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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. 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

Allegro by Fiocco

Suzuki Unit 3


September, 2023

September 8 - October 13, 8:00 - 11:30 PT

Registration forthcoming through

Bruch Concerto


Bruch and Beyond is an SAA supplemental literature course which gives clear pedagogical steps for previewing, polishing, and performing this beloved and foundational concerto. Requisite technique is honed using exercises, supplemental etudes, and Suzuki repertoire review spots. Bow planning and sound refinement guide the polishing phases. Musical choices are identified, and a larger understanding of romantic violin style is created through the study of the demands of this piece. Class materials include a detailed syllabus, an edition marked with bowings and fingerings, supporting etudes and exercises, and short supplemental pieces that can be taught alongside this concerto. This class aims to help teachers and students launch into romantic violin concerto repertoire with a sense of ease and attainability.

Tuesdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, January 9—February 6, 2024





Every Child Can! 


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, the way in which the method is modeled language learning. We also look at 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 their Suzuki training with Unit 1.


May 4 and 5, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2024


Veracini Gigue

Vivaldi Concerto in G Minor I. Allegro

  Gavotte in G Minor by Bach

 Twinkle Rhythms

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 24), and Mendelssohn Concerto and More in Collaboration with Gabe Bolkosky, Lalo Concerto, and Standard Repertoire: Romanian Folk Dances, Meditation from Thais, Preludium and Allegro, de Beriot No. 9, Kabalevsky.

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