Now that snow is hitting the ground, I'm wishing for warmer weather and thinking of summer!
Summer is my favourite season. I always seem to have summers that are full of travel and new experiences - lucky me! - and this past summer was no different.
By now you may be aware that I am a Suzuki certified music teacher. Summer is an exciting time for the Suzuki community (teachers, parents, and students) for one main reason...
Suzuki Summer Institutes!
Summer Institutes are music intensive camps that provide extended sessions for students and parents that study the Suzuki method. Institutes are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and each offers slightly different programming - along with standard Suzuki instruction (in small and large group lessons), you may find alternative pedagogies offered, like Dalcroze, Alexander Technique, and music and movement classes. Attending an institute is a wonderful opportunity for students and parents to take lessons from different Suzuki teachers and meet other members of the Suzuki community from all over North America.
For teachers, institutes offer Suzuki training for both prospective teachers who desire an introduction to the method and experienced teachers who wish to expand their knowledge and receive fresh inspiration. I still keep in touch with many of the teachers that were in my training courses with me, and it is a great feeling knowing that I am part of a global network of Suzuki teachers.
Last summer, I completed four more units of Suzuki cello teacher training: two units at the Chicago Suzuki Institute with Barbara Wampner, who is a veteran Suzuki cello teacher based in California, and two units at the Montréal Suzuki Institute with David Evenchick, who is a master Suzuki cello teacher based in Guelph, Ontario. Doing more training this summer was a relatively last minute decision for me. I had been offered a faculty position at the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute, and I was in the process of moving from St. John's to Toronto. I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I ended up flying from St. John's to Toronto and driving to Chicago all within 24 hours. (That's proof of how excited I was for what was ahead!)
I had attended the Chicago Suzuki Institute in 2013 to do my first unit of training, and I loved it so much that I chose to go back to that institute specifically for my next two units. CSI is one of the biggest institutes offered - there are almost 100 cello students alone! Can you imagine that many cello players in one room?
PS Many of the 2015 Institute dates and locations are posted - isn't it always nice to have something to look forward to?