Joint Graduate Studies Program in Suzuki Pedagogy


The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) and Roosevelt University have partnered to provide unprecedented access for post-secondary music students to excellent training in Suzuki Education.


A graduate degree track, the Master of Music in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy is available to qualified violinists, violists, cellists, flutists, and pianists. The degree combines advanced performance and academic studies with in-depth studies of Suzuki Education and development of teaching skills through observations, practicum, and apprentice teaching. Also offered is a Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy, designed for skilled musicians who already have or are not interested in pursuing a master’s degree, but have a strong interest in teaching as a vocation and commitment to Suzuki Education.


MIC has a unique concentration of Suzuki teacher trainers on its faculty, including Ann Montzka-Smelser, Shigetoshi Yamada, Sarah Montzka for violin and viola; Tanya Carey and Avi Friedlander for cello; Meret Bitticks for flute, and Aubrey Faith-Slaker for piano. The Music Institute has offered approved teacher training courses for more than twenty-five years at the Chicago Suzuki Institute. With more than 400 Suzuki students, MIC provides an unparalleled opportunity for pedagogical observation and practice teaching.


The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University possesses a stellar faculty that features Almita and Roland Vamos, the aforementioned Tanya Carey, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), including Assistant Concertmasters David Taylor and Yuan-Qing Yu, Assistant Principal violist Li-Kuo Chang, violist Lawrence Neuman, Principal cellist John Sharp, cellist Richard Hirschl, Assistant Principal flutist Richard Graef, flutist Emma Gerstein, and many other master musicians and teachers.


Chicago is an easily accessible and vibrant city with spectacular architecture, a thriving technology sector, and world class arts and culture. The Music Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University look forward to welcoming Suzuki teacher trainees in the 2020-2021 academic year and for many years to come.


For additional information, check out the FAQ page or contact:
Avi Friedlander, Director of the Barston Suzuki Center