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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 Violin Unit 1


September 27th to December 20th, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Pacific Time, 2024


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. Participants receive a framework for group class instruction spanning pre-twinkle classes through mixed level groups. 

PRE-REQUISITE: SAA registered ECC! or Filosofia

Beyond the Books

These courses continue Suzuki training beyond the Suzuki repertoire. They are designed to make the vast body of standard violin literature feel accessible, teachable, and playable. 

January 2025:

Break into Bach: introducing the Partitas and Sonatas 


January 10th to February 7th, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time, 2025


This class offers an organized approach to preparing students to learn and enjoy the Bach Partitas and Sonatas for a lifetime. We will cover Bach stylistic possibilities, considerations for interpretation, technical needs and stepping stones. We will consider the unique demands of each sonata and partita, and discuss how to order presentation of these pieces to students. There will be preview spots, ordered technical and musical approaches, and polishing ideas for movements from each of the sonatas and partitas. The class includes a syllabus, supplemental exercises, and references.



Veracini Gigue

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.

Vivaldi Concerto in G Minor I. Allegro

  Gavotte in G Minor by Bach

 Twinkle Rhythms

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