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 June 1, registrations will only be accepted if space is available in the course you wish to take. Late fees will apply.
  • Course Cancellations 
    • ASI may cancel teacher training courses if enrollment is insufficient.
    • Please enroll by June 1 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 23 and your registration fee will be returned.
    • If you choose to purchase a non-refundable plane ticket before June 23, 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 16, 2017 Every Child Can! Lokken
July 23-29, 2017​ ​​Bass 4 Dixon
​July 23-29, 2017​ Cello Overview Books 1-3 Dexter
July 16-22, 2017 ​Harp 5 Fedson Leonard
​​​July 16-22, 2017 ​​Viola 6 ​​Montzka
​​July 23-29, 2017​ Viola Revisiting Unit 1 ​​Montzka
​​July 16-29, 2017 Violin 1 Lokken
​​July 16-22, 2017 ​Violin 2 Montzka Smelser
July 23-29, 2017​ ​​Violin 3 Montzka Smelser
​July 16-22, 2017 Violin 4 ​Titterington
​​​July 23-29, 2017 ​​Violin 5 Titterington
​​July 16-22, 2017 Violin 6 Lewis
​​July 23-29, 2017 ​​Violin 7 ​Wood
​​July 16-22, 2017 Violin 8 Sulentic                    
​July 16-22, 2017 ​Violin Practicum ​Baer
​July 23-29, 2017 Developing Tone Color Throughout the Repertoire: Violin Lewis
​July 16-29, 2017 ​Voice 1 ​​Hofer
​​​July 23-29, 2017 ​​Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Stage 1 Jones
​July 16-22, 2017 Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 2 Jones

 Every Child Can! (ECC)

  • July 16, 2017, 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00-5:00 pm 
  • $115 
  • 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 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.

     Revisiting Unit 1 for Viola

    The Revisiting Unit 1 course is designed for teachers who have registered a minimum of Unit 1 and have at least one year of Suzuki teaching experience. It aims to strengthen and update one’s teaching by approaching the repertoire and its concepts from a fresh perspective.

    • Discussions cover the foundation of Book 1, including:
      • application of the Suzuki philosophy
      • teaching points
      • layering of skills
      • addressing challenges of the beginning student, and more.
    • Format of the course includes lecture, small group discussion, student observation, possible role-playing, and playing demonstration of the teaching points and concepts.
    • Participants will receive an online questionnaire from the SAA, to be completed prior to the start of the course.
    • Entrance Requirements:
    • Suzuki teachers who have completed/registered ECC! and Unit 1 (or 1A and 1B)
    • Have taught at least one year
    • 15 hours of class time
    • 3 hours of observations (An additional 5-12 hrs. of observation are possible leaving you free to do observations of choice)
    • Maximum of 15 participants; suggested minimum of 3 participants
    • No auditors
    • No other course may be taken simultaneously
    • Viola Revisiting Unit 1 July 23-29 facilitated by Sarah Montzka $440 (includes 5-12 hours of observation – a savings of $200.)


     Books 2 & up

    • 15 hours of instruction
    • 8 hours of observation
    • $440
    • 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
    • $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 2

    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
    • 25 hours of instruction and observation 
    • $495
    • Taught by Sharon Jones
    • Stage 1 is a prerequisite


     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 presented by Susan Baer
  • Class maximum of five
  • $470
  • July 16-22, 2017

     Developing Tone Color Throughout the Repertoire for Violin

    • Topics include:
      • Basics of Tone Production at the Beginning (Book 1)
      • Developing Bowing Skills That Produce Depth of Tone ( Books 1-3)
      • Tonalization - Helping Students Develop a Concept of Ring Tones/Resonance
      • Exploring Varieties of Tone Color and Developing Skills to Produce the Differences (Books 4-6)
      • Aiming for Tonal Artistry. "Tone has a living soul without form." Shinichi Suzuki (Books 7 and beyond)
    • Presented by Alice Joy Lewis
    • $440
    • July 23-29, 2017
    • Prerequisite: Violin Books 1-4
    • Bring your instrument and music stand
    • No prerequisites
    • May not enroll in an additional course during this week


     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. 
  • 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 oppertunity for added value unique to the America Suzuki Institute


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