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September 2021 Every Child Can and Unit 1 (Book 1) courses

I AM SO THRILLED that you are considering taking my Suzuki Cello Book 1 teacher training course. I learned so much from taking it many years ago with Alice Vierra, that I had to take it again later with Dr. Tanya Carey. This course is filled with resources, knowledge, and tactics, not only for beginner or transfer cello students, but also for communicating with parents and establishing a strong studio.

Due to the intensive curriculum and extensive information covered, there are 28 required lecture hours and 15 required observation hours, so I suggest that participants plan ahead and schedule around it carefully to avoid getting worn out. The Suzuki Association of the Americas requires 100% attendance for this course to recognized as completed. (Update: I have given four Book 1 teacher courses online since October, 2020. Many more ideas for conveying teaching knowledge and lesson management have been developed.)

Please note there are audition requirements, and that all audition materials should be completed at least 10 days prior to the first day of the course.

Go to the Teacher audition guide LINK HERE for more information.

For registration: Click HERE (Please make sure to entire a correct and complete mailing address in order to have the ECC packet mailed to you successfully.)

ECC course (To register for ECC, neither SAA membership nor the video audition is not required.): August 28, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm CST August 29, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm CST

$150 for teacher participants, $130 for college students

Violin & Cello Unit 1 Course(In order to be eligible to take Unit 1, a video recording of the required repertoire for either basic, intermediate or advanced should be accepted at least 2 weeks before the course start.):

September 3, Friday 5:00 pm-9:00 pm CST (4 hours)

Saturday & Sunday, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm CST of

September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 (3 hours each evening)

Final day to complete all work- September 30

$730 for teacher participants, $580 for current undergraduate students

Registration Form: click HERE


Dr. Laurie Scott is Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, she serves as the director of The University of Texas String Project and the Musical Lives string program at UT Elementary School. She has received both the Teaching Excellence Award from the Butler School of Music and from the College of Fine Arts. A former middle and high school orchestra director, she now mentors young professionals toward successful lives as string educators. As a pedagogue and teacher, Laurie serves as an advocate for inclusive and diverse music classrooms, adult music learners, and access to quality music instruction for all children. Her former students have become exemplary string educators, professional studio and symphony musicians, and passionate arts advocates. She is co-author of the books Mastery for Strings, Learning Together and From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Performers become Great Teachers.

Dr. Shu-Yi Scott, originally from Taipei, Taiwan, has given master classes, seminars and performances in the States, Taipei, Shanghai, Mexico, and Europe. Dr. Shu-Yi Scott was awarded the Certificate of Achievement through the Suzuki Association of the Americas in 2015 and Suzuki cello teacher trainer in 2019. Dr. Scott holds a MM in cello performance from Penn State under Dr. Kim Cook and DMA in cello performance from the University of Texas at Austin under renowned pedagogue Ms. Phyllis Young. Teaching beginning students from the age of 3 to advanced high school cellists, her expertise and patience excels students from all musical backgrounds.  She uses her knowledge of child development to creatively target the needs of her students, keeping them motivated and growing.  Her private lessons, group class offerings, and parent education nights help to foster a community of  lifelong musicians. Her hobbies include gardening, sourdough baking , learning Japanese and French, and world travel. She lives in Austin, Texas with her bass player husband and she homeschools her daughters Euna, and Lydie, both play the cello.

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