Teacher Training Course Information

Dates: May 30 to June 6, 2023

Teacher Training registration must be received by March 1st.

Registration fee: $200, non-refundable; Course Fee: $615

Title: Violin and Viola Unit 1

Ann Montzka-Smelser, instructor

Prerequisites: Every Child Can!

SAA active membership required.

Participants who wish to register Unit 1 with SAA will need to have their audition video approved for Books 1-4, following SAA audition requirements prior to taking this course.

Email Gail Johansen (akgailjohansen@gmail.com) for permission to audit the course.

Additional information about SAA membership and entrance requirements for Teacher Training units is available at the Suzuki Association of the Americas website: suzukiassociation.org.


Ann Montzka-Smelser

Violin and Viola Teacher Trainer

Ann Montzka-Smelser is a Suzuki Student, Teacher, Parent and Suzuki Teacher Trainer. In between receiving her Bachelors of Music Education and Masters in Performance and Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University, Ann studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.

Ann has performed in many orchestras and ensembles and is currently principal 2nd violinist with Camerata Chicago and concertmaster of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ann is on the music faculty at Northern Illinois University and teaches Suzuki Pedagogy at both Northwestern and Roosevelt University. Ann is Director of the NIU CSA Suzuki Strings Program and teacher at the Music Institute of Chicago. Ann maintains a studio of 40 violin and viola students and enjoys working with Suzuki families at Festivals in Lima, Peru, Singapore, Mexico, Costa Rica and throughout the US. Ann lives in DeKalb, IL with her husband Linc. Their Suzuki-raised children, Benjamin and Genevieve are both pursuing careers in music.