2020 Fall Teacher Workshop

When the Teacher’s Feelings Hurt


Students sometimes seem to dismiss our best attempts to help them learn. They play when we’re talking, ignore simple directions, roll their eyes, sigh, or mention that elephants are the only animal that can’t jump. Parents face these same stumbling blocks in home practice. Teachers can also feel disregarded by parents, who attempt to teach from the sidelines, get their children to lessons late, or tell us we aren’t motivating enough. This session presents ways to understand these behaviors, and useful ways to react to them—including using them as a springboard for character development. The format of this workshop will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and breakout rooms.

Edmund Sprunger has taught violin for more than 30 years, including over 300 workshops and master classes throughout the world and has presented sessions at numerous state, national, and international conferences.  Prior to his study with Shin’ichi Suzuki in Japan, Sprunger earned a BA in music from Goshen College, where he studied violin with Lon Sherer, and piano and piano pedagogy with Marvin Blickenstaff.  As a trained psychotherapist, he holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and has done post-degree training with the Michigan and St. Louis psychoanalytic institutes.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and as Chair of the American String Teachers Association's [ASTA] Committee on Studio Instruction.  His writing has appeared in many professional educational journals.

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