When kids struggle with practice, games can make things easier and more fun. How do we use games so that kids stay engaged and practice effectively?

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • foundational ideas behind using games
  • which games to choose
  • how to incorporate games into daily practice

This is an interactive session, and we’ll invite you to share your ideas and experiences incorporating games into practice. You’ll come away with fresh ideas and practical tools for making practice easier.

Sundays April 30 & May 21

1-2pm PT / 3-4pm CT

This workshop is a fundraiser for the Latin America Scholarship Fund of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). Before the first meeting of this workshop, please click HERE to make your contribution to the SAA. Once you have indicated the amount of your contribution, for the “Fund” field, please select “Latin America Scholarship Fund”; and for the “In honor of” field, write in“Games Workshop.” Your donation will help to strengthen the work of the SAA as it endeavors to bring music education opportunities to both teachers and students.  Of course, you are certainly welcome to contribute beyond the levels suggested below. Thank you for your gracious support.
Suggested minimum donations for this workshop are on a sliding scale based on your self-determined access to resources. In your self-determination, please consider aspects of your personhood that do or do not grant you access to social capital e.g. race, gender, sexual identity, socio-economic status, educational background, able-bodiedness, number of people who rely on your resources, etc.
TO HELP YOU DETERMINE YOUR TIER LEVEL: If you identify as upper or middle class, are currently employed at a stable salaried position, retired comfortably or with a 401K, own a home, have a vacation budget and/or have limited debt, please consider the abundant access to resources level.
Abundant Access to Resources:
     $80.00 suggested donation to the SAA
Sufficient Access to Resources:
     $60.00 suggested donation to the SAA
Limited Access to Resources:
      $40.00 suggested donation to the SAA

We realize multiple household members could participate for the price of single admission and ask you to consider the “abundance tier” should your household be able to afford it.

About the Presenters

Christine Goodner is a Suzuki violin, viola, and early childhood education teacher who is passionate about helping her students develop their skills to the best of their ability while developing a lifelong love of music. She is a frequent writer, speaker, and podcaster who aims to help parents & caregivers work with their children with less conflict so that they can get more done in the practice room. You can find her articles and resources at SuzukiTriangle.com.

Edmund Sprunger is a former student of Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki, Suzuki Method™ originator, and has taught violin for more than 25 years, including over 300 workshops and master classes throughout North and South America, and is a Registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has presented sessions at numerous state, national, and international conferences and has written several books including Helping Parents Practice.

Barbie Wong is a music educator and speaker who has worked with hundreds of parents and teachers around the world. Her mission? To help them inspire kids to make music. Barbie is a classically trained pianist who studied music at Stanford University. She is also a Suzuki teacher, a parent to two teenagers, and a huge consumer of dark chocolate.