I met some terrific people and enjoyed thoughtful discussions about both playing music and teaching music.
There was an amazing frozen yogurt and smoothie joint just a few miles away, and classmates and I made more than a couple of trips there. It's probably similar to the Pinkberry phenomenon, which I've heard a lot about but never tried. Tart, tangy frozen yogurt with fresh fruit toppings. Way, way better than Cold Stone could ever be.
In addition to classroom lecture time, I got to observe some truly wonderful teachers working with students for a total of 15 hours of observation over the course of the week.
Our course teacher said something wonderful that I hope I can always remember:
"My number one goal isn't to train excellent violinists. Over the years I've had some students who were not a good reflection of my teaching, but I don't care. My first priority is that they become lovely human beings, and secondly, that they learn to love music. All the rest is details - important details, but details. And you know, some of those students who never become good violinists just may need me in their lives for reasons I don't know at the time."
She sent me home with lots to think about and a list of about 30 books I really want to read. For my fellow musicians and music teachers, I highly recommend attending courses like these, even if you don't want to become a "stereotypical" Suzuki teacher (whatever that may be these days). The principles taught can only benefit you and broaden your horizons.
Ahh, inspiration is a wonderful thing.