Advice for Suzuki Teacher Training (Unit 1)
I am preparing to take Unit 1 of Suzuki Teacher Training and would love to glean wisdom from teachers who have taken the course. Any little tidbits of information or advice related to Unit 1 are very welcome.
Here are a few questions I had: Was there anything about the course that surprised you? Any materials that I should be sure to have with me? Should I expect to play my instrument extensively during the course? I will also be auditioning for scholarships - any wisdom on that front is very welcome.
Thank you so much, and have a great day!
These are all great questions for your teacher trainer, they may have some additional materials that they recommend for the course. You will definitely want your book 1 with you, some trainers prefer a clean copy. A notebook or laptop, just something to take notes on, you will be doing several hours of observation over the week. This is a bit of work but well worth it, over several units, you'll have compiled a nice library of observations to look back on for advice, encouragement, and ideas. There is generally a bit of playing and demonstration as you work through all the teaching points and techniques.
Each class will vary slightly depending on the specific teacher trainer. As the previous poster mentioned, bring a laptop and notebook (I would bring both) and pens/pencils. I would also recommend a clean copy of the book to take notes in, you may want to bring a three ring binder, one trainer I took class with gave us binders (she asked us to help with the cost if we could), and the other gave us extensive hole-punched handouts to put in our own binders.
Thank you both for the great advice! I really appreciate it. :)
When I took the training, it was organized a bit differently than it is now. For book 1 we had to know and be able to write out the piece names and composers in order. We also had to play them all from memory. We also each chose a book from a list of books and wrote a book report - I was thinking about those a couple of days ago and the effect that those books have had on my life.
Good to know! What were the books you had to choose from?