Suzuki String School of Guelph

Note by Note: Nurturing Our Children and Community

SAA-approved long-term teacher training

SSSG Suzuki Pedagogy Long-term Course
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This program is a two-year Suzuki pedagogy course offered in violin (starting fall 2018) and cello (starting fall 2019). The program covers Suzuki Pedagogy Units 1 to 8 of the Suzuki Association of the Americas Course Syllabi.

Course seminars include discussions of the history and philosophy of the Suzuki Method® and its application in the context of private and group lessons, as well as the processes of technical and musical development through volumes 1-8 of the Suzuki repertoire. The course also covers teaching strategies, childhood development, learning challenges and Body Mapping®. Course participants spend a minimum of 2 hours per week observing private and group lessons and ensemble classes in live lessons at the SSSG, videos, and/or Suzuki lessons given by recommended Suzuki teachers. The curriculum also includes readings and written assignments.

It is hoped that a 2-year cello program will begin in September 2019.

Year 1 (24 weeks, Units 1-4)

1. Seminar (3 hours a week)

2. Observation (2 hours a week) – observing live lessons at the SSSG, videos, and/or Suzuki lessons given by recommended Suzuki teachers.

3. Coursework (papers and readings)

Year 2 (24 weeks, Units 5-8)

1. Seminar (3 hours a week)

2. Observation (1 hour a week) – observing lessons in live lessons at the SSSG, videos, and/or Suzuki lessons given by recommended Suzuki teachers.

3. Coursework (papers and readings)

4. Practicum: 2 hours of supervised teaching a week for 34 weeks
  • 1 hour of master class shared with another course participant (one or two students per course participant)
  • 1 hour of group class also shared with other course participants
  • The practicum is supervised by a teacher trainer
  • When observing his/her master class course participant partner during the master classes, course participants will take notes which will be discussed during the seminar each week.


Every Child Can! Course (6-hour course which can be taken any time before the start of the course. See when and where the course is being offered here:

Every Child Can! will be offered at SSSG on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 – 10 am to 5 pm

Course schedule for 2018-19

1st Semester:
Course day: Friday
Course time: 1 pm to 4 pm (UPDATED)
Course starts September 2018
Location: Wilfred Laurier University, Aird Building
Reading week: Oct. 12
Last day of the course: Friday, December 7, 2018

2nd Semester
Course starts on Friday, January 11, 2019
Reading week: Feb. 22
Last day of the course: Friday, April 5, 2019

entrance requirements

1. Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) membership
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2. Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Comprehensive audition level

Violin: Mozart Concerto No. 4, movement I or Concerto No. 5, movement 1 (must include cadenza)
See audition guidelines here:

3. Every Child Can! course (6-hour course) 3. Every Child Can! course (6-hour course) can be taken at:
- Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute (SOSI) at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, on August 11, 2018 at Wilfrid Laurier University
- any other venue and date convenient to you, see calendar of ECC offerings on the SAA website
- At the SSSG on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 – 10 am to 5 pm

more information

1. Financial help available: a bursary fund is available to assist participants in financial need. The maximum amount for the bursary is $1000. The application deadline is August 20 at 5 pm. Please download and complete the application form in Word or PDF format.

2. WLU students who successfully complete a 2-year (52 week) Suzuki pedagogy program in violin at the SSSG may claim this credential as equivalent to a 1.0 Senior Music Elective credit, and apply it, subject to prior written approval, towards the completion of the Honours Bachelor of Music degree.

3. Students from other post-secondary institutions may pursue the academic credit through Wilfrid Laurier on a letter of permission from their home institution, per the usual channels.

Steps to apply

Fill out registration form and pay $75 registration fee

Email the following to Paule Barsalou
• 1-page curriculum vitae focusing on your music education and your experience working with children
• 2 letters of recommendation: one of them from your applied teacher if you have one
• Short essay on your perception of talent education and the reasons of your interest in taking this training
• Signed Letter of intent (Why you want to take this course? State your commitment to the two-year program.)
• Interview/audition
• Approved audition from SAA
• Police check
• Confidentiality agreement

Proficiency in English is expected

Cost: $2,000 per year

For more information about the program, email Paule Barsalou or phone 519-836-3798

saa-approved teacher trainers

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Paule Barsalou
violin/artistic director
SAA-approved Teacher Trainer

A native of Dunham, P.Q., Paule Barsalou holds a D.E.C. from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal, a B.A. in Music Performance from Laval University (P.Q.) and an M.A. in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music (OH). Her main teachers and mentors have been Michele Higa George, Daphne Hughes, David Cerone, Kathleen Winkler and Gyorgy Terebesi. more…
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Elayne Ras
SAA-approved Teacher Trainer

Elayne began Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 11 at the first Suzuki school in Toronto, after studying piano with her mother since age 5. Her early Suzuki teachers were Erica Davidson and Hazel Comer. During high school, she was an accompanist for many Suzuki classes, and achieved her Grade 9 piano, and Grade 10 violin certificates with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She attended the University of Western Ontario, and received her HBMus (Performance) studying with Lorand Fenyves, and her BA in Psychology (Child Development). more…
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Suzuki String School of Guelph (located in the Guelph Youth Music Centre)
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3Z7

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