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Suzuki Information for Teachers

“It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit” ~ Shinichi Suzuki

Why become a Suzuki Teacher
  • You have well-honed playing skills, thorough musical knowledge and a strong interest in teaching children
  • You have a genuine affection for children and an interest in helping them develop as human beings through the study of music
  • You are interested in working in a cooperative atmosphere with children, parents and colleagues
  • You want to continue your own growth as a musician and as a human being

Increasingly, Suzuki teachers were themselves Suzuki students, however this is not a requirement.

SAA Teacher Development Program

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) has designed a comprehensive Teacher Development Program to assist teachers in creating the best possible learning environment for their students with a priority placed on developing fine character alongside excellent ability and musicianship.

SAA Certificate of Achievement Program

The SAA has formulated requirements to ensure high standards for teacher training, and to make possible the recognition of such training. Teachers have the opportunity to participate in the SAA’s Certificate of Achievement Program.

Complete details about the Certificates of Achievement can be found on the SAA website.

SAGWA Teacher Training

One of the most popular, accessible formats in which Suzuki training can be obtained is through intensive week-long courses offered at teacher workshops during the school year and at summer institutes. Courses are designed to stimulate participation and interaction. They include opportunities for work with a master teacher as well as extensive observation of experienced teachers working with children.

SAGWA offers training throughout the year at workshops and institutes. Attendees receive comprehensive professional training from registered Teacher Trainers in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, harp, guitar, recorder, Suzuki in the Schools or Suzuki Early Childhood Education, depending on the program.

In order to qualify for this training, an audition is required. Recognition of training is provided by the SAA registration program for completed training credits.

Required Reading

nurtured by love book

To be a successful Suzuki music instructor it is essential to read and be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki’s Nurtured by Love.

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