Teacher Classes 

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, 2 and 3 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 19, 2015 Every Child Can! Lokken
July 26 - August 1, 2015​ ​​Bass 2 Dixon
​July 26 - August 1, 2015 Cello 2 Dexter
​July 19-25, 2015 Harp 2  Waddington
July 19-25, 2015 Harp 3 Fedson Leonard
​​​July 25, 2015 ​​Kitchen Table String Repairs II ​​Dalton Potter
​​July 27-31, 2015​ ​​​Kitchen Table String Repairs III ​​Dalton Potter
July 19-25, 2015 Piano 4 ​Krzywicki
​​​July 26 - August 1, 2015 ​Piano 5 ​Krzywicki
​July 19-25, 2015 Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 1 ​Jones
July 26 - August 1, 2015​ ​​Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 3 ​Jones
​July 19-25, 2015​ ​​Viola Practicum Hardie
​July 26 - August 1, 2015 ​​Overview of Viola Books 1-3 Hardie
​​July 19 - August 1, 2015 Violin 1 Lokken
​​July 19-25, 2015 ​Violin 2 ​Montzka-Smelser
July 26 - August 1, 2015​ ​​Violin 3 ​Montzka-Smelser
​July 19-25, 2015 Violin 4 ​Titterington
​​​July 26 - August 1, 2015 ​​Violin 5 Titterington
​​July 19-25, 2015 Violin 6 ​Lewis
​​July 26 - August 1, 2015​ ​​Violin 7 Dallinger
​​July 19-25, 2015 Violin 8 ​Dallinger
​July 19-25, 2015 Violin Practicum ​Felsing
​​​July 26 - August 1, 2015 ​​15-hour Violin Supplemental Course: The Development of Left Hand Techniques,
Twinkles to Eccles
​July 25, 2015 ​Alternative Music Style Workshop for Violin Teachers Harrison
​​​​July 26 - August 1, 2015​ ​Voice 2 Hofer
​​July 19-25, 2015 Voice 4 ​Hofer

Every Child Can! (ECC)

  • July 19, 2015, 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00-5:00 pm 
  • $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 Nancy Lokken

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, 2 and 3 must be taken in order. After Book 3, 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 1

SECE Stage One introduces child development from birth to age 3.
  • Topics include:  
    • The importance of the Suzuki approach to early education. 
    • The prenatal and postnatal learning environment. 
    • The baby/toddler class curriculum and goals. 
    • The equipment used in class. 
    • The team teaching approach. 
    • The sequence of the baby/Toddler class curriculum.
    • Teaching strategies.
    • A brief introduction to prenatal music stimulation.
  • Daily written class observation assignments are given each trainee. Each trainee has an opportunity to lead an activity in the daily baby/toddler class during the training week.
  • $495
  • Taught by Sharon Jones
  • 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.

Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) Stage 3

This course emphasizes the development of a child from birth through age three. This stage assumes teacher experience in the classroom and addresses how new ideas are developed.
  • Study includes:
    • Baby/Toddler class curriculum and goals (now including new ideas for stimulating more excitement in classes)
    • Discussion about how teachers can help parents to become excellent observers of not only their own child but the others in the cla
    • Techniques for encouraging celebration of each small achievement.
    • Documentation and a brief look at the Reggio Emilia approach to documentation
    • Ongoing research in prenatal stimulation
    • Examination of the teacher’s own resources for Suzuki ECE
  • Daily written class observation assignments are given each trainee. Each trainee has an opportunity to lead an activity in the daily baby/toddler class during the training week.
  • $495
  • Taught by Sharon Jones
  • Stages 1 and 2 are prerequisites.

Violin and 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. 

Overview of Viola Books 1-3

  • Differences between viola and violin technique.
  • Recruitment of viola students.
  • Advantages of starting viola at a young age.
  • Mixed level group classes.
  • Options for combining viola groups with cellos or violins.
  • Taught by Julia Hardie
  • $420
  • July 26-August 1, 2015
  • Participants must have Books 1, 2, and 3 registered in violin or viola

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 Violin Repairs Level II – Basic Stringed Instrument Repairs and Maintenance

  • An in-depth demonstration of actual repair processes and techniques.
  • Learn how to install strings and tailguts, basic maintenance, and potential repair needs.
  • Enroll early - the class will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met.
  • Presented by Dalton Potter, Potter Violin Company
  • $185
  • Saturday, July 25, 2015, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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 Symposia  

  • Optional seminars for teachers and parents to learn and share information and ideas 
  • 5:00-6:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 20, 21, and 23 
    • Developing a Chamber Music Ensemble
      • Monday: Assessing student readiness and compatibility.
      • Tuesday: Choosing and grading music to advance ensemble skills.
      • Thursday: Developing rehearsal independence.

Alternative Music Style Workshop for Violin Teachers

  • Improvisation for Suzuki Teachers and Their Classrooms
    • Create introductions to Suzuki melodies
    • Jam on new grooves for Suzuki tunes
    • Match modes and other scales to book levels
    • Improvise using melody, rhythm, and chords
    • Explore world music genres

We improvise conversations with each other every day. We can do this because we have a common language, English. We have another language in common. It’s imbedded in the Suzuki literature. In this course, we will use our Suzuki vocabulary to begin musical conversations with each other in the same way that we talk to each other every day, or in a word, improvise. This course is a hands-on exploration of proven approaches and techniques for development of creativity in our own playing and in the classroom.  These classes sponsored in part by the Great Artist, Great Speaker Fund.

    • Presented by Randal Harrison
    • Class limit: 15
    • Minimum enrollment: 6
    • $30
    • Saturday, July 25, 1:30-3:30 pm