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“Teaching with an Open Heart”: SAWS Teacher Development Workshop 2022

This year we are excited to host Edward Kreitman for a 5-hour, all instrument workshop based on his book Teaching with an Open Heart

Where: Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave NE Seattle or on Zoom

When: Friday, October 14, 1pm – 6pm*

Cost: In-person $100 (includes a copy of the book “Teaching with an Open Heart”)

Remote attendance (Zoom) $70; Teachers in Latin America $40

*Additional Saturday events for teachers:

  • 8:30-11:15 observe Mr. Kreitman teach Masterclasses followed by a Q and A about his teaching
  • 12pm-1pm watch a Parent Talk by Mr. Kreitman
  • 1pm-3pm observe/teach group classes at the strings festival or watch Karen Iglitzin give chamber masterclasses followed by a Q and A about chamber coaching

About the clinician:

Edward Kreitman is the founder and Director of the Western Springs School of Talent Education. Mr. Kreitman received his undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University where he studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Doris Preucil and Almita Vamos. In 1986, he studied with Dr. Suzuki at the Talent Education Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan.  He is the author of “Teaching from the Balance Point” and “Teaching with an Open Heart

Mr. Kreitman is known throughout the world as a guest clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops and is a registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has served the Suzuki Association of the Americas in many capacities including a member of the Board of Directors, Violin Committee, and Coordinator for several Suzuki Method Teachers Conferences. Recently, Mr. Kreitman served on the SAA team that developed the “Every Child Can!” course. In 2008 Mr. Kreitman was honored to be presented with the Suzuki Chair Award at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI. In March 2011, he was awarded the Suzuki Association of the America’s Certificate of Achievement, an award given to teachers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to excellence in their teaching. Edward Kreitman is the recipient of the 2019 IL ASTA Studio Teacher of the Year Award.

About the course

Teaching with an Open Heart is a workshop for Suzuki teachers of all instruments.  In the course we will explore many of the ideas presented in this groundbreaking book.  Participants will gain an understanding of energy and how we use it in our own playing, our teaching and with our students and parents.  The workshop is very interactive…there are many opportunities to participate in fun and insightful activities which will help you to understand these energetic principles. A copy of the book with be provided to each in-person attendee.

Topics covered will include:

  • Priority Teaching
  • Energy Awareness
  • The seven realms of awareness and how we integrate them in our teaching
  • Learning to develop and implement your vision as a teacher
  • The power of the witness
  • Developing Conscious Musicianship
  • Group Class – What it’s really all about

Praise for “Teaching with an Open Heart”:

Teaching with an Open Heart is written in the classic Kreitman style, full of clear and concise information, concrete examples, and constructive ideas.”

Edmund Sprunger, MSW

SAA Registered Teacher Trainer and author of Helping Parents Practice

Teaching with an Open Heart is an exquisite tribute to Shin’ichi Suzuki, a commentary that illuminates the heart of his philosophy.  The book has given me a deeper awareness in my teaching, a joy in sensing the wholeness of a student’s engagement when skill and heart come together in the moment of music making.  This profound book has inspired in me a new sense of the value of what we do in our work with children.”

Janis Wittrig, Suzuki Violin Teacher



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