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The Suzuki Association of the Americas has developed extensive teacher development courses offered at various locations across the country by a select group of registered teacher trainers. The Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School counts among it's faculty four of the country’s leading teacher trainers.

Apprenticeship Teacher Training Courses create a community of teachers who meet together to receive pedagogical instruction from Suzuki Association of the Americas registered teacher trainers. Together, we share solutions to common teaching problems and all of the relevant teaching points, philosophy and pedagogy related to the unit of study. Upon completion of all course requirements, participants' training will be registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Additional information, including SAA Teacher Training guidelines, can be viewed on the SAA website.​

We are also pleased to offer a growing collection of violin lesson observation videos available at  We know that it is often difficult for active teachers to complete their Teacher Training Observations, so we have developed this website to make teacher training  more attainable for current teachers.  

Upcoming Courses

2023/2024 course calendar

Listed in chronological order by start date

April 3, 10, 17 & 24; May 1

Online via Zoom

This course will follow the development of bowing, left hand, and musical skills through these 4 books. We will also explore the development of independent practice techniques, scales and appropriate etudes and reading materials.

Violin Books 3-6 Overview

2023/2024 past courses

Fridays November 3, 10, 17; December 1 & 8

Online via Zoom

This course will cover all of the musical and technical development of the material in Suzuki Violin Book 6 as well as additional technical exercises, including shifting and vibrato. This training will be registered with the SAA. Observation videos will be provided to course participants for viewing outside of class hours.

Violin Book Six

October 10, 24, & 31; November 7, 14, & 28; December 5, 12, & 19; January 9

Online via Zoom

This course will cover all of the musical and technical development of the material in Suzuki Violin Book 1 as well as Suzuki Philosophy and parent education. There is a full scholarship available for a BIPOC teacher.

Violin Book One

October 6 & 7

Illinois State University Music Building, Normal IL

Every Child Can! is an introductory course on the Suzuki philosophy and its application to education.

Every Child Can!

Sept. 11 – Nov 10. Weekly 3 hour seminar. Day to be determined by availability

In Person Only - Western Springs or Naperville

We will delve into the musical and technical material of Book 2, paying attention to the development of shifting, reading and beginning vibrato; as well as continuing conversation on posture, tone and intonation. The Teaching Strategies component presents opportunities to discuss HOW we teach these things. Included will be presentations and analysis of home teaching videos, kind of a “masterclass in teaching”.

Cello Book Two with Teaching Strategies

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