Prerequisite to Training: To take Suzuki teacher training, teachers must be Active members of the SAA. Every Child Can! (ECC) is required prior to taking Unit 1. Courses must be taken in order through Unit 3: ECC, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3. Once this sequence has been completed, higher units may be taken out of order, if desired.

Audition Requirements: "To qualify as a participant in SAA Teacher Workshop unit courses, applicants must submit a DVD or uploaded video audition to the SAA, preferably well in advance of taking the course. Videos submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the course start date will receive a discounted audition fee; if submitted later than 8 weeks before the course, the regular audition fee will be required. Auditions for Unit 1 courses must be received no later than 10 days prior to the course start date. Auditions for all other Units must be submitted andapproved by the course start. Auditions submitted early have the advantage of an optional retry (with fees) within the stated deadlines if initial audition was not accepted. If auditions are not accepted, the teacher should consider taking the course at a later time (if the applicant chooses to audit the course, the work will not be eligible for SAA registration). For further information, please see the SAA website at www.suzukiassociation.org to view the teacher video audition application form and instructions, or call the SAA toll free at 1-888-378-9854."

Note from Mary Kay Waddington: "The tape audition (of Haydn's Theme & Variations and Salzedo's Chanson dans la nuit) is listed on the SAA website as allowing you to take only Books 1-4 teacher training courses. However, since Chanson dans la nuit is now in Book 5 instead of Book 4, and that was one of the audition pieces, if you have previously passed the audition you do not need to submit a new audition tape to take the Book 5 course."


Required Course Participation: All teacher training participants are asked to prepare the repertoire to be studied to the point of fluent performance. Memorization is not required but is strongly recommended. Additionally, participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki's Nurtured by Love.

Miscellaneous: All participants will be performing the Suzuki repertoire and other materials in class. Utah residents, please bring your harp to teacher training. Out of state residents, if possible, please bring your harp to the teacher training course. It is recommended that participants bring a recording device and a notebook to all sessions. 100% attendance is required for registering the course.

Suzuki Harp Book 5 Proposed Repertoire List:
  • Salzedo, Chanson dans la nuit
  • Pescetti, Allegretto
  • Tournier, Berceuse Russe
  • Hasselmans, Chanson de mai
  • Salzedo, Polka
  • Debussy, La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Dussek, Sonata in C minor, 1st mvt.
All of the pieces are available at Lyon & Healy West (1-877-321-3881, http://harp.com). The Allegretto, Chanson de mai and La fille aux cheveux de lin are available in the editions planned for use in Suzuki Harp Book 5, so ask for those. The Suzuki Harp committee is currently working on a new version of Dussek's Sonata in C minor. If you think you may be attending the Book 5 teacher training workshop, please send Mary Kay Waddington an email (mkwaddington@juno.com) and she will get you the new version when it's completed.

Scholarships: A few need-based scholarships available through the SAA. Please go to their website for more information:

Suzuki Association of the Americas scholarships
Suzuki Association of Utah scholarships
Utah Suzuki Harp Institute scholarship form