REGISTER now for the July workshop!
Violin Book 1 Workshop
The Well-Rounded Twinkler
30-hour virtual teacher training seminar
July 11-22, 2022
This training is a breakthrough course integrating Montessori, Kodaly and Suzuki principles into a unique and powerful violin method that allows children to experience confidence, exploration and delight throughout their first year of study.
While as teachers we strive to make the first year of violin fun for our students, we often see their excitement diminish over the first year. In Kaleidoscopes, that delight increases with accomplishments all along the way.
With 22 years of experience as a Suzuki teacher, I’ve refined these unique tools into a system that is not only easier to teach, but has doubled the speed at which students attain graceful, fluent playing.
Those long learning plateaus have vanished … and my students adore playing. It is a huge change from the patient perseverance of my early years of teaching.
I used to be frustrated that my students were progressing too slowly, and it was hard to get everything in. Now I have the opposite problem … they are progressing so fast that I have to work hard to keep up.
I hope you will join me for a summer workshop that will transform your teaching and take your studio to the next level. If you are just starting out, the course will provide an unparalleled foundation to build your successful and vibrant studio.
I LOVED the workshop! This approach has been a god-send in working with the youngest students. I think Suzuki himself would applaud and adopt these methods.
—Robin Johnson, Los Angeles Suzuki Teacher
—Laura Syjud, Suzuki Specialist, Desert Shadows Elementary
Here are just a few of the tools that will build skills and excitement for your young beginners:
Without any sacrifice in technique, even a young beginner can play Hot Cross Buns. The initial excitement to play violin builds over time instead of diminishing.
Playing lots of repertoire reinforces skills and extends practice time. Plus, students love getting a new song every week.
Montessori is about guiding students toward important insights. The result is that they internalize concepts more deeply and “learn how to learn.” You’ll almost never have to teach the same thing twice — and in the process get more lesson time to spend learning new skills!
Young students are not yet able to effectively channel attention. Focusing on one task at a time accelerates learning and minimizes frustration.
Fun, accessible movement activities are performed to authentic folk songs. These songs form the basis of the child’s pre-Twinkle repertoire.
Solfege, singing, and piano are used to introduce literacy during the first year. Being able to read fluently makes advanced repertoire accessible much sooner.
I began using techniques that I learned from the workshop starting on the second day of training. Elise Winters is not only a brilliant violinist, but also a once-in-a-lifetime pedagogue. I truly believe that this program will be talked about as commonly as Suzuki and Kodály are around the world, very soon.
– Jessica Muiseke-Wilkison, Violin Teacher in Tucson, AZ
More results, less effort.
• You may never hear the words, “I’m having trouble getting my child to practice” again. Practice games will become almost extinct in your studio.
• Your students will come to each lesson excited to share the breakthroughs THEY have created at home.
• As your Book 1 students harmonize their songs on piano, they will consider it obvious that the second scale degree is usually harmonized by a V chord.
• Your Book 2 students will locate and remember the chromatic pitches in their songs without your help.
• Your Book 3 students will understand key relationships that you probably learned in high school.
• Your 5-year-old beginners will routinely reach Vivaldi in four years and play Bruch by middle school.
• Your students will play for love, not duty; because they never experienced those typical plateau years when violin becomes associated with perseverance.
The workshop will introduce you to a specialized sequence which is optimized to be a prequel to Suzuki Book 1. You can use this repertoire, or take the tools and apply them in your own way.
Get more information about the Kaleidsocopes curriculum here.
July 11-22, 2022
11:00 – 2:00 CDT
Limit: 25 participants
$360 Early Bird
$400 after April 1
$425 after May 23
The workshop will comprise 30 online seminar hours plus 12 hours of video lesson observations completed outside of class. Please schedule yourself lightly during the course so that you have time and space to assimilate the unique paradigm and content.
While there is just one 45–60 minute observation lesson video to watch each night, participants share that completing their written notes takes longer than this (up to 90 minutes) because there is a great deal to absorb and they often go back and re-watch parts of the lesson. The teachers who have given this feedback include those with extensive Suzuki teacher training.
From experience, we recommend teaching no more than 1–2 students a day during the two-week workshop, and not taking on any major commitments (including other courses) during these weeks. Early registration is suggested to allow time to read the course packet prior to the course.
One payment of $360
3 easy payments of $125
Need-based scholarship is available. Please write Kellen at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should take the course?
The course will be valuable to any teacher of beginners, regardless of repertoire. The teaching, learning, communication, and movement principles will provide valuable insights into all pre-college teaching.
What is the workload?
While the course meets only for 3 hours Monday thru Friday, participants are suggested to schedule themselves lightly to allow time to study and reflect on the principles. There will also be one additional hour of work to complete each evening.
Will the class be offered in-person?
The class was originally offered as a live workshop over three full days. We found that participants were “maxed out” after six classroom hours and needed time to reflect and process. For this reason, we find the two-week format optimal for learning, as well as being more economical for teacher participants. The ability to immediately try ideas with your home students is an added benefit.
I have a conflict with the course hours. Can I attend asynchronously?
I have a conflict with individual classes. Can I make up this material?
The course is limited to 25 participants. Register now to ensure your participation.
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About the Presenter
Elise Winters holds a B.A. from Rice University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Texas, with coursework in violin performance, linguistics, neurolinguistics, cognitive neuroscience, and cognition.
She completed her 3-year Kodaly training at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A former student of Ronda Cole, her Suzuki teacher trainers include Judy Bossuat-Gallic, Cathy Lee, Marilyn O’Boyle, Doris Preucil, Edward Kreitman, and Charles Krigbaum.
Elise has performed as a member of the Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera, and the Grammy Award-winning Conspirare choir, and appears regularly as guest concertmistress of La Follia Austin Baroque. She is a published author with Oxford University Press and author of Kaleidoscopes for Violin, which blends Montessori and Kodaly principles within a Suzuki framework.
Elise’s passions include art and visual design, biomechanics, Five Rhythms dance, and sustainability. She directs a full-time studio of 50 students in Austin, Texas.
“An intellectual as well as an artist, Ms. Winters has made a major contribution to the field of violin pedagogy.
Integrating her knowledge of psychology, education, kinesiology, and music, Ms. Winters takes the best of all the major schools of violin pedagogy and adds her unique methods. I wish Ms. Winters had been my pedagogy professor in college or grad school. If I were seeking a degree in pedagogy, I would certainly study under her.”
– Ruth Navarre, Orpheus Academy of Music
Wow — my heart is full. Trusting my inner voice. Making discoveries together, providing a safe space for discoveries to be made. Being a guide… and letting the wonder and curiosity I have lead me in leaving clues for my students to follow their own curiosity and wonder. So many ideas I am eager to share with my students!
— C.H., Williamsport, PA
This workshop opened my eyes to new and exciting ways of teaching music, specifically to young beginners. Elise is thoughtful, experienced, and incredibly insightful. I can’t wait to incorporate the many things I learned from her during this workshop, and would highly recommend it to all!
– Laura Cásarez
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
This workshop inspired my teaching from the first class. I started using the teaching ideas the same day with my students. After a week I began to see an improvement in my energy level when I was teaching. After the second week, I see an improvement in my students’ posture and violin playing skills. I am happier when I teach and feel inspired to drastically change how I teach from now on!
– Elizabeth Mayorca, Houston, TX