Parent Education Pep Talks Series

Whether it's defining your own success as a musician or developing a beautiful heart through the Suzuki methodology, Gifted Music School Suzuki Program faculty freely share their thoughts, knowledge, and expertise through weekly Zoom lectures. While these lectures are geared toward Suzuki parents, they are open to the public and any interested persons, especially those who are curious about Suzuki pedagogy and or are considering pursuing the Suzuki path for their child. If you do not fall under those categories but want to tune in, please come and enjoy these informative and engaging forty-five minute sessions!


Course Details

Instructor: Stacy Smith, Suzuki Program Director (and weekly guest speakers)
Cost: $350/student FREE*
Meets: Fridays at 2:15pm (May 1 to August 14, 2020)
Duration: 45 minutes
Participants: Ages 18 to 55+
Location: Online (Zoom)
Deadline to Register: N/A—register today!


*Why is this free? We know these are tough financial times for many in our society with the COVID-19 pandemic, so as part of our Resilience Campaign we are offering these courses FREE of charge. While we are proud to continue serving our community during these difficult times, the downturn has affected us as well and we still have many administrative and teaching costs to cover. If you are able, and only if you are able, please make a donation to Gifted Music School.


How To Participate

Browse the available courses below and complete the registration form to enroll in a class. Once you have competed the registration process and set up your account in our online portal (MyMusicStaff), we will send you more detailed instructions for how to access the class, including the Zoom link and Meeting ID.

Download Zoom: Download the application on your computer, tablet, or mobile device by visiting You'll need a computer, web-camera and microphone (built-in or external), and a reliable internet connection.


Upcoming sessions:

July 31, 2020

August 7, 2020

August 14, 2020


Past Sessions

May 1, 2020 "Maximizing Online Lesson Success" 
with GMS Faculty, Melissa Thatcher

May 8, 2020: "The Child First and Always"
with GMS Faculty, Kelly McConkie Stewart

May 15, 2020: "Goals and Dreams: A Workshop on the Power of Vision-led Progress."
with GMS Faculty, Brittany Gardner | View Lecture Here

May 22, 2020: "Defining Your Own Success from Twinkle to Tchaikovsky"
with GMS Suzuki Progam Director, Stacy Smith

May 29, 2020: "Preparing Beautiful Hearts"
with GMS Faculty, Megan Mason | View Lecture Here

June 12, 2020: “Preparing Your Suzuki Student for Success in College - and Beyond!”
with GMS Faculty, Anne Francis Bayless | View Lecture Here

June 19, 2020 "Navigating the Road to Independent Practice" 
with GMS Faculty, Kelly McConkie Stewart | View Lecture Here

June 26, 2020 "Practicing With Perfectionists - 3 Strategies to Help Your Child Calm Their Inner Critic, and Gain Artistic Confidence" 
with GMS Faculty, McKenzie Clawson | View Lecture Here