Teacher Training Course Information

Dates: May 28 to June 2, 2019

Registration Fee $100, non-refundable; Course Fee $250

Title: Group Lesson Techniques Taster

Carey Beth Hockett, instructor

Prerequisites: ECC and Unit 1 Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute and Guitar

SAA active membership required

Hours: 10 hours of classroom time and 8 hours of observation

Classes will begin on Tuesday at 8:30 AM, so plan your travel accordingly

Additional information about SAA membership and entrance requirements for Teacher Training units is available at the Suzuki Association of the Americas website:

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Group Class Techniques Workshop

with Carey Beth Hockett

A group class is a dynamic social context in which many aspects of music making can be explored efficiently and enjoyably. In this special workshop, Carey Beth Hockett will present tools and tactics to help teachers get more out of groups.   Participants will learn how to make every child feel an integral part of the group, how to involve parents, and how to engage players of different standards. Activities designed around scales and simple folk songs will cover a variety of areas, including:

  • learning by watching and listening
  • understanding melody, harmony, and rhythm
  • hearing music inside our heads and feeling music inside our bodies

Teachers should bring instruments and be prepared to help create and test a variety of exercises designed to

  • improve their ability to focus and multi-task
  • become more aware of themselves and others without becoming more self-conscious
  • laugh very hard
  • make lots of mistakes and not worry about it

Teachers who attend all 10 hours may register this Enrichment Course with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Instructor Bio

Carey Beth Hockett is a member of the Suzuki faculty of the Colburn School in Los Angeles and the Director of Corkybird Enterprizes which provides creative resources for music education.  She has been actively involved in Suzuki cello in both America and Europe for 40 years and is recognized as a Teacher Trainer by both the SAA and the ESA. Carey taught at the Ithaca Talent Education School from 1975 to 1988 and with the London Suzuki Group from 1988 to 2006. She is well known for her creative work with groups of all sizes and has designed a course for teachers called Group Class Techniques. Her compositions include Amusements for String Quartet, a collection of short pieces designed to train basic ensemble-playing skills, and Diversions for Cello Ensemble, a series of pieces that include elements of body percussion and cello drumming along with normal playing. She is now serving on the ISA Board of Directors.