has been Concertmaster for the Arizona Opera since 1993 and Concertmaster of the Flagstaff Symphony since 1985. In addition to her orchestral work, she regularly performs chamber music with colleagues at NAU and with her husband, Frank Scott, who is Director of the Piano Program at NAU.

Dr. Scott regularly presents master classes, workshops and clinics across the country, especially with advanced students in the Suzuki method. Summer workshops include the Hawaii Suzuki Institute, the NAU Suzuki Institute, the Alaska Suzuki Institute, the Black Hills South Dakota Advanced String Camp, the Oregon Suzuki Institute, the Stanford Advanced String Camp, the Southern California Suzuki Institute, and the Curry Summer Music Camp at NAU.

She has been actively involved in national string teaching organizations, including the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association, serving as President of the Arizona ASTA from 1990 to 1992 and presently serves on the board of the Arizona Suzuki Association. As a Violin Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Dr. Scott has provided Suzuki training to many students who are now teaching in schools and programs across the country.

Dr. Scott was awarded the Northern Arizona University Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992, membership in Phi Kappa Phi in 1996 and the Arizona American String Teacher Association Outstanding Studio Teacher Award in 2011. She served as the Director of the School of Music at NAU from 2002 to 2006.

Josh Pierce (Guitar Masterclass)

BIO coming soon!

Amy Bennett (Orchestra)

Amy Bennett has been the orchestra director at Highland Junior High since the school opened in 1998. Along with teaching at HJHS, Mrs. Bennett also teaches orchestra at Highland High School. She has bachelors degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance from Northern Arizona University and a masters degree in Music Education from Arizona State University.

Patrick Clark (Fiddle)

Since the age of 5 years old, Patrick Clark has been a Suzuki kid. Born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ, Patrick attended the Suzuki Prep School, founded by the now retired Dr. Louise Scott. A few years into his time at the prep school, Patrick discovered a love of fiddling. By age 8 he was competing in fiddle competitions while maintaining his classical training. 

Fast forward to college, Patrick had collected several state championship Jr. Division titles as a fiddler and multiple regional and music camp concert master positions. Upon starting college, Patrick won both the 4 Corners Regional Championship and the Arizona State Championship. In 2006 he graduated with a degree in Violin Performance with pedagogy certifications through Suzuki Book 4. While completing his degree he was hired as the fiddle player for American Idols Josh Gracin and performed across the country and on the Grand Ol Opry. 

Upon completing his degree Patrick married his wife and moved Nashville where he continued his music career performing and touring with Big and Rich, Diamond Rio, Mark Wills, Mark Chessnut, Sarah Evans, Kieth Urban, Roy Clark, Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Kelley Clarkson and an almost 4 year run as the utility player for Darius Rucker. He’s appeared on Leno, Falon, Kimmel, Letterman, Oprah, Ellen, Wendy Williams, The ACM Awards, The CMA Awards, The CMT Awards, The Grammys, and many other television shows. 

While performing was always fun, Patrick had a larger passion for education. Throughout his years of touring, Patrick maintained a private teaching studio. Upon moving to Las Vegas he performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, The Newsies, Showstoppers and many other shows while teaching at Nevada School of The Arts and in the classroom at several local charter schools. 

As an author, he wrote “Fiddling,  The Basics and Beyond,” and “Violin Fast Track.” Both are published by Hal Leonard. 

Now a father of 5, and a resident again of Flagstaff, Patrick spends more time writing real estate contracts, coaching realtors in growing their businesses, and coaches his kids soccer teams. However, he continues to keep his toes in the performing scene in Arizona and occasionally teaches violin as he has time. 

Taji Maalik aka Folade (Enrichment Drumming)

Taji Maalik aka Folade is a second-generation musician and multi-percussionist here in Arizona and has
dedicated himself to the art of music for nearly 30 years. He is currently a teaching artist at the Musical
Instrument Museum (MIM) and Phoenix Conservatory of Music (PCM), a performance artist at various
venues and events, and a drum instructor teaching various styles of music.

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