North Texas Suzuki Association

HASSA offering Music Mind Games 1A Training

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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