Philosophy of the Suzuki Teacher Development Program

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is committed to Dr. Suzuki’s belief that every child can be educated and that high ability can be nurtured in every child. With this commitment in mind the SAA has designed a comprehensive Teacher Development Program to assist teachers in creating the best possible learning environment for their students, an environment that puts a priority on the development of fine character along with excellent ability and musicianship.

Along with pedagogical skills for working effectively with students of all levels and different learning styles, the SAA emphasizes teacher development opportunities in all areas of parent and student support and engagement.  The SAA has formulated requirements to ensure high standards for teacher training, and to make possible the recognition of such training.

All Amarillo College Suzuki Program private lesson faculty have completed levels of specialized SAA training, and are encouraged to continue regular continuing education opportunities.  Many faculty also have state teaching certificates and other varied string pedagogy and educational training.

Beverly de la Bretonne

Beverly de la Bretonne
Musical Director, Violin Instructor and Ensemble Coach
Suzuki Association of the Americas Certified Teacher Trainer
    Suzuki Violin Books 1-10 training with John Kendall and William Starr.
    Suzuki Principals in Action (SPA) with Sharon Miller
Mark O'Connor Method Certified Teacher
Bachelor of Music Ed, University Louisiana Monroe
Master of Music Ed, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Music Building 305

E-mail: bjdelabretonne@actx.edu

Phone: 806-371-5342

Mrs. de la Bretonne continues part-time on the music faculty at Amarillo College where she taught full-time for twenty-five years.  She is also Music Director of the AC Suzuki Program, a registered Suzuki teacher-trainer, and is frequently invited to teach in workshops around the country. She has been  listed as an outstanding teacher in Who’s Who in American Colleges.

A native of Monroe, Louisiana, her major areas of study were violin, flute and piano as she obtained her B.M.E. degree from University Louisiana Monroe. She was Music Department Honor Graduate and was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges. She received her M.M.E. degree (studying Suzuki Pedagogy with John Kendall) from Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville in 1969. After graduation, she was invited to coordinate John Kendall’s Suzuki Program at the University. After ten years in this position, she moved to Amarillo to take the position at AC.

Mrs. de la Bretonne is a member of the Amarillo Symphony and the AC Faculty Trio/Quartet. She performs frequently in the community and in her church music program.

Camille Day Nies

Camille Day Nies
Assistant Professor of Music at Amarillo College Faculty
Suzuki Program Coordinator, Viola Instructor and Ensemble Coach

   Suzuki Every Child Can! (ECC) with Sue Baer.

   Suzuki Violin Books 1-8 training with Beverly de la Bretonne, Marilyn O'Boyle, Stevie Sandven, Joanne Bath & Doris Preucil.

   Suzuki Viola Books 1-6, 8 training with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker.

   Suzuki Viola Book 9 training with William Preucil.

   Suzuki Principals in Action (SPA) with Sharon Miller.
Mark O'Connor Certified Teacher.
Bachelor of Music Business, WTAMU
Master of Music Performance (voice), WTAMU
Music Building 308


Email: cdnies@actx.edu


phone: 806/371-5346


Camille's Webpage with links to biography, schedules, etc.

Tiffany McDaniel

Tiffany McDaniel
Music Department and Suzuki Administrative Assistant
Suzuki Violin Instructor, Ensemble Coach

Bachelor of Music Business, WTAMU
Associates in Applied Music, Amarillo College

  Suzuki Every Child Can! (ECC) with Beverly de la Bretonne
  Suzuki Violin Books 1-4 training with Beverly de la Bretonne
  Suzuki Principals in Action (SPA) with Sharon Miller
  Mark O'Connor Method Certified Teacher

Music Building 304

E-mail: tljackson26@actx.edu

phone: 806/371-5340 (AC)

