by Jonathan Smith
A Suzuki Institute is a rich musical environment that immerses a student and family for a week. Dr. Suzuki believed that a child needs the right environment in which to strive musically. Motivation does not come by itself but is acquired through positive enriching experiences.
I started playing the violin when I was four and did not overly enjoy practicing that much. My mother set up a practice time for me each morning so it became part of my daily routine like brushing my teeth before going to bed. As I got older it was even more difficult for me to practice with the many different activities I partook in as well as a busy school schedule. This became especially true in high school because of sports and the difficulty of school. However every summer from age 4 to the end of high school I went to a Suzuki Institute for a week and practicing was easy and fun there! One of my favorite classes was my chamber group where we got to learn a trio, quartet, or quintet and perform it at a high level by the end of the week! I was easily able to practice a lot and enjoy it because everyone was doing it there and it was a great experience to be making music with so many other Suzuki students.
We believe that musical creativity can come in many forms. In order to become a well-rounded musician it is important that a student be exposed to a variety of musical avenues.
We will be offering the following enrichment classes during the 2017 San Diego Suzuki Institute:
Comprised of 3-4 musicians, typically a combination of violin, viola and cello. Each chamber group will be led by a coach that will help to develop small ensemble skills.
Semi-private lesson with 3-4 students. Each student will take turns having hands on instruction with a trained Suzuki teacher while being able to learn from watching the other lessons.
Movie Soundtrack Composition
Using musical skills and materials participants already have, soundtracks will be created for one or more videos. Materials can include singing, playing, Suzuki literature, smart phones or tablets. Each group will work together to learn how to compose new soundtracks for videos.
The San Diego Suzuki Institute is very motivated to become a community resource for not only students but teachers as well. We are very pleased to be offering the following workshops at our 2017 institute:
July 31 - August 2
1:00 - 3:00pm
Every Child Can!
Every Child Can! is an introductory course on the Suzuki philosophy and its application to education. For parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others, this course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning. For teachers, ECC serves as the first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Development Program.
1:00 - 3:00pm
Nurturing Suzuki Parents to Grow a Thriving Community
with Dr. Alice Ann M O'Neill
This teacher workshop will offer various ideas for helping Suzuki Parents to become well-trained and confident home teachers for their children. We will discuss how confident and dedicated Suzuki Parents can help Suzuki studios and programs to grow and become thriving communities. This will be a non-instrument specific workshop and is open to both Suzuki teachers and parents.
We are very pleased to be able to announce that 2017 registration is now open.
It was a long road transitioning SDSI from its predecessor, Strings by the Sea, into its current form. Everything from class offerings to finances had to be reassessed. We are very grateful for all the hard work the Strings by the Sea directors put into making their camp run successfully for twenty years. Glen Campbell and Karla Holland-Moritz paved the way for a lot of young musicians' careers with their vision.
We are excited to be able to continue their legacy with this new Suzuki institute. Having a registered Suzuki institute will allow for new opportunities for the local community. We are hoping to not only provide a quality experience for the students attending the institute but to also provide teacher training avenues for the teachers in the area.
So here's hoping for a smooth first year and we look forward to meeting everyone!
At its most basic definition, a Suzuki Institute is an event lasting four full consecutive days or longer where the program’s emphasis centers on the Suzuki repertoire. All Suzuki Institutes must follow the class and teacher guidelines provided by their regional association. The goal of a summer institute is to provide a positive and inspiring experience for young musicians. Being able to interact with other young musicians and learn from new teachers is a vital part of any aspiring artists' career.
Class schedules will vary between institutes but students may generally expect to have several different types of repertoire and technique classes, orchestra or ensemble class and concert performance or attendance. Many institutes also offer a "masterclass" style of lesson. These classes usually have three to four children in them, each receiving a ten to fifteen minute mini private lesson. In the Suzuki Method, observation is seen as something just as important as participation.
Since the class structures are sanctioned by the regional association, many institutes here in the USA use the events as a means of offering short-term teacher training. Teacher participants attend separate classes hosted by a Suzuki teacher trainer and use the institute classes as a means of observing other teachers at work.
If you are a skilled professional musician that has an interest in helping children develop through the study of music. You may be interested in the learning more about the Suzuki approach to music education. The Suzuki Method provides a unique approach for musicians to help children and families. It also provides many opportunities for musicians to promote their own growth as musicians, teachers, and human beings.
The Suzuki is one of the main teaching methods used in music education in North America. The Suzuki Method has been successfully used in many diverse situations and is widely recognized by many national music organizations. As more teachers, students, and parents have experienced the results of the method, interest in it has increased. This has resulted in a rising need for certified Suzuki teachers here in the States and all over the world.
How to become a Certified Suzuki Teacher?
There are several steps that one must take in the process of becoming a certified Suzuki teacher. The first step is to take ECC or and Every Child Can course. This course is an introduction to the Suzuki philosophy and Method. This course not only benefits potential music teachers but also parents, non music teachers, and anyone else who is planning on working with children.
The next step is to join the Suzuki Association of Americas as an active teacher member which requires paying yearly dues for your active membership and creating a profile on the SAA website. Once you complete this you will need to submit a teacher training video audition to be accepted for basic, intermediate, or comprehensive training. Each one has different requirements that can be found on the SAA website.
If you are accepted into one of these programs then you are now eligible to take the Unit training courses. Units 1,2, and 3 must be taken in order and can be found at the institutes and workshops that take place during the summer. Once you finish and pass your Unit course it will be officially registered with the SAA by the Institute or trainer teaching your course. It will also show up on your online profile as certified in this unit.