Dr. Shu-Yi Scott

Listening, insightful, empathetic


I coach string teachers to improve their teaching so they can run more successful studios.


Whether you are a new teacher or just looking for fresh ideas to feel unstuck, this is the place for you. Imagine when you bring sparks in an unmotivated student’s eyes. Imagine your students exclaim that they can’t wait for their next lesson. This is where to make it come true.


In addition to being a pedagogy expert and having run a cello studio for nearly 30 years, I have also become a suzuki trainer, trained and coached several hundred teachers. 


As a parent, I have raised two wonderful cellists, working as a Suzuki parent for 15 years.


With all these experiences,  I am able to listen and understand your challenges, help empower and equip you to not just survive, but thrive.


Using my Toys & Games Online Teaching Manual and my Blueprint and Instruction Design programs, I will walk you through a discovery journey to help you bring more fun and joy into your teaching, form a better alliance with student parents and ultimately make you a more effective teacher.

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"I have a much better understanding of how to be a Suzuki cello teacher. I have already started implementing what I learned in her course into my teaching and am seeing my students respond well to these new teaching techniques. I highly recommend that any music teacher, whether experienced or not, take her course. It is life changing. Thank you, Shu-Yi!!"


-Olivia K.

"Shu-Yi provides dozens of invaluable ideas for guiding young beginners, along with excellent videos of these teaching techniques being applied in lessons. Her group classes are inventive and fun to observe. My toolbelt for teaching pre-twinkle, Book 1 and group classes has expanded tremendously!"

-Katherine H.

Parent Education Online Chats

"Thanks to Shu Yi, our daughters both love cello. Her approach, combining as it does rigor and high expectations with games, dancing and fun, has kept our kids challenged and excited for more. She has helped our whole family further embrace music and musical education."

-Abby R.

"My son is incredibly fortunate to have had Shu-yi  as his cello teacher for the last several years.   Shu-yi’s exceptional ability to communicate and connect with children, her creative approach to instruction, and her desire to share her knowledge and love of music drive her students to excel.  Shu-yi’s lessons, group classes, and camps are full of engaging and enriching activities, and my son always looks forward to his lesson. She always goes further than the extra mile in helping her students to succeed. I cannot recommend her enough."

-Erica M.

Lessons, Group Classes & Supplementary Material

"Mrs. Scott makes me feel confident that I will play well at performances and competitions, because I go in knowing she's taught me well and I'm prepared. She's gentle and encouraging. She focuses on teaching techniques and not just on playing through the next Suzuki song, so that when I do play the whole song, it all sounds good; also other music I play for my chamber group and for church sound good.

She arranges lots of performances, such as solos in group class, playing in nursing homes, and porch concerts, so that everyone is used to performing and doesn't get overly anxious.

Her group classes are fun, and let you get to know the other students in her studio.

She has a dog with very soft ears."

-B.D. 13

"Dr. Scott is teaching me to be disciplined in my practice. She’s taught me how to practice the “tricky spots” in a song so that I can play the song more fluently.   She incorporates fun cello games during group time so that I can use them during my practice too.  I started taking cello lessons a year and a half ago, and I have grown so much."  

-J.W. 13

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