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Kaleidoscopes  for Violin

Teacher Mentorship & Certification Program

for Violin Book 1

2021-2022

8-month virtual teacher training seminar for graduates of the Kaleidoscopes Book 1 Teacher Training

The Kaleidoscopes Teacher Certification & Practicum is an intimate training designed to provide intensive individual mentoring as well as a path to certification within the Kaleidoscopes for Violin curriculum.

Personal mentoring, self-development, and coaching from Elise.

Teachers work one-on-one with Elise to develop their ability to interact powerfully with students and parents.

Get support with your current challenges, unlock the areas that are holding you back, gain confidence, and transform teaching weaknesses into strengths.

Monthly small-group seminar.

The seminar goes in-depth on topics from the Book 1 course as well as covering additional topics  including technique, relationship-building, studio growth, effective communication, principles of pedagogy, and group class activities. Master the curriculum, grow your teaching business and build a studio of devoted students and parents.

Why Enroll in the Practicum?

The several paradigm shifts implicit in the Book 1 Workshop affect every area of violin teaching — with implications for content but also role of the teacher, frames of language, technical sequence, pedagogical choices, and teaching tools.

These paradigm shifts occur over the course of the workshop, thus much of the workshop content is still being interpreted inside the teacher’s existing frameworks and paradigms.

Through individual coaching and observation, participants will more fully inhabit the new paradigm, gaining access to the breakthrough results made possible inside the new approach.

Course Details

  • Monthly group sessions over a six-month period
  • Private coaching sessions with Elise
  • Observation of hand-selected lessons illuminating core concepts and content
  • Reading assignments and other homework, including the submission of lesson videos for critique
  • Certification testing to become an officially recognized Kaleidoscopes Book 1 teacher. Some students may require a second practicum year to be ready.

The tuition includes up to 90 minutes per month of personal coaching and observing lessons taught by the participant.

Prerequisite: Kaleidoscopes Book 1 Teacher Training.

Course Dates:

Wednesdays on the following dates:

October 6  •  November 10  •  December 8  •  January 12  •  February 9  •  March 9 •  April 13 •  May 11

Course Times:

11-1 CDT  •  12-2 EST  •  9-11 PST  •  18-20 CEST

Cost:

$1,200 Full Tuition (installment plan available)

Enrollment:

Limit: 8 participants
Minimum: 4 participants

The initial deposit is non-refundable unless the class does not make, in which case the deposit will be fully refunded.

Take your training to the next level under the guidance of a master teacher.

The Practicum is an advanced course consisting largely of one-on-one coaching. The payment plan is designed to make the course accessible. Questions? Email orders@discoverviolin.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I be submitting only lesson videos of Kaleidoscopes beginners?

Young Suzuki students are often inspired and re-energized by the easier, shorter songs in Kaleidoscopes. Lessons with Book 1 transfer students will largely “look like” Kaleidoscopes lessons and can be used to meet the certification requirements.

The only content that will need to be demonstrated on a new beginner is the movement building blocks.

How many hours per month?

The monthly commitment is approximately 2 hours of seminar, 1 hour of coaching, and 2-3 hours of homework (including lesson observations).

What does it mean to be a certified teacher, versus having registered the Book 1 Training?

Submitting all the materials for the summer Book 1 Training means that the teacher has officially registered this training, and is welcome to list the training in their professional credentials. However, “certification” implies oversight and review according to a set of professional standards. The personalized format of the Practicum allows the Teacher Trainer to assess the teacher’s proficiency and offer certification upon completion of the course if appropriate.

The course begins when you register. Let the transformation begin.

Teacher Certification Process

Teachers who complete at least one year of the Practicum are eligible to become Certified teachers in the Kaleidoscopes method. Some teachers may require an additional year to master the principles and content. This is a natural and understandable reflection of teachers’ varying backgrounds and prior training.

In addition to the value of the training itself, certification offers the following benefits:

  • Grow Your Studio. Parents are beginning to hear about the method and ask for teachers who have been trained.
  • Be Recognized. Parents see degrees and certifications as a sign that a teacher is professional and highly trained.
  • Referrals from Kaleidoscopes. We will place a link to your teaching studio on the Kaleidoscopes site if you wish.
  • Official Marketing Materials. You will receive materials to help you market your studio, including a Kaleidoscopes badge to place on your own website
  • Frameable Certificate. Proudly display a full-color certificate showing that you are one of the first to receive Kaleidoscopes Teacher Certification from Elise.

Register now and take your teaching to the next level.

Enroll in the Practicum and become a highly trained teacher in the violin method that students and teachers adore.

About the Instructor

Elise Winters holds a B.A. from Rice University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Texas, with coursework in violin performance, linguistics, neurolinguistics, child development, and cognition.

She completed her 3-year Kodaly training at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A former student of Ronda Cole, her Suzuki teacher trainers include Judy Bossuat-Gallic, Cathy Lee, Marilyn O’Boyle, Doris Preucil, Edward Kreitman, and Charles Krigbaum. She has registered Suzuki training in Books 1-6 as well as an array of supplemental courses, and has completed the complete Landmark Education primary curriculum as well as the leadership program.

Elise has performed as a member of the Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera, and the Grammy Award-winning Conspirare choir, and appears regularly as guest concertmistress of La Follia Austin Baroque. She is a published author with Oxford University Press and author of Kaleidoscopes for Violin, which blends Montessori and Kodaly principles within a Suzuki framework.

Elise’s passions outside of violin include design and Five Rhythms dance, for which she has begun training as a facilitator. She directs a full-time studio of 50 students in Austin, Texas.