SAO Annual Teacher Day 2019 – Nov 3

Welcome to the 2019 Suzuki Association of Ontario Teacher Day! 

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(Please note we’re turning the clocks back this weekend!)

We are thrilled to welcome you to Guelph for this year’s conference. As usual, the conference will give you and your students plenty of opportunities to connect with other Suzuki teacher and families and get inspired for many months to come. Our committee is working hard on planning this very special event and hosting you in our beautiful city.

Our teacher day will be at the Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC), 75 Cardigan St. (map), a community centre dedicated to the teaching of the arts in downtown Guelph and the home of the Suzuki String School of Guelph. Lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

For the teacher day, we are happy to welcome Teri Einfeldt as our Keynote Speaker! Teri is the Chair of the Suzuki Department at The Hartt School Community Division of The University of Hartford, where she maintains a studio of students from ages 4 to 18. In her role as adjunct professor at The Hartt School, she instructs Master of Music candidates in Suzuki pedagogy. She is also the chair of the SAA’s Teacher Development Advisory Committee (TDAC). Teri is an enthusiastic and inspiring speaker who has given careful thought over the years to the commitment of all Suzuki teachers to life-long learning for the benefit of all children. We can’t wait to hear more about her vision.

We will also hear from Sally Gross, Suzuki cello teacher trainer who is Cello Director at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School near Chicago and who spent many years as the artistic director and cello faculty at the Suzuki String School of Guelph. Sally also sits on the SAA’s TDAC.  She will speak to us about the new “Strategies” course offered by the SAA and how we can all grow as teachers through self-assessment and by opening ourselves to the feedback of mentors and peers.

Another speaker will be Elayne Ras, a Suzuki violin teacher trainer at the Suzuki String School of Guelph who has her certification in Applied Positive Psychology. Elayne will talk to us about cultivating a positive mindset in ourselves and our students.

We will have more speakers to announce later. Please stay tuned!

See you in November!

— Paule Barsalou, Chair, 2019 SAO Conference & Artistic Director, Suzuki String School of Guelph

REGISTER NOW! Early Bird offer ends September 20!

Why attend: The Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference is a yearly event which happens in a different Ontario city every November. Guelph is proud to be hosting the conference this year. 

Facilities: Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) 75 Cardigan St. Guelph, ON, N1H 3Z7 (map)

Speakers & Workshops (latest update: July 22

Teri Einfeldt, Keynote Speaker

Teri Einfeldt is chair of the Suzuki department and adjunct professor at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. An SAA registered teacher trainer, Teri is a frequent clinician at workshops and institutes throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition, she has taught for four years at Music Adventure, a chamber music camp in Italy, at Tenuta di Spannocchia, in the heart of Tuscany.

She has participated and presented at several SAA conferences as well as lecturing at CT–ASTA conventions. In addition, she has taught at the Pan-Pacific Suzuki Conference in Sydney, Australia, the 14th Suzuki World Conference in Turin, Italy and the 16th Suzuki World Conference in Matsumoto. Japan. She appeared as a guest lecturer at the Juilliard School for the Starling DeLay Symposium in June 2011. She is the former assistant concertmistress of the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and performs frequently with the Hartford Symphony. Teri is a past board chair of the SAA and continues to be an active member in her roles of chair of the Teacher Development Team and of the Suzuki Principles in Action committee She maintains a studio of 26 Suzuki students, ages 4–18, at the Hartt School Community Division.

Teri will give the following talks:
Opening address: “Holding a Vision of Yourself as an Accomplished Learner”
Closing address: “Remaining Positive Down the Path to Excellence”

Other speakers and topics will include:

Sally Gross (IL): “SPA, Strategies and Practicum Units, what is it all about?”
Elayne Ras (Guelph): “Positive Psychology and its use in Suzuki teaching”
Caroline MacDonald (Guelph): “Rhythmic Reading for Suzuki Students”
Dr. Jonathan Lavery (Wilfrid Laurier University): “Ethics in the Suzuki context”

Annual General Meeting

Details will be distributed to voting members. Don’t forget to renew or start your membership before September 15!