The Suzuki method is used in multiple ways in public and private schools. Successful models feature repertoire memory and review, small step-sequenced instruction and mastery learning in the curriculum. All successful models embrace the Suzuki philosophy and foster a positive learning environment for every child. The Suzuki approach can be successful in like-instrument classes and mixed-instrument classes. The Suzuki in the Schools Course Unit I presents strategies for incorporating Suzuki philosophy and methodology in the beginning stages of technical instruction. A sequenced repertoire that supports the technical and musical study of beginning level students in the string class setting will be presented. Steps towards the development of aural and interactive ensemble skills will also be explored.

*The course will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and includes 15 hours of classroom instruction, 8 hours of observation, and 2 hours of individual consultations.

ALL TEACHERS ARE WELCOME TO TAKE THIS COURSE, however, participants wishing to register the course with the SAA must have completed the SAA Every Child Can! course as well as Suzuki Unit One training on their primary instrument. Teachers without any background or experience playing stringed instruments are encouraged to enroll in the Strings for the Non-String Major course as well. Specific individual questions regarding this course can be email to Dr. Laurie Scott at

Instructor: Dr. Laurie Scott


Dr. Laurie Scott is Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, she serves as the director of The University of Texas String Project. Previous to this appointment, Dr. Scott served as professor of violin and viola and director of music education studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. As a music educator in Texas, Dr. Scott has served as an officer of the Texas chapter of the American String Teacher's Association, taught middle and high school strings for the Austin ISD and was co-conductor of the Austin Youth Symphony. Dr. Scott was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for the School of Music and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and is on the editorial board for the American String Teacher. She is a guest clinician and conductor at state and national conventions speaking on string pedagogy, public school music education, orchestral bowing techniques and character development through the arts. She is co-author with William Dick of the textbooks, Mastery for String, Level One and Two. Her latest publication, Learning Together: Sequential Repertoire for Solo Strings or String Ensembles is co-authored with William Dick and Winfred Crock. The book "From The Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers" a collaborative effort with cellist and author Cornelia Watkins, was released by Oxford University Press in April 2012.




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