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    • 29 Jan 2024
    • 30 Jan 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, 101 Legends Club Ln, Franklin, TN
    • 15

    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

    • 18 Aug 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Parent Talk speaker and topic TBD. 

    Immediately after the talk, the MTSA board and officers will hold the annual membership meeting to share the state of the organization, plans for 2024-2025, and welcome any questions and input from members. Come for the talk and stay for the meeting!

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    Register to receive the Zoom link in the confirmation email.

12 Nov 2023 MTSA Concerto Competition Auditions 2023
8 Nov 2023 Shu-Yi Scott Masterclass
30 Sep 2023 Fall Workshop: Student Workshop
30 Sep 2023 Fall Workshop: Teacher Enrichment Seminar
29 Sep 2023 Fall Workshop: Masterclass Lessons
29 Sep 2023 Fall Workshop: Pre-Twinklers' Mini-Workshop
20 Aug 2023 Parent Talk + Annual Membership Meeting (2023)
26 Feb 2023 MTSA Winter Play-Down
5 Feb 2023 MTSA Honors Recital 2023
28 Nov 2022 2023 MTSA Honors Recital Nominations
13 Nov 2022 MTSA Concerto Competition Auditions 2022
26 Oct 2022 Board of Directors Meeting (October)
9 Oct 2022 Annual Membership Meeting (2022)
2 Oct 2022 MTSA Fall Workshop featuring Sofia Chiarandini and members of Kol Kahal
3 Aug 2022 Board of Directors Meeting (August)
27 Mar 2022 What Musicians Can Learn About Practicing From Current Brain Research by Dr. Molly Gebrian
6 Feb 2022 2022 MTSA Honors Recital
12 Dec 2021 MTSA Concerto Competition Auditions
6 Dec 2021 2022 MTSA Honors Recital and Honors Recital Nominations
20 Nov 2021 Family Trivia Night
10 Oct 2021 2021 Annual Membership Meeting via zoom
3 Oct 2021 Suzuki Play-In - POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER!!!
23 May 2021 Family Trivia Night
11 Apr 2021 Brian Lewis Masterclasses
15 Nov 2020 Fiddle Jam & Play-In Party
2 Oct 2020 2020 Fall Suzuki Workshop - CANCELED
11 Jul 2020 Nashville Suzuki Institute - CANCELED
6 Jun 2020 Online Teacher Seminar: Teaching With an Open Heart, with Ed Kreitman
27 Mar 2020 Bach Double Performance at 2020 Bachanalia Fest
9 Feb 2020 Suzuki Play-Down at Blair School of Music
2 Nov 2019 Suzuki Principles in Action
29 Sep 2019 Teacher Enrichment Seminar & Invitational Student Masterclass Lessons with Dr. Timothy Durbin
26 Sep 2019 2019 Fall Violin Fall Workshop
17 Aug 2019 Nashville Sounds Baseball National Anthem performance
13 Jul 2019 Nashville Suzuki Institute

Past Events Reports

  • 2/10/19 - Honors Recital
  • 3/29/19 - Bach Double Performance at the Bacchanalia Festival
  • 7/13-7/21, 2019 - The first Nashville Suzuki Institute
  • 8/17/19 - National Anthem at the Nashville Sounds Baseball Game                         and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"!


  • 8/19/18 - National Anthem at the Nashville Sounds Baseball Game
  • 9/13/18 - 9/16/18 - MTSA Fall Violin Workshop
  • 10/27/18 - MTSA & Nashville Symphony’s Free Day of Music Performance

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