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. 
  • Registration fee will be refunded if class is cancelled.

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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. 
  • All participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki’s book Nurtured by Love
  • After May 31, registrations will only be accepted if space is available in the course you wish to take. Late fees will apply.
  • $40 tuition rebate will be given to teachers who sign up for two Suzuki core units. (SECE, Practicum and Supplemental courses not included)
  • Course Cancellations 
    • ASI may cancel teacher training courses if enrollment is insufficient.
    • Please enroll by May 31 so that a course you wish to take is not cancelled.
    • If a course you enroll for is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified
      by June 29 and your registration fee will be returned.
    • If you choose to purchase a non-refundable plane ticket before June 29, ASI will not be liable.
  • 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 21, 2019 (9 a.m. -12 and 2-5 p.m.) ​Every Child Can!  Allen Lieb
July 28-August 3, 2019​ ​Bass 5  Virginia Dixon
​July 21-27, 2019 Overview of Cello Books 1-3 Carey Cheney
​July 28-August 3, 2019

​Supplementary Cello Literature for Books 1-3

Carey Cheney
July 28-August 3, 2019 ​Harp Practicum Delaine Fedson Leonard
​​​July 29-August 3, 2019 ​​Piano 3 Annette Lee
​​July 21-August 3, 2019​ Flute 1 ​​Meret Bitticks
July 28-August 3, 2019 ​Viola 5 Julia Hardie
​July 21-August 3, 2019​Violin 1Allen Lieb
​​July 21-27, 2019 ​Violin 2 Pat D'Ercole
July 28-August 3, 2019 ​​Violin 3 Pat D'Ercole
​July 21-27, 2019 ​Violin 4 Nancy Lokken
July 28-August 3, 2019 Violin 5 Nancy Lokken
​​July 21-27, 2019 ​Violin 6 Alice Joy Lewis
​​July 21-27, 2019 ​Violin 7 Carol Dallinger
​​July 28-August 3, 2019 ​Violin 8 Carol Dallinger
​July 21-27, 2019​Violin 9 - 10

Ann Montzka Smelser

​July 28-August 3, 2019Supplementary Literature for Violin Books 4-6

Alice Joy Lewis

​July 28-August 3, 2019 ​Violin Practicum Ann Montzka Smesler
​July 21-27, 2019 ​Overview of Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas (Enrichment) ​​Brian Lewis
​July 21-August 3, 2019​Voice 1​Mary Hofer
​​​July 21-27, 2019 ​​Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Stage 1 Sharon Jones
​July 28-August 3, 2019 Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 2 Sharon Jones
​July 28-August 3, 2019​Suzuki in the SchoolsWinifred Crock
​July 21-27, 2019​Teaching Strategies: Violin Books 2 and above (Enrichment)Pat D'Ercole
​July 21-27 and July 28-August 3, 2019​Violin Repair "Close Up" (Enrichment)Dalton Potter

 Every Child Can! (ECC!)

  • July 21, 2019, 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00-5:00 pm
  • $130 
  • 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 Allen Lieb

 

 Book 1

  • 28 hours of instruction
  • 15 hours of observation 
  • $775
  • Violin Book 1 taught by Allen Lieb
  • Flute Book 1 taught by Meret Bitticks
  • Voice Book 1 taught by
  • July 21 - August 3, 2019
  • Must take Every Child Can! (ECC) prior to beginning Book 1
  • Must complete the SAA audition process prior to beginning Book 1 training
  • Latest deadline is 10 days befor the start of the course, however ealier 
    auditions have benifits and incentives. See the SAA audition deadline
  • 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
  • $455
  • 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.
  • 25 hours of instruction and observation
  • $500
  • July 21 - 27, 2019
  • 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..

 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.
  • Violin Practicum will be presented by Ann Montzka-Smelser
  • Class maximum of five
  • $475
  • July 21 - 27, 2019 

 Harp 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.
  • Harp Practicum will be presented by Delaine Leonard
  • Class maximum of five
  • $475
  • July 28 - August 3, 2019 

 Piano Unit 3

  • Taught by Annette Lee
  • 15 hours of instruction
  • 8 hours of observation
  • $455
  • 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 2

  • Taught by Sharon Jones
  • $500
  • The second stage delves more deeply into topics and includes:
  • Study of the baby/toddler class curriculum and goals
  • The importance of the baby class sequence and key teaching strategies
  • Discussions 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

 Overview of Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas

  • Taught by Brian Lewis
  • $200
  • This is an enrichment course that may be simultaneously with Unit or Supplemental courses

 Supplementary Literature for Violin Books 4-6

 Overview of Cello for Books 1-3

  • Need some new ideas? Need to get reenergized for starting beginners? Come and join us for a refreshing and uplifting overview of the most important books of the Suzuki Cello School. We will review helpful strategies for teaching the fundamentals of tone production, developing consistency and quality in practice, and many helpful ideas for nurturing the parents as well as the child in this beginning phase of learning. Technical and musical points of the pieces will be thoroughly discussed, but we will become accomplished at tracing related teaching points and learning to "riff" on reinforcing things in new creative ways.
  • Taught by Carey Cheney
  • July 21-27, 2019
  •  8 observation hours required
  • $455

 Supplementary Cello Literature for Books 1-3

  • Using the series Solos For Young Cellists and other materials, we will explore a variety of pieces with fun and interesting musical styles and lots of different techniques.  We will go through a sequence of works that bring new musical experiences that compliment and motivate the young cellist to mastery.  Discussion of materials to supplement important techniques like brush stroke, double-stops, and harmonics will be spotlighted.  We will be using pieces from Volumes 1 to 3 of Solos For Young Cellists, as well as other materials provided at the class.
  • Taught by Carey Cheney
  • July 28-August 3, 2019
  • $455

 Suzuki in the Schools, Level 1

  • ​Taught by Winifred Crock
  • $455
  • July 28-August 3, 2019
  • The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Suzuki in the Schools Committee recommends and encourages the utilization of the following aspects of the Suzuki method and philosophy for any elementary or secondary, public or private school program wishing to incorporate Suzuki into their instruction and curriculum.
  • The aspects are:
    • Incorporate the Suzuki philosophy in the child’s life
      • by realizing every child can learn
      • by creating a positive, supportive learning environment
      • by encouraging noble human values an
      • by encouraging positive personal, social and education values
    • Use a common sequenced repertoire for all instruments
    • Memorize the repertoire
    • Review the repertoire to develop technical skills and musical expression
    • Teach small step instruction of each skill
    • Teach and reinforce mastery of each skill
    • Teach group lessons in the “Suzuki Style”
    • Promote daily listening and aural exposure to Suzuki repertoire and other good music
    • Develop posture and basic technique before introducing note reading

 Teaching Strategies, Violin Books 2 and Above

  • A 10-hour class that includes hands-on practicum-like activities, guided practice-teaching, and role-playing in a "pedagogy masterclass" setting.
  • Taught by Pat D'Ercole
  • July 21-27, 2019
  • $200
  • May be taken simultaneously with Unit or Supplemental courses

 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

  • Three to four lectures per day scheduled Monday-Thursday at 11:05am and 5:05pm. 
  • 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.
  • An opportunity for added value unique to the America Suzuki Institute
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