2022 Teacher Development Courses Will Be Offered Online and In-Person (see list below)

Registration Opens After February 8, 2022

Course Details Available at That Time

All standard audition and course sequence requirements apply
Online platform for all courses is ZOOM

All times are Central Time (US)

Participating in teacher development at ASI offers an opportunity for immersion in the Suzuki experience. While the actual classes and observations are offered in the earlier part of the day (see below), there are many other enriching events in the latter part of each day as well. Our online training in 2021 offers those same opportunities as our in-person experience. We hope you will immerse yourself in the "total ASI experience." While individual schedules will not be ready until 2 weeks prior to the Institute, we are offering the general schedule below to help you plan your week(s):

General Schedule:

8:00 am-11:00 am pedagogy and/or observations
11:00 am - teacher/parent lectures
1:00 pm-4:00 pm - pedagogy and/or observations
Please note that supplementary course hours are set to allow for participating in Unit courses during the same week.
4:00 pm recitals (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)
Evenings include guest artists, faculty concerts, talent shows, chamber concert, etc.

Courses offered both in-person and online (10-person maximum):

  • ECC! (Fitzgerald)
  • Bass Unit 6 (Dixon)
  • Cello Unit 3 (Tanya Carey)
  • Piano Unit 3 (Gebhart)
  • Violin Unit 1 (D'Ercole)
  • Violin Unit 5 (Titterington)
  • Violiin Unit 6 (Titterington)
  • Violin Unit 7 (Dallinger)
  • Violin Unit 8 (Dallinger)
  • Violin Practicum (Montzka-Smelser)
In-person only:
  • SECE Stage 1 (Sharon Jones)
  • SECE Stage 2 (Sharon Jones)

Online only:
  • Cello Unit 2 (Tanya Carey)
  • Cello Teaching Strategies (can be taken concurrently with Unit 2 - extra fee and hours required) (Trina Carey)
  • Violin Unit 2 (Lokken)
  • Violin Unit 3 (Lokken)
  • Violin Unit 4 (Lieb)
Teacher Development Program

  • 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. 
  • Fee will be refunded only if a class is canceled by ASI.
  • Click on a heading below to see more information. 
  • Teacher Development registration form will be available after February 8, 2022

 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 video recording is allowed in class. 
  • All participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki’s book Nurtured by Love
  • Early bird deadline is May 31. Late fees will be assessed after that time.
  • $50 tuition rebate will be given to teachers who sign up for two Suzuki core units. (SECE, Practicum, Enrichment, and Supplemental courses not included).
  • Course Cancellations 
    • ASI may cancel teacher training courses if enrollment is insufficient.
    • ASI will cancel teacher training courses on June 26 if enrollment is insufficient. Please register as early as possible so we do not cancel a course in which you would like to enroll.
    • If a course you enroll for is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified
      by June 29 and your fees will be refunded.
    • Please use the SAA website to check Teacher Training class enrollments.
    • If you choose to purchase a non-refundable plane ticket before June 29, ASI will not be liable.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Class Offerings

​Class Date
Course Name​ ​Instructor
July 17 and 18, 2021 (1 pm-5pm CST) ​Every Child Can! Allen Lieb
July 25-30, 2021
​Bass 6
Virginia Dixon
​July 25-August 1, 2021
Cello 2 and Teaching Strategies (New!!!)
Tanya Carey
​July 18-24, 2021
​Piano 4
Gail Gebhart
​July 18-31, 2021
​Violin 1Nancy Lokken

​​July 18-24, 2021
​Violin 2 Allen Lieb
July 18-24, 2021
​​Violin 3 Pat D'Ercole 
​July 25-30, 2021
​Violin 4 Pat D'Ercole 
July 18-24, 2021
Violin 5Beth Titterington

​​July 25-30, 2021
​Violin 6
Beth Titterington
​​July 18-24, 2021
​Violin 7 Carol Dallinger
​​July 25-30, 2021
​Violin 8 Carol Dallinger
​July 25-30, 2021
​Violin Practicum Ann Montzka Smelser
​July 25-30, 2021
​Violin Teaching Strategies
Allen Lieb
​July 18-24, 2021
​Voice 2
​Mary Hofer
​July 25-30, 2021
​Voice 4
​Mary Hofer
​​​July 25, 2021
​​SECE Curriculum Revision Course
Lynn McCall
​July 25-30, 2021
​The Music of Fritz Kreisler: Developing Artistry in the Aspiring Musician (10-hour enrichment)
Brian Lewis

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Every Child Can! (ECC!)

