B.A., SUNY, Potsdam
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- String Pedagogy
- String Project
Professor Judy Bossuat
Judy Weigert Bossuat was the String Project Master Teacher at Sacramento State from 2002-2005 and returned in the fall of 2007. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the State University College, Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and is a 1978 graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan where she studied with Shinichi Suzuki, returning in 1982 to do post-graduate work.
Bossuat has been teaching strings, conducting orchestras, and training teachers for over 35 years; 16 of them at the “Ecole de Musique Suzuki” in Lyon, France. Many of her former students have attended prominent conservatories and are pursuing professional careers soloing and playing in leading orchestras worldwide. She is especially known for her work training music teachers both for public school positions and private studio teaching. Bossuat's career has also included faculty positions at the University of the Pacific - Stockton CA and the University of Oregon – Eugene, as well as private and public school teaching and youth orchestra conducting.
Bossuat currently serves as secretary on the national board of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and on the national board of the National String Project Consortium (NSPC). She is an authorized Suzuki Method teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association, and an honorary life member of the European Suzuki Association (ESA) and the “Association Musicale Suzuki en France” (FMSF). She has served as president of the California chapter of the American String Teachers Association (CALASTA) and orchestra representative of CMEA Bay Section.
Bossuat was named the “2007 Graduate of Distinction” by the Victor Central School District (N.Y.) She has also received an “Eminence Credential” from the California State Credentialing Board and been named to Who's Who of American Women 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, Who's Who in American Education 2006, 2007 and Who's Who in America 2006 and 2007.
In addition to her current university work and private studio teaching, Bossuat is a frequent lecturer, conductor, and teacher at workshops in Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States. She has had numerous publications including articles, compositions, and orchestral arrangements. Particularly popular is her theatrical piece for two rappers and beginning orchestra titled “Beginner's Rap,” her two “Takataka Concertos” (one on E and one on A) for beginners and young string orchestra or piano; and her books, Left Hand Development for the Violin and Learning to Sight Read on the Violin.