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MA Suzuki Festival 2022
Teacher & Volunteer Information

Teacher Workshops


Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13 - Teacher Workshops


Join fellow Suzuki teachers to gain enrichment and inspiration from Festival clinicians! All workshops are held online and open to teachers of any instrument.


1 hour 30 min workshop tuition: $30

Classes will be recorded and provided for future viewing.

Workshop Descriptions:


Saturday, March 12 at 2:30-4:00 PM:

The Intersection of Teaching the Alexander Technique and the Suzuki Method

- with Angela Leidig

This workshop is to introduce some principles of the Alexander Technique that teachers can use for themselves while teaching to help their students play more easily, comfortably and dynamically. We will explore posture, support, touch and address some of the most common issues we see with tension, tone and the mind/body connection to playing, practicing and teaching. Please bring your instrument, a notebook, a cup or mug, a ball, some chocolate (or fruit), and a yoga mat.

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Saturday, March 12 at 4:15-5:45 PM:

Creative Composing: Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicianship

-with Nancy Modell

Expand your vision for your students by learning ways to introduce composition in your studio. Composing is your students’ opportunity to capture and communicate original ideas and personal emotions through music. It is a joyous activity as well as an invaluable pedagogical tool to enhance musicianship and improve reading skills. By melding the roles of composer and performer, a student, at any performance or theory level achieves a remarkable artistic feat while enjoying the creative process.

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Sunday, March 13 at 2:15-3:45 PM:
Truly Playing by Ear
- with Daina Staggs

The Suzuki approach is a by ear method, but what does it mean to "play by ear?" What is going on in the mind and on the instrument? How can we tell a student is truly playing by ear? In this session, we will cover exercises for the readiness to play truly by ear, the pathways to unlocking this skill for students, and the possibilities for creativity that become available when a student develops the ability to connect with the musical expression within themselves and convey their vision with ease and joy.


Sunday, March 13 at 4:00-5:30 PM:

Teaching Kit for Group Lessons: tactics for fun and rewarding group classes

- with Dr. Shu-Yi Scott

Based on the belief that "Every Child Can", Dr. Shu-Yi Scott has developed more than 10 tactics, including use of teaching toys and games, for Suzuki group class teaching. Any Suzuki teachers can use these tactics to make their group classes more inclusive and encouraging for students at all levels of playing, especially for transferred students or remedial learning.

Teacher Observation Passes:

Saturday, March 12 Observation Pass*: $25 online

Observe student masterclasses. Observations will be available via Zoom link.

Saturday, March 12 Observation Pass*: $25 online

Observe student group classes. Observations will be available via Zoom link.

Saturday + Sunday Observation Pass*: $45 online 

Please note: No recordings of classes for future observation will be available.

(*Teacher Workshops not included with Observation Passes. Please purchase separately.)

Send Students to the Festival

Send your students to the Festival! Teachers who send 10+ students can attend the whole weekend for free; which includes observing both days, and attending any teacher workshops.  Students often experience a big motivational boost from the Festival.  You can encourage them to attend and help them prepare the appropriate repertoire.  You will be notified when 10 of your students have registered. Please fill out the Teacher Registration form to let us know which events you will be attending.

Flyers to share and spread the word:

General MA Suzuki Festival Flyer

Festival Violin/Viola Flyer

Festival Cello Flyer

Festival Piano Flyer

Festival Guitar Flyer


Volunteering at the Festival is a fun and easy way to get connected with your local Suzuki community. In exchange for volunteering 2+ hours, you will receive a Saturday and Sunday Observer Pass for free! (Please note, Teacher Workshops are not included and must be registered and paid for).  


All Volunteers will be required to provide proof of vaccination from Covid-19.


If you’d like to volunteer, please sign-up for duties here on Sign-up Genius Form.  Once you have signed-up for volunteer duties, please also remember to fill out the Teacher Registration Form.  

We would love your help with the following:  

  • Help t-shirt mailings.

  • Take pictures of the Festival:  Help us document this amazing experience!

  • Zoom Room Co-Host

  • Music Sharing Recital Host

*All information subject to change--please check the website regularly for up-to-date information!