Teacher Classes 

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To help train successful Suzuki teachers, the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) has set up a teacher development program. Teachers interested in studying the Suzuki philosophy, pedagogy and other aspects of the method enroll in courses corresponding to each book.
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Important Information for all Teacher Training Participants

  • Every Child Can! (ECC) must be taken prior to beginning Book 1 training. 
  • Training for Books 1 and 2 must be completed in order.  After that, books may be studied in any order. 
  • Auditions are required prior to beginning Book 1 training. Audition requirements can be found on the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) website.
  • For all teacher training courses except ECC participants must: 
    • Be an active SAA member, 
    • Be 17 or older,
    • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent. 
  • All participants will be performing in class. 
  • All participants (excepts pianists) are required to bring their own instruments. 
  • 100% attendance is required in order to register a course with the SAA. 
  • No videotaping is allowed in class. 
  • June 1 is the registration deadline for all teacher training course applicants. After June 1 registration will only be accepted if space is available, and late fees will apply. 
  • All participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki’s book Nurtured by Love
  • Two college credits per unit, undergraduate or graduate, are available through UWSP Continuing Education. 
    • Registering for credits means substantial savings for out-of-state teachers (around 50%). 
    • Contact the ASI office for details. 
    • You must notify us by June 1 if you plan to take teacher training for college credit. 
  • UWSP offers undergraduate and graduate music degrees with Suzuki emphasis. 
    • Scholarship assistance is available during the academic year for highly qualified applicants. 
    • Contact the ASI office for information.

Class Offerings

​Class Date
Course Name​ ​Instructor
​July 20, 2014 Every Child Can! Montzka-Smelser
​July 24, 2014 Every Child Can!
​July 20-26, 2014
​Cello 2 Dexter
​​July 20-29, 2014 Harp 1 ​Waddington
​​July 20-26, 2014 Piano 2
​​July 20-26, 2014 Viola 8
​​July 20 - August 2, 2014 Violin 1 ​Montzka-Smelser
​​July 20-26, 2014 ​Violin 2 ​Lokken
​​July 20-26, 2014 Violin 4 ​Titterington
​​July 20-26, 2014 Violin 6 ​Lewis
​​July 20-26, 2014 Violin 8
​​July 20-26, 2014 Violin Practicum
​​July 20-26, 2014 Voice 2
​​July 26, 2014 Kitchen Table String Repairs III Dalton Potter
​​July 25 - August 2, 2014 Bass 1 ​Dixon
​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 Cello 3
​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 ​Piano 3
​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 2 ​Jones
​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 Viola 9 ​Hardie
​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 Violin 3
​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 Violin 5 ​Titterington
​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 Violin 7 ​Wood
​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 Violin 9-10 ​Dallinger
​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 15-hour Violin Supplemental Course: The Development of Bowing Techniques,
Twinkles to Eccles

​​July 27 - August 2, 2014 ​Voice 3

Every Child Can! (ECC)

  • July 20, 2014, 9am-12pm and 2-5pm, and Thursday, July 24, 8-11am and 1-4pm 
  • $110 
  • For teachers, prospective teachers, parents, and others interested in the Suzuki philosophy and method. 
  • Required first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Development Program.
  • Six-hour course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning. 
  • Taught by Ann Montzka-Smelser on July 20, and Virginia Dixon on July 24.

Book 1

  • 28 hours of instruction
  • 15 hours of observation 
  • $775 
  • Must take Every Child Can! (ECC) prior to beginning Book 1. 
  • Must complete the SAA audition process one month prior to beginning Book 1 training. 
  • Read Dr. Suzuki’s Nurtured by Love 
  • Memorize Book 1 repertoire. 
  • Must take Book 1 before completing other book levels.

Books 2 & up

  • 15 hours of instruction 
  • 8 hours of observation
  • $420
  • Books 1 and 2 must be taken in order. After Book 2, further book training may be completed in any order. 
  • Book 5 and above must have completed the SAA advanced or comprehensive audition. 
  • Prepare repertoire to be studied to the point of fluent performance. 
  • Memorization is not required, but is recommended. 
  • Read or re-read Dr. Suzuki’s Nurtured by Love and Ability Development from Age Zero.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) Stage 2

Like stage one, the second stage addresses child development from birth to age 3. It delves more deeply into topics from stage one and includes:
  • Study of the baby/toddler class curriculum and goals. 
  • The importance of the baby class sequence and key teaching strategies. 
  • Discussion of the skill level of babies and toddlers. 
  • An emphasis on parent education. 
  • An outline of a four-week prenatal music stimulation program. 
  • Guides to prenatal resources. 
Fees are the same as Book 2 and up, $420. Prerequisite reading is Nurtured By Love and Ability Development from Age Zero by Dr. Suzuki and Lullabies, Actions Songs and Rhymes (Handbook and CD) by Dorothy Jones.

