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Teacher Training Classes

  • Violin Unit 4 - Ann Montzka-Smelser (CLASS IS FULL)
  • Violin Unit 5 - Kimberly Meier-Sims
  • Cello Unit 1 - Beth Cantrell
  • Cello Unit 5 - Blake Brasch
  • Harp Unit 2 & Teaching Strategies – Mary Kay Waddington, CO)
  • SECE Enrichment Clases (Danette Schuh, TX)
  • SECE Curriculum Revision Course (Sharon Jones, ON & Danette Schuh, TX)

Class Schedules (Mountain Daylight Time)

Cello Unit 1, Mountain Daylight Time*
July 17, Saturday 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm
July 18, Sunday 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm
July 19 – 23, M – F 10 am - 1 pm
July 24, Saturday 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm
1 more hour (TBD)

Violin Units 4 & 5, Cello Unit 5, Mountain Daylight Time*
July 19-23, M – F 10 am – 1 pm

Harp Unit 2 & Teaching Strategies, Mountain Daylight Time*

SECE Enrichment Courses, Mountain Daylight Time*
Enrichment 1: Preparing for SECE Stage One Training Monday – Friday 10 am – 12 pm MDT
Enrichment 2: Keeping your motivation as an SECE teacher Monday – Friday 1 pm – 3 pm MDT

SECE Curriculum Revision Course, Mountain Daylight Time*
Session 1* July 18, Sunday, 10 am - 12:30 pm MDT
Session 2* July 18, Sunday, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm MDT
*You must take both sessions

Observation hours with be asynchronous AND, if possible, live time Zoom master classes will also be an option.

*Make sure you adjust the time according to your time zone.

Please click for SAA SECE requirements.

Please click for SAA Teacher Training requirements.

We try to offer teacher training courses which meet the needs of our local teachers. Please let us know if there is a specific book training you would like to see at PPSI next year!

SECE Enrichment Class Descriptions
  • Enrichment 1 - Preparing for SECE Stage One Training: Are you interested in becoming an SECE teacher? This enrichment course will cover what you need to know to make your future SECE Stage One training an easier experience. The SECE curriculum revisions are in progress, but there is still much we can learn. The prerequisite reading will be discussed (Suzuki’s “Nurtured By Love” and “Ability Development From Age Zero”, and the “Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes” booklet by Dorothy Jones) in detail as well as other aspects of preparing to become an SECE teacher.
  • Enrichment 2 - Keeping your motivation as an SECE teacher: Are you waiting to take SECE Stage Two? Or Three or Four? We are all waiting for the next stage of training while SECE curriculum revisions are in progress, but there is still much we can learn. This enrichment course will help keep you motivated while we “pull up the weeds around the seeds and sprinkle the ground with water”. We will delve into literacy, parent education, online teaching strategies, and many other topics to keep us motivated until “the carrot comes up!” Just as we always knew it would.”

SECE Enrichment Class Descriptions SECE Curriculum Revision Course will be available to any SECE teachers who have previously registered a minimum of ECC and SECE Stage One training with the SAA. Revisions to the SECE curriculum have been underway since July 2020 with a focus on bringing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to the Suzuki Early Childhood Education Classroom. The SECE Curriculum Revision Courses will be taught by two Teacher Trainers Sharon Jones, & Danette Warren Schuh. Each course will be 5 hours in length, over one day, with a maximum of 30 participants. The platform for these courses will be Zoom. The fee per course/per person will be $85 and SECE teachers will be able to register the course with the SAA. There will not be a registration fee through PPSI.

PPSI Teacher Discounts (suspended for 2021)
The program is structured so that teachers receive a discount on their training course tuition when they bring their own students to the institute. The students must attend the full week of PPSI and must be considered a student of the teacher during the week of the institute. The same student cannot be used by multiple teachers for the discount. The discounts are as follows:

  • 5 Students - 50% off tuition
  • 6 Students - 60% off tuition
  • 7 Students - 70% off tuition
  • 8 Students - 80% off tuition
  • 9 Students - 90% off tuition
  • 10 Students - Full tuition paid for



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