All our faculty members are professional musicians and/or trained Suzuki Educators.
Artistic Director, Registered Suzuki Violin, Viola Teacher and Suzuki Early Childhood Teacher Trainer and Suzuki Association of the Americas Board member
Wan Tsai continuously strives to develop and promote the Suzuki ECE program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents at STES. She applies Reggio early childhood education concepts and Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory into her teaching in both strings and early childhood classes. In addition to having been a presenter at several Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) conferences over the years, Wan Tsai was on the SAA conference team in 2004/2012 and served as SECE coordinator for the 2006/2014 SAA Conferences. Wan Tsai has been a clinician for National and International teacher workshops and Institutes. She has given numerous Suzuki ECE workshops for various universities in Taiwan and has made presentations in Japan for teachers, parents and children. Wan Tsai was on the SECE faculty for the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention in Matsumoto, Japan, in 2013.
Wan Tsai’s dedication and commitment to spreading the beauty and importance of the Suzuki Method continues. With full support of the Suzuki community in Calgary, she produced the video Suzuki Project Zero in 2013 and three Suzuki ECE videos in 2014: Shaping Character from the Start, From the First Heartbeat and Suzuki ECE-The Pillars of the Instrumental Journey.
Wan Tsai received her B.A. in Music Performance from the Chinese Culture University and her M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. She is a registered Suzuki violin, viola, ECE teacher with the SAA and became a SAA registered SECE Teacher Trainer in 2015. Wan Tsai is honored to be one of the founding members of the SAA and Latin America (Mexico) SECE committee and also, since August 2015, serves on the Board of Directors of the SAA.
Registered Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher
Registered Suzuki Piano / Early Childhood Education Teacher
Registered Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher
Registered Suzuki Piano Teacher
Alethia strongly believes that every child has ability and considers it a privilege to participate in the growth of this ability as a Suzuki parent and teacher. Alethia is a registered piano teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher
Retired Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher and Musicianship
Dave Nathanael dedicates his life to be a good violin teacher asides of his time doing chamber and orchestra performances. He started his Bachelor of Music program at Pelita Harapan University in Indonesia with Dr. Tomislav Dimov, after he got the first place on the SPH-International Violin Competition. He then pursued his Master’s degree in violin performance and pedagogy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canada, studying with Dr. Nancy Dahn. He was graduated Magna Cum Laude for both degrees.
Starting from his freshman year in his Bachelor program, he was invited to be the violin player with Jakarta Concert Orchestra and Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra. Later on, he’s also invited to play with Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, Twilite Orchestra, Jakarta Sinfonietta, as well as to lead Ananda Sukarlan Symphony Orchestra for an international piano competition. While he was in Indonesia, he was the associate concert master and assistant concert master in some of those orchestras. He was also invited to play as a soloist in the beautiful Aula Simfonia Jakarta.
Fortunately, music brought him out of Indonesia to broaden his experience in his musical journey. He was invited to be the associate concert master (and concert master) in Baroque Collegium ensemble in Singapore. In Australia, he is a violin player in Brisbane Concert Orchestra, Orchestra Concertino, and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed with Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Watershed Ensemble, and few ensemble groups in Canada. He was also chosen to take part in ‘III-Красноярский международный музыкальный фестиваль стран Азиатско- Тихоокеанского региона’ (Third – Krasnoyarsk International Music Festival) in Russia. In those countries, Dave and his fellow musicians established few ensembles: Quartet Passioné, Soli Quartet, The Quintets, and a few smaller ones. He has also been playing with humble world-class musicians, such as: pianist Adam Gyorgy, pianist Sam Haywood, violinist Linus Roth, and Amsterdam Viola Quartet.
Dave has taken master classes from musicians of various backgrounds, and he has been a certified Suzuki Music violin teacher since 2008 in Indonesia. He has worked with trainers from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong, USA, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, and Korea. By that certification, Dave has been teaching Suzuki violin since 2009. Today, he’s enjoying his precious time teaching at Suzuki Talent Education Society in Calgary, both Early Childhood classes and violin teaching classes.
Award-winning Canadian cellist, Paul van der Sloot, spent his pre-collegiate years studying with John Kadz at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary. He continued his studies in Boston at the New England Conservatory with Cleveland Quartet cellist Paul Katz, before returning home to study with Johanne Perron at the University of Calgary. He has enjoyed success as a performer with a versatile range of musical skills and experience, from performances as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to rock & roll shows on electric cello at Calgary’s Palace Theatre.
In addition to performing, Paul enjoys his teaching positions at the Suzuki Talent Education Society of Calgary, the Calgary Multicultural “El Sistema” Orchestra program, and his own private studio, where he is dedicated to sharing his knowledge of the instrument with aspiring cellists of all ages. He also enjoys a casual career in the recording arts, producing recordings for fellow musicians and composing electronic music.
When Paul’s cellos are put away, he can be found spending most of his free time mountaineering in Western Canada’s mountain regions, where he has climbed over 130 unique peaks in the past three years. Paul currently plays on a 2011 cello made by Wayne Burak.