• 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
  • Early bird deadline is May 31. Late fees will be assessed after that time.
  • $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.
    • 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 registration fee will be returned.
    • 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.

 Class Offerings

​Class Date
Course Name​ ​Instructor
July 19, 2020 (9 a.m.-12 p.m and 2-5 p.m.) ​Every Child Can!  Ann Montzka Smelser
July 26-August 1, 2020 ​Bass 6
 Virginia Dixon
​July 26-August 1, 2020 Cello 3 Tanya Carey
​July 19-August 1, 2020​Violin 1Ann Montzka Smelser
​​July 19-25, 2020 ​Violin 2 Nancy Lokken
July 26-August 1, 2020 ​​Violin 3 Nancy Lokken
​July 19-25, 2020 ​Violin 4 Beth Titterington
July 26-August 1, 2020 Violin 5 Alice Joy Lewis
​​July 19-25, 2020 ​Violin 6 Alice Joy Lewis
​​July 26-August 1, 2020 ​Violin 7 Carol Dallinger
​​July 19-25, 2020 ​Violin 8 Carol Dallinger
​July 26-August 1, 2020Developing Tone Through the Eyes of Dr. Suzuki

Pat D'Ercole

​July 19-25, 2020 ​Violin Practicum Pat D'Ercole
​July 19-25, 2020​Voice 3
​Mary Hofer
​July 26-August 1, 2020
​Voice 4
​Mary Hofer
​​​July 19-25, 2020 ​​Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Stage 1 Sharon Jones
​July 26-August 1, 2020 Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 4
Sharon Jones
​July 19-25, 2020​What Do We Teach After Book 8? (10-hour enrichment)
Brian Lewis
​July 19-25 and July 26-August 1, 2020​Violin Repair "Close Up" (10-hour enrichment)Dalton Potter

 Every Child Can! (ECC!)

  • July 19, 2020, 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 Ann Montzka Smelser


 Book 1

  • 28 hours of instruction
  • 15 hours of observation 
  • $775
  • Violin Book 1 taught by Ann Montzka Smelser
  • July 19 - August 1, 2020
  • Must take Every Child Can! (ECC) prior to beginning Book 1 (Can be taken at ASI on July 19, 2020)
  • 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.
  • $40 tuition rebate will be given to teachers who sign up for two Suzuki core units. (SECE, Practicum and Supplemental courses not included).


 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 19-25, 2020
  • 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.
  • NOTE: Only one SECE Stage can be taken at ASI .

 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 Pat D'Ercole
  • Class size is a maximum of five
  • $475
  • July 19-25, 2020 

 Developing Tone Through the Eyes of Dr. Suzuki

  • 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 Pat D'Ercole
  • Prerequisite - Violin Books 1-3

 Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) Stage 4

 What Do We Teach After Book 8?

  • Taught by Brian Lewis
  • $200
  • This is an enrichment course that may be simultaneously with Unit or Supplemental courses
  • Class times:
    • Sunday,  July 19  3 - 5:30
    • Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24  4:45 - 6:15

 Cello Unit 3

 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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