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online teacher workshop 2023


Creative Music Literacy
for Suzuki String Teachers




10-hour SAA enrichment courses offered online via Zoom

Classes held 9:00am-11:00am Pacific

Cost per session $200, SMAC teacher discount $175 per session

Carrie Salisbury is the creator of StringsPop, a unique online music camp and summer institute enrichment class for teens and tweens, with training for innovative string teachers. She is an LA-based performer and private violin/viola teacher. Her students perform regularly as Crescendo Strings, an all-ages multi-level upper string group and as First Inversion, a premiere teen ensemble known for creating and performing their own arrangements. Carrie holds a B.M. in viola performance and currently studies performance, orchestral playing and pedagogy with Dr. Mick Wetzel. A Suzuki trained teacher for more than 20 years, she now leads the Suzuki Music Association of California - Los Angeles Branch. She is the parent to three young Suzuki string students with her husband, pianist-composer Benjamin Salisbury.

Based in Los Angeles, California, Michael McLean is an internationally noted composer, violinist, and teacher. Over the past 30+ years he has taught at the Music Institute of Chicago, Texas Christian University and for 20 years at the Colburn School. He studied violin and composition at Northwestern and film-scoring at USC. Michael has 100+ string pieces published and has 3 concertos for Violin and Viola recorded with the London Symphony (LSO). He has taught violin and composition for 100’s of Suzuki festivals, workshops and symposiums across the world and has lectured on Bach and various topics for the SAA and the Juilliard School. He is a passionate advocate for educating students and teachers about the depth and layers of music within the score and how to project that into a performance or a music classroom. Michael loves to hike, knit socks and hats and create fugues from pop tunes.

Course Goals:

To empower Suzuki string teachers with creative instruction and strategic pedagogy for building fully literate students who communicate fluently in the language of music.

Course offerings included all sessions:

    • Gain relevant music theory skills for private studio instruction
    • Teacher resource packet with applied activities for student lessons and groups, including music literacy benchmarks.
    • Exclusive access to new Salisbury & McLean arrangements/compositions for your students to play
    • Empowerment to lead and create new arrangements that fit your unique studio.
    • Lean step-by-step ideas for creating multi-level group pieces, including playing and arranging songs from a lead sheet or chord chart

Global Music Part I specifics:

    • Resource packet and course examples built with Global Folk Song materials
    • Custom arrangements created from Global Folk Songs
    • Salisbury + McLean arrangements of Global Folk Songs (+ some public domain songs from Suzuki repertoire)

Popular Music Part 2 specifics:

    • Resource packet and course examples built with Popular music materials
    • Custom arrangements created from Popular music
    • Salisbury + McLean arrangements of Popular music

Songwriting and Composition Part 3 Specifics:

    • Resource packet and course material presented through original songwriting and composition
    • Learn how to write new compositions and songs for private studio and personal use
    • Discover ways to create melody, harmony, and bass lines including textures and rhythm
    • Experiment with theme and variations, canon, simple counterpoint
    • Using Pentatonic and Blues scales for melodies and improvisation
    • Develop understanding of several musical forms

Use the Right Tool for the Job Part 4 Specifics:

    • Comprehensive look at practice strategies for lessons and home practice
    • Learn how to Diagnose-Intervene-Develop skills for artistry & musicianship
    • Learn new ways to troubleshoot a student’s challenges and match it with effective strategies for solving the problems.
    • Coaching strategies for groups; how to hear what you want to fix and get your group to sound great
    • Learn new app technology to teach self-recording & diagnostic skills

"When love is deep, much can be accomplished." - Shinichi Suzuki

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