Violin Practicum (Spring)
Tuesdays April 18, 25; May 2, 9, & 16
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Online via Zoom
Every Child Can and Violin Book 1
Basic, Intermediate, or Comprehensive
The SAA Practicum Unit is a short-term unit developed to enhance the SAA’s system of short-term workshop training.
While unit core training mainly focuses on Suzuki repertoire and instrumental technique, the emphasis of the Practicum is on honing the art of teaching. Topics include communication skills, teaching strategies, diagnostics and observation.
In a nurturing and supportive environment of peers, using video footage from their home studio and on-site teaching, participants practice self-assessment skills to identify their strengths in teaching and those areas in need of improvement.
In keeping with the SAA’s commitment to life-long learning, the Practicum provides teachers with an invaluable opportunity at any stage in their development.
Requirements specific to SAA Practicum Units
The Practicum, not being repertoire specific, may be taken at any time after completing and registering ECC (or Foundation 1A) and Unit 1.
Participants must bring videoed lesson segments of their home teaching. Criteria for videos:
A complete 30-minute lesson.
One 30-minute segment containing materials of their choice. (Possibilities are consecutive lessons of the same student, a group lesson, a reading lesson, a challenging student, lessons at different book levels, etc.)
More footage can be included on the video, but video viewing will depend on time constraints, class size and other factors.
Angle of the camera must show the student’s hands.
The closest possible camera placement should be used which includes the student’s entire body.
The teacher should be visible during much of the lesson.
Whenever possible, include the parent as well.
Video must be DVD format.
For best quality sound, an external microphone is recommended.
Completion of your payment is the only additional step required for course registration. Your PayPal receipt serves as your registration confirmation. If there are any issues with your registration, we will contact you directly at the email address used during checkout.
You will receive further instructions regarding accessing this course at least one week prior to the course start date.
Technical Considerations to keep in mind...
1. Do you have a well-functioning device in your household? Devices should include a video camera and microphone. An external microphone is a plus but not a necessity. Chrome books do not tend to do well with music-making over Zoom, but other desktops and laptops are a good option, as are most up-to-date cell phones and tablets.
2. Is your household internet connectivity and bandwidth strong enough to manage a day of classes?
3. As we all know from the last year, Zoom isn’t perfect. There is always a chance that due to an internet glitch or some other unknown factors, you just might miss a class or a lesson once in awhile. Please understand that there will be no refunds issued for any missed sessions. We will record most of the lectures and make them available for future reference.
If you have any questions, please contact us.