Suzuki Social Justice Think Tank August 2020 Zoom Sessions RSVP
Let's recenter social justice from the margins to the heart of Suzuki music education!

Complete the survey below to RSVP. Not every question is Required.

Join us for either or both Zoom events on:

1. Thursday August 6 8:30-10pm EST
2. Saturday August 8 1-2:30pm EST

With our first Zoom events in August 2020, the Suzuki Social Justice Think Tank (SSJTT) will establish itself as an independent think tank offering practical solutions for individual Suzuki teachers (& beyond!) to nurture diversity, equity and inclusion ASAP in their own studios.

Why wait?

- Learn and/or offer up practical solutions for individual Suzuki teachers & beyond.
- Share your ideas through the in-meeting chat or apply to speaker for 8 minutes.
- Afterwards, you’ll be able to immediately apply new ideas that will nurture your studio with diversity, equity and inclusion!

Meet your hosts! Clara Hardie & Bruce Walker.

Clara Hardie cofounded the Suzuki-inspired violin studio Detroit Youth Volume in 2010 at a soup kitchen. She is raising her two-year-old twins on an urban prairie near the heart of the city. Clara created Youth Volume, a framework of social justice teaching & studio practices for Suzuki teachers and beyond. Request info about her January 2021 online teacher training at Clara also enjoys river swimming and Ashtanga yoga.

Bruce Walker cochairs the Advisory Committee on Race to the Board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He works as an Associate Professor of Music at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA, Music Director for the Yakima Youth Symphony in Yakima, WA, and is President of the Washington state chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Bruce enjoys hiking and traveling around the Pacific Northwest, enjoying time outside around a BBQ pit and smoker sampling new culinary creations, or shopping for and admiring argyle socks.


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Complete the survey below to RSVP. Not every question is Required.

You may join us for either or both Zoom events.
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What instrument(s) do you teach?
How did you hear about this event? *
What year were you trained in Book 1? *
Who is your favorite Suzuki teacher trainer?
What is the extent of your Suzuki teacher training? *
Are you employing social justice practices in your current Suzuki education work? *
If you employ other pedagogies in your teaching, please share about it as much as you’d like here.
In what city do you teach? *
Do you run a private studio or work for someone else? *
Number of students you taught privately in the 2019/2020 school year: *
Age range of your students: *
Any other demographics about your students you'd like to share?
List your Top Five favorite resources to share with other teachers (articles, books, blogs, podcasts, social media accounts to follow etc.) You can also email a list of resources that include links to with Subject Line "Think Tank Resources". These resources will be compiled and shared.
Would you like to speak for 8 minutes as one of 10 subject experts at a Suzuki Social Justice Think Tank Session? *
If you’d like to officially join the Think Tank as a subject expert speaker, the following question will act as your application.
Clara & Bruce will review all applications and curate a group of speakers whose 8-minute presentations will deliver the most powerful impact! Confirmed speakers list will be sent out July 31 by 5pm EST. In the meantime, feel free to email with questions or changes to your application.
In which subject area of "Nurturing a diverse, equitable & inclusive Suzuki studio" do you feel most confident sharing nuts & bolts? When discussing nuts and bolts of a subject/activity, you'll refer to the detailed practical aspects of it rather than abstract ideas about it. Teachers are looking to learn specific steps, perhaps even bullet pointed, they can take toward progress. You will have 8 minutes. Consider choosing 1-3 topics.
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Please list a few specifics you'd like to cover in your 8-minute presentation.
We want to know what kind of support teachers are currently seeking.
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If you were to invest in professional development that would help you learn to further nurture your private studio with diversity, equity and inclusion, which area would be of greatest benefit/interest to you: *
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