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Zach IS Suzuki. You can tell this when you meet him, and he did not disappoint in training. When you can walk away from training by Zach with a fresh dose of the inspiring spirit of this method AND a bunch of practical things you can easily start using right away with your students... ~ Book 3 participant


Before taking this course I was feeling burnt out and like I was pulling my students through lessons. I am now feeling more inspired, learning and being reminded how to be more effective in structuring the lesson. My students are reinvigorated and happy to be receiving information in new ways and they are progressing faster. I know that regular teacher training courses need to be something I do each year and the availability of them online makes it possible. ~ Book 1 Participant

Unit Training 

In short term unit training we take a deep dive into the ins and outs of each piece, teaching point, development stages and supplementary reading and etude curriculums from Books 1-10. I offer training throughout the year and during the summer months at various institutions, see "schedule". For unit training through my studio please pay fees through Venmo by clicking HERE @zsweet. 
All times are ES T

A portion of all tuitions provides scholarship for those who are in need of assistance. 

2023/24 On line and Hybrid training

Unit 1 ($700) Everything begins in Book 1! Learn how to establish a deep connection with your new family, understand the stages of development that lead towards a musical language through and instrument, and discover the joys of setting up a beginning student for a healthy cello life! 

This will be a hybrid experience allowing for local teachers and distance learners to come and go as is convenient. I encourage all to plan a visit to Ithaca at some point during the course. 

Fridays, September 15, 22, 29 9am-12pm
Saturdays, September 16, 23 (8:30-10:30), 30 11:30am-2:30pm
Sundays, September 17, 24, October 1 9am-12pm

ECC ($150)~Join me to discover how it all starts! Learn about the history of Dr. Suzuki's pedagogy, the evolution of the method and the early influence we can have on families with young children. 

Monday, January, 2024 8th 9am-1:30pm (EST)
Tuesday, January 9th 9am-1:30pm (EST)

Monday, May 13th, 2024 9-11am, 11:30-1:30pm
Tuesday, May 14th 9-11am, 11:30-1:30pm
Bow Development from the Beginning 
Wednesday, November 29th 10am-1:30pm
Wednesday, December 6th 10am-1:30pm
Wednesday, December 13th 10am-1:30pm

Explore and trace bowings through the Suzuki literature and beyond! The roots of every bowing we use stem from a skill we teach and learn from the very start. This course will offer tips and best practices for establishing and maintaining healthy bow habits through years to come. Whether you are an experienced teacher or new to the journey, this course will give you tools to use in any scenario. 

Bow Development from the Beginning is a 10-hour, on-line and hybrid Enrichment course. Participants must be active members of the SAA who have registered Every Child Can! and Cello Unit 1. Maximum enrollment: 20 participants. The course uses Vimeo, Zoom, and Dropbox for instruction and materials.

It was so lovely to meet you and learn from you! I am so grateful for this opportunity, and I feel I am walking away with a whole new world of knowledge and strategies to implement in my teaching and playing. This was one of the most helpful and practical courses I've taken so far. I also really appreciate your vulnerability in sharing your journey and struggles, this made me feel very safe and supported in the learning environment. Thank you so very much!!! ~ Book 1 Participant 

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