Long Term Teacher Training Degree Program

Bachelor and Masters of Music Education with Emphasis in Talent Education

If you're looking for a solid program that will prepare you for a successful teaching career when you graduate, the Suzuki Talent Education program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point can give you the competitive edge. Earn an undergraduate or graduate Music Degree with an emphasis in Suzuki and enter the marketplace with a specialty you can use anywhere.


  • Home of the American Suzuki Institute
  • Home of the International Research Symposium on Talent Education
  • Extensive library holdings on Suzuki philosophy and method
  • Hours of videotape of Dr. Suzuki's lessons and lectures given in 1976 and 1984 at the American Suzuki Institute


  • MUED 384/584 Suzuki Talent Education Pedagogy (1 cr.)
  • MUED 385/585 Suzuki Workshop I (3 cr.)
  • MUED 386/586 Suzuki Workshop II (2 cr.)
  • MUED 465/665 Literature of Talent Education I (3 cr.)
  • MUED 466/666 Literature of Talent Education II (3 cr.)
  • MUED 788 Seminar in Music Education III(3 cr.)

Patricia D'Ercole, Teacher Trainer

  • Director, Aber Suzuki Center
  • Faculty member of American Suzuki Talent Education Center at UWSP
  • Clinician of many institutes in U.S., Canada, Finland, and Estonia
  • Registered SAA Teacher Trainer holds an MME with emphasis in Talent Education from UWSP where she studied with Margery Aber
  • Studied in Japan with Dr. Suzuki
  • Founder and director of Flambeauland Suzuki Talent Education Program and Public school teaching experience
  • Founder and first president of Suzuki Association of Wisconsin
  • Former Chair of the Board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas

The Environment

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is the only degree granting institution in the north central part of the state. The enrollment surpasses 9,500 students. A 200-acre nature preserve with a 25-acre man-made lake, is part of the campus.

Stevens Point, a river city with 25,000 residents, is in the scenic gateway to Wisconsin's vacationland and situated in one of the state's fastest growing areas.

The Music Department is part of the College of Fine Art and Communication, "the best in performance, creativity and expression." There are 25 faculty members who are active in local, state, and national organizations such as: WSMA, WMEC, WCDA, ASTA, NATS, WMTA, NGO, ITA, and SAA.

The Aber Suzuki Center offers violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp, piano, guitar and voice lessons to approximately 280 students age preschool through high school, Pre-Twinkle to beyond Book 10.

Teaching Improvement Through Practical Experience

  • 1st Year - Practicing Assistant Program
    • Assigned to students whose weekly lessons trainees observe
    • Meet students midweek to practice
    • Allows trainee (To experience Suzuki method from parents' perspective, Gain insight into children's ways of thinking, Try out ideas in motivation)
    • Create own teaching strategies without the responsibility of knowing when to move to the next skill
  • 2nd Year - Student Teaching
    • Present parent orientation
    • Start students from very first lesson
    • Teach group lessons

Teaching Assessments

Monthly videotaping of practice sessions followed by conferences provides the means of assessing and improving your teaching skills. This undergraduate and graduate training program will offer you the opportunity to see the big picture in Suzuki and immerse yourself in a Suzuki environment. Most probably, you will never again have the opportunity to observe in one place so many students from pre-twinkle to beyond book 10 and so many teaching styles of experienced faculty, the Aber Suzuki Center employs 8 faculty members teaching violin, viola, cello, piano, and voice and represents a combined total of 150 years Suzuki teaching experience. Of course, our program is sanctioned by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and courses are registered as long term teacher training.


Margery V. Aber Suzuki Talent Education Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students.

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