2020 Teacher Training Courses

Introductory Course: Every Child Can!

Christie Felsing, Instructor
An introduction to Suzuki education, six hours of class work

ECC serves as the required first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Development Program and provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning. It also includes an introduction to learning styles, a history of the development of Suzuki education, the role of parents, the importance of Suzuki pedagogical training, and an overview of SAA's role of supporting teachers and parents.

The course is instrument nonspecific and is prerequisite to beginning a sequence of Suzuki pedagogy study.

Class will meet on Sunday, June 28, from 2:30 until 5:30 pm and Monday, June 29, from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.

Observation hour is Monday, June 29, at 1:30 pm.

Courses for Violin

Every Child Can!* and Violin Unit 1
Instructor: Christie Felsing

* NOTE: The Every Child Can! course is prerequisite to beginning a sequence of Suzuki pedagogy study.

Violin Unit 1
Instructor: Christie Felsing

Violin Unit 2
Instructor: Kirsten Marshall

Violin Unit 3
Instructor: Kirsten Marshall

Violin Unit 4
Instructor: Gail Johansen

Violin Unit 5
Instructor: Gail Johansen

Violin Unit 6
Instructor: Teri Einfeldt

Violin Unit 7
Instructor: Teri Einfeldt

Teaching From the Balance Point
Instructor: Ed Kreitman

Supplementary Course: Teaching with an Open Heart
Instructor: Ed Kreitman

Courses for Viola

Viola Unit 4
Instructor: April Losey

Viola Unit 5
Instructor: April Losey

Courses for Cello

Cello Unit 2
Instructor: Avi Friedlander

Cello Unit 4
Instructor: Nancy Hair

General Information and Requirements

Daily sessions include lectures, repertoire study, technical study, observation of and the Suzuki Student Institute, and informal chamber music. The schedule is intensive and may include some evening sessions.

  • All participants are expected to prepare the music in the books to be studied to the point of fluent performance—preferably from memory. Additionally, participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Suzuki's Nurtured by Love.
  • All participants will be performing in class and are expected to provide their own instruments.
  • Please note that 100% attendance is required.