Teacher Workshop Participant Orientation

This online orientation is taking the place of having an in person orientation meeting on campus.

Please read through the information and then ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AT THE END before you start your training course at LASI 2017.

Campus Logistics & Teacher Training Logistics

1. Pick up your registration packet and schedule at the Suzuki Office in Skandera Hall P102 at Pitzer College, 1050 N Mills Ave, Claremont, CA 91711. See below for your specific schedule pickup time.

  • Every Child Can schedule pickup is 8-9am on June 17. Class starts at 9am. You do NOT need to bring your instrument.
  • Book 1 classes (Violin or Cello) schedule pickup is 8-9am on June 18. Class starts at 9am. Bring your instrument to all classes.
  • Violin/Viola Book 2 class schedule pickup is 8am-12pm on June 18. Required observation starts at 1pm on Sunday June 18. First training class is 9am June 19. Bring your instrument to all classes.
  • Violin Book 3 class schedule pickup is 8am-12pm on June 18. Required observation starts at 1pm on Sunday June 18. First training class is 9am June 19. Bring your instrument to all classes.
  • Piano Book 2 & 3 class schedule pickup is 2-3pm on June 17. Class starts at 3pm on June 17.
  • IF YOU ARRIVE ON JUNE 16, please email lasi@suzukimusiclosangeles.com with your planned arrival time so we can be sure to meet you at the Suzuki Office in Skandera Hall P102.

2. A map of campus with Skandera Hall circled on it can be found HERE.

3. Parking is free. Park in lot 'East Mesa Parking'. This lot is circled on the map of campus.

4. If you are staying in the dorm at Pitzer College, a 15 minute mandatory dorm meeting will be held on Sunday June 18. Please be sure to check your schedule packet for the exact time.

5. The SAA requires 100% attendance for all teacher training classes. You MUST be ON TIME for every single class.

  • If you are a heavy sleeper, make sure someone knocks on your door.
  • Do not miss class and do not be late.
  • You only have to be late 10 minutes six times, and that's an entire hour of class you missed.

6. Book 1 class has 28 hours of class time and 15 hours of required observations.

7. Book 2 and up class has 15 hours of class time and 8 hours of required observations.

8. Your Teacher Trainer may assign you specific classes to observe.

9. Count and plan your observation hours carefully to make sure you get enough - especially if you are doing a double book!!  Please note that the last student class for observation ends on Friday June 23 at 12pm. There are no observation opportunities after 12pm on Friday June 23! 

10. Training classes are scheduled between 9am-4pm EXCEPT:

  • Piano Book 2 & 3 meets 3-6pm on June 17.
  • Violin 1, Cello 1, Piano 3 and Enrichment Class will meet 8-10am on June 25.

11. In your registration packet that you pick up at the Suzuki Office at Pitzer College, you will have a "Master Schedule". This schedule will list when your training classes are and when student classes you may observe are schedule.

12. If you don't have a training class until later in the day, be sure to go to your trainers student classes that are scheduled earlier in the day.

13. If your training class doesn't start until Monday June 19, your are required to come observe student classes on Sunday June 18. Pick up your schedule before 12 noon and then observe classes from 1-3pm.

14. The "Master Schedule" uses a number system for master classes. For example, '603-703' means that that master class has students from Book 6, 3rd piece in the book through Book 7, 3rd piece in the book. 

15. The required SAA Focus Meeting is held Tuesday June 20 at 7pm in Fletcher 106. Led by Sarah Montzka.

16. Each day at 1pm is a student recital. Most teacher training classes will be meeting during this time - but if not, be sure to take advantage to hear some top notch student performances.

17. Recitals are in the evening at 7:30pm - details will be in the Student Handbook you receive at schedule pickup.

18. Wednesday June 21 is the guest artist recital with violist Matthew Lipman and pianist Inyoung Huh at 4:30pm.  Following the guest artist recital, Wednesday night is free night - nothing else is scheduled so that you can have a break.

Tips for getting the most out of your teacher training

  1. Learn all the pieces by memory for the book you are taking training in.
  2. Spend time with your colleagues and talk with them, go over things with them.
  3. There are 'Parent Talks' at 4:15pm each day - they are not just for parents! They're for teacher workshop participants as well - in fact, some are just for teacher workshop participants and not for parents at all!
  4. String teachers may come play with the students on the finale concert on Friday at 4:30pm. As long as you know pieces by memory you may stand behind the students and play with them.
  5. Encourage your students to attend future institutes! Watching your own students being taught by master teachers can be a huge learning experience!
  6. When you have students who attend institute, give them a forum to talk about it back in your home program. They in turn will become the most committed kids in your program and the leaders - which leads to more studio retention! Use this to build community in your studio.
  7. You are going to hear lots of ideas this week. Bob Duke says people react to idea three ways: 
    • Yea I already knew that!
    • I don't believe it!
    • What does it matter?

It may not make sense now, or 3 months from now or 6 months from now. Keep an open mind!  First try it, then say something.

Learn lots and bring it back to your kids and change the world one parent and one student at a time!

Please fill in the following form so we know that you have read the orientation information - remember - this is saving you from sitting in a meeting and hearing this information in person!

If you want to find out why Beethoven had to get rid of his chickens, fill in the form and you will receive the answer!

Name *
I may miss a training class and still receive credit for the class. *
Class schedule is to be picked up at Pitzer College in Skandera P102. *
Parent Talks are open to Teacher Workshop Participants *
It is okay to be a few minutes late to a training meeting. *
There are observations available after 12pm on Friday June 23. *