Suzuki Teacher Training

Welcome to the Suzuki Teacher Training program at the University of Louisville School of Music!

 

We are thrilled to announce that Kirsten Marshall will continue as our Suzuki Teacher Trainer at the University of Louisville for the 2023-2024 academic year. Ms. Marshall is a highly distinguished teacher trainer offering courses throughout the country. Each class will meet together on either Monday or Wednesday, from 9 am-Noon EST.  Observations are watched asynchronously and discussed in class.  Class participants will be expected to perform for each other, demonstrate teaching points and engage in highly interactive discussions.

 

This academic year, UofL is offering Every Child Can! and Books 1-10.

All classes will be offered in an online format. Below are the dates for each of the courses:

 

ECC: 9 AM – 1 PM EST on  

- Friday, August 18 from 9-1 pm EST and
Sunday, August 20 from 9 am-1 pm EST

Deadline to register and pay:  Monday, August 14, 5 pm

 

Book 1: 9 AM – 12 PM EST on the following Mondays:

- August 21, August 28, September 11, September 18, September 25, October 2, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13, November 20

No classes on September 4 and October 9

Deadline to register and pay: Thursday, August 17, 5 pm

The University of Louisville with SAA trainer Kirsten Marshall is offering Unit 1 in an expanded format that will allow for more exploration, interactive discussion, and demonstration of teaching points. Classes will meet Mondays from 9 am-Noon EST. Individual consultations will be scheduled on November 20 & 21, 2023.
Observations will be completed asynchronously and discussed in each class. A deep exploration into teaching a child to learn by ear will be a focus throughout the course. What does the daily practice of ear training look like in lessons and home practice? How can we enable our students and families to continue their practice at home? Grounded in Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy of talent education, this course introduces the basics of Suzuki training while learning with love.

 

Book 2: 9 AM – 12 PM  EST on the following Mondays:

- November 27, December 4, January 8, January 22, January 29

No class on January 14

Deadline to register and pay: Thursday, November 23, 5 pm

Building on the foundation skills of Unit 1, Kirsten Marshall continues the exploration of Dr. Suzuki’s Talent Education. Unit 2 focuses on developing tone, continuing to build a balanced posture, and teaching the complete person. Participants will be offered opportunities to lead pieces in preparation for group class teaching. Role-playing as student, teacher or parent allows for a rich discussion of the Suzuki triangle. Individual consultations will be scheduled on January 29 & 30, 2024.


Book 3: 9 AM – 12 PM EST on the following Mondays:

- February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, March 4

Deadline to register and pay: Thursday, February 1, 5 pm

The University of Louisville and teacher trainer Kirsten Marshall offer Suzuki Violin Unit 3. This course deepens foundation skills and focuses on the path to artistic expression in tone and timing. Classes will meet together on five Mondays from 9 am-Noon EST. Observations are completed asynchronously and discussed in class. Individual consultations will be scheduled on March 4 & 5, 2024.
 

Book 4: 9 AM – 12 PM EST on the following Mondays:

-  March 18, March 25, April 8, April 15, April 22

No class on April 1

Tuesday, March 19 from 9-12 will be in-person. Online class is still an option. 

- Deadline to register and pay: Thursday, March 15, 5 PM

Explore Suzuki Book 4 with Kirsten Marshall. This book completes the first-year course in Suzuki pedagogy and pulls together the tapestry of the many skills planted in earlier books. Classes meet together on Mondays from 9 am-Noon EST. Observations are completed asynchronously and discussed in class.

 

Book 5: 9 AM – 12 PM EST on the following Wednesdays:

-  August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13, September 20

- Deadline to register and pay: Friday, August 18, 5 PM

The University of Louisville offers Suzuki Unit 5 with Kirsten Marshall. Classes will meet together on Wednesday from 9 am-Noon EST. Observations will be completed asynchronously and discussed during class time. In-depth discussion of integrating review for higher level playing is a focus of this class, as well as refining the bow arm.

 

Book 6: 9 AM – 12 PM EST on the following Wednesdays:

- September 27, October 4, October 18, October 25, November 1

No class on October 11

- Deadline to register and pay: Friday, September 22, 5 PM

The University of Louisville offers Suzuki Unit 6 with SAA trainer Kirsten Marshall. Classes will meet together on Wednesday from 9 am-Noon EST. Observations will be completed asynchronously and discussed during class time. Special focus for this course is developing independent practice and confident performance in tweens and teens.

 

Book 7: 9 AM – 12 PM EST on the following Wednesdays:

-  November 8, November 15, November 29, January 10, January 17

No class on November 22

- Deadline to register and pay: Friday, November 3, 5 PM

The University of Louisville offers Suzuki Violin Unit 7 with Kirsten Marshall. Classes will meet together on Wednesday from 9 am-Noon EST. Observations will be completed asynchronously and discussed during class time. While the crown jewel of Book 7 is surely the Bach Concerto in a minor, this course will trace the many connections among earlier books, other Book 7 repertoire, and related supplemental pieces.

 

Book 8: 9 AM – 12 PM EST on the following Wednesdays:

- January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21

- Deadline to register and pay: Friday, January 19, 5 PM

SAA trainer Kirsten Marshall offers Suzuki Violin Unit 8 at the University of Louisville. Classes will meet together on Wednesday from 9 am-Noon EST. Observations will be completed asynchronously and discussed during class time. Special emphasis in this course on deconstructing the bowhand and related skills. Explore the opportunities present in Book 8, both musically and technically, to prepare our students for the Mozart Concertos.

 

Book 9/10 Mozart Concertos: 9 AM – 12 PM EST on the following Wednesdays

-  February 28, March 6, March 20, March 27, April 10, April 17

No class on March 13

* Possible re-schedule the class on March 20 to both in-person and online. Date TBA

- Deadline to register and pay: Friday, February 23, 5 PM

The Mozart Concertos are the capstones at the end of Dr. Suzuki’s collected works.  We will use this class to explore how the Suzuki repertoire prepares us for these beautiful pieces and our own goals in Suzuki teaching. Special emphasis in this course will be on practice techniques to allow for personal expression in stylistically appropriate ways, along with practice techniques to solve cadenzas.


To register for our Suzuki Courses please be sure to complete the SAA requirements found at the following link: https://suzukiassociation.org/teachers/training/

 

Course Fees are as follows.

Every Child Can!: $130

Book 1: $715

Books 2-10: $515

 

Please contact Mina Kitano at to register for the course.