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 2018.

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 14. Class starts at 9am.
  • You do NOT need to bring your instrument to the Every Child Can course.
  • Unit 1 classes (Violin & Piano) schedule pickup is 9-10am on June 15. Class starts at 10am on June 15. String players bring your instrument to all classes.
  • Single Unit schedule pickup begins at 9am on June 17.  First training class or observation is 11am June 17. Bring your instrument to all classes.
  • IF YOU ARRIVE BEFORE JUNE 17, 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 20 minute mandatory dorm meeting will be held on Sunday June 17 at 4pm. Please be sure to check your schedule packet for the exact time. (This meeting is required even if you arrive before June 17.)

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

7. Single Units (other than Unit 1) have 15 hours of class time and 8 hours of required observations.

8. Enrichment Courses have 10 hours of class time.

9. Your Teacher Trainer may assign you specific classes to observe. When you get your schedule on June 17, if the 11am time slot doesn't have a teacher training class, go and observe whatever class your trainer is teaching during that hour. If your trainer doesn't have a class then, pick a class to observe that is at the level of training that you are taking.

10. 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 22 at 11am. There are no observation opportunities after 11am on Friday June 22! 

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

  • Violin Unit 1 & Piano Unit 1 on June 15 will meet from 10am-4pm.
  • Enrichment Class on June 22 will meet 11am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm and on June 23 will meet 9am-4:30pm.

12. 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.

13. 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.

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 19 at 6:30pm in Broad Hall 210. Led by Sarah Montzka.

16. Recitals are in the evening at various times - details will be in the Student Handbook you receive at schedule pickup.

17. Wednesday June 20 is the guest artist recital with violinist William Hagen at 4:30pm.  Following the guest artist recital, Wednesday night is free night - nothing else is scheduled so that you can have a break.

18. ICE CREAM SOCIAL - The Suzuki Music Association of California - Los Angeles Branch is hosting a Suzuki Teacher Ice Cream Social on Sunday June 17 from 4:30-5:30pm on the McConnell Apron (patio outside the cafeteria). Come and socialize and meet fellow teachers and faculty.

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 4:10pm 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 4:00pm. 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 what happens when you drop a piano down a mine shaft (apologies to all the pianists out there!!), 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 11am on Friday June 22. *
SMAC-LA is providing free ice cream on Sunday June 17 at 4:30pm *