Elio Galvagno, ESA Teacher Trainer Guitar, Italy
My work on the International Guitar Committee with American and Australian colleagues taught me much about the reality of these two continents and their pedagogical - didactic proposals. In particular, a course called ‘Suzuki Principles in Action’ (SPA) offered by the Suzuki Association of the Americas took my interest. This course is offered to all teachers, whether they have taught for one year or forty years.
What I like about the course is that –
- each participant of any instrument, if they so wish, proposes and presents a written report, a video or live presentation on a given problem as well as the solution - hence the title ‘Suzuki Principles in Action’
- a key element of my teaching experience is that I have always learnt a lot from other instruments
Suzuki Method™ in Action (SMA)
A course of 20 hours designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching.
The course focuses on how to teach, not what to teach, and to allow for the sharing of ideas among all instrument areas.
It is based on Dr. Suzuki’s belief that knowledge is an important first step, but “knowledge plus 10,000 times” is what produces ability.
This important principle, which teachers frequently explain to their students, applies equally to the art of teaching.
The inspiration for MSA came from a need, identified by both Trainers and Teacher Workshop Participants, to deal with the challenges of implementing the knowledge gained from courses into the reality of day-to-day studio teaching.
- Setting standards of excellence for students at all levels
- Identifying the appropriate time to move ahead in the repertoire
- Incorporating regular, productive review work in daily teaching and practicing
- Incorporating ear training and learning by ear in daily teaching
- Focusing attention on tone development
- Giving productive, balanced, frequent feedback to students
- Communicating effectively and working productively with parents
- Structuring lessons to facilitate successful progress
Who should attend?
Any teacher—from the very experienced to the novice—who has completed training through Book 1, is an ESA member and has taught a minimum of one year. Teachers of all Suzuki instruments are welcome