Reimagining Literacy for String Teachers

Instructor: Winifred Crock

January 21 (Sat) and January 22 (Sun), 2023 Online via Zoom

Schedule: January 21 (Sat), 12:00-6:00pm and January 20 (Sun), 1:00-5:00pm (Arizona Time)

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: $200 for 2 days, $125 for one day (Sat only)

Registration deadline: Jan 20, 2023

10 hour SAA Enrichment course option, 100 percent participation required to be registered with SAA. Participants must be an active SAA member to register the course.

Course Description:

Winfred Crock
2019 Suzuki in the Schools Workshop
2019 Class Participants

The umbrella of skills that determine literacy for musicians includes aural skills, translating notation, sight reading notation and an understanding of applicable music theory. The sequential pedagogy involved in teaching these skills is detailed and important. Join Winifred as she explores new concepts, sequences and materials for teaching literacy skills to string students. Discussions will include reimagined detailed learning sequences that foster all aspects of literacy for the studio or classroom student including teaching aural skills, transition to visual notation, developing fluent sight reading and teaching applicable music theory as it relates to string instruments.


  • understanding sequences of aural skills as they apply to literacy
  • exploring the preparatory skills necessary before visual notation is introduced
  • sequencing the preparatory stages of visual literacy
  • understanding issues with the music notation system
  • teaching the feel of meter change
  • teaching triple and compound meter
  • understanding issues with rhythm and how they relate to success or challenges in reading
  • understanding definitions of reading sight reading and their important to sequential growth
  • understanding strands of learning as they apply to Suzuki philosophy and literacy
  • challenging the easy reader and assisting those that may have issues
  • understanding technical study and its relationship to reading fluency
  • developing sequential teaching of music theory for strings

A variety of materials will be used and referenced during the class. Multiple handouts will be available to you through a shared google drive online several days before the class begins.

The following materials will be used in this class. I encourage you to have them.

You will better be able to interact with us in the activities that we do and understand the sequence and concepts we cover with material examples in front of you.

Suzuki Volume 1 for your instrument

Learning Together: Sequential Repertoire for Solo Strings or String Ensemble Alfred Music

            Volume 1 and 2 for your instrument

            (Alfred Music will provide a violin Volume 2 for you for this workshop)

Pattern Play Teacher Volume and Student Volume 1 and 2.

Pattern Play Flash Drive 2020 Projections for Classroom Use, Forrester Press

Pattern Play materials are available at Southwest Strings

            and at Midwest Sheet Music at

All participants will need to have their instrument for the class. 

 In demand as a clinician, lecturer and conductor, Winifred Crock has lectured at Midwest, NAFME, ASTA and SAA conferences and has been the featured string clinician at universities and conferences across the country and internationally. Mrs. Crock was the Director of Orchestras at Parkway Central High School, Parkway School District, for over 25 years and has maintained a private violin studio in suburban St. Louis, Missouri for far longer. Mrs. Crock holds music degrees from SIU-E and Kent State University. She is a graduate of the Suzuki Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan under the tutelage of Shinichi Suzuki, is a SAA Teacher Trainer and is a certified Kodály method instructor. Mrs. Crock has been named the Missouri ASTA Private Studio Teacher of the Year, the Missouri ASTA Secondary String Teacher of the Year, the St Louis Symphony Educator of the Year, St Louis Arts Educator of the Year, the NFHA Outstanding Music Educator of the Midwest, and the ASTA Elizabeth Green National School Educator. She is also a recipient of the Singer Prize for Excellence in Secondary Education. She is the author of publications including the Pattern Play for Strings Series, and with Laurie Scott and William Dick, the Learning Together Series, They have also been the recipients of the SAA Community Learning Award.