American Suzuki Institute

Violin Practicum
Jul 2530, 2021 in Stevens Point, WI
at American Suzuki Institute


Violin Practicum

Instructor: Ann Montzka Smelser,

Additional Schedule Information

Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, July 25, 2021

This is a second session with Ann Montzka Smelser

Event Description

The SAA Practicum Unit is a short-term unit developed to enhance the SAA’s system of short-term workshop training.

While unit core training mainly focuses on Suzuki repertoire and instrumental technique, the emphasis of the Practicum is on honing the art of teaching. Topics include communication skills, teaching strategies, diagnostics and observation.

In a nurturing and supportive environment of peers, using video footage from your home studio and on-site teaching, participants practice self-assessment skills to identify their strengths in teaching and those areas in need of improvement.

In keeping with the SAA’s commitment to life-long learning, the Practicum provides teachers with an invaluable opportunity at any stage in their development.

Requirements specific to SAA Practicum Units

The Practicum, not being repertoire specific, may be taken at any time after completing and registering ECC (or Foundation 1A) and Unit 1.

Participants must bring videoed lesson segments of their home teaching. Criteria for videos:

  • A complete 30-minute lesson.

  • One 30-minute segment containing materials of their choice. (Possibilities are consecutive lessons of the same student, a group lesson, a reading lesson, a challenging student, lessons at different book levels, etc.)

  • More footage can be included on the video, but video viewing will depend on time constraints, class size and other factors.

  • Angle of the camera must show the student’s hands.

  • The closest possible camera placement should be used which includes the student’s entire body.
  • The teacher should be visible during much of the lesson.
  • Whenever possible, include the parent as well.
  • Video must be DVD format.
  • For best quality sound, an external microphone is recommended.

Prerequisite course:

Viola Unit 1, or Violin Unit 1

Price: $475.00

4 enrolled out of 5 maximum.

See contact information below to sign up.

Trainer Information

Ann Montzka Smelser

Ann Montzka-Smelser is a Suzuki Student, Teacher, Parent and Suzuki Teacher Trainer. In between receiving her Bachelors of Music Education and Masters in Performance and Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University, Ann studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.
Ann has performed in many orchestras and ensembles and is currently principal violist with Camerata Chicago and concertmaster of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ann is on the music faculty at Northern Illinois University and Northwestern University teaching Suzuki Pedagogy, Director of the NIU CSA Suzuki Strings Program and teacher at the Music Institute of Chicago. Ann maintains a studio of 40 violin and viola students and enjoys working with Suzuki families at Festivals in Lima, Peru, Singapore, Mexico, Costa Rica and though out the US. Ann lives in DeKalb, IL with her husband Linc. Their Suzuki-raised children, Benjamin and Genevieve are currently studying music in college.


Sunday, July 25 to Friday, July 30, , 2021


This event will be held online.

American Suzuki Institute

1800 Portage St
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point WI 54481

Phone: 715-572-1935
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More Info & Contact


Ann Marie Novak, Director of Suzuki Programs at UWSP

Phone: 715-346-3033
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Janelle Severson, String Coordinator

Phone: 715-829-0495
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Chandra Page, Suzuki Program Assistant

Phone: 715-346-3033
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