Violin Practicum

The SAA Practicum Unit™ is a short-term unit developed to enhance the SAA’s system of short-term workshop training. While unit core training mainly focuses on Suzuki repertoire and instrumental technique, the emphasis of the Practicum is on honing the art of teaching. Topics to be explored will include communication skills, teaching strategies, diagnostics and observation. In a nurturing and supportive environment of peers, using video footage from their home studio and on-site teaching, participants will practice self-assessment skills to identify their strengths in teaching and those areas in need of improvement. In keeping with the SAA’s commitment to life-long learning, the Practicum will provide teachers with an invaluable opportunity at any stage in their development.  The practicum may be taken any time after Book 1. 
  • July 20-26, 2014 
  • $470

15-hour Violin Supplemental Course - The Development of Bowing 
Techniques, from Twinkles to Eccles

  • Topics
    • Bow balance at the beginning. 
    • Principles of string crossing. 
    • Bow divisions – how much/how little emphasis in Book 1? 
    • Bow weight, speed, and point of contact. 
    • Freedom and flexibility. 
    • Bowing styles – their preparation and use in the repertoire. 
    • Bow function in double-stops and chords. 
    • Tone color variety. 
    • Phrasing. 
  • Presented by Alice Joy Lewis
  • $420 
  • July 27-August 2, 2014
  • Registered core courses through Unit 4

Kitchen Table String Repairs Level III

This is a very intensive, fast-paced, one-day course that will enable most string teachers, band and orchestra directors to acquire the basic skills necessary to maintain the stringed instruments under their care. By the end of the day, each student will have fit at least one bridge on either a violin, viola or cello.

Additionally, each student will have resurfaced a fingerboard, re-cut and re-glued a nut, reset an existing soundpost, learned the basics of measuring and cutting a new soundpost, and entirely set up an instrument by themselves.
  • Saturday, July 26, from 8:00-noon and 1:00-4:00. 
  • Presented by Dalton Potter, Potter Violin Co. 
  • Workshop Cost: $420 
  • Participants or sponsoring schools are expected to purchase the requisite tools for their own permanent use. 
  • Kitchen table violin repairs can be a messy process, so students are asked to wear closed footwear and “stainable” clothing or smocks. 
  • Enroll early-the class will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met. 
  • Tools (totaling approximately $650) and materials will be available for purchase at the time of the course.

Institute Observer

  • Available for teachers who wish only to observe the teaching of students enrolled at the American Suzuki Institute. 
  • Observers may not attend Teacher Training classes
  • Observers are free to design their own schedule.  There is no course work or performing participation requirements. 
  • Any adult who is not enrolled in a Teacher Training classes, or is not the parent/guardian of an enrolled student must enroll as an observer. 
  • Observer fee: $200 per week or $40 per day, no registration fee required

Free Midday Lectures

  • Scheduled Monday-Thursday at 11:05am 
  • Attendance is optional, unless assigned by the teacher trainer of your class. 
  • Topics may include Suzuki Philosophy, communication, parent-child interaction, goals, early childhood development, working with teenagers, or instrumental techniques and musicianship. 
  • You will receive a schedule of lectures upon check-in.

Free Cross-Instrumental Teacher and Parent Symposia  

  • Optional seminars for teachers and parents to learn and share information and ideas 
  • 5-6pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each session 
  • First session topic: Teaching Teens 
    • Day 1: Motivating teens to practice 
    • Day 2: Making the most of practice time in a busy teen life 
    • Day 3: The Suzuki Triangle team evolves 
  • Second session topic: Child Development: How do the Characteristics Of Each Stage Enhance or Challenge The Suzuki Experience 
    • Day 1: The Preschool Years 
    • Day 2: The Elementary Age 
    • Day 3: The Teenage Years