Judy Weigert Bossuat, was the String Project Master Teacher at the University of California, Sacramento from 2002-2005 and returned to this position in Fall 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 almost 40 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 served as secretary on the national board of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and is 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 French Suzuki Association. 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, 2008; Who's Who in American Education 2006, 2007, 2008; and Who's Who in America 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
In addition to her current university work, Bossuat maintains a studio at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas where she teaches children, trains teachers and instructs the parent education program. 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 .
ASSISTANT MASTER TEACHER
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Timothy Stanley holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Master Degree from Sacramento State in cello performance and began teaching on the project in fall 2004. He maintains a teaching studio in Sacramento. He performs in area orchestras and chamber ensembles. and is a founding member of the ensembles Citywater and Confluentes Baroque Quartet. Tim has completed Suzuki Method Training for cello books 1-5.
University students who teach in the String Project prepare recruiting
demonstrations for local schools, teach lessons and group classes, conduct
student orchestras, and lead sectionals. All activities are under the
supervision of the Master Teacher.
Most teacher apprentices have a stringed instrument as their major instrument,
but music education majors in other applied fields are eligible for
the String Project with permission of the Master Teacher and Director.
By the time the undergraduate students graduate from CSUS, they will
have had several years of experience and are well prepared to begin
their teaching careers.
Through their music curriculum, they receive private instruction on violin,
viola, cello and bass from the applied faculty at CSUS.
University students who are teaching in the CSUS String Project receive
stipends of between $400-$2000 per year. They are also eligible for
additional music and academic scholarships.
CSUS School of Music
scholarship audition information
String Project Apprentice Teachers
The following Sacramento State students are apprentice teachers on the String Project for Fall 2011:
Returning teacher apprentices:
Graduate Students: Jennifer Jim + Paolo Reyes
New apprentice teachers who have joined the program:
Graduate Student : Sandro Ladu