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MA Suzuki Festival 2021

Teacher & Volunteer Information

Student Schedules were emailed on Sunday, February 28th and Monday, March 1.

Schedules for Teacher Workshop and Observation Registrations and Late Student Registrations will be emailed on Friday, March 5th.

All schedules with Zoom Links are emailed via suzukifestival@gmail.com. Please check your inboxes (and spam folders).

Teacher Workshop Registration closes Friday, March 5.

No Registrations will be accepted during the festival.

Saturday, March 6 ​Teacher Workshops & Observations


Join fellow Suzuki teachers from around the state and worldwide to gain

enrichment and inspiration from Festival clinicians!


1-hour and 45-minute workshop tuition: $40

Registration of 1 or more workshops includes observation of one Saturday clinician of your choice.

Upgrade to a Saturday All-Access Observation Pass for $15 with Teacher Workshop registration for access to observe all Saturday clinicians.

All Teacher Workshops will be recorded and made available via private link for viewing following the festival. Student classes will be recorded and be available via private link for observation for 10-days following the festival.

Registration open through March 5th.

General Workshops:

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12:00-1:50pm: "Inspire the Desire to Learn" –with Jane Kutscher Reed 

(open to teachers of any instrument)

What if your students would come into your studio eager to learn? The best way to motivate others is to motivate yourself. Join this seminar to refresh your teaching strategies and learn to re-ignite learning through the often forgotten aspects of Dr. Suzuki’s vision: curiosity, inquiry and self-directed learning. 

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4:00-6:00pm: "Creative Ability Development: Improvisation for the Suzuki Student"
-with Alice Kanack     (open to teachers of any instrument)

Creative Ability Development is a teaching method designed to develop the creative part of the brain using musical improvisation as a tool. It incorporates multiple levels of structured creative ‘etudes’ for solo practice, as well as multiple levels of structured group class games!

Our workshop will provide a brief introduction to CAD philosophy along with a wealth of practical guidance for immediate use in private studio and group class settings. Special attention will be given to teaching CAD using  online platforms. Live demonstration from the multi level CAD program in Rochester, New York will be included as well as multiple interactive opportunities. Please bring your instrument to more fully participate from the privacy of your home! There is no prerequisite theory or improvisation experience needed. 

Instrument Specific Workshops:

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2:00-3:50pm: "Body Balance: Movement in String Playing that Invites Focus, Function and Fun!" - with Ann Montzka-Smelser, violin/viola

Open to all string teachers

Explore how stretches, words, motions and body mapping can promote freedom and release tension whether in person or online.

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"Instruction for the Pre-Piano Student"

2:00-4:00pm with observation at 4:30-5:30pm

–Piano Early Education Workshop with Blancamaría Montecinos Valdivia

This introduction into how to prepare class for 3 to 5 year old students will discuss the connection between "wait, ready and play", and explore ideas and sequence of activities to build preparatory skills. Learn how to prepare parents to have success working together with their child. Please have a ball (tennis size), scarf, and finger puppet ready for class.

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2:00-3:50pm: "Teaching Music Theory By Ear"

-Guitar Workshop with Mychal Gendron

Suzuki guitar instructors are uniquely positioned to help their students at all levels to bridge the gap between music theory and the actual playing of their instruments. Through ongoing dialogue and practical use of appropriate theory concepts, students can deepen their understanding of keys, scales and harmonies, and the relationships formed by these different elements of music eliminates much guesswork in learning new repertoire. All this can be achieved through the ongoing development of auditory and tactile skills, without visual references.

CANCELLED: "Attention to Tension: Helping Students Play with Ease" –Cello Workshop with David Holmes

Instrument Specific Workshops are open to teachers of any instrument that may be interested in a particular topic.

Festival Observation Passes

Observation Passes allow you to observe Saturday student masterclasses and Sunday student group and enrichment classes. Classes will be recorded and available via private link for 10-days following the festival.

Saturday All-Access Observation Pass: $25

Sunday All-Access Observation Pass: $35

Saturday + Sunday All-Access Observation Pass: $50

Send Students to the Festival

Teachers who send 10+ students can attend the whole weekend for free!!

 (This includes observing both days and attending 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 contacted when 10+ of your students have registered. If you have already registered before this time, a refund will be issued. 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 and Bass Flyer

Festival Guitar Flyer

Festival Flute Flyer

Festival Piano Flyer

Festival ECE Flyer


Volunteering at the Festival is a fun and easy way to observe teachers!

In exchange for volunteering 2-3 hours, you can observe all student masterclasses and group classes Saturday and Sunday for free!

(Please note, Teacher Workshops must still be registered and paid for).  



Please also remember to fill out the Teacher Registration Form on the Registration Page



We would love your help with the following:  

  • Assist in the Help Desk Zoom Room.

  • Co-Host a Zoom Class Room: Volunteers must be savvy with the ins and outs of Zoom to support faculty by assisting with participants.

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

  • Help with marketing on social media and outreach to teachers.

  • Help with participant packets.

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