Sunday, June 27, 2010


was i only gone for 8 days? if feels more like 3 weeks. and i think i learned enough to fill that three weeks! {and how cute is this year's logo?}
i did three hours of observation a day, another five hours of class, and then an (optional) 2-3 hours of concerts on top of it all! {most of which i attended} 2 papers, and one presentation, 41 pages of observation notes, 17 repertoire sheets, and more than half a notebook full of notes. seriously, i have a huge new callus from my pen. i just hope it all makes sense when i read over it later this week...

and while all that sounds like {and was} a lot, i've come to the realization that i have so much more to learn! but i really can't possibly explain how much i learned, and what it has meant to me. i came back a better teacher, a better person, and then i remember this: i'm a suzuki certified teacher now! wow. it's a pretty amazing thing and just hasn't really sunk in yet.
{me, attending the institute as a child}

it's pretty cool to do teacher training at the same summer institute i attended as a child, but on top of that, i also got to see 2 of my former teachers {who were there teaching for the week} they are both hugely influential people in my life and it was so exciting to catch up. really, i was running around all week like a kid in a candy store.
{accompanist velma, little sister, teacher jean, and me- after a recital way back in 2001}

{jean and i now}
{teacher carl, me, little sister {holding my beautiful violin} with fellow student and friend josh}

{carl and i now}

and a new person to add to my "influential people" list- my teacher for the week, nancy. quite an inspiration. and she's aweeeesome!
 it really was an amazing week, surrounded by amazing people. {and lots of little kids running around with violins, cellos and maybe even a viola or two...}
i hope all of you have been well also. i'm happy to be home and catching up with you all!


  1. i so can't wait to hear ALLLLL about it! phone date tomorrow??

    (and your pictures are amazing. as always. loooooove you!!)

  2. Glad you had such an amazing time! It's so nice to see another musical blogger!

  3. Congrats!! That's a really awesome achievement! I really love the then & now photos, too.

  4. Yaaay! Can't wait to hear more!

  5. So glad to hear you had such an amazing time. Congrats on your certification!! It's really wonderful when you get to come full circle with something, isn't it?