Tiffany Jackson McDaniel began playing the violin at age 3 in the Amarillo College Suzuki String Program, founded by the late Suzanne Grooms and Helen Gerald. Throughout her career she has studied with Beverly de la Bretonne and Annie Chalex. She was a member of the TMEA All-State Orchestra for 2 years, an 8 year member of the All-Region Orchestra, a four year winner of the National Orchestra Award (High School Division)  and won 'Outstanding' marks at both the Greater Southwest Music Festival, and UIL Solo Competition for 9 years. Tiffany was also a featured fiddler in "TEXAS:A Musical Drama"/"Texas: Legacies" for 6 years, and a member of the touring branch of the show, "Texas Express". She won the Concerto Competition at West Texas A&M University, where she studied music business,  and won the first violin spot in the West Texas String Quartet, founded by the Harrington String Quartet. She has played with TransSiberian Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Mary Jane Johnson, John Bayless, Mark O'Connor, Chamber Music Amarillo, Amarillo Opera, the Amarillo String Quartet, Quartet-A-Tete, Crystal String Quartet and has performed for Lady Bird Johnson, Dan Rather, Sherman Helmsly, and President George W. Bush. She has also performed in numerous operas and plays in the pit orchestra for Amarillo Little Theater.  In July 2010, she became certified to teach the Mark O'Connor String Method after attending his workshop in New York City, and also had the opportunity to take a heavy metal improvisation class with Rachel Barton Pine. Tiffany had the pleasure of being a guest soloist with the Amarillo College Chamber Orchestra for the West Texas premiere of  Time: Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra by DanielP. Wade.  
                Tiffany currently teaches Suzuki violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, where she received training from Beverly de la Bretonne. She also plays first violin with the Crystal String Quartet and the Amarillo College String Quartet and performs regularly with the Amarillo Symphony, of which she has been a member since 1998. When she isn't playing or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, being a mommy to her daughter, Hazel, and keeping up with their two rambunctious dogs, Jake and Captain Crunch (C.C.).

Katy Moore

Katy Moore
Violin Instructor
   Suzuki Violin Books 1-10 training with Beverly de la Bretonne
   Suzuki Principals in Action (SPA) with Sharon Miller
Bachelor of Music Performance (violin), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Music Building 308

E-mail: katyjomoore@gmail.com

phone: 806/679-9878

Ginger Smith

Ginger Smith
Violin and Group Instructor
   Suzuki Every Child Can! (ECC) with Beverly de la Bretonne
  Suzuki Violin Books 1 & 3 training with Judy Bossuat
  Suzuki Violin Book 2 training with Ronda Cole
  Suzuki Principals in Action (SPA) with Sharon Miller
   Bachelor of Education  with Specialization in Music Education (1-8), Texas  Tech University
   Masters of Education Leadership, West Texas A&M University

Music Building 113

phone: 806/371-5349 (AC); 806/433-0011


Russell Steadman

Russell SteadmanRussell Steadman
Cello Instructor and Group Teacher
   Suzuki Every Child Can! (ECC) with Susan Baer
   Suzuki Cello Books 2 & 3 with Dr. Tanya Carey
   Suzuki Cello Book 1 with Grace Fields
   Suzuki Principals in Action (SPA) with Sharon Miller
    Unit 1-A violin with Beverly de la Bretonne

Music Building 103

phone: 806/677-0884

Kay Cooper

Kay Cooper
Flute and Group Fife Instructor
   Suzuki Every Child Can! (ECC) with Beverly de la Bretonne
  Suzuki Flute Book 1 training with June Warhoftig
  Suzuki Flute Book 2 & 3 training with Pandora Bryce
   Suzuki Flute 4 training with Sarah Murray
   Suzuki Flute 6 training with David Gerry
   Suzuki Principals in Action (SPA) with Sharon Miller
   General Education degree

Email: katherine.cooper@amaisd.org


    Kay Cooper is thrilled to join the Amarillo College Suzuki Staff! Her history of flute teaching spans 27 years with students ranging from ages 3 to 65. Many of her students have been all-staters and some have continued their education as college music majors.
     In 1995, a Suzuki Piano teacher introduced her to teacher training for Flute Foundations and she’s been hooked on the Suzuki method ever since. She then introduced other teachers to the summer training institutes and took them along as she went back for more teacher training classes, a masterclass, and two flute repair courses.   
     In addition to flute lessons, Kay has had many exciting performance opportunities including symphonies in Plainview, Texas; Kingsport, Tennessee; and Roswell, New Mexico. She has adjudicated for the Kansas All-State band, all-city and all-region bands, several solo and ensemble competitions, the Kansas Lions Band, and the Kansas Ambassadors of Music. She was featured three times as a soloist with the Dodge City Cowboy Band and a Kansas Ambassadors of Music European tour. 
     She has taught Elementary Music, Reading, English and Social Studies in grades 5 through 12, as well as private flute and ensemble classes at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell New Mexico, Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas and in the pre-college department of Howard Payne Univeristy in Brownwood, Texas. She currently teaches 7th grade English/Language Arts and Reading at Bowie Middle School in Amarillo.

Additional Group Teachers

Carlie Cates, Orff
Hannah Oheim, Violin Group
Vanessa Rauscher, Orff
David Hinds, Orchestra
Yuko Williams, Viola Group & PreReading

Created By David White -- Mar/28/07
Last updated by Administrator -- Jul/11/14

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