TEACHER TRAINING

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 realviolinlessons.com.  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

 

Listed in chronological order by start date

June 28 - July 2

Online via Zoom

Teaching from the Balance Point - A guide for Suzuki Parents, Teachers and Students is an interactive workshop for Suzuki Teachers of all instruments. The course will utilize a variety of communication applications including powerpoint, video, lecture, discussion, and experiential activities to explore many of the ideas presented in this classic book. 

Teaching from the Balance Point

July 5 - July 9

Online via Zoom

Teaching with an Open Heart is an interactive workshop for Suzuki teachers of all instruments.  The course will utilize a variety of communication applications including powerpoint, video, lecture, discussion, and experiential activities to explore many of the ideas presented in this ground-breaking book. 

Teaching with an Open Heart

July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13

Online via Zoom

This course will cover all of the musical and technical development of the material in Suzuki Violin Book 7, as well as additional technical exercises, including shifting and vibrato. This training will be registered with the SAA.

Violin Book Seven

PAST COURSES

September 19 - 20

Online via Zoom

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

Every Child Can!

September 29, October 13, 27, November 10, 24, December 8, January 5, 19, February 2, & 16

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.

Violin Book One (Section A)

October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, December 1 &15, January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23

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.

Violin Book One (Section B)

September 15, October 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

Online via Zoom

This course will cover all of the musical and technical development of the material in Suzuki Violin Book 5 as well as additional technical exercises, including shifting and vibrato. This training will be registered with the SAA.

Violin Book Five

October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, & 13

Online via Zoom

The Revisiting Book 1 course is designed for teachers who have registered a minimum of Book 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.

Cello Revisiting Book One

November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, & 18

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.

Violin Book Six

January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, & 12

Online via Zoom

This course will cover all of the musical and technical development of the material in Suzuki Violin Book 8 as well as additional technical exercises, including shifting and vibrato. This training will be registered with the SAA.

Violin Book Eight

October 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, & 13

Online via Zoom

The Mozart Course (Suzuki Books 9 & 10) will cover the musical and technical development for Mozart G, D and A Major Concertos, as well as additional technical exercises related to this level. This training will be registered with the SAA.

Violin Books Nine/Ten: The Mozart Course (Section A)

January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12

Online via Zoom

The Mozart Course (Suzuki Books 9 & 10) will cover the musical and technical development for Mozart G, D and A Major Concertos, as well as additional technical exercises related to this level. This training will be registered with the SAA.

Violin Books Nine/Ten: The Mozart Course (Section B)

January 29; February 5, 12, 19

Online via Zoom

Think about this 10 hour ONLINE course for cellists as a “Masterclass in Teaching” . We can always put more tools in our teaching toolbox and are never done with the journey. Participants will show videos of their home teaching and discuss them as a group. You learn just as much watching other participants’ videos as you do when getting feedback on your own teaching.

Teaching Strategies for Cello

February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26

Online via Zoom

This course will cover all of the musical and technical development of the material in Suzuki Violin Book 3 as well as additional technical exercises, including shifting and vibrato. This training will be registered with the SAA.

Violin Book Three (Jackson)

March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

Online via Zoom

This course will cover all of the musical and technical development of the material in Suzuki Violin Book 2 as well as an in depth study of Suzuki's Tonalization concepts for tone production.

Violin Book Two