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Violin Teacher Training Workshop with Cathryn Lee: Developing the Advanced Bow Arm from the Beginning

  • 29 Jan 2024
  • 30 Jan 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • 29 Jan 2024, 9:30 AM 3:45 PM (CST)
  • 30 Jan 2024, 9:30 AM 3:45 PM (CST)
  • First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, 101 Legends Club Ln, Franklin, TN
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  • This course is open to all MTSA teacher members who have completed ECC and Violin Unit 1.

    Course fee includes the required text books: Bow Exercises, Bow Strokes and Bow Stroke Excerpts by Cathryn Lee. Texts will be provided to you at the first day of the course. ($80 value)


This teacher workshop created by Cathryn Lee gives the teacher a practical and child-friendly way to efficiently develop the complete bow arm from the very beginning.  This topic-based course will make teaching both a beautiful tone and a bio-mechanically effective bow arm fun for the child and easy for the teacher.

Complex right arm concepts will be made simple with the help of a cast of child-friendly characters: Panda, Jelly-fish and Rabbit.  While advanced bow strokes (spiccato, bariolage and more) will be made instantly better for the more advanced student using Cathryn’s “magic formulas”.

Of special interest for Suzuki teachers is the use of excerpts from the Suzuki repertoire as well as the standard repertoire beyond the volumes to teach the bow strokes.

Required text books for the course are Bow Exercises, Bow Strokes and Bow Stroke Excerpts by Cathryn Lee.  These text books are included in the price of the registration. 

About the Clinician:

San Francisco based violin teacher Cathryn S. Lee has taught families and teachers around the world since 1973. She is respected for teaching all ages and levels using her detailed and practical “best of both worlds” approach inspired by her studies with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and her “traditional” studies with the late concert artist Dame Camilla Wicks.

As a teacher trainer, Cathryn has taught and lectured at SAA National conferences, Leadership Summits, Suzuki Method World Conferences, the first International Suzuki Teacher Trainer Conference in 2009 and at the 16th World Conference in Japan.  She has given master classes and pedagogy classes in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and throughout the United States.  Cathryn is a guest lecturer in String Pedagogy at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Cathryn is the author of Bow Exercises, Bow Strokes and the Bow Stroke Excerpts books.

In 1977, Cathryn founded the Suzuki Music Studio of San Francisco where she continues to teach students and train teachers.  Cathryn has a B.A. in Performance and Composition, M. A. in Performance from San Francisco College for Women and a teaching certificate from the Talent Education Institute in Japan. She and her husband raised sons, Whit, an actor/violinist in New York City and Corin, a violinist with the ETHEL String Quartet and Founder of Liberated Performer.


Monday, January 29th & Tuesday, January 30th:

9:30 AM - 12:15 PM, 1:30 - 3:45 PM

Training from this course will be registered with the SAA upon completion.  You must be present for all hours of the course in order to receive credit.  

Prerequisite:  ECC & Violin Unit 1

Cost:  $380

Deadline to Register:  January 14th, 11:59 PM, CST

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