From June 19th-June 28th I had the wonderful opportunity to do a teacher’s training certification course at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for the Suzuki teaching method, specifically Book 1 out of 10 total books for the violin.
I had to participate in 15 hours of observations and 28 hours of total class time. It was pretty extensive but very much worth all of the work.
During my training I learned the philosophies of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, his methods, and observed group and private lessons that were taught by well seasoned Suzuki Teachers. I met many talented and wise musicians who were willing to pass on their knowledge to me.
The backdrop for my training was beautiful! I was able to live in a cabin for the 9 days I participated in this training. There were a lot of bugs and we may or may not have had a family of mice living in our cabin, but the woods were so peaceful and I enjoyed waking up to the birds chirping early in the mornings each day.
On top of my classes and observations I participated in 2 faculty orchestra concerts, was an audience member in 2 student recitals, helped tune some of the students for group classes and performances, and was able to network with fascinating people from around the country. I am excited to continue learning more and continue to improve my teaching skills!
“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” -Shinichi Suzuki