First Character Then Ability

The video production “First Character, then Ability” is one of three videos which comprise an SECE series initiated and produced by Wan Tsai Chen, Artistic Director of Suzuki Talent Education Society (STES) of Calgary, Alberta Canada. These video productions (available at reflect Wan Tsai Chen’s lifelong passion for the Suzuki philosophy and method and were made possible with the full and continued support of the Suzuki community at STES. STES is among the pioneers of the SECE program and continues to place great focus upon the importance early childhood education.

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Wan Tsai Chen

Wan Tsai truly believes that everyone can help change the world in their own small way! Her passion in teaching is to encourage students to become compassionate people with outstanding characters, using music as the medium.

Her devotion has led her to be an active advocator of Every Child Can in the global Suzuki communities. She has been passionately teaching violin for over 30 years and Suzuki early childhood education (SECE) for over 20. Wan Tsai is currently the Artistic Director for the Suzuki Talent Education Society in Calgary, Alberta since 2001. She also serves on SAA Board, SAA and ARSA SECE Teacher Trainer, SAA SECE committee member. She has been a clinician and presenter at workshops and institutes worldwide.

She received her B.A. in Music Performance from the Chinese Culture University and her M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University.

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