A graduate degree track offered in collaboration between Roosevelt University and the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School ), the Master of Music Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy is available to qualified violinists, violists, and cellists. 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.
The Master of Music degree in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy and Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy combine advanced performance and academic studies in music with in-depth study of the Suzuki Method and development of teaching skills through observations, practica, and apprentice teaching. The program leads to certification through the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).
The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University possesses a stellar faculty that features Almita and Roland Vamos, 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.
The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), a nonprofit community music school, has a unique concentration of teacher trainers on its faculty, including Anne Montzka-Smelser, Shigetoshi Yamada, Sarah Montzka for violin and viola; Tanya Carey and Avi Friedlander for cello; and Merrit Bitticks for flute. 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 school also teaches Suzuki students in piano, guitar and, recorder.
Chicago is an easily accessible and vibrant city with spectacular architecture, a thriving technology sector, and world class arts and culture.
Candidates are held to the high standards for music study at Roosevelt University and teacher training at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).