teacher development

The Suzuki Association of the Americas offers a teacher development program through core unit work in the Suzuki books and through supplemental and enrichment courses. Tracy Helming Wiggin is delighted to offer classes as a registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer! 

Training is offered online and includes observations, demonstrations, interactive work, and lectures. Course materials include a syllabus, slides, supporting materials, fingerings and bowings, and access to a library of lesson observations. All classes are recorded on zoom and sent out to participants each evening.


Classes completed are registered with the SAA. Teachers may also audit (and fully participate in) a course if SAA required pre-requisites have not been completed. 

class offerings

Suzuki Violin Unit 5 (Online)

May 1 - May 19

Sunday, May 1 1:00-3:00 PST

Tuesday, May 3, 9:00-11:00 PST

Thursday, May 5, 9:00-11:00 PST


Tuesday, May 10, 9:00-11:00 PST

Thursday, May 12, 9:00-11:00 PST

Sunday, May 15, 1:00-3:00 PST


Tuesday, May 17, 9:00-11:00 PST

Thursday, May 19, 9:00-10:00 PST


Cost: $415 / Class Pre-requisites*: Violin Unit 3

Suzuki Unit Five explores left hand development and preparation for advanced repertoire. A system for intonation, vibrato speed development, shifting, hand frames, double stops, and organization of the left hand make future studies easier and enjoyable. In addition to the left hand focus, bow strokes continue to be developed and explored, including colle, spiccato, sautille. Supplemental repertoire is introduced. Practice habits, group activities, and performance enjoyment are also explored. 

Allegro by Fiocco

Veracini Gigue

Vivaldi Concerto in G Minor I. Allegro




Every Child Can

July 9-10


July 9-10, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time


Cost: $150



Every Child Can is the foundational course for Suzuki teachers. It explores the philosophy of Dr. Suzuki that every child can learn to master an instrument, how the method is modelled after the way children most learn language, and how the study of music can develop the whole child, and nurture both family and community relationships. Completion of this course allows teachers to continue to study Unit 1.

       Gavotte in G Minor by Bach

Suzuki Violin Unit 1

July 25-August 5

This is the foundational Suzuki violin pedagogy unit which gives a step by step approach to teaching beginners of different ages, provides a framework for left hand and right arm development, introduces tone development, and also addresses studio set-up. 

July 25 - August 5, 2022 through the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute. 


Schedule and registration opens April 15:

*Pre-requisite for this class: Every Child Can, a class which teaches the Suzuki Philosophy. This course must be completed and registered with the SAA before taking Unit One. In addition to Every Child Can, a simple audition recording must be sent to the SAA and accepted. Audition information can be found here:

Further Information and Upcoming Courses

To receive information about new classes offered, inquire about specific courses you would like to take, or for any other questions about teacher training and development courses, email here. Upcoming and past courses include Paganini Level 1 (Caprices 13, 14, 16, and 21), Paganini Level 2 (Caprices 20, 9, 2, 5, and 10), and Mendelssohn and Lalo Concertos, and Standard Repertoire: Romanian Folk Dances, Meditation from Thais, Preludium and Allegro, de Beriot No. 9, Kabalevsky.

        Twinkle Rhythms