European Summer Institutes

Megan said: Feb 29, 2012
7 posts

I’m an American living in Germany, and my 6-year-old daughter has done all of her Suzuki training here with an American teacher. She’s been playing violin for 1.5 years, and I’d love for her to attend a summer institute, but since I’ve never been to one I’m a little intimidated by signing up for one in Europe. My daughter is bilingual-English and German-but some of the institutes are in Spain or Denmark. Has anyone ever braved one of the European institutes, and would you recommend any of the countries in particular? Also, I’m curious if anyone knows what language these are given in. At the Swiss summer institute (which I think is closed to enrollment…) some of the teachers are from England. I would assume lessons would be in the host nation language. I would love to do the German one, but it’s during the first week that I need to go back to teaching. Thanks for any suggestions.

Sue Hunt said: Mar 1, 2012
Sue HuntViola, Violin
403 posts

The London Suzuki Group put on an inspiring summer institute during the last week of August at Bryanston School in Dorset. There is a bus from Heathrow for students from abroad.

Check out the London Suzuki Group site.

Megan said: Mar 1, 2012
7 posts

Thank you for that suggestion. It looks amazing, and I do love London. I would love to do that one, but it is the week that I am back at school! I just realized that I was looking at old dates for the Berlin Suzuki Days, and I actually could make that one. If anyone has information on the Berlin Institute, I’d appreciate the feedback!

Susan Wang said: Mar 2, 2012
 1 posts

On 17-20 May 2012, there is a 3-day Suzuki Institute in Charmey, Fribourg, Switzerland (violin, viola, cello, piano). Instruction is in German, French, and English. Our family (originally with 2 but now 3 Suzuki students) has participated 2 years in a row in this spring institute and enjoyed it.

Megan said: Mar 3, 2012
7 posts

I will look into the Switzerland Institute, thanks! I am glad that my daughter could handle 2 out of three of the languages. I’d really like to provide her with an institute experience.

Jennifer Kovarovic said: Jan 27, 2014
Jennifer Kovarovic
Suzuki Association Member
Seattle, WA
18 posts

I know this is a long shot, but I have a family in my Seattle, WA studio that will be moving to Berlin this spring. By any chance, do you know of any Suzuki violin teachers that you could recommend?!

Anne Bowman said: Jan 28, 2014
Anne BowmanTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Plano, TX
10 posts

From the ISA website. YES! And best wishes to all! I lived in Nurnburg for 3 years. Experience of a lifetime musically and culturally.

Violin Germany Berlin, 10965 Margherita Biederbick

Violin Germany Berlin, BE, 14197 Satoko Hoshino

Violin Germany Berlin, BE, 14197 Yoko Hoshino

Anne Bowman

Jennifer Kovarovic said: Jan 28, 2014
Jennifer Kovarovic
Suzuki Association Member
Seattle, WA
18 posts

Thank you so much—I will pass along this information!

Caitlin said: Jan 30, 2014
Merced, CA
41 posts

Is it possible for American teachers to take teacher training classes in Europe? I saw this topic and my first thoughts were, “trip to Europe” and “businesses write-off.” Has anyone done this before???

Stephen said: Feb 2, 2014
 6 posts

The European System for training teachers is based on long-term courses leading to a series of examinations over five levels. As far as I am aware, it is not possible to take short-term courses in Europe and gain credit in America. It is possible to observe and in some cases participate in short courses for personal enrichment without leading to a qualification. The European Suzuki Association website lists some of them, and one would probably then contact the organiser of any particular course directly to see what is on offer, and find out who the ESA teacher-trainer leading it is. (I would not go to a course where there is no ESA teacher-trainer leading it).

The ESA has responsibility for Africa, and the Middle East, as well as Europe, with long-term courses organised ‘independently’ by individual ESA teacher-trainers, (there are four ‘independent’ piano courses in the UK), as well as by the ‘National Associations’. So it is quite a different process and set-up to the SAA. Not all countries under the ESA have National Associations, but those that do are listed on the ESA website under ‘countries’, and courses can be found under ‘events’.

We have had one person from the USA, and one from Canada, attend our Summer School course in Cambridge in the past fro enrichment, but it is not a very common occurrance, with most of the teachers over the years coming from some European countries (Finland, Sweden, Holland, & Spain).

One way to see many different teachers at work would be to plan to come to the European Conference in Davros in Switzerland in 2015. Initial information is on the ESA website.

Stephen Power

Margot Jewell said: Feb 2, 2014
Margot JewellSAA Board
Teacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
149 posts

Hello Caitlin,

The European Suzuki Association has quite a different set of courses for teacher training. However, you can contact them about attending an institute or conference

I did that in France many years ago and loved it. (Dr Suzuki was there so that made it even more special :-)

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