Ottawa Suzuki Strings

Est. 1966


"Absolutely Ottawa!" Teacher Courses   2017


Guitar Book One 

( Eight day, 28 hour course)

Dates:   Sunday, June 4 - Sunday, June 11, 2017


Sunday, June 4

  8:30 a.m.              Teachers pick up packets

  9:00 a.m.              Opening Pedagogy Session

* Classes will finish on Sunday by noon.



Registration Fee = $40.00  through May 13th.

Fee will increase to $50.00 after May 13th.

 ( includes  required facility fee, SAA assessment, and processing)   Non-refundable.

plus Tuition = 600.00

Registration is open until May 23rd, 2017


International House of Prayer University

12905 East Frontage Road

Grandview, MO  64030

Andrea Cannon

Teacher Trainer

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Training Prerequisites

To take Suzuki teacher training, teachers must be Active members of the SAA.  

Important Information for Teachers   SAA Guitar Book 1

A part of the SAA's mission is to provide high quality music education via the Suzuki Method. The SAA has formulated requirements to ensure quality standards in teacher training, and after course completion, to make possible the recognition of such training. The SAA considers the teacher training courses to be a professional level of pedagogical study. Thus, implementing this mission requires, in addition to enforcing SAA standards for training course content, that applicants meet general minimum standards in the musicianship and professionalism prior to enrolling in a training course. An application process is now in place for those wishing to take short-term Suzuki teacher training courses. Applicants many take SAA unit courses as a participant or auditor. To qualify as a participant, an applicant must fulfill the following three pre-course requirements:

I. All applicants are required to complete the six hour "Every Child Can!©  - An introduction to Suzuki Education"    course prior to taking any further teacher training.

 II. All registrants for Teacher Courses must be a member of the SAA prior to the start of the course.

 III. All who wish to have the status of participant rather than auditor should make a videotape application to the SAA. Up to date information is available at

Audition Requirement

To qualify as a participant in Suzuki teacher training courses, applicants must submit a DVD video audition to the SAA, prior to course start date.  DVDs for Unit 1 courses must be submitted *10 days prior* to the course start date, with the required fee and a completed application form.  Audition videos will be accepted late by SAA for Absolutely Ottawa! Teacher Training. A discounted Audition Fee applies if audition is submitted 8 weeks or more before the course start date.  If submitted within 8 weeks of the course start date, the regular audition fee will apply.

Auditions for all other Unit Training Courses must be submitted and approved by course start.  A discounted Audition Fee applies if audition is submitted 8 weeks or more before the course start date.  If submitted within 8 weeks of the course start date, the regular audition fee will apply.

Audition processing takes approximately 2 weeks, if submitted online.  Auditions submitted early have the advantage of an optional retry (with fee) within the stated deadlines if the first audition was not accepted. If auditions are not accepted, course work will not be eligible for SAA registration - even if course work was completed.  

For further information, please see the SAA website "here":, call the SAA toll free 1-888-378-9854, and/or click "here": to go to the SAA's Audition Guide.

Required Course Preparation

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 recommended.  Additionally, participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki's book, Nurtured by Love.

All participants will be performing in class and are expected to provide their own instruments.  It is recommended that participants bring an audio recorder and a notebook to all sessions.  100% attendance is required for registering the course.