Free and Online, Sat., June 6, 2020

All proceeds will be donated to the United Way and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Parent with intention and cultivate a positive environment of growth

While spending so much time together as a family, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by small details, frustrations, and challenges. During this time more than any, it is important to keep focused on the big picture of parenting our children… but how?

As both mothers and music teachers, we know how easy it is to get caught up in the small stuff. We also know how inspiring it can be to step back and look at the bigger picture of being along for the ride as your children grow up.

That’s when we decided we wanted to share real tools with parents that help cultivate the environment of growth in their homes. Even when we are under additional stress, we can find ways to parent intentionally, and we want to share those tools and insights with you.

Join us to discover ideas that you can use as you’re working with your child in music practice, on homework, or just your day-to-day interactions together.

This FREE workshop is made possible in part by a grant awarded from United Way and LaneKids. You may purchase the replay for $20, and all proceeds will be donated to the United Way and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Your summit leaders

Christine Goodner

Christine Goodner is a Suzuki violin, viola, and early childhood music teacher from Hillsboro, Oregon. In addition to helping students develop their skills and a lifelong love of music, Christine guides families to defuse conflict and increase positive results.

A board member of the Oregon Suzuki Association and co-director of the Oregon Suzuki Institute, Christine is a speaker, clinician, member of the SAA (Suzuki Association of the Americas), ASTA (American String Teachers Association), and the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). She is also the author of the Suzuki-licensed book Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families, and the parent workbook Positive Practice: 5 Steps to Helping Your Child Develop a Love of Music, as well as the producer and host of the Beyond the Music Lesson Podcast. Follow her blog and parent education insights at

Jodie St. Clair

Eugene Suzuki Violin Teacher Jodie St. Clair

Jodie St. Clair is the founder and director of the Eugene Suzuki Music Academy (ESMA) in Eugene, Oregon, where she teaches violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE). A member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Jodie has a Bachelors of Music Performance in Violin from Northern Arizona University and received long-term Suzuki violin training at NAU and the University of Oregon. She has received training from Dr. Louise Scott, Karin Hallberg, Judy W. Bossuat-Gallic, Allen Lieb, Kathleen Spring, Dr. Susan Baer, Dorothy Jones, and Sharon Jones.

After founding ESMA in 2009, Jodie began teaching SECE in 2010. In 2013, Jodie taught SECE at the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention in Matsumoto, Japan. She is also a regular guest presenter for Library Storytimes throughout the Eugene Public Library system.

When she’s not teaching, Jodie has adventures with her husband, son, and daughter.


8:00–8:15 a.m. PT

Welcome to the Summit!

Today we step away from the little frustrations and details of parenting, to focus on the Big Picture. Together we’ll meet one another, walk you through what the day will bring, and get ready for a day of fresh perspective and new ideas to help you have a more positive parenting experience with your family.

8:30–9:30 a.m. PT

Workshop 1: Working with the Unique needs of Your Child

Embracing and working with a Big Picture Parenting mindset is thinking about the unique needs of each of our children. We ask ourselves questions like, “In what ways does this child naturally excel?” and “In what areas might they need extra support to develop new skills?” This workshop will give you new ways to think about these questions, and tools you can use to parent your child with a Big Picture Perspective.

9:45–10:45 a.m. PT

Workshop 2: Growing Brains, Big Feelings

With families under so much additional stress, you might be seeing some big feelings as a result. Even in the best situations, music practice often brings out large emotions. In this session we will examine the brain science behind why our children can have such big emotional swings, and discuss tools for parents on how to guide our children through them.

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. PT


Get a bite, check in with your family, and take a breather!

12:30–1:30 p.m. PT

Workshop 3: Balance

With so much parenting advice out there, sometimes we encounter conflicting ideas and wonder what to do. As parents and educators we will share 3 important areas in which we have learned that the answer lies in finding a balance.

1:45–3 p.m. PT

Q&A Panel + Wrapping Up

Join us as we answer questions you’ve submitted throughout the day, and we wrap up our day of learning and sharing ideas together.

FREE registration

Attending this online workshop is FREE. Optional replay will be available for $20, and all proceeds will be donated to the United Way and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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