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Every Child Can!© An Introduction to Suzuki Education

Sponsored by Arizona Suzuki Association

Date: February 12 and 19, 2023 (Sundays)

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, 1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719

Teacher Trainer: Alice Vierra

Course Description:

Every Child Can!© (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. In addition to exploring the elements of the Suzuki approach and its far-reaching goals, it includes an introduction to learning styles, history of the development of Suzuki education, the role of parents, the importance of Suzuki pedagogical training, and an overview of the SAA’s role in supporting teachers and parents. A fast-paced, engaging and inspiring program, ECC includes video materials and SAA-developed courseware, and provides each participant with useful reference materials (manuals) for later study. For teachers, ECC serves as the first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Teacher Development Program.


High school graduation completed or within 6 months of graduation, plus age 17 or older. There are no instrument proficiency requirements. (No audition is required.) There will be no auditor status for this course.


Every Child Can!© is a 8 hour course. Alice Vierra, SAA Trainer, will teach the course.

Sundays, February 12 and 19, 2023, (1:00-5:00pm)

Alice Vierra, Teacher Trainer

Alice Vierra has the perspective of a performer, teacher, teacher trainer, and a
Suzuki parent. She is an SAA registered teacher trainer and has taught students
and teachers at Suzuki Institutes and Camps across the country. For 38 years, she
was a sought after cello teacher in the Washington, DC area. Her students have
gone on to study at Boston University, Hartt School of Music, Indiana University,
Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, and Yale. After re-
locating to Tucson, she continues to teach both children and adults and works
with string students residing in the Catalina Foothills school district. Her students
have appeared on the TV program, The Morning Blend, and she led them in a
performance with the Tucson Repertory Orchestra. As a performer she has played
with the Washington Bach Consort on their tour to Germany, with the Fairfax
Symphony, Arlington Symphony, and in various chamber groups at the Corcoran
Gallery, Wolf Trap, Kennedy Center, and Washington Cathedral. She served on the
board of the Kindler Cello Society and helped organize the seventy-piece cello
orchestra led by Yo-Yo Ma which honored Rostropovich at the Kennedy Center
Honors event in 1994. She now serves on the board of the Arizona Suzuki
Association and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Arizona. Alice holds
a BME from the University of Iowa, and a MM in cello performance from the
University of Wisconsin She studied with Carol Work, Charles Wendt, and Lowell
Creitz and at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute with Kenneth Slowik.