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21st Century Suzuki Teaching with Chili Dog Strings – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 24

After we heard Neil Fong Gilfillan’s remix, “Drop it Like Gavotte”, we couldn’t get it out of our heads.

Who knew a remix of Suzuki repertoire could be so infectious?

Neil and Rachel Samson are creative, inspiring, young string teachers. Together they run the teaching studio in Frisco, TX called Chili Dog Strings. This husband and wife duo combine a love of tradition in the Suzuki method with a curiosity for adventure, showcasing the complimentary styles they bring together in their teaching studio. They serve their local community with private and group lessons, plus workshops in area schools. They are making a lot of noise online with their cool video and blog content, leading and serving the worldwide string playing community.  Scroll down to listen to Creative Strings Podcast Episode 24 where we discuss these teaching methods and more including:

  • What does it take to be a good teacher?
  • How can the Suzuki method be reconciled with teaching contemporary styles?
  • How can we retain young kids’ interest in making music education fun without sacrificing discipline?
  • What is the importance of the “Suzuki triangle?”
  • Dispelling misconceptions about the Suzuki method

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Watch the whole conversation here:

Learn more about Chili Dog Strings below:







Clips Used in this episode:

Chili Dog

Drop it Like Gavotte – Neil Fong Gilfillan

Twinkle Arcade – Neil Fong Gilfillan

Boom Bap Cello – Neil Fong Gilfillan

June 1st Freestyle – Neil Fong Gilfillan

On Green Dolphin Street – Christian Howes

Waltz for Bill – Christian Howes




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