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.

Upcoming Suzuki Teacher Training Courses

  • 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

          2020-2021 Tuesday evenings, for a total of 14 weeks:
          October 20, 27
          November 10, 17, 24 (no class Nov 3)
          December 1, 8, 15
          January 12, 19, 26
          February 2, 9, 16

    Time: 9:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST (30-minute class per week)

    Location: Online on Zoom

    • High school graduate.
    • No videotape audition required.
    • Up-to-date Zoom app/software and reliable internet connection.
    • 100% attendance at all classes (14 weeks).

    Course fee: $125 (Canadian dollars). Fee includes all ECC! course materials.
    Fee is non-refundable. Your registration will be confirmed once payment is received.

    Registration for the 2020-2021 ECC! course is now closed.


  • 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

    • This Unit has not yet been scheduled. Questions can be emailed to:

    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% attendance at all classes.


Click here for the main ESM Programs webpage