2023 Parent Teacher Convention

Convention Information
Saturday, January 21st, 2023
American Preparatory Academy 
3636 West 3100 South, West Valley City, UT 84119
Scroll down to see the schedule.

Keynote Session:
Propelled by Joy: How the Accomplishment of Meaningful Proximal Goals Contributes to Skill Development and Well-Being
Presented by Dr. Robert A. Duke (see his bio below)
Additional Sessions
Preparing Our Children with the Ingredients of a Well-Lived Life by Dr. Duke
You Are What You Eat. You Play How You Think. Imagine That. by Dr. Duke
Eleven Years of ‘Cello and I Can’t Get a Date: The Social Value of What We Learn by Dr. Duke
Wee Violin: Music for Young Violinists Preparatory to Twinkle: Crystal Boyack will present a curriculum for young violinists, pre Suzuki book 1, that was designed to help make practicing with your children more fun. Music is based on tunes from around the world.
5 Ways to Simplify Your Studio Management: In this presentation, veteran Suzuki cello teacher Brittany Gardner and CEO of studio management software Duet Partner Neylan McBaine will introduce teachers to tools and ideas that can make their lives easier. Drawn from their course, Setting Up An Independent Music Studio, Brittany and Neylan will share tips around billing, scheduling, building relationships with parents, streamlining studio traditions and more. 
Music and the Developing Child: Jessica Nix, Early Intervention Specialist at Kids On The Move and Kindermusik teacher, will explore how music impacts a child's development.
Child-Focused Stretching Workshop: Young students often develop tension in their back, shoulders, arms, and jaws from spending time at their instrument practicing.  Join yoga instructor Rachel Woerner to learn some fun, child-focused stretches and exercises you can take home and help your students or children in this workshop designed for both teachers and parents.
Chair-Assisted Yoga for Adults: Pain and tension in the back, neck, hips, and wrists are common issues for musicians—and anyone else who spends a lot of time seated. Join yoga instructor Rachel Woerner in learning accessible, chair-supported stretches to relieve some of the most common pains and tensions. 
Creative Teaching & Practicing Ideas: TruAnn Boulter
Reimagined Rewards: Building Intrinsic Motivation in Your Student: Peter Romney
Community Visibility: Katie Higbee
Sight Reading (and a Course Specifically for Harp Teachers!): Phala Tracy
Teaching Suzuki Children to Read Music: Denise Willey, SAA Trainer
So You Want to be a Suzuki Teacher?: Kyra Sovronsky
Parent Q&As

Dr. Robert A. Duke

Bob Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is a University of Texas and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also a clinical professor in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas and was the founding director of the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.
Duke’s research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, and his most recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of gaze in teacher-learner interactions. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective InstructionThe Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University, and Brain Briefs, which he co-authored with Art Markman, his co-host on the public radio program and podcast Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT Radio in Austin.
A set of short videos on teaching music on the Center for Music Learning website:
Crystal Boyack

Crystal Boyack is a leader in early childhood violin pedagogy and is a highly sought after teacher, clinician and lecturer.

Crystal started teaching violin, viola and orchestra at 15 years old when she founded Morgan Valley Strings, a community orchestra program.  She attended Weber State University studying Music Education and University of New Mexico studying String Pedagogy.  At the University of New Mexico she received her Suzuki long term teacher training from Susan Kempter.  

Crystal has taught violin, viola, orchestra and early childhood music in public, private and charter school, youth symphonies, and music camps.  She has served as section coach and adjudicator to the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, New Mexico All State, as well as regional and state solo and ensembles.  She currently teaches at the University of New Mexico String Lab School. 

She performs solo, chamber and symphonic music regularly and before taking an indefinite maternity leave, was the principle violist for the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra.  She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the America String Teacher's Association. 

In 2012 she began studying and teaching early childhood music education. She has taught Fierabend, Suzuki Early Childhood and Music Together.  She has synthesized what she has learned from early childhood music and violin pedagogy in her upcoming book Wee Violin - a curriculum for young violinists, pre Suzuki book 1.

She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she runs a private studio focusing on early childhood violin pedagogy as well as teaching at the University of New Mexico's String Lab School. She loves spending her time gardening, doing yoga, and playing, laughing and adventuring with her husband and four young children.