  • July 17 and 18, 2021, 1:00 - 5:00 pm (total of 8 hours)
  • Cost: $150 
  • 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
  • Eight-hour course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning
  • Taught by Allen Lieb


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Book 1

  • 28 hours of instruction
  • 15 hours of observation 
  • Cost: $775
  • Violin Book 1 taught by Nancy Lokken
  • July 19 - 30, 2020
  • Must take Every Child Can! (ECC) prior to beginning Book 1 (Can be taken at ASI on July 17 and 18, 2021)
  • Must complete the SAA audition process prior to beginning Book 1 training
  • Latest deadline is 10 days before the start of the course; however, earlier 
    auditions have benefits 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 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Books 2 & up

  • 15 hours of instruction
  • 8 hours of observation
  • Cost: $455
  • Books 1, 2 and 3 must be taken in sequence. After Book 3, unit 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.
  • $40 tuition rebate will be given to teachers who sign up for two Suzuki core units. (SECE, Practicum and Supplemental courses not included).


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) Stages 1 and 2

In order to create a more inclusive SECE repertoire, the SAA and the SECE trainers have revised the SECE curriculum. ASI is pleased to offer these forward-looking revised courses.  

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  • Pre-requisites:  
    • ECC! 
  • Goals:
    • To provide all SECE teachers (who have at least 1 Stage of training) with the opportunity to understand and learn about the curriculum revisions.
    • To facilitate continued growth in the area of SECE within North and South America.
  • The course is 5 hours in length and will be taught in one day (9:30 am-Noon; and 1:00 pm-3:30 pm). 
  • This course can be registered with the SAA.
  • Cost: $
  • Team-taught by Sharon Jones and Lynn McCall
  • 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.
  • NOTE: All SECE teachers should incorporate these revisions into their classes by January 2022.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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 size is a maximum of five
  • Cost: $475
  • July 25-30, 2021 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Teaching Improvisation in the Studio

  • Using the video recordings made during Dr. Suzuki's two week visit to ASI in 1976, we will practice, discuss and learn teaching strategies for the bowing principles as taught by Dr. Suzuki, including, but not limited to;
    • Balanced bow hold
    • Use of arm weight and circle training
    • Use of thumb power
    • Use of stop bows
    • Casal's tonalization
    • Straight bow
    • String Crossing
  • Taught by Brian Lewis
  • Prerequisite - Violin Books 1-3
  • Cost: $200
  • July 25-30
  • Sunday, July 25th:  1-5 PM
    Monday, July 26th:  5-6 PM
    Tuesday, July 27th:  5-6 PM
    Wednesday, July 28th: 4-6 PM
    Thursday, July 29th: 5-6 PM
    Friday, July 30th:  5-6 PM

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Cello Teaching Strategies

  • Violin Teaching Strategies is being offered as a 10-hour course, and will be meet 2 hours per day, 
  • Designed to support and guide teacher participants in how to become more effective in their teaching. Strategies will reinforce the positive aspects and offer constructive feedback on each participant’s lessons.​
  • Teachers who have active studios will be required to submit videos for evaluation. These lessons will serve as material for constructive feedback from the trainer.  Each session is basically a “pedagogy masterclass” where the participants play their teaching videos, receive positive comments from the trainer on what they did well, be given a suggestion or two on something they could improve as well as what would make the biggest difference in the participant’s teaching, and focus on that point. Pre-requisites are ECC, Units 1 and 2
  • Cost: $200
  • M-F 5-7 pm
  • July 25-30

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Piano Unit 3

  • Cello Unit 2 will be combined with the newly developed Teaching Strategies ​class.
  • The combined course will be taught over a 7-day period and will offer some individualized instruction and evaluation of teaching. The format is comparable to the Violin Strategies listed above.
  • Cello Unit 2 and Strategies can be taken independently from each other
  • The Unit 2 pedagogy and observations will take place during the first 5 days; Strategies will begin on Day 2 and continue through the following weekend.
  • Teachers who have active studios will be required to submit videos for evaluation
  • The cost for the combined course is $655
  • July 25-August 1, 2021

 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 schedules.  There is no coursework 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; no registration fee required


 Free Midday Lectures

  • Three to four lectures per day and presented by ASI trainers and faculty. 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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