Suzuki String School of Guelph

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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 and cello. The program covers Suzuki Pedagogy Units 1 to 8 of the Suzuki Association of the Americas Course Syllabi as well as the Practicum Unit.

The weekly 3-hour course seminars include discussions of the history and philosophy of the Suzuki Method® and its application in the context of private and group lessons. They also explore the processes of technical and musical development through volumes 1-8 of the Suzuki repertoire as well as scales, technical exercises, studies and supplementary 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 and writing reports on private and group lessons. These observations can be done live or online at the SSSG, through videos, and/or Suzuki lessons given by recommended Suzuki teachers. The curriculum also includes readings and written assignments. In first year, course participants are assigned to attend the private lessons of at least 1 student and practice with that student once a week. They are also a teaching assistant for one group class throughout the year. In second year, course participants are assigned to teach at least 1 beginner student under the supervision of the trainer. They also co-teach a group class throughout the year. Students from Laurier (Wilfrid Laurier University) may claim this credential as equivalent to a 1.0 credit.
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2021–22 Academic Year

In fall 2021, a first-year cohort in violin/viola will be taught by Suzuki teacher trainer Elayne Ras and in cello by Suzuki teacher trainer David Evenchick. The second-year cohort in violin will be taught by Suzuki teacher trainer Paule Barsalou.

Classes be a mix of in person at Laurier’s John Aird Building and online via Zoom. For violin/viola training, Laurier students and others who live in or near Waterloo will attend in person when possible. Others may attend via Zoom but will be expected to come for periodic classes at Laurier. Cello classes will be mostly online via Zoom but in person once a month at Laurier.

Year 1 (26 weeks, ECC and Units 1-4)

1. Seminar (3 hours a week)

2. Observation (39 hours) – live or online at the SSSG, through videos, and/or Suzuki lessons given by recommended Suzuki teachers around the world.

3. Coursework (papers and readings)

4. Practice mentoring – Observe a selected student’s 30-minute weekly private lesson with the intent of being that student's practice mentor by the second term. The time spent observing can be counted toward required observation hours for the course. To ensure accessibility, this component may be done online.

5. Group class Observation/TA – Observe and/or assist in a 30 or 45-minute group class on a regular basis throughout the year. The time spent observing can be counted toward required observation hours for the course. If necessary, this component may be done online to ensure accessibility.

Year 2 (26 weeks, Units 5-8 and SAA Practicum Unit)

1. Seminar (3 hours a week, including Practicum)

2. Observation (32 hours) – live or online at the SSSG, through videos, and/or Suzuki lessons given by recommended Suzuki teachers around the world.

3. Coursework (papers and readings)

4. Practicum: 1-2 hours a week
· Beginner private lessons or master class (4 students/hr) periodically reviewed by the trainer.
· Group class periodically reviewed by the trainer.
· Each participant will be assigned a practicum partner. Practicum partners will take notes on each other’s lessons which will be discussed during the seminar each week.
· More mature teacher taking the course can use their own students and group classes for this component of the course.

5. Lecture Recital: This is the graduation project for 2nd year students.

Course schedule for 2021–2022

1st Semester:
Course day: Friday
Course time: 1 pm to 4 pm
Course starts September 10, 2021
Reading week: October 15, 2021
Last day of the course: Friday December 10, 2021

2nd Semester
Course starts on Friday January 7, 2022
Reading week: Friday February 25, 2022
Good Friday: Friday April 8, 2022
Last day of the course: Friday April 11–25, 2022
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entrance requirements

1. Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) membership
Go to suzukiassociation.org/about/membership

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

Violin: Mozart Concerto No. 4, movement 1 or Concerto No. 5, movement 1 (must include cadenza)
Viola: Schubert Arpeggione, movement 1
Cello: Haydn Concerto in C Major, movement 1 or Boccherini Concerto in B flat, movement 1
OR Intermediate audition level
Violin: Bach Concerto in a minor, movement 1, BWV 1041
Viola: J.C. Bach Concerto in C minor, movement 1 (Bach/Casadesus)
Cello: Fauré Elégie

See audition guidelines here: suzukiassociation.org/teachers/training/audition

more information

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 for the bursary is August 27, 2021 at 5 pm. Please download and complete the application form in Word or PDF format.

Laurier students who successfully complete a 2-year (52 week) Long-term 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.

Steps to apply

Fill out registration form and pay $75 registration fee no later than July 30, 2021.

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 for your interest in taking this training
  • Signed Letter of intent (Why do you want to take this course? State your commitment to the two-year program.)
  • Interview/audition
  • Approved audition from SAA
  • Vulnerable Sector Police check
  • Confidentiality agreement

Cost: $2,100 per year

For more information about the program, email Paule Barsalou or phone 519-994-8943

saa-approved teacher trainers

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Paule Barsalou
violin/artistic director
SAA-approved Teacher Trainer


Paule Barsalou holds a BM in performance from Laval University and an MM in performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Paule has been teaching at the Suzuki String School of Guelph since 1989 and was artistic director of the school in 2004 to 2021. She is the coordinator of the SSSG long-term teacher training program. She has been a sanctioned Suzuki teacher trainer since 2003 and trained musicians in the Suzuki approach at institutes and workshop throughout Canada. more…
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Elayne Ras
violin/viola
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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David Evenchick
cello
SAA-approved Teacher Trainer


David Evenchick has been head of the cello area of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA, for 10 years and has been Music Associate at Grinnell College since 2002. He has been in demand at workshops and summer institutes across North America as a teacher and Suzuki Association of the Americas approved teacher trainer. 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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