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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. Classes completed are registered with the SAA. A 15 hour supplemental literature class on Paganini and advanced technique is offered in January. Unit One is offered through Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute in August, and further unit course work will be offered in September beginning with Violin Unit Two.

class offerings


Paganini For Suzuki Teachers Level 1


This class offers an organized approach to teaching advanced technique and musicality using Paganini Caprices #13, 14, 16, and 21 as a platform. In addition to teaching a breakdown of technique and musical devices used in these four caprices, the class will illustrate the use of these techniques in the standard violin literature, and point to their source in the Suzuki repertoire. You do not need to have played or taught these caprices in order to take this class!

January 2 - January 16, 2022 - January 2nd, 4th, 6th, 9th, 11th and 13th: 9:00 -11:00 am (PST)

January 16th: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (PST)


Cost: $415 / Class Pre-requisites*: ECC, SAA Audition, SAA Active Membership

Limit: 10 students in this class

*Pre-requisite for this class: In order to take this class, participants must be active SAA members, and have taken and registered a Suzuki Violin Unit 1 course. If you would like to fulfil this requirement and have not already done so, here is a link to the SAA website where you can find a list of upcoming classes:

Tuition is non-refundable. Make-ups or refunds are not available for missed classes.

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Suzuki Violin Unit 1 

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 will be posted here:

*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. For a list of upcoming ECC classes, look here:

Further Information 

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: