child playing piano - suzuki teacher training course

831.03.19S - Suzuki Teacher Training | Piano Unit 1

Course description

Open to new and experienced piano teachers!

Duration: 28 hours sessions, plus 6 hours of observation

Class Dates:

  • Sat. Jan. 19 (4-7pm) / Sun. Jan. 20 (10am-4:30pm)
  • Sat. Jan. 26 (4-7pm) / Sun. Jan. 27 (10am-4:30pm)
  • Sat. Feb. 9 (4-7pm) / Sun. Feb. 10 (10am-4:30pm)
  • Sat. Feb. 23 (4-7pm) / Sun. Feb. 24 (10am-4:30pm)

NOTE: The registration deadline for Unit one is two weeks before the start dates listed above. All audition materials for Unit 1 Courses must be submitted 10 days prior to course start. Please click here to visit the SAA website for the requirements of the audition video tape.

Unit 1 Topics will include:

  • How children learn
  • How Suzuki method unfolds when working with young children
  • How children learn by ear
  • Role of listening in Suzuki teaching
  • Learning by ear prepares student to read music
  • Engaging parents as part of the Parent/Teacher/Student triangle
  • Ongoing parent education
  • Detailed study of the repertoire of Volume I of New International Edition of the Suzuki Piano School
  • Teaching tone
  • Technique is developed through the repertoire
  • The role of the group class in the Suzuki Method
  • Role of periodic group lessons


  • A high school diploma
  • Current active membership status in the Suzuki Association of the Americas
  • Completion of 'Every Child Can!'
  • Approved videotaped audition through the SAA at the appropriate level for the course by the required deadline. Please see more details at: 

Course Preparation:

  • All participants in the Teacher Development Program are asked to prepare the repertoire to be studied to the point of fluent performance. Memorization is required
  • Participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki's book Nurtured by Love.

Course Requirements:

  • 100% in class attendance is required in all of the Unit courses.
  • Teacher participants are required to observe 15 hours of lessons. 
  • Some of the opportunities to observe are included in the course hours indicated above. Some lessons will be live with students who come on site. The trainer may also provide videos of students having lessons in the trainer's home studio.
  • The participant may have the opportunity to observe Suzuki piano Book 1 lessons given by Suzuki piano teachers in a participant's local area. 
  • Repertoire will be performed in class as part of the study of each book.
  • There may be a written assignment
  • Participants will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one consultation with the Teacher Trainer. 

About the Instructor:
Gail Lange, B.A, M.A, A.R.C.T.Gail Lange's career as a Suzuki piano teacher is centred in Guelph, ON. Since becoming a teacher trainer in 1984, Gail has made it a point to observe outstanding teachers. She spent 4 months in Matsumoto working with Drs. Suzuki and Kataoka, and short periods in studios of the late Doris Koppelman and Bruce Anderson. 

Since being in Ontario, Gail has studied with the late Reginald Bedford, and with James Anagnoson. Shel has had the opportunity to observe master classes conducted by Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler and the late Claude Frank.Gail had an active studio for over 40 years from ages 4 to 18. 

Her students have won many awards and distinctions. Many excellent Ontario Suzuki teachers have trained in her studio where she currently offers teacher workshop courses at all levels. 

Also active in Suzuki organizations, Gail has completed two terms on the Board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), is a Past-Chair of the Suzuki Association of Ontario, served as Piano Coordinator for the 2008 SAA Conference held in Minneapolis and is a facilitator of Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) created by SAA. 

Most recently, Gail chaired the committee which revised the Suzuki Piano Pedagogy Syllabus for all Units. Currently, Gail is on the SAA Teacher Development Committee.On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Gail was awarded the Jubilee medal by the Government of Canada for her contributions to music education. In the Nov./Dec. 2015 issue of Clavier Companion, an article by Gail entitled "Suzuki Piano: a student centered approach" was published.