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Fall Violin Workshop

The Middle Tennessee Suzuki Association invites members and non-members alike to join us for the 2023 Fall Violin Workshop in Nashville! These wonderful days of fun, learning, and music are for students of all ages and experience levels, and will be led by guest clinicians Kim Barrett, Tim Barrett, Carol Dallinger, and Terry Durbin.  We have three tracks for beginning violinists (pre-twinkle through early book 1), student violinists, and Suzuki teachers. Please see the details below and register for your corresponding event.


Beginning Suzuki violinists (pre-twinkle through early book 1) participate in the Pre-Twinklers' Mini-Workshop, led by Terry Durbin. The schedule includes two one-hour group classes (Friday night and Saturday afternoon), an optional talk, and participation in the final concert.

Classes focus on foundational aspects of playing the violin, pre-twinkle games, and the first few songs of Suzuki Book 1.


Suzuki violinists will participate in group classes throughout the day on Saturday, culminating with a final recital for all participants. Students will be divided into groups based on their experience level, and all students will work with each of the clinicians on Saturday.

Additionally, the four clinicians teach individual masterclass lessons Friday afternoon/evening.  Masterclass lessons will be 20 minutes each and for an additional fee students may register to play individually for up to 2 masterclass lessons. All students are invited to observe the Friday masterclasses.


Suzuki Teachers are invited to observe the Fall Workshop and participate in the Teacher Enrichment Seminar on Sunday.

The 4.5-hour seminar on Sunday includes a teacher seminar over a provided working lunch, an observed masterclass with students, and a follow-up discussion of the masterclass.

Registered teachers are also invited to observe the guest clinicians teach open masterclass lessons on Friday evening, group classes on Saturday, and participate in the final recital on Saturday evening.


Registration will open August 4th, and close TUESDAY September 26 — now extended!  No refunds will be given after registrations closes. Students who register by 9/13 will receive a t-shirt with registration. Students and teachers may order additional t-shirts for $15 each.

Registration fees are as follows:

  Active MTSA Member  Non-Member
 Pre-Twinkler:  $80  $105
 Student:  $125  $150
 Teacher:  FREE FREE

Non-member students of MTSA teachers who register for the workshop automatically receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Middle Tennessee Suzuki Association upon registration. If your teacher is in the MTSA, come for the workshop and also enjoy all the benefits of membership year-round!

Registered students may also sign up to play for a 20-minute masterclass lesson on Friday afternoon with any of the four guest clinicians. Lessons are $35 each, with a maximum of two per student. Registration is first-come, first-served. Masterclass lessons can be registered for here, but only after registering for the student workshop.


Friday, 9/29
4:00 – 8:00: Masterclass lessons with all four clinicians for students who sign up. Any registered student may observe for free.

6:00 – 7:00: Pre-Twinklers' Group class with Terry Durbin

Saturday, 9/30
8:30 Workshop check-in

9:00 Group class #1
10:00 Group class #2
11:00 Group class #3

12:00 Break for lunch

1:30 Clinician talk: "Ideas and Philosophies for Learning" by Terry Durbin

2:30 Group class #4 (Pre-Twinklers join with the "Group A" class)

3:45 Final performance with all participating students

Sunday, 10/1

Teacher enrichment seminar with Terry Durbin

Observed masterclass with invited students, all teachers observe

Teacher enrichment seminar continued. Discussion of observed masterclass



Special thanks to our 2023 Workshop Sponsor:


Students will be divided into groups based on their current polishing piece. Exact groups will be determined after registration has closed. Repertoire to be performed on the final concert will be selected from the review list below:

Book 1
Twinkle Variation A + Theme
Lightly Row
Song of the Wind
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
May Song
Perpetual Motion
Minuet III (Book 1 & 3 versions)
Happy Farmer

Book 2
Chorus from Judas Maccabeus
Long, Long Ago + Variation
Witches Dance
Lully Gavotte

Book 3
Minuet in G Major (Bk 1 & 3)
Becker Gavotte

Book 4
Seitz Concerto No. 5, 1st Mvt.
Perpetual Mobile, Bohm

Book 5
Country Dance
German Dance

Book 6
Handel F Major Sonata, 2nd Mvt.
Rameau Gavotte

Book 7
Mozart Minuet
Corelli Courante

Book 8
Eccles, 2nd Mvt.



Kim Barrett began studying the violin at age 12 with Linda Fiore in Pennsylvania. After graduating from West Chester University with Bachelor Degrees in Music Performance and Music Education she went to Matsumoto, Japan to study personally with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and other master teachers. During her 3½ years in Japan, Kim assisted in translating for Dr. Suzuki and his writings and performed to demonstrate his teaching and method. After graduating from the Talent Education Institute, she returned to the United States in 1991 with her husband, Tim. Kim also holds a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Tennessee. Currently, she and her husband, Tim Barrett, teach and direct the violin program for the Academy of Strings in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Tim Barrett

Tim Barrett is a violinist with a unique teaching enthusiasm that brings smiles to the students and families who study with him. Tim Barrett started his violin studies at age 12 as a Suzuki student with Mr. Lacy McLarry, Concertmaster and Artist in Residence of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Barrett then graduated from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in violin performance. After completion of his graduate work, Tim Barrett studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki on a daily basis for 3 years and graduated from the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.

Additionally, Mr. Barrett was invited to be a participant at the 2005 and 2007 Starling-DeLay Symposiums on violin studies at the Juilliard School in New York City and serves as Concertmaster of the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. He has been a violin teacher for the Academy of Strings since 1991 and currently serves as the Executive and Artistic Director.


Carol Dallinger is Professor Emerita of Music at the University of Evansville. She joined the faculty in 1972. In addition to her collegiate teaching responsibilities, Carol founded the University of Evansville Suzuki Violin Program that is currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary year. Carol also served as Principal Second Violinist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra for more than four decades. She has lectured at both state and national music conferences and, as a Registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, has served as clinician for summer institutes throughout the United States and overseas. She is a former member of the National Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association and is a current member of the Suzuki Association of Indiana Board of Directors.

Carol values the opportunities she has had to take lessons with Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto, to travel to Japan to attend visit summer school and international conferences, and to attend SAA Conferences and institutes where he presented his ideas throughout the years. A career in Suzuki Talent Education has meant meeting extraordinary colleagues, sharing in the lives of amazing Suzuki families-a life filled with life-long learning opportunities.

Carol earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. As an adjunct instructor, she currently teaches applied violin, applied viola, and serves on the UE Suzuki Violin faculty.


Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin’s unique brand of teaching excellence makes him one of the most sought-after clinicians/conductors throughout the world. With infectious enthusiasm and inspired musicianship, he brings smiles and laughter to students throughout the United States and around the world.  His dynamic teaching career includes over 1000 workshops and institutes! His performance and teaching career stretches across the United States and Canada into Bermuda, Germany, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, and he has recorded two CDs, including the complete chamber music of Marcel Dupre for the Naxos label. He has been appointed principal conductor of the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2016 season. He has directed the South Dakota and Montana All State Orchestras. He is the holder of the American Suzuki Institute Suzuki Chair Award for 2013. Terry Durbin is also an accomplished composer and notable arranger.

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