Why So Quiet Emily?

You guys, I've been so busy lately. There seems to have been a great cross-roads at all points of my life and it all just now caught up. The latest and most exciting thing I've done recently is return from a fantastic week in Draper, UT where I attended the

2011 Intermountain Suzuki String Institute.

I received Book 3 Suzuki Teacher Training from David Evenchick (my fav!) along with 4 other fellow cello teachers from around the nation. We got such great words of wisdom, paths of clarity, and constructive teaching feedback.  [For those of you students out there going through Book 3, I hope you don't think it's an easy book. There's so much to learn from it I pray you're gleaning all it has to offer you as a student of the cello.]

One of my favorite parts about going to summer Suzuki Institutes is observing other teachers. Put 4 really talented kiddos in a room with a Super-Star Teacher and what do you get a week later? (with practice of course) BAM! Drastically more talented kiddos. It's truly astounding. (and just might bring you to tears!)

I had the priviledge of watching Ed Kreitman (author of this and this book), Elliot Cheney, Chris Fiore, and Margaret Lewis.  I can't wait to apply some of the teaching techniques and tools with some of my own kiddos. (and adults!)

Want to walk away from this post with something for your own cello-ness?

Here's Ed Kreitman's Teaching Priorities-- conveniently enough they're mine too!

  1. Posture

  2. Tone

  3. Intonation

  4. Musicianship

  5. Learning new notes and bowings to new songs

More will reveal itself on the blog in due time. I can't give away all my secrets just yet, can I?!

(Psst! If you haven't yet, you should read Rashida's 10 things I've learned About Myself By Playing The Cello. Wonderful words of inspiration!)