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  • May 28, 2014 12:51 PM | Ian Salmon (Administrator)
    Change is coming! In preparation for a new software revision, I have cleaned up the NTSA website, as well as filled some requests. Here are the things that you may notice:

    Events has changed to Calendar of Events.
    You can now access lists of events in subcategories such as NTSA Events, Student Events, and Teacher Training.

    Members has changed to Members Only.
    There was confusion, as the old title suggested that by clicking on members you would be taken to the directory. It did not, as that was elsewhere on the site. This is the place for our information which is strictly for current NTSA members.

    *New Feature*  

    NTSA Discussion can be found by scrolling over the Members Only tab, or by clicking on it. This is totally new to our website, and hopefully we can use this forum as a place to share ideas, ask questions, and communicate more effectively.



  • March 26, 2014 8:22 AM | Ian Salmon (Administrator)

    NTSA Members:

    Do you know how many NTSA members are going to be at the SAA Conference in Minneapolis, in May?  Will you be going?  The following NTSA members will be there in an official capacity:

    Bret Serrin will be teaching a piano master class; Anna Halperin will join Bret for a session on reading; Jenny Burton is giving a pedagogy session; Amy Tomlinson is on a violin division panel; Susan Pugh, Mary Margaret Haraden, and Camille Nies are presenting a viola session; Sue Baer, Irene Mitchell, Ian Salmon and Patty Purcell are part of the planning and conference committee; and without a doubt---Larry and Jeanette Runyon will be there with a strong presence in the exhibit area as well as in and out of sessions.

    In addition to teachers, several students from our area will be attending--from the studios of Julia Hardie, Charles Krigbaum, Susan Pugh, Bret Serrin, and Nicolette Solomon.  If I left someone out, please let me know.

    There has been discussion about designing a shirt or something to wear on a designated day at the conferenceundefinedto indicate membership in the North Texas Suzuki Association.  Check the NTSA website for more information about shirts and about our spring meeting which is scheduled in early April.  We can talk about it more at that time.

    Whether you are going or not, there are ways you can be a big part of someone else’s experience.  Consider contributing to help off-set the expenses of some of the students who are going –In need of your support are a group of violists from HEB ISD.  These students will participate in a viola session submitted by Susan Pugh, Mary Margaret Haraden, and Camille NIes describing the ‘Alto Alliance Project.’  You can read more about it and make a donation at http://www.razoo.com/story/Texas-Alto-Alliance-Viola-Project

    Also in need of assistance are the students from Latin America.  Every little bit helps.  Why donate to the Latin American students fund?    Although part of the SAA, the students in Latin America do not have access to teacher training and observation that is part of the student experience in the United States.  Fernando Pinera:, an SAA Teacher Trainer from Argentina, says,  “We work in different environments and in different social realities but still we share the same spirit and the same inspiration.”  All students attending the conference will be able to participate in the Suzuki Americas 2014 project.  This concert, along with the rehearsals, will bring new opportunities for Latin American students to share with children from the United States and Canada.  As Rolando Freitag wrote in his appeal on the SAA Website,”We want to share with the Latin American students and their families our vision of what can be accomplished when parents, students, and teachers work together towards excellence in both skill and character development.” This will be a unique experience for all participants, where spoken language barriers will disappear and music will take place as the unifying language.  You can help by making a contribution at the SAA Website:  https://suzukiassociation.org/giving/donate/

    Register by March 31 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing.

    We’ll see you in Minneapolis!

  • February 04, 2014 12:29 PM | Ian Salmon (Administrator)
    In its ongoing mission to support the vision and philosophy of Dr. Suzuki, the North Texas Suzuki Association is pleased to announce the details of the 2014 Scholarship Auditions. 

    The scholarship committee will meet with student applicants on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 4401 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, TX 76180 during the String Trophy Festival. Auditions will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Although each audition will take less than ten minutes, parents must be available for the entire day, as we will not be able to accommodate requests for specific times. Student performances will be evaluated based upon the SAA's Performance Descriptors, which may be viewed on the SAA's website:

    http://suzukiassociation.org/download/Performance_and_Pedagogy_Descriptors.pdf

    The following scholarships will be awarded to students to support their attendance at a summer Suzuki Institute during 2014. Any student studying a Suzuki instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, and harp) with a current member of the NTSA is invite to apply. Reminder: students must be working in Book 2 or above to qualify for a scholarship. *In addition, students that received an award last year, are ineligible for this year's awards.*
    • The Helen Gerald Memorial Scholarship - $500.00
    • The Gwen Runyon Memorial Scholarship - $500.00
    • The Jennifer Burton Founder's Award - $500.00
    • NTSA Scholarships - $250.00
    Two scholarships in the amound of $300.00 will be awarded to teachers who wish to attend a summer Suzuki Institute as a teacher workshop participant. Teachers must be current members of the SAA and NTSA.

    Please review the information letter (download below)carefully, for additional information. 

    Information Letter

  • October 18, 2013 9:29 AM | Ian Salmon (Administrator)
    Our friends at the Amarillo College Suzuki Program are holding a fundraiser raffle this Fall. Enter for a chance to win a Pink Luxitune Fine Tuner! These are beautiful additions to your instrument. More information, and an application can be downloaded here!
  • January 15, 2013 8:19 AM | Ian Salmon (Administrator)

    On January 4 and 5, the NTSA hosted teacher trainer Carrie Reuning-Hummel for our 2013 Spring Teacher Enrichment Course.  As the daughter of two Suzuki violin teachers, Carrie was one of the first American students to study with Dr. Suzuki.  We enjoyed hearing her anecdotes from her time in Matsumoto and studying at the Suzuki institutes as they began across the country.

    Carrie started the weekend with a parent talk titled "Creating Conditions for Success". She explained how important it is to know one's own style of learning and thinking, after which comes the discovery of the child’s learning style and what avenue to best approach that child. Carrie’s book covers this topic, "Time to Practice: A Companion for Parents", and is available on her website: www.carriereuning.com

    For the pedagogy class, Carrie worked on the violin/viola bow arm, focusing on Dr Suzuki's primary mandate of creating a beautiful sound through weight and relaxation instead of pressure and tension.

    The second day Carrie discussed 'remedial teaching"; or how to help students who already have a problem with their position/playing. Her first focus was on basic posture (starting from the feet), and then she presented her ideas on finger placement, vibrato, shifting, and advanced bowing styles.

    She was careful to point out that ‘remedial teaching’ doesn’t only happen with transfer students, but with our own students (with whom we have to be creative in presenting a teaching point in many different ways); and children with issues such as double jointed fingers or learning differences.

    It was a testament to our NTSA community and the teachers who traveled from Waco, Austin, Houston and McAllen that our Suzuki community believes in lifelong learning, one of Dr Suzuki’s charges in his Aspirational Code of Ethics.

    -Jeanette Runyon, President, North Texas Suzuki Association

  • January 10, 2013 8:16 AM | Ian Salmon (Administrator)
    In its ongoing mission to support the vision and philosophy of Dr. Suzuki, the North Texas Suzuki Association is pleased to announce the details of the 2013 Scholarship Auditions. Please pass this information on to interested students and parents.

    The scholarship committee will meet with string scholarship applicants on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Bellaire Elementary School, 501 Bellaire Drive, Hurst, TX 76053 during the Trophy Festival. Auditions will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Although each audition will take less than ten minutes, parents must be available for the entire day, as we will not be able to accommodate requests for specific times. Student performances will be evaluated based upon the SAA’s Performance Descriptors which may be viewed on the SAA’s website: http://suzukiassociation.org/download/Performance_and_Pedagogy_Descriptors.pdf

    The following scholarships will be awarded to students to support their attendance at a summer Suzuki Institute during 2013. Any student studying a Suzuki instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, and harp) with a current member of the North Texas Suzuki Association is invited to apply. New in 2013: students must be working in Book 2 or above to qualify for a scholarship.

     The Helen Gerald Memorial Scholarship - $500.00
     The Gwen Runyon Memorial Scholarship - $500.00
     The Jennifer Burton Founder’s Award - $500.00
     North Texas Suzuki Association Scholarships in the amount of $250.00

    Two scholarships in the amount of $300.00 will be awarded to teachers who wish to attend a summer Suzuki Institute as a teacher workshop participant. Teachers must be current members of the SAA and NTSA.
    Student Scholarship Requirements

     Students must perform two polished pieces live before the Scholarship Committee on March 2, 2013. Selections may be from or beyond the Suzuki Core Repertoire. Students living outside of a 50 mile radius of the DFW metroplex may submit a DVD recording that will be viewed by the judges on the audition day. This recording must accompany the application materials.

     Piano students that wish to audition for a scholarship must submit a DVD recording of their audition, as the audition site does not have a piano suitable for performance. A Suzuki piano teacher will serve on the Scholarship Audition Committee.

     Students must ask their teachers to complete a confidential Teacher Recommendation Form and this form must be received by the committee prior to the audition.

     Students must also be prepared to engage in a brief informal interview. The panel will ask the students some simple questions about their Suzuki experience.

    Teacher Scholarship Requirements
     Teachers must be current NTSA members and be able to document their commitment to the Suzuki method via a brief written application.


    Student Applicants

    Teacher Development Applicants

  • December 26, 2012 12:02 PM | Mary Margaret Haraden
    Registration through the HASSA website.  www.hassa.org

    February 8-10, 2013, HASSA will host Unit 1A Teacher Training course of Michiko Yurko's Music Mind Games method of teaching reading and theory to children in a fun, engaging way.

    We will schedule Unit 1B during the 2013-2014 school year so that we can have the complete Unit 1.

    Location: For now, the location will be the home of Judy Offman, 3814 Linkview Drive Houston, TX 77025. If the course enrollment is larger than expected, we may change to another central Houston location.

    Schedule: Friday, February 8, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm. Saturday, February 9, from 9am-12pm and 1pm to 5pm.
    Sunday, February 10, from 1pm to 6pm.

    Materials: Each participant must own a Music Mind Games "Puppy Packet," a collection of materials which you can purchase on your own (available from the Music Mind Games website) or through HASSA when you register. If you purchase through HASSA, your materials will be waiting for you on the first day of the course.

    Music Mind Games Unit 1 Description:

    "Music Mind Games Unit 1 Teacher Training Workshop is a comprehensive experience for teachers wanting to be trained in this successful and popular method to teach students music theory and how to apply it to reading music. Usually taught over five days, the workshop includes 30 teacher training hours.

    "Teachers will learn creative ideas and more than 70 games to teach music theory and note reading using Music Mind Games. This hands-on workshop covers basic music theory concepts, focuses on information from the book Music Mind Games and includes Michiko's many recent innovations. Topics include the musical alphabet, intervals, rhythm reading, Blue Jello, Blue Jello hand signs, rhythm math, melodic dictation, solfege, Curwen hand signs, the grand staff, alto and tenor clefs, musical symbols, tempos, beginning key signatures and beginning scale study. The games played will use the Puppy Packet, Panda Combined and Puppy Plus materials. Games are from First Steps in the Music Mind Games curriculum with a few games from Second Steps.

    "Some student observation will be included to give teachers the opportunity to see games in practice, learn how much can be accomplished in a short period of time and observe the joy with which students of all ages embrace learning with this method."

    Instructor: Elizabeth Cunha



    Elizabeth Cunha received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education/Violin from The Catholic University of America and her Master’s from The University of Maryland in Music Education with an emphasis in Suzuki String Pedagogy.

    Elizabeth is a certified Music Mind Games teacher-trainer and has taught and presented at various conferences, workshops, training courses and a variety of classroom and teaching situations. For three consecutive years, Elizabeth co-taught with Michiko during training courses for Prince George’s County Music Educators in Maryland, focused on the integration of Music Mind Games in a music education classroom. During these courses Elizabeth helped develop the Music Mind Games Course Booklet now used in all Unit 1 training courses.

    Currently, Elizabeth teaches General and Instrumental music at the Stone Ridge Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland and serves as the Director of Stone Ridge Suzuki Violin Program. Originally from New York, she now resides in Maryland and is married with two young children.
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