Buffalo-Niagara Suzuki Institute

Buffalo-Niagara Suzuki Institute
Buffalo, NY

This course explores the application of Suzuki philosophy and materials in classroom settings. The Suzuki in the Schools Course presents strategies for incorporating Suzuki philosophy and methodology in the beginning stages of technical instruction. A sequenced repertoire that supports the technical and musical study of beginning level students in the string class setting will be presented and opportunities for transfer to other learning situations will be discussed. Effective learning sequences that focus on the development of excellent fundamental skills will be the focus of each class session. Participants will acquire a basic understanding of fundamental principles of learning, and practice creating successful learning experiences that effectively change student thinking and behavior. The course is taught by SAA registered Suzuki in the Schools trainers and includes 25 hours of classroom instruction and observation in live and video settings. Participants wishing to register the course with the SAA must have completed and registered ECC and Book 1 in their individual instrument. The technical aspects of the curriculum are focused on violin, viola, cello and bass, however transfer of learning principles and adaptation of materials can be applicable to any instrument.


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Teacher Fees

  • Registration $35

Suzuki in the Schools LEVEL 1-$500


Full-time College Student Scholarships

For Students, Amount: $100, Application due: June 1
College Students seeking financial assistance who are enrolled in a degree program for the 2022-23 academic year should email the Institute director ([javascript protected email address]) to submit verification of academic enrollment and a statement of financial need.

Housing & Meals

Registrants are responsible for securing their own housing. Numerous accommodations are available in the Buffalo State College and downtown area. Registrants seeking additional information regarding housing can contact the institute director for concierge information
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Located on shores of Lake Erie, Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State. Buffalo State College is located close to the downtown area and directly across from the Albright–Knox Art Gallery, The Burchfield Penny Art Center and Delaware Park. The City of Buffalo is rich with history, examples of exquisite architecture, and diverse regional cuisine. Niagara Falls State Park is only 16 miles from downtown and no passport is needed to experience the beauty of the falls. July is the perfect time to visit the Buffalo Niagara region and enjoy the beauty of Western New York.

Other Info

What teachers say about this course:

"As a classroom strings educator and private Suzuki teacher, the Suzuki in the Schools course has had a significant impact on both my classroom teaching and private studio. This training provides a sequenced repertoire, succinct technical blueprint, and note reading curriculum, married together in a way that can be differentiated and adapted to any classroom setting. My students are blossoming from this work. The sequenced repertoire allows me to constantly review and deepen skills, making the students feel capable and confident. The technique work provides an instant vocabulary for the fingerboard, transferable to all instruments and perfect for the heterogenous classroom. The note reading curriculum leaves no stone unturned, allowing the reading process to develop in parallel with the instrument, and easily integrated once good posture is established. In my private studio, the course material is just as applicable, allowing for the full education of the whole child, and a common technique vocabulary easily utilized in both lessons and group class. Suzuki teaching is just good teaching, and classroom string education would benefit a great deal from more teachers utilizing this training and curriculum."

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