WHAT IS SPA?
Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) is a course designed to help teachers incorporate Suzuki’s principles effectively in their teaching. The course focuses on how to teach, not what to teach. It allows for the sharing of ideas among all instrument areas. SPA 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.
Jane Kutscher Reed – Instructor
Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9 am—4:30 pm (Breaks Included)
Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 11 am—4:30 pm (Breaks Included)
Kotrba Studio at 3754 Blackhawk Road, Eagan, Mn
Jane Kutscher Reed is a Suzuki Piano teacher and educator from Greenville, SC. She earned her degree in Piano Performance from the University of Findlay, in Ohio. In addition to her private studio she is a Suzuki Teacher Trainer, SPA Facilitator, Every Child Can! (ECC) instructor, and teaches at workshops and institutes throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Bermuda and Asia. Jane also offers seminars in Suzuki parent education, the art of teaching, music reading games, and presents motivational lectures.
Mrs. Reed is a facilitator for the internationally recognized Love and Logic Parenting Curriculum. Jane is also a certified Elite Life Coach with specialties in parenting and teaching. Through her website: Solutionary Insights.com, she offers blogs, seminars, speaking engagements and personal coaching sessions. These learning opportunities develop significant positive parenting and teaching skills by inviting inquiry-based, experiential learning.
WHAT CAN BE GAINED?
SPA is required for those applying for the SAA’s Certificate of Achievement and is highly recommended to those working toward becoming Teacher Trainers. SPA provides tools for assessing and evaluating one’s own teaching. Course materials include guides, articles and activities to reinforce and expand on the ideas presented in the class.
The inspiration for SPA came from a need, identified by both Trainers and Teacher Workshop Participants, to deal with the challenges of implementing the knowledge gained from unit courses into the reality of day-to-day studio teaching. The course is taught by Teacher Trainers specifically trained as SPA facilitators. The SAA assigns and contracts the facilitator.
PAST SPA COURSES
Beth Titterington – Instructor
January 25, 2014 from 9 am to 12 pm & 1:30 pm to 5 pm
January 26, 2014 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm & 3 pm to 5:30 pm
Shady Oak Room at Minnetonka Community Center, Minnetonka, Mn
Beth Titterington has been involved in the Suzuki Method since 1972, when she first heard Dr. Suzuki’s Talent Education Tour Group. She is a Suzuki Association of Minnesota (SAA) Teacher Trainer for violin, served on the SAA Board of Directors from 2006-2009 and founded an SAA regional affiliate, the Heart of America Suzuki Association in 1979.
Ms. Titterington teaches Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Missouri (at Kansas City) Conservatory of Music and maintains her private studio, Kansas City Talent Education. She is a baroque violinist and gambist and for 20 years, helped direct the Early Music Consort of Kansas City.
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SPA REINFORCES THESE PRINCIPLES
|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|
To participate in this course, the teacher must have an active studio. The teacher must be able to video record his/her own teaching and provide timely responses to the pre-course and post-course assignments. Missing prerequisites (membership or Book 1 training registration) must be corrected prior to the first day of class. Pre-course work must be submitted online 1 week before the course and post-course assignments must be submitted online within 4-6 weeks following the course and approved by the Trainer in order for the SPA course to be registered with the SAA. Emails about the SPA course will be sent before and after the course. Tuition includes SPA manual and SAA training registration when the course is completed.
The course includes required pre-course and post-course assignments, which are submitted over the internet and reviewed by the Teacher Trainer. Both assignments require you to video record yourself teaching a lesson and then self-evaluate it.
The issues addressed are ones that surface repeatedly in Teacher Workshop courses and in communications among colleagues. The course offers thoughtful exploration of these topics—topics that spring from the Suzuki principles that have been articulated in the Every Child Can! course and other Teacher Workshop courses—to help us to move towards a realization of the potential that Suzuki education offers.
Who arranges for and hosts the course?
The SAA administers the course in cooperation with a hosting organization or individual—local programs, state or provincial chapters, Suzuki schools and other groups are among those who may be the hosts for the course. By holding the course in local programs and specific geographic areas, SPA helps develop and support valuable, supportive Suzuki communities at grassroots levels. To host a SPA Course, first assess the possibility that there are at least 10 (maximum of 20) Suzuki teachers in the area who would qualify and be interested in SPA:
- Teachers should be Active level SAA members with at least a year’s teaching experience.
- Teachers may teach any Suzuki Method instrument area or ECE (especially relevant if the teacher teaches an instrument as well).
- Teachers must have Book 1 (or 1A and 1B) registered with the SAA.
- Teachers must be available to attend the full course and do pre-course and post-course work. There are no auditors.
Minnesota SPA Courses
Suzuki Principles in Action courses in Minnesota are held upon request and/or in alternate years. At this time, the Board of Directors is pursuing the offering of other types of courses. CLICK HERE to contact us with your request or if you would like to assist in producing a course.
Who should attend?
Any teacher—from the very experienced to the novice—who has completed training through Book 1, is an SAA member, and has taught a minimum of one year. Teachers of all Suzuki instruments are welcome!
Is it offered in other locations?
During the academic year, SPA provides a special opportunity for teachers to reflect on and enhance their teaching, as they work together with a group of colleagues from the immediate area, program or school. It is offered September 1 through May 15 as an 11-hour event over two days—5+ hours per day with short breaks. (One 5-hour and one 6-hour day is also an acceptable format.) CLICK HERE for upcoming SPA courses in North America.