Etobicoke Suzuki Music

Suzuki Teacher Training

Since its introduction in North America more than forty years ago, the Suzuki Method has become a major force in music education. It has been successfully implemented in many different situations and is recognized by national music organizations. Interest in the method has grown as teachers, parents, and students experience its results. This has led to an increasing need for qualified Suzuki teachers in the Americas and abroad.

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) has designed a comprehensive Teacher Development Program. The Program's carefully organized curriculum is presented by experienced SAA-registered Teacher Trainers who guide participants through the Suzuki Method© repertoire and pedagogy, unit by unit. Requirements have been formulated to ensure high standards for teacher training, and to make possible the recognition of such training.

Full details about the Teacher Development (Training) Program are found here: the SAA's Teacher Training webpage


Margot Jewell, founder of Etobicoke Suzuki Music (ESM) in 1982, is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher Trainer with the SAA. She has been inspiring young violinists and teachers for decades. She presently teaches at ESM with a group of 11 highly-trained teachers. She received training from many inspiring Suzuki trainers, including a three-month study time in Matsumoto with Shinichi Suzuki in 1985.


Every Child Can!© (ECC!)

ECC! is an introduction to Dr. Suzuki's philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. For parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others, this course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning.

SAA Teacher Trainer: Margot Jewell

ECC! Requirements:

  • High school graduate.
  • Video audition is not required. Formal musical training is not required.
  • Updated Zoom app/software.
  • Reliable internet connection for Zoom.
  • 100% class attendance is required to successfully complete the ECC! course.

  Spring 2023 ECC! Course (click to expand)

Registration for this course is open.

Spring 2023:   Tuesday evenings, for a total of 8 weeks.
100% class attendance is required to successfully complete the ECC! course.
  • April 4, 2023
  • April 11
  • April 18
  • April 25
  • May 2
  • May 9
  • May 16
  • May 23
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. EST (Toronto/New York time zone)
60-minute class each week.
Location: Online on Zoom. Details will be sent to registered participants.
Fees: Fees include the ECC! course materials. Shipping to Canada included.
Non-ESM parent/teacher course fee: C$150.00
Transaction fee (for PayPal payments only): C$6.50
Fees are non-refundable.
Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Registration:   ECC! Registration Form

Your registration will be confirmed after payment is received.

100% class attendance is required to successfully complete the ECC! course.

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Suzuki Violin Unit 1

Unit 1 gives teachers the tools and strategies necessary to set up tiny violinists as young as 3 years old.

SAA Teacher Trainer: Margot Jewell

Unit 1 Requirements:

  • Completion of the SAA's Every Child Can! (ECC!) course prior to the start of Unit 1.
    See the SAA's listing of upcoming ECC! courses.
  • Current SAA "Active" membership: Join the SAA.
  • Audition video sent directly to the SAA.
    • Audition instructions: see the SAA's Teacher Audition Guide.
    • All audition videos must be submitted to the SAA at least 10 days prior to the start of Unit 1.
    • Auditions submitted early (we suggest at least 1 or 2 months in advance) have the advantage of an optional retry (with fees and when within SAA deadlines) if the first audition is not accepted. Please see the above-linked SAA Teacher Audition Guide for details.
  • 100% class attendance is required to successfully complete Unit 1.

Dates: This Unit is not yet scheduled.


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