Teacher Training Course Information

Dates: May 29 to June 3, 2018

Registration Fee $100, non-refundable; Course Fee $375

Title: Violin Unit 4

Ann Montzka Smelser, instructor

Prerequisites: ECC and Units 1-3 Violin or Viola.

SAA active membership required.

Hours: 15 hours of classroom time and 8 hours of observation.

Classes will begin on Tuesday at 8:30 AM, so plan your travel accordingly.

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

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Instructor Bio

Ann Montzka Smelser began playing violin at the age of 3 with the help of her father, Arthur Montzka.  Later she studied under Kazuko Numanami and Sarah Hersh at the Oberlin College Suzuki Program and later with Rebecca Sandrok and Pierre Menard.

In between receiving her Bachelors of Music Education and Masters in Performance and Pedagogue at Northern Illinois University, Ann studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.

Ann has performed with many orchestras and is currently principal 2nd violinist with Camerata Chicago and concertmaster of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Ann became a Registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer in 2005 and currently teaches Suzuki Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University and the Music Institute of Chicago. Ann teaches about 45 private students while directing the Suzuki Strings Program at Northern Illinois University. Ann enjoys working with families and teachers at Institutes and workshops throughout the United States. Ann has shared Teacher Training courses in Lima, Peru, Singapore, Mexico City and Costa Rica.  Ann lives in DeKalb, Illinois with her husband, Linc and Golden Retriever, Chloe while their two children, Genevieve and Benjamin, are pursuing music degrees